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Exploring gender identity in primary schools - Irish Independent
18 Oct 2018
New study outlines the need for educational institutions to support children at an early age.. The whole issue of gender identity has become much more important in Irish primary schools. Teachers are having to work out ways to accommodate children who may not fit in with conventional or traditional ideas of gender...
 
LGBT+ teachers' group seeks inclusiveness in schools - rte.ie
17 Oct 2018
Members of the INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group have written open letters about negative experiences they’ve encountered in school staff rooms... The INTO LGBT+ Teachers' Group says its members "have communicated to us that, on occasion, they feel unsure and uneasy in staff rooms and sometimes even unwelcome and isolated"...

‘National treasure’ of local history launched as unique booklet - Donegal Daily
11 Oct 2018
A new booklet capturing an insight into the folk life, material culture, heritage and folklore of County Donegal in the 1930s has been launched to much praise from the local and historical community... Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer with Donegal County Council explains: “In 1937-1938, the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore, material culture, heritage and local history...

Education budget: Modest increase in school capitation funding - Irish Times
10 Oct 2018
Extra 1,300 classroom posts to keep pace with growing school population...The response from education partners was mixed with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation insisting that the capitation funds will have “no noticeable impact on the crisis in school funding”...

Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts - Irish Independent
10 Oct 2018
Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts...A much-anticipated rise in capitation grants to schools to meet daily running costs was delivered, but the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) described the 5pc increase as a "pittance"...

Parents still have to fund school costs after 5pc grants rise - Evening Herald
10 Oct 2018
Parents will still have to fork out to help schools meet running costs after the Budget increase of only 5pc in day-to-day funding grants. The Irish National Teachers' Organisation said it would have "no noticeable impact on the crisis in funding facing schools around the country"...

5% increase in capitation funding for schools 'a pittance' - INTO - rte.ie
9 Oct 2018
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has described the 5% increase in capitation or day-to-day funding for schools announced as part of Budget 2019 as "a pittance". In the Dáil, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced a 6.7% increase in the education budget for next year. He said there will be an increase in the standard capitation rate per pupil by 5%. However, the INTO said that the increase will have "no noticeable impact on the funding crisis in schools"...

Schools may send children home due to teacher shortages - Irish Times
6 Oct 2018
INTO warns that other schools in the capital may follow suit due to lack of substitute cover...Carmel Hume, a principal in south Dublin and member of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation’s (INTO) central executive committee, said it was likely the phenomenon of children being sent home early will become more common as time goes on...

The ‘Baptism barrier’ is to be scrapped for schools for next year - evoke.ie
4 Oct 2018
The so-called ‘Baptism barrier’ is to be scrapped for nearly all schools for the next academic year...But the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) said the move is set to cause “chaos”...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: ‘The Minister has put the cart before the horse by commencing provisions of the act with blatant disregard for school leaders who, will be expected to change policies in their schools without any regulatory guidance.’...

Teachers warn removal of ‘baptism barrier’ will cause chaos for schools - Irish Times
4 Oct 2018
INTO says schools have no guidance for changing their admissions policies. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: “The Minister has put the cart before the horse by commencing provisions of the act with blatant disregard for school leaders who, will be expected to change policies in their schools without any regulatory guidance.”...

Children have been forgotten in State’s action plan for education - Irish Examiner
27 Sept 2018
There’s one big problem in the Government’s Action Plan for Education which aims to make Ireland’s education and training service “the best in Europe by 2026”: the children have been forgotten...Capitation grants for primary school kids plunged from €200 per child per year in 2010, to €170 per child per year in 2015. They have never been restored. Meanwhile, the Irish National Teachers’ Union reckons parents contribute about €46m a year in so-called voluntary contributions, bun sales, bun fights, and “Guess the name of the goldfish” competitions...

Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration - Irish Examiner
26 Sept 2018
The Government is likely to pass this week’s proposed pay restoration measures for teachers at next month’s budget with the possibility of school strikes looming large...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the proposals provide full upward pay equality for new entrants from 2017, and deliver significant progress for earlier new entrants. The union said the proposals do not fully restore pay equality for the earliest group of entrants to teaching after 2011, even with a two-point salary scale jump for 2011 entrants next year over the incremental salary increase they would be scheduled to receive anyway...

Strike threat as public sector workers lash out at €3,300 deal without back pay - Irish Independent
25 Sept 2018
More than 60,000 public sector workers will benefit from changes to austerity-era cost-cutting measures...But the Irish National Teachers Organisation decided last night to ballot members on the package without any recommendation, and acknowledged they had made "significant progress"...

Teacher granted breast-feeding breaks extension - Irish Examiner
24 Sept 2018
The new allowance for breastfeeding breaks by teachers has been welcomed by their unions. In 2016, women made up 86% of the country’s primary teachers, who are represented by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO). “This provision is timely for the many INTO members who wish to continue breastfeeding their children following their return to work,” the union said."...

The Birth of the INTO - Irelands Own
September 2018
This year the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation celebrates its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1868, it is one of the oldest nationwide teachers’ unions in the world. One of Ireland’s largest and most influential unions, it came from small beginnings and faced many challenges to its survival over the year from powerful outside forces and occasionally from internal disagreements, writes Niamh Puirséil....

Spending for each college student fell 29% from 2010 - Irish Examiner
12 Sept 2018
...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said Ireland was an exception to the finding that most countries are spending more per student than at the start of the global financial crisis in 2008...

Irish classrooms among the most overcrowded in developed world - Irish Times
11 Sept 2018
OECD report paints mixed picture of Ireland’s education system...“The confirms what we already know. Irish primary school education is underfunded, understaffed and undervalued by the Irish Government, ” said Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO...

Spending on education has not kept up with rising number of students - OECD - Irish Independent
11 Sept 2018
...The Irish National Teachers Organisation hit out at the fact that, in Ireland, the lowest level of investment remains in the primary education system. INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the report “confirms what we already know - Irish primary school education is underfunded, understaffed and undervalued by the Irish Government. Class sizes remain five pupils above the EU average, our primary school teachers more hours than those in other countries and funding has failed to keep pace with these changes in the last number of years.” “Irish primary education remains in dire need of a budget boost and every member of the INTO will be making the case to politicians in the run up to Budget 2019.”...

Growing class sizes for primary school pupils in Limerick - Limerick Leader
8 Sept 2018
...Limerick is a “black-spot” when it comes to large class sizes and there is currently a “massive demand” for school places, even in September, according to INTO spokesperson and Ballybrown N.S principal Joe Lyons. “Not a day has passed that I don’t have somebody seeking a place for their child contact the school. I would love to be able to offer them places but I can’t...

70,000 teachers may strike in push to restore pay - Irish Examiner
6 Sept 2018
The possibility of a strike ballot by 70,000 teachers to push for restoration of pay equality remains a possibility ahead of next month’s budget...At their respective conferences in April, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, and Teachers’ Union of Ireland passed identical motions mandating ballots for industrial action up to and including strikes if a deal was not reached to put all teachers on the same pay as those who started in the job before 2011...

Teacher unions criticise slow pace of pay talks - rte.ie
5 Sept 2018
Three teacher unions have criticised the slow pace of talks with Government aimed at securing equal pay for teachers who entered the profession over the past seven years...INTO President Joe Killeen said members' patience was wearing thin. He said the unions remained committed to the talks however, and to delivering for members...

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