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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...

Applying for Promoted Posts

Since the government decided to impose a moratorium on A and B posts, the only internal promoted post available to teachers is the Deputy Principal position as the Principal position is offered for open competition. Applying for a normal teaching position usually requires a standard application form and, perhaps, a cover letter but how do you apply for a promoted post? There is no standard application form for a deputy / vice-principal position and it is important to clarify exactly what Read More...

How do you deal with stress and the Dip?

Sometimes, I get lovely emails from teachers. They might be complimenting our Anseo blog or asking a question. I received one the other day from a teacher who had been teaching for a few years but now was starting in a mainstream class and was feeling under pressure. Already, in July. This made me feel sad. Two months before this teacher was starting, he/she was feeling stressed and filled with lack of belief in his/her abilities. I wrote back with Read More...

10 Tips for getting Substitute Work

I received an email today asking for some advice on getting substitute work in primary schools. It’s a terrible shame there aren’t enough jobs out there for all qualified teachers but this is the reality for a number of years. Even getting substitute work is becoming difficult with the number of unemployed teachers out there competing for days here and there. This article outlines some ways I think might help to get substitute work if you are looking to get some. Don’t assume Read More...

Behaviour Management Systems

Online Behaviour Management Systems are becoming popular tools for teachers to record and monitor pupils’ behaviour in class. Given that almost every classroom now has an Interactive Whiteboard (or at least a projector), Behaviour Management Systems can be a highly effective, visual way to display how a class is performing. In this article, I am going to showcase three Behaviour Management Systems, ClassDojo, Class Charts and Gotcha Ninjas. ClassDojo ClassDojo was the first free Behaviour Management System to grace the Internet Read More...

Cyberbullying and School Policies

At the IPPN conference this year, the Minister for Education announced that he will be publishing guidelines and laws about bullying in schools. In particular, cyber-bullying is to be dealt with for the first time at government level. Bullying is still a societal problem, happening in every corner of the country, but now much of it has moved online. A poster that was created after a death caused in part by cyber-bullying The anonymity of the Internet can make it even Read More...

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