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.
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
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
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
People often give out about teachers’ working hours. We’ve heard it all – half days and long holidays, blah blah blah. Everyone that is a teacher or loves a teacher knows that the hours we have with the children tell about half the story. There’s not a lot of point in me talking about all … Read more055. Set contract of hours for teachers
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
Before I begin this opinion, a disclaimer: I worked for a private college of education for 6 years. Now, on to the article. Most people know that the reason a private college for training teachers was established was because there was a huge shortage of teachers. Almost two decades on, it is still the case, … Read more053. Scrap private colleges of education
Irish schools do not have established substitute panels. I’m not sure how common this is, but it would make a lot of sense of they were to be established. Since the online claims system (OLCS) has been set up, there must be a huge amount of data to establish how many absences per day are … Read more047. Have properly resourced sub panels
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
There’s nothing more satisfying than a public witch hunt! If it’s a teacher in the docks, we can all reminisce about a terrible teacher we had and we can vicariously live through some other teacher’s public investigation. Teachers who tend to get to the level of a public Fitness to Teach scenario are probably the … Read more124. All Fitness to Teach cases should be held privately.