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DCU/INTO study looks at the use of standardised tests in primary schools - dcu.ie
21 May 2019
... Dr Deirbhile Nic Craith, Director of Education and Research in the INTO also welcomed the report and stated that: “This report finds that standardised testing is a useful tool for assessment and learning. It identifies the challenges experienced by teachers in respect of current tests, the administration of tests and the presentation and interpretation of results. Put simply, the report highlights the need for clarity on policy and practice when it comes to assessment and standardised testing in primary schools”...

Some pupils extremely anxious over standardised tests, agree three in four teachers - Kildare Nationalist
21 May 2019
... A report by the Institute of Education at DCU and the primary teachers union, INTO, got the opinions of 1,500 primary school teachers about standardised tests such as the Drumcondra test....

Teachers Reporting Anxiety Among Primary School Kids - Radio Nova
21 May 2019
This report by the Institute of Education at DCU and the primary teachers union the INTO got the opinions of 15 hundred primary school teachers about standardised tests such as the Drumcondra test...

Primary school standardised tests causing ‘stress and anxiety’ - Irish Times
20 May 2019
Pressure to perform can lead to pupils being ‘taught to the test’, study finds... Dr Deirbhile Nic Craith, director of education and research in the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, said the results identified the challenges experienced by teachers.  “Put simply, the report highlights the need for clarity on policy and practice when it comes to assessment and standardised testing in primary schools,” she said...

Dundalk primary student wins An Post creative writing award - Dundalk Democrat
17 May 2019
An Post and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) presented national awards to winners of 2019 Scéal Eile creative writing competition, including one primary school winner from Castletown....

INTO book donation to hospital sourced locally - Laois Nationalist
16 May 2019
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. As part of events to mark this momentous occasion, the local Portlaoise branch donated in excess of €500 worth of books to the paediatric ward at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise...

INTO Teachers Group Launch LGBT+ Inclusive Competition For Primary Schools - gcn.ie
8 May 2019
The 'Different Families, Same Love' competition will celebrate the diversity of families in Ireland and address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools. A wonderful new LGBT+ inclusive competition for primary schools to celebrate the diversity of families across Ireland while at the same time tackling the issues of homophobic and transphobic bullying has officially been launched...

Ireland: Two-tier PS pay creating confusion - psnews.com.au
6 May 2019
The Irish Government has sent out mixed messages over whether it is preparing to end the divisive and controversial two-tier Public Service pay system put in place to mitigate the Global Financial Crisis... Outgoing General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Sheila Nunan told delegates at its annual congress that a process had been agreed with the Government, “finally setting a pathway towards ending pay inequality”.
Her successor, John Boyle said it was a move to finally get the two-tier pay issue “over the finishing line”...

Castletownroche native new INTO Vice President - The Avondhu
5 May 2019
The new vice president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is Mary Magner, a native of Castletownroche living in nearby Killavullen...

North Cork teacher takes up senior INTO position - The Corkman
4 May 2019
Castletown native Mary Magner is elected vice-president of largest teaching union. A popular and well known figure within the North Cork teaching community has been elected to take up the prestigious role of vice-president of Ireland's largest teaching union...

Different Families, Same Love Competition - Newstalk.com
31 Apr 2019
Promoting diversity in terms of our Sexual, Gender and Family in our Primary Schools. Cecilia Gavigan, Chairperson INTO LGBT+ Teachers' Group speaks on the Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk.com ... (in the Filter by Date put in 31 April 2019 and move to 22.25 in the programme)...

Call for primary classrooms to 'show and tell' diversity - Newstalk.com
29 Apr 2019
An all-island competition is being launched to show diversity in Irish classrooms. The INTO LGBT+ Teachers' Group has announced the return of the 'Different Families, Same Love' initiative.... Feargal Brougham, INTO president, added: "This creative yet practical competition ensures that teachers right across the country can play their part in ensuring our schools and classrooms truly represent all types of family and loving relationships...

