123. Set the same insurance rates for all schools

Many people wouldn’t realise that there is only one insurance company in Ireland that covers schools. It’s called Allianz. They used to be known as Church and General. This might explain why. However, in the post church-run world of school insurance, you might be surprised to learn that schools do not all pay the same … Read more123. Set the same insurance rates for all schools

119. DES should provide standardised policies to all schools

One of the many things I can’t understand about the Department of Education is how they are still getting away with having no responsibility for what happens in schools. The whole “providing for education” rather than “providing education” just doesn’t cut it when every week, at least one circular on average is published, which forces schools … Read more119. DES should provide standardised policies to all schools

115. Create centres for pre and after school care

Every so often, some politician makes the suggestion that classrooms should be utilised for after school care. The problem with this idea is that teachers tend not to leave their classrooms after school finishes and they have to get their rooms ready for the following day before they leave. Anyway, it makes a good soundbite … Read more115. Create centres for pre and after school care

111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support

It might seem surprising to people outside of the primary education system to know that schools receive absolutely no funding for technical support should any of their technology break down. Schools are forced to dip into parents’ pockets, as usual, in order to afford any form of technical support, with costs roughly €90 per hour … Read more111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support

109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.

One of my pet hates is when the government decide to have a consultation in educational matters. Inevitably, two things can happen in these. Firstly, the consultation can go out to everyone in Ireland. Secondly, the consultation can happen without input from teachers.  In both circumstances, opinion tends to be watered down by vested interests. … Read more109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.

108. Create opportunities for schools to network

I’m no beekeeper but I imagine schools are like hives. They are little independent colonies doing almost the same thing but have little opportunities to work with each other. Hopefully, that’s a good analogy or the rest of this suggestion is going to fall very short! My idea is very simple and is already being … Read more108. Create opportunities for schools to network

106. All Healthy Eating programmes must be backed by dieticians

Like many of society’s problems, schools are expected to be part of the solution, if not the whole solution. Obesity and diet are two pandemics in Irish society with our country biting their way to the top of the league tables of the most obese nation in the world. The Department of Education, to be … Read more106. All Healthy Eating programmes must be backed by dieticians

103. Infant classrooms should be designed differently

Infant education has been changing over the last couple of decades to a more play-based child-led curriculum. However, classrooms have not. Recently, we held a “Day of Play” where children had the freedom of unstructured play all day. What I noticed about how the infants worked through the day was how they automatically moved their … Read more103. Infant classrooms should be designed differently

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