102. Scrap Creative Ireland

The vision on the front of the Creative Ireland web site is wonderfully uncreative: The Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. While I think it’s hugely important to support the arts in Ireland by whatever means, Creative Ireland definitely … Read more102. Scrap Creative Ireland

094. All schools need a Parents’ Room

All schools should have a room for the use of parents/guardians. The room should have facilities for parents for courses and facilities for refreshments. This room could double up for meetings with outside visitors such as a SENO or a NEPS psychologist. The main purpose of this room would be that it would be a … Read more094. All schools need a Parents’ Room

089. Scrap the NEWB or get rid of the unnecessary paperwork

Once upon a time not so long ago when a child was absent for more than 20 days, a school might ring their friendly Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) and let them know. The EWO would then take over and depending on the case, you might or might not hear from the EWO again.  Not so … Read more089. Scrap the NEWB or get rid of the unnecessary paperwork

087. Scrap standardised testing

If we’ve learned nothing else from countries where they are obsessed with standardised testings and from countries where they aren’t, it’s very clear that standardised testing does absolutely nothing to improve learning outcomes. In a way, it makes sense then that the Irish government decided not only to make it compulsory for Irish pupils to … Read more087. Scrap standardised testing

083. Replace the inspectorate with a mentoring system

Nobody really likes a visit from the cigire. The Department of Education sends out inspectors to schools every so often to make sure schools are doing what they are supposed to be doing and when they aren’t the inspector writes recommendations. The problem with the inspectorate model is that it doesn’t really help anyone, especially … Read more083. Replace the inspectorate with a mentoring system

078. Church properly compensates pupil victims for abuse

How does one start an article on such an emotive topic? The best advice is usually to stick to the facts, but as with anything relating to religion, facts are not necessarily the most important thing. However, whatever way one wants to colour it, the Catholic Church stood by idly while hundreds of their clergy … Read more078. Church properly compensates pupil victims for abuse

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