If I were the Minister for Education...

How many times have you said to yourself, “If I were the Minister for Education…?” Well I do! Rather than grumble to myself, I decided to podcast my thoughts on ways I’d change the primary education system in Ireland.

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If you were to ask teachers what was the most divisive initiative to come into the primary education system in the last decade, Droichead would be high on the list. Initially designed so that schools would probate their own new staff, it developed from a pantomime into a circus. In part one, we look at...
With all the talk about early childhood education in the media, I was interested in hearing about the sector and the differences between it and primary education. It became apparent very early that we share a huge amount in common in all sorts of areas including the complications of ownership of buildings, of all things!...
In this summer episode, I go back to my roots in educational technology and offer you five tech tools that helped me in my job this school year. They are: Gmelius – https://gmelius.com/ Sunsama – https://sunsama.com/ Voice over IP – https://www.3cx.com/ and https://explore.zoom.us/en/products/zoom-phone/ Clever.com – https://www.clever.com Screencastify – https://www.screencastify.com/ Oh…and in the spirit of these...
On 9th July 2021, I was racially abused by people that claimed to be members of the National Party. I received a number of phone calls from the heads of representative bodies, stakeholders and partners. For the first time, I was asked by them, how could they help. And I told them. In this episode,...
The NCSE was established in 2003 to “improve the delivery of education services to persons with special educational needs arising from disabilities with particular emphasis on children.” It’s rare to find an organisation that has achieved exactly the opposite of what they set out to do in such a short amount of time. What started...
In the final part of our chat, Conor and I discuss the INTO’s support of the LGBT+ community. We talk about schools that raise the Pride Flag but do nothing more and then we talk about some resources that teachers could use in the classroom without “undermining” the ethos (not my words!) Finally, Conor tells...
It’s not often you’ll hear me speechless but in this part of my interview with Conor Bredin, he speaks about his experience of being a gay teacher in Ireland. For anyone that thinks working in the Catholic system is no harm, needs to listen to this. Conor gives his thoughts on this issue and sums...
In this 3-part episode, I interview Conor Bredin – teacher, podcaster and author. Conor will be well known to anyone who was at the 2022 INTO Congress where he received a standing ovation for telling his experience of being a gay teacher in Ireland. However, Conor wears many hats and in this part I learn...
Forgive the paraphrased Father Ted quote but it’s probably appropriate after reading Emma O’Kelly’s excellent article: “Bishops sought ‘commitment’ on priority for Catholic children in schools” https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0609/1303940-catholic-schools/ I read through this article attempting to give further context and background, as well as cringe through the astounding arrogance shown by the parties involved. {{where-to-listen}}
This week (May 31st) the SNA allocations were released to primary schools. It had been promised that a new frontloading model was to be used but for a third year in a row, school allocations were frozen. In this episode, I examine: why the representative bodies rarely, if ever, publicly condemn the NCSE why the...

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