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 more

111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support

It might seem surprising to people outside of the primary education system to know that schools receive absolutely no funding for technical support should any of their technology break down. Schools are forced to dip into parents’ pockets, as usual, in order to afford any form of technical support, with costs roughly €90 per hour … Read more

074. All schools to have websites

Most primary schools have some sort of website. However, there is absolutely no consistency in the website address of the school. Some schools have bought their own domain and built their website, others have used Scoilnet’s service (which technically isn’t a DES website) and therefore has a subdomain from that; and other schools have another … Read more

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 more

060. No more paper based communication

The DES should no longer provide anything to schools on paper. The OLCS (through Esinet) has a very rough and ready section that provides the users with updates. This needs to be updated and all updates should come from there. It would be useful to integrate it with a teacher portal, as mentioned in idea … Read more

057. DES should Provide Online Payslips

It’s a bit mad that well into the 21st century that we still get paper-based payslips. If the law states that we are entitled to a paper-based payslip, we need to change the law. All payslips need to be moved online where teachers can log into some sort of Teacher Portal and be able to … Read more

056. Try to become paper-free in terms of content

While a tad aspirational, it would be great to see how much paper-based content a school really needs. Obviously, subjects like Visual Arts couldn’t happen without paper but almost every other subject could limit itself a lot, certainly in terms of curriculum content. Is there really any need for textbooks at all when we can … Read more

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