Podcast Show Notes: 29th May to 11th June 2024

In this episode, I examine the complex topic of teaching children about war, specifically focusing on the Israel-Gaza conflict. Drawing from my personal background and experiences, I explore the intricacies of discussing such sensitive subjects in the classroom. After that, something completely different as I preview my interview with Paudie Moore, The Teacher’s Coach, on … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 15th to 28th May 2024

In this episode, I examine the perennial picture of a family who don’t have a school place for their child and why it’s getting tiresome. Why are the NCSE so inept at their job? Niall Muldoon somehow fails to identify the source of the problem. What does opening 3 multidenominational schools mean for actual choice? The reality is that … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 1st – 14th May 2024

As Meja sang (I had to google her!), this episode is all about the money and it’s all about the dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb decisions recently made by the Department of Education. I look at the School Book Grant, the Ancillary Grant, and look forward to the summer programme, all of which have had their funds cut. I also … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 17th – 30th April 2024

This week we talk about the divestment of the first Catholic school to Educate Together, followed by the findings of the Grace report, indicating a discrepancy between the religious beliefs of teachers and their roles in Catholic schools. While one commentator blames the teachers, another blames the whole Catholic community. Next, I discuss the Polish … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 3rd – 16th April 2024

The following are the show notes from the latest episode of If I were the Minister for Education. The INTO Congress took place during the spring break and it’s always interesting to see the stories that the media find worthy of covering. Before it began, the media seemed to think teacher shortages caused by the … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 20th March – 2nd April

In this episode, I reflect on the implications of Josepha Madigan’s departure as the Minister for Special Education and whether the position will ever exist again. I also ponder on the INTO’s survey on physical aggression. Finally, we move to Estonia and explore why they are now kings and queens of Europe and why Ireland … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: 6th – 19th March

In this episode, I wonder about the quantum of SET agendas and why the IPPN has decided to go against its members. I discuss why the media have reduced a completely changed curriculum down to sex. Finally I deny that I’ve been looking through your bins. Links to articles discussed can be found here:

Podcast Show Notes: 15th Feb – 5th March

In this episode I explore the further collapse of special education in our system. I look at all the services that have fallen asunder including NEPS, which made the news last week after a NEPS psychologist contacted a journalist. I verified what he/she said was true. I’ve been complaining about education