029. Principal Benchmarking Should Be Awarded

Back in 2008, a review of all public sector pay came to the conclusion that everyone was being paid fairly except for a small proportion of university technicians and all 3,200 primary school principals. The principal allowance was to be upped significantly in some cases. Below are the figures from an old INTO Eolas leaflet. … Read more029. Principal Benchmarking Should Be Awarded

025. Free School Lunches for All Pupils

There is a School Meals Programme for a number of years, which provides schools (generally DEIS schools) with a €1.40 per pupil grant, which the school can use to provide each pupil with a sandwich, piece of fruit and a drink. The school receives a maximum of 90% of the money they apply for (seriously, … Read more025. Free School Lunches for All Pupils

023. The DES should develop curriculum content

Ireland is a funny country. The Department of Education has a large selection of quangos that do loads of different jobs but none of them make curriculum content. If an Irish teacher is looking for an ICT resource to compliment a lesson, it’s almost certain  that the teacher will visit a different country’s content and … Read more023. The DES should develop curriculum content

125. There should be a Teaching Assistant in every 2nd classroom

Ireland has the second highest class size in the EU behind the UK. In the UK, almost every classroom has a Teaching Assistant to make up for the fact that class sizes are slightly larger than Ireland.  Irish schools would benefit greatly from having this “new” position created. The job would not require a full … Read more125. There should be a Teaching Assistant in every 2nd classroom

107. Bullying outside of school shouldn’t be the responsibility of the school

Bullying is and always has been the scourge of school life. It is one of the most talked about topics between parents and up until recently was confined to the school yard. Schools have always done their best to try and stop bullying behaviour but over time it is becoming more and more difficult. In … Read more107. Bullying outside of school shouldn’t be the responsibility of the school

116. Schools shouldn’t responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devices

Once upon a time a school in Co. Kerry decided to ban smartphones. This wouldn’t be an unusual story as a lot of schools have a ban on Smartphone use. However, this story has an extra layer. The ban extended to outside school hours. My first thoughts were: why did the school have to be … Read more116. Schools shouldn’t responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devices

093. All schools must have access to a hall for PE

One might expect all primary schools to have a PE hall, but of course they don’t. I don’t have exact figures for all schools around the country but according to the CPSMA only 50% of Catholic primary schools have full sized PE halls. I imagine given that this represents over 90% of schools, the figure … Read more093. All schools must have access to a hall for PE

067. Cleaners should be contracted by the DES and paid directly by them

Cleaning Staff are paid from an ancillary grant, which is given to all schools by the Department of Education each year based on the number of pupils enrolled in the school the previous year. This grant is also supposed to cover the wage of all ancillary staff including secretaries, etc. but, in general, it doesn’t … Read more067. Cleaners should be contracted by the DES and paid directly by them

066. Secretaries to be paid a standard wage directly from DES

School secretaries are paid from an ancillary grant, which is given to all schools by the Department of Education each year based on the number of pupils enrolled in the school the previous year. This grant is also supposed to cover the wage of all ancillary staff including caretakers, cleaning staff, etc. but, in general, … Read more066. Secretaries to be paid a standard wage directly from DES

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