Diverse Families Should Be Represented In The Classroom Says Teachers Group - Kfm Kildare
29 Apr 2019
Teachers are being encouraged to celebrate diverse families in the classroom. They say some children may feel isolated if their family is not the typical family seen in books and on posters in the school. The INTO LGBT PLUS Teachers' Group has just announced the 'Different Families, Same Love' competition to raise awareness. Cecelia Gavigan, chairperson of the teachers group, says it's important same sex families are represented in resources in the classroom...

Impossible workload facing teaching principals in smaller primary schools highlighted at INTO conference in Galway - Midwest Radio
28 Apr 2019
Teaching principals are a feature of many smaller schools - especially in counties in the West of Ireland - but many have reported increased stress levels due to trying to balance their teaching work with administrative duties...

Education Minister agrees to meet on rural schools - Connacht Tribune
26 Apr 2019
During a teachers’ conference in Galway this week, Education Minister Joe McHugh agreed to hold a symposium this summer to review issues that are hampering smaller rural schools. Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) president Joe Killeen – a teaching principal in Lough Cutra in Gort – said decreasing the pupil teacher ratio and increasing the capitation grant would particularly aid Galway’s many rural schools...

Drivetime – RTE Radio 1
25 Apr 2019
Single teacher schools. Drivetime’s Della Kilroy reports on single teacher schools and why a number of primary teachers are demanding that no school should have less than two full-time teachers. Interview with primary principal Padraig Lohan and INTO District 6 Secretary Eoin Fenton.

Principals seek review of working conditions - Irish Examiner
24 Apr 2019
The joys of a deputy principal in a small primary school range from chasing mice to unblocking toilets to “cleaning up after lost heifers”, the INTO annual congress has heard... INTO general secretary designate John Boyle had earlier called for restoration of posts of responsibility. Teachers may be directed not to undertake a list of duties which were “increasingly impossible to carry out because of the lack of promoted posts” if there is no movement in Budget 2020, Mr Boyle warned....

Calls to reduce Irish classroom sizes from average of 25 pupils per teacher so students can 'thrive' - Irish Mirror
24 Apr 2019
More than 100,000 primary school kids are in classes of 30 or more pupils... More than 100,000 primary school kids are in classes of 30 or more pupils. The call to Joe McHugh was made during the annual congress of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation in Galway today....

Pupils in small schools forced to practice emergency drills in case teacher falls ill - Irish Times
24 Apr 2019
Pupils in single-teacher schools are practicing emergency drills in case their teacher falls ill in the classroom, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has heard...On Wednesday, INTO delegates demanded that no school should have less than two full-time teachers, while they also argued that enrolment thresholds for third and fourth teachers be restored to previously lower levels...Irish class sizes of 25 pupils per class are among the biggest in the EU, second only to the UK: “It’s simple, Minister – hold on to our primary teachers as the number of pupils drops,” said INTO general secretary, John Boyle. Many schools are forced to hold bake-sales and raffles to pay basic bills...

Loneliness of principals in one-teacher schools ‘worse than a long-distance’s runner’s’ - Laois Nationalist
24 Apr 2019
The loneliness of a long-distance runner is nothing compared to the isolation and fear experienced by the principal of a one-teacher school, the INTO annual congress has heard...

INTO: Removing principals from decision-making on supports is 'anti-education' - Irish Examiner
24 Apr 2019
“Elaborate form-filling” and “intrusive questioning” of families requiring educational supports has become a headache for primary school teachers since transfer of several responsibilities to Tusla, the child and family agency, the INTO congress has heard...The INTO congress heard criticism of class sizes, which remained “unchanged” in disadvantaged schools despite minor reductions in schools outside of DEIS...“It’s simple, Minister – hold on to our primary teachers as the number of pupils drops,” INTO general secretary John Boyle said, outlining how it could be achieved in five years, allowing Ireland’s class sizes to fall below EU and OECD average...

