Category Archives: News

#GE16 and Primary Education: Teacher Pay Inequality

While most people have very little sympathy with teachers when it comes to pay, like everyone else, most teachers were hit very hard in the recession years, with some teachers losing up to 30% of their pay. On top of this, almost all allowances were cut and there were pay freezes. Furthermore, anyone who graduated as a teacher from 2011, were put on a lower pay scale than their colleagues. Not only were newer teachers screwed over by the government Read More...

#GE16 and Primary Education: Class Size

I won't be voting for a party based on promises of reducing class sizes but it seems to be the thing that politicians believe is the number one issue in education. Ultimately, once one hits around 18 pupils, anything above that has little impact, i.e. the difference between 30 and 25 is negligible. Anyway, despite this research, most people correlate that fewer numbers gives more attention to individual children. (Mathematically, 30 pupils get about 9 minutes per day on average Read More...

#GE16 and Primary Education: Religion in Schools

As we come up to the General Election, I'm looking at the various parties and their stances on aspects of primary education. While I am personally very glad that religion in schools is top of the list in terms of public interest, I know that most primary teachers don't believe it is the biggest issue facing us. Over the coming weeks, I'll tackle some of those but for now, here are the stances on religion in school from the various political Read More...

#GE16 and Primary Education: Cuts to Education

Over the coming weeks, we've decided to focus in on some of the issues facing Irish Primary Education in the run up to the General Election. In all the excitement, sometimes it's important to set a context and thanks to Voices For Teachers and their members, a list of all the cuts to education are listed below. These are cuts to education that have happened since the first Croke Park Agreement. Séamus O'Connor who gave me permission to use Read More...

#DojoChatEU: Parental Engagement

Every week ClassDojo run a chat based on some aspect of education under the hashtag #dojochateu. I type in my own thoughts to the questions that are asked and publish them on this blog. This week the topic was based on Parental Engagement. Q1 What works best for schools trying to increase family engagement? How do we meet parents where they are at? With so many parents working or busy, it can be difficult to get family engagement. We try our best all the time Read More...

IPPN 2016: Principals Meet Politicians

This year's IPPN annual conference was more than a little bit political with no less than seven politicians taking to the stage over the two days. Every year I give a summary of what I got up to. I try to spend a good bit of time in the Expo and miss out on some talks but it gives me a chance to see what sort of resources are going to be available to me this year. In terms of Read More...

School Autonomy Summarised

We got sent a really good summary of the Department of Education's paper on School Autonomy. Also with many teachers, the author of the summary is very worried about many of the proposals. The Department is asking for submissions as part of a consultation (where have we heard that before?) Personally, I see this as merely another way for the Department of Education to step away from its responsibilities, especially legal cases (they're really smarting after the Louise O'Keeffe case) Read More...

IPPN Expo Preview

The IPPN conference is coming next week. The conference has seen a change in that the minister for education is going to be at the official opening of the conference rather than the morning after, which seems to be aimed at launching the various political parties' education election manifestos. We're also going to have to put up with an appearance from Enda Kenny. Every year I take a look at the exhibits and highlight some of the more interesting ones Read More...

Two line Tuesday

The INTO ballot is very odd. It's about 6 years too late and only focuses on the problems that we had back then rather than all the problems they've allowed to happen since.   Read More...

ClassDojo Comes to Ireland

For all you ClassDojo users out there, the people behind ClassDojo are coming to Dublin on the 16th January. They'll be taking over the Long Hall bar in Dublin from 5pm and there's going to be loads of goodies and fellow ClassDojo folk to meet. If you're interested in going along, here is a link to the Eventbrite invitation: http://bit.ly/DublinHH Read More...