016. Allow Teachers to use Social Media as They See Fit

Back in 2012, the Teaching Council released a final draft for consultation regarding out Professional Standards. At that time, I was extremely worried about a particular section: 3.3.7. which states that teachers should ensure that any communication with pupils/ students, colleagues, parents, school management and others is appropriate, including communication via electronic media, such as … Read more016. Allow Teachers to use Social Media as They See Fit

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

082. Provide one year of mentoring to any teacher starting in a new position

When a teacher starts in a new position in any school, they have to learn a new culture because no two schools are the same. While the teacher should be able to figure out their classroom and curriculum, the other aspects of being a teacher in that school can take some time to learn. The … Read more082. Provide one year of mentoring to any teacher starting in a new position

077. Teaching council should provide a phone mentoring service

One of the most useful things the Teaching Council provides is a mentoring service. Unfortunately, it is only available through Droichead, which means it is almost meaningless, and it is only available for teachers in their first year out of college. It’s a shame because its predecessor in mentoring, the NIPT, was a very good … Read more077. Teaching council should provide a phone mentoring service

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

038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary education

Have you ever wondered what happens when the Department of Education has a meeting with all education partners? I always did and wondered what it would look like. When I was invited to represent a body regarding a new Department of Education initiative, I could see exactly why the education system is so messy. I … Read more038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary education

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