Loneliness of principals in one-teacher schools 'worse than a long-distance's runner's' - Breakingnews.ie
24 Apr 2019
The loneliness of a long-distance runner is nothing compared to the isolation and fear experienced by the principal of a one-teacher school, the INTO annual congress has heard...

Department criticised over not doing enough for disadvantaged schools - Irish Examiner
24 Apr 2019
The INTO has criticised the Department of Education for not sufficiently supporting pupils in disadvantaged areas...Shane Loftus, who is part of the INTO's Central Executive Committee, says action must be taken. "In the last two years, there has been very little engagement with that group," he said. "The refusal of the Department to meet and to come up with the solutions we need for DEIS at the moment means that the children who need that support are left without it...

INTO: Removing principals from decision-making on supports is ‘anti-education’ - Kildare Nationalist & Laois Nationalist
24 Apr 2019
“Elaborate form-filling” and “intrusive questioning” of families requiring educational supports has become a headache for primary school teachers since transfer of several responsibilities to Tusla, the child and family agency, the INTO congress has heard. A decision five years ago to assign the home school community liaison scheme and the school completion programme to Tusla has increased the workload for certain primary school staff, the INTO annual congress in Galway was told...

Department criticised over not doing enough for disadvantaged schools - Laois Nationalist & Kildare Nationalist
24 Apr 2019
The INTO has criticised the Department of Education for not sufficiently supporting pupils in disadvantaged areas. Primary school teachers feel a review of the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) scheme has not made enough progress...

INTO Says Department Of Education Is Not Doing Enough In Disadvantaged Areas - KFM
24 Apr 2019
The INTO has criticised the Department of Education for not sufficiently supporting pupils in disadvantaged areas. Primary school teachers feel a review of the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools scheme has not made enough progress. Teachers condemned class sizes remaining unchanged in disadvantaged schools despite minor reductions in schools outside of DEIS.

Teachers call for special leave to be available for reproductive health matters - RTE News
24 Apr 2019
Primary school teachers' union, the INTO, has called for special leave to be available to teachers for reproductive health matters. At its annual congress in Galway, teachers in the hugely female-dominated union recounted personal stories of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and fertility treatment. The conditions are not covered by the current pregnancy-related sick leave scheme for public sector workers...The INTO has said a survey of members shows that the lack of special leave for reproductive health-related matters is a significant issue for many members...

Teachers now prepare to do battle for equal pensions and pay hike - Irish Independent
24 Apr 2019
...The three teacher unions called for an immediate review of a lower-cost pension scheme rolled out six years ago to shave billions of euro from future exchequer costs. In a joint statement, the INTO, ASTI and TUI signalled any future talks on pay must seek to reverse the cuts...Union leaders have also made clear they are ready to pursue their first cost-of-living increase since before the financial crash...Speaking at the INTO annual conference incoming general secretary John Boyle said teachers had not received a pay rise since 2007. He said by the end of 2020, it would be 14 years, a period during which inflation had increased by 7pc, while teachers have endured pay cuts and the loss of allowances. Mr Boyle noted the Central Bank was predicting wage growth of 7pc across the economy in the coming year...

Teachers call for special leave to be available for reproductive health matters - Morning Ireland - RTE Radio 1
24 Apr 2019
Josephine Doheny, Teacher and member of the INTO Equality Committee, calls for special leave to be available to teachers for reproductive health matters.

Teachers call for statutory leave after miscarriages - Irish Independent
23 Apr 2019
The primary teachers’ union, the INTO, has become the first in the public service to call for statutory leave after a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or fertility treatment. The union’s annual conference has supported a Reproductive Health Related Matters Scheme as part of comprehensive review of the current sick leave entitlements...The INTO equality committee recently conducted a survey to gather evidence of members’ reproductive health issues and more than 2,200 responses were received.

