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August 2017

BAPTISM BARRIER – WHO WINS & WHO LOSES?

The removal of the Baptism Barrier from Catholic Schools has been met with the usual reactions from the usual parties. However, who are the real winners and losers if this decision comes through? WINNERS: Protestant Schools/Church Whatever their denomination of protestantism, the big winners in this debacle are members of this Church. These schools can continue to give privilege to people of their own faith. As there are very few pockets of the country where there isn’t a Protestant school, no matter Read More...

If you’re explaining you’re losing….

Richard Bruton attempting to explain why minority faiths need to be protected by state funded schools. The logic seems so patronising. It almost feels like religions are endangered species and schools are like zoos and the Irish government are some sort of foundation for endangered people making sure they never mix with other people for fear of cross contamination. Schools can’t be enclosures or ghettos for any breeds or creeds. If people want to protect their faith or ethos, Read More...

June 2017

Do you need a religious cert to work in a Church of Ireland School?

Most people know that in order to work in a Catholic school, it is a good advantage to have a certificate in Catholic studies, which is offered by all the colleges in Ireland. While, technically, it is not a requirement to have the certificate to teach in a Catholic school, not having it puts you at a disadvantage. Catholic schools cannot ask you for your religion in an interview but they can ask you if you’ve done the certificate. Read More...

I do not have my registration number yet, what do I include when advertisements ask to include registration numbers?

There are a couple of options. You can put: “pending” or you can put “expected [DATE]” Schools won’t worry too much about this because they know how slow the Teaching Council can be with this. Read More...

What should be included in the content of an email when sending applications online?

Many schools are now offering applicants for positions the ability to email their forms. This can save teachers lots of time, but most importantly, money. It can cost up to €3 to post one application using paper. With paper, one generally sends a cover letter, but with email, what is the etiquette? For me, the email is basically a substitute for a cover letter. While I wouldn’t be as formal in terms of formatting the email, I would definitely use similar wording. Therefore, Read More...

Is your application dismissed if you include more than is asked for on the advertisement?

It’s very important to read advertisements carefully on Education Posts and to send the school exactly what they ask for. When I put an advertisement up online, I get the choose the items I want to accompany the application. Every school that advertises on Education Posts has the same. There are lots of reasons that a panel may dismiss your application: poor spelling, poor grammar, and possibly, adding more than you were asked for. Some panels may view adding extra Read More...

Is it best to use cream / off white paper rather than plain white paper?

When applying for jobs, sometimes it’s the minutia that matters. Before the dawn of standardised application forms, teachers who were looking for jobs would send a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. In order to get automatically noticed, some teachers would use different coloured or different weighted paper. Some would even handwrite their cover letter to show off their teacher writing. These days, because of the standard application forms, it doesn’t really matter anymore. In fact, many schools now ask teachers not to send Read More...

I’ve lost my driver to my Interactive Whiteboard

Back in the mid-noughties, there were nearly 30 brands of Interactive Whiteboard on the market. Within a few years, most of the companies that sold these boards either went out of business or simply stopped selling these boards. When schools bought these boards, the companies usually came into the school and set them up. This including installing the board’s drivers on to whatever laptop was being used. Laptops generally die after a few years so it’s necessary to replace Read More...

May 2017

Summer Course Guide 2017

Every year, Anseo.net looks at the offerings from the summer course guide and we pick out a number of courses that capture our imagination. With so many independent providers of summer courses these days, it can be difficult to find the course that suits you best. We’re judging courses by their titles so we might miss a few decent ones but see what you think from our list of recommended courses. When you look at the list, you might think that every course Read More...

My projector has broken. Should I replace my Interactive Whiteboard?

Traditionally, Interactive Whiteboards come in two main parts – the board and the projector. The board is usually something that will last a long time but the projector usually needs more maintenance. Bulbs tend to blow every 3-5 years and the filters often need cleaning. Technology, as we know, moves quickly so by the time a projector bulb goes, there’s usually a nicer model of Interactive Whiteboard on the market and the temptation is to go all out and replace the Read More...

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