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Teachers want to ease burden on parents - Connacht Tribune
28 June 2019
National school teachers have called for capitation grants to be increased to ease the burden on parents who end up having to pay ‘voluntary’ contributions to fund primary schools’ day-to-day running costs. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) wants Government to restore the cuts made to the capitation grants during the Recession…Restoring capitation grants, which would cost the exchequer €12.5 million in one full year, was one of the three items discussed at the INTO’s annual ‘lobby day’ in Dublin last week. It was attended by more than 125 politicians who met with grassroots members from across the country about INTO’s priorities for Budget 2020…As well as lobbying for more funding, INTO wants reduced class sizes and support for ‘overworked’ school principals…

Kildare Today - KFM
27 June 2019
Interview with John Boyle, INTO General Secretary on small schools. (Hour 1 - move to 15:43)

Access to rural broadband could help save small schools – Minister - Irish Times
26 June 2019
The Minister for Education is involved in “intense discussions” over securing more favourable pupil-teacher ratios to help secure the future of small schools...The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has called for austerity-era changes to pupil-teacher ratios to be reversed...The trade union says some teaching principals find themselves increasingly professionally isolated as a school’s pupil number drops below the threshold for retaining other teachers. The union also says there are major pressures on principals in smaller schools, who must juggle the demands of teaching multiple class levels while also taking care of the administrative requirements of the school...

School closures prompt concern over future of small schools - Irish Times
26 June 2019
Rural schools often the ‘heartbeat ’ of rural communities, says Minister for Education...The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) says pre-recession figures for appointing teachers should be applied. Currently, a school can appoint a second teacher when it has an enrolment of 18 pupils and a third teacher when it reaches an enrolment of 54 pupils and a fourth teacher when it has 84 pupils....

Ministers lead drive to strengthen small schools ahead of fall in pupil numbers - Irish Independent
26 June 2019
Two ministers are heading up a new initiative to protect and strengthen small schools ahead of an expected fall in primary pupil numbers. Key players in primary education are attending a symposium today with Education Minister Joe McHugh and Rural Development Minister Michael Ring to share ideas on sustaining small schools...Among the issues to be raised by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation is a return to the more favourable pre-recession pupil thresholds for appointing teachers, as well as more release time for teaching principals to attend to non-teaching duties.

Donegal INTO members outline their budget priorities to Oireachtas members - Donegal Democrat
22 June 2019
The need to reduce class sizes was one of the issues raised when the Irish National Teachers Organisation held its annual pre-budget lobby day in Dublin earlier this week...Donegal/Leitrim INTO representative Aine McGinley said she is hopeful the Oireachtas members heard the message from teachers loud and clear. Also very much involved in the lobby day was INTO general secretary, John Boyle, from Donegal.

Main issues affecting teachers in Donegal – Class sizes & school funding - Ocean FM
21 June 2019
Reduction in class sizes and school funding were just some of the issues raised by the INTO’s representative from Donegal and Leitrim this week...Aine McGinley is a Donegal and Leitrim representative with the INTO. She says she is hopeful that the TD’s she spoke to heard her concerns for the year ahead.

INTO demands full restoration of school capitation grant - rte.ie
13 June 2019
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation has demanded that the Government fully restore the primary school capitation grant to the 2010/11 levels of  €200 per pupil...Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, INTO General Secretary John Boyle said a cash injection is needed in primary school education if the Government wishes to prioritise the future of early years education...

RTE Radio 1 - Morning Ireland
13 June 2019
Primary schools are being 'impoverished' by the current capitation grant of €170 per child. John Boyle, General Secretary INTO, discusses the level of funding for primary school next September.

Today FM - The Last Word
12 June 2019
Should Irish Teachers Abroad Return Home To Work? Education Minister Joe McHugh is in the United Arab Emirates as part of the government's efforts to encourage Irish teachers working abroad to return home. Interview with John Boyle, general secretary of the Irish Teachers Organisation...

Schools will still need parents’ ‘voluntary contributions’ despite increased funding - Irish Times
12 June 2019
Schools have warned that they will still be forced to fundraise and seek “voluntary contributions” from parents despite a small restoration increase in school capitation rates...The INTO said funding per student at primary level will remains at less than a euro per pupil per day. General secretary John Boyle said that since the capitation rates were cut in 2010, schools have had significant increases in energy and insurance costs. “While this is the first positive change in capitation we have seen in a decade, the current grant just isn’t enough,” he said...

Primary schools forced to fundraise to cover basic costs, says teachers’ union - Laois Nationalist
12 June 2019
Primary schools across the country are being forced to resort to fundraising to ensure basic costs can be covered, the primary teachers’ union has warned...“Since 2010, capitation has been cut from €200 per pupil,” said INTO general secretary John Boyle. “Since then, we have had significant increases in energy and insurance costs and, while this is the first positive change in capitation we have seen in a decade, the current grant just isn’t enough.” The government must restore funding to the pre-2010 levels at a minimum, so schools can cover their basic needs...

Primary schools forced to fundraise to cover basic costs, says teachers' union - breaking news.ie
12 June 2019
Primary schools across the country are being forced to resort to fundraising to ensure basic costs can be covered, the primary teachers’ union has warned. The current capitation grant, intended to cover the costs of heating, lighting, upkeep, teaching materials and insurance for schools falls short for many, according to the INTO...

Vast majority of Irish teachers in Gulf say quality of life is better - Irish Times
12 June 2019
An overwhelming majority of Irish teachers based in the United Arab Emirates say the quality of life is better and would recommend a career there, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs...Mr McHugh is due to meet with hundreds of Irish teachers at meetings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Thursday this week...However, general secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) John Boyle said there were a number of practical steps Mr McHugh could take over the coming months. These included boosting promotional posts at primary level and ending two-tier pay for good in an upcoming pay review...Mr Boyle also called on the Minister to provide a clear pledge that pay inequality will end in an upcoming public sector pay talks..

INTO urges Minister McHugh to address shortage of teachers - Ocean FM
12 June 2019
...Donegal native John Boyle is the general secretary of the INTO he says the Minister of Education faces two major challenges – attracting teachers back from locations like Dubai and retaining the services of recently qualified teachers here at home.

Minister urged to 'act quickly' to stop flow of teachers to the UAE - Irish Independent
11 June 2019
The flow of Irish teachers to the Middle East is continuing, leader of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) John Boyle has warned. He spoke as Education Minister Joe McHugh travelled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to meet emigrant teachers and tease out any barriers they see to returning home...Mr Boyle called for urgent action to end pay inequality, particularly for those who started work in Ireland between 2011 and 2014.

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...

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