Adhmhaidin - RTE Raidio Na Gaeltachta
23 Apr 2019
Deirbhle Nic Craith, INTO - Comhdháil an INTO i nGaillimh agus tá an t-Aire Oideachais Joe Mc Hugh ansin ar maidin le scéim nua oiliúna don Ghaeilge a fhógairt.

Teachers seeking pensions upgrade for those appointed since 2013 - Irish Times
23 Apr 2019
...Unions maintain that changes introduced in 2013 by the Government mean there has been “substantial deterioration” in pension benefits for teachers appointed since that time....The INTO at its conference in Galway said all three teaching unions would be seeking an immediate pension scheme review for teachers appointed in recent years...The INTO said a new scheme introduced in2013, which means benefits are linked to career average payments, “eroded the value of teachers’ pensions”.

Tús Áite - RTE Raidio Na Gaealtachta
23 Apr 2019
Intreview with General Secretary Designate John Boyle (move to 07:26)

Primary school teachers are calling for a new statutory leave scheme for reproductive health-related issues - Newstalk News
23 Apr 2019
The Irish National Teachers Organisation said workers should not have to use up their general sick leave allowance when faced with a pregnancy-related health issue. Teachers speaking at the INTO Annual Congress in Galway today shared personal stories of miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and fertility treatment - none of which are covered under the current scheme...

Primary School Teachers Want An End To The Constant New Initiatives - KFM News
23 Apr 2019
Primary School teachers are demanding an end to what it says is the constant 'bombardment' of new initiatives. The INTO claims there's an ever expanding list of things schools are expected to implement...Outgoing General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan says its the associated admin work that is the real issue.

Primary teachers concerned over ‘bombardment’ of new initiatives - Highland Radio
23 Apr 2019
...The INTO claims there’s an ever expanding list of things schools are expected to implement. Curriculum changes, well-being initiatives, child-safety programs are just some of the things adding to teachers’ workloads...

Gealltanas ón Aire Oideachais go bpléifear neamhionannas pá - TG4
23 Apr 2019
...D’áitigh ardrúnaí an chumainn John Boyle más féidir leis an Stát teacht ar airgead i gcomhair comhaontuithe pá in earnálacha eile gur cheart go mbeadh airgead ar fáil do mhúinteoirí fosta...Tarraingíodh aird ar chúrsaí pinsin ag an chomhdháil inniu fosta. Tá na trí cheardchumann múinteoirí tagtha le chéile agus athbhreithniú ar an scéim phinsean a chuirtear ar fáil do mhúinteoirí á lorg acu...Ina aitheasc féin, d’iarr ardrúnaí Chumann Múinteoirí Éireann John Boyle ar an Aire go ligfí príomhoidí i scoileanna beaga saor ón seomra ranga lá sa tseachtain chun tabhairt faoi obair riaracháin...Dhírigh an t-ardrúnaí a chuid airde fosta ar chóimheas ard i scoileanna áirithe idir múinteoirí agus daltaí...

Local INTO rep believes larger class sizes causing major headaches for Shannonside schools - Shannonside Radio
23 Apr 2019
...Ballygar native Tommy Greally is a Central Executive Committee Member of the INTO who teaches in Tuam. He thinks actions by a previous education minister have put huge pressure on rural schools in the Shannonside region.

Clare FM - News
23 Apr 2019
President of the INTO, Corofin-based Joe Killeen, says pay equality is one of a number of items up for discussion today.

Boyle believes teacher pay inequality can be resolved - Highland Radio
23 Apr 2019
The incoming General Secretary of the INTO is confident the issue of pay inequality can be resolved. It’s after the government acknowledged the need to deal with the issue by way of a pay review process...

