069. Re-imagine the tendering process for building schools

Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but I watched an episode of Reeling in the Years where it accounted one of the biggest years of the Celtic Tiger. In one segment, the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, was shaking hands with some builder. A decade later, the same man (not Bertie) was the contractor in charge of … Read more069. Re-imagine the tendering process for building schools

063. Remuneration for Principals for managing all positions in the school

There’s not too many jobs out there where a manager would work for free. However, that’s exactly what principals do every day. Despite a principal having to manage all the staff in the school, that’s the teachers, SNAs, caretakers, secretaries, bus escorts and anyone else, (s)he only gets paid for the teachers.  There are circumstances … Read more063. Remuneration for Principals for managing all positions in the school

065. Replace some grants with local companies who compete to get tender

When it comes to some of the bigger grants given to schools for emergency work or summer works schemes, it’s local companies that should be considered to do the jobs. There are some good reasons for this – supporting the local economy and also taking pride in the work. When a school is granted money … Read more065. Replace some grants with local companies who compete to get tender

061. There should be a Transparent consultation process including a democratic response

Consultations are a fashionable way for governments to pretend they are listening to everyone’s opinions before going ahead with their original plans. The consultation on Pluralism in Education was such an example. The population were given one of 4 options to decide on how best to solve the problem of the so-called Baptism Barrier. Before … Read more061. There should be a Transparent consultation process including a democratic response

056. Abolish favourable entry to Teacher Training for Protestants

During the recession, it was decided that we had far too many Teacher Training Colleges and it was time to amalgamate them. Hibernia College was exempt as a private entity but the others were all fair game and were absorbed into various universities. One such amalgamation was in DCU where the old St. Patrick’s College … Read more056. Abolish favourable entry to Teacher Training for Protestants

054. Provide a Principal Step Down Facility

Becoming a principal can turn out to be a decision one might regret, as nothing can really prepare you for it. The idealist in you believes the advertisement that you will be a leader of learner, and in some ways, that’s sometimes true. However, the vast majority of the time, you end up filling in … Read more054. Provide a Principal Step Down Facility

052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachers

Sometimes it’s good to change a long held tradition. Anyone working in infant classes will see that their job is completely different to that of someone in another class. The way the curriculum is going, with Aistear encompassing much of what infant teachers do these days, is it time to simply use infants as a … Read more052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachers

051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to Schools

Special Educational Needs in Irish schools are a total disaster so this idea isn’t going to fix it. However, it might be a decent step in the right direction. When a child requires OT or SLT support, they join a very long waiting list and when they get an appointment, it’s generally during school, and … Read more051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to Schools

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