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

059. Pay grants based on current Enrollment rather than the previous year

Sometimes it’s little things that produce inequalities in education. One such rule is that schools are given grants based on their enrollments from the previous year. For schools that are developing, this means they receive less than they should for their enrollments. Given that POD exists and all records are digitised, there is really no … Read more059. Pay grants based on current Enrollment rather than the previous year

031. Each enrollment to a school should come with a grant for miscellaneous items

Schools get a number of grants for the running of various things. The capitation grant is the largest of these and is supposed to cover all utility bills and all the running costs of the school. It is never enough. Rather than providing a capitation grant for utilities, the capitation grant should be given to … Read more031. Each enrollment to a school should come with a grant for miscellaneous items

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

126. Primary and Secondary Principals should be on the same pay scale

You’d expect primary and secondary school principals to receive rate of pay for their jobs. Not so. For some reason second level principals deserve a higher rate of pay. Here is a chart showing the disparity. Unless there’s a compelling reason as to why second level principals deserve a higher rate of pay, parity should … Read more126. Primary and Secondary Principals should be on the same pay scale

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

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