Michael Reade Show – LMFM
23 Apr 2019
Interview with Catherine Flanagan Central Executive Committee Member INTO on pay equality (move to 54:06)

Funding crisis: 'Schools cannot run on less than €1 a day per pupil' - Irish Independent
23 Apr 2019
Primary teachers say schools cannot run on the less than €1 a day they receive from the Government for each pupil. Cuts in grants to schools for day-to-day running costs during the austerity era have not been restored, although a start is being made in September. The INTO has been lobbying on the issue over the past year and union president Joe Killeen said yesterday it would be ramping up the campaign. The shortfall left by State grants meant that teachers and parents were fundraising for basic expenditure and schools were in "absolute neglect", he said at the INTO annual conference...

Cap class sizes at 20 to avoid ‘crowding out’ pupil - Irish Examiner
22 Apr 2019
...INTO president Joe Killeen said it is time, “once and for all”, to cap class sizes so “every child has the room to bloom and every teacher the room to teach and teach to the best of their capacity”. He called for a return to 2009 pupil/teacher ratio levels for smaller schools with teaching principals.

More than 100,000 pupils ‘crowded out of education’ - Irish Times
22 Apr 2019
INTO calls for cap of 20 pupils per class to ensure children reach their full potential. More than 100,000 children in primary school classes of more than 30 pupils are being “crowded out of education”, according to the country’s largest teachers’ union. Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) president Joe Killeen told delegates at the opening of the union’s annual congress that smaller classes are vital to ensure every child has the chance to reach their full potential. “Smaller classes really matter, especially for younger children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Mr Killeen told delegates...

INTO president promises union will continue fight 'for equal pay for equal work' for teachers - Irish Examiner
22 Apr 2019
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) president Joe Killeen has said his union will stand with its new members on securing pay equality, whether through “negotiation, court challenge or industrial action”. “The INTO did not aid, and was not complicit, in the cutting of new entrant salaries,” Mr Killeen said at the opening of the INTO annual congress in Galway. “We opposed the cutting of new entrant pay,” he reminded over 850 delegates and 200 guests, and said the cut for entrants from 2011 was “introduced unilaterally and without consultation by the Government as an austerity measure”...

Pay equality for new teachers dominates INTO conference - rte.ie
22 Apr 2019
The president of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation has told delegates at the union's annual congress that the INTO did not aid and was not complicit in the cutting of the salaries of so-called 'new entrant' teachers. Opening the union's conference with an address to delegates, Joe Killeen said the measure had been introduced unilaterally and without consultation by Government. He said negotiations may be slow but the union's argument for equal pay for equal work would win out in the end. Mr Killeen said the union would stand with its members until what he called this "blot of inequality" was obliterated...

INTO President Fears Unbalanced Development Is Behind Drop In Clare’s School Numbers - clare.fm
15 Apr 2019
The Clare-based President of the INTO fears unbalanced regional development will see Clare’s school-going population continue to decline. Figures released by the Department of Education reveal that schools across the Banner County had the biggest fall in enrolment numbers nationally in 2018...

Teachers honoured on their retirement - Enniscorthy Guardian
13 Apr 2019
The Irish National Teachers Organisations (INTO) held a function in the Riverside Park Hotel to honour seven local teachers who have retired after many successful years of service to their profession...

INTO branch bid farewell to retiring members - The Argus
6 Apr 2019
... I then caught up with committee members Catherine Flanagan CEC from Castleblaney representing Cavan, Louth and Monaghan, Angela Merrick from Dublin Road Mureann O'Keeffe from Blaney Road, Helen Lucheroni from Glenwood and general secretary designate John Boyle who all wanted to wish all the best to these dedicated professionals for their many years educating children and to wish them all the best now they have time for themselves and their families...

Highland Radio - Nine Til Noon Show
4 Apr 2019
Interview with John Boyle INTO General Secretary Designate, on the future investment in primary schools (move to 0:30:19)

John Boyle: '500,000 pupils in primary schools deserve better' - Irish Independent
3 Apr 2019
As the nation emerges from recession, the damage is all too evident in schools across the country. If we are to retain our standing in the world and deliver a high level of primary education, now is the time to invest and secure our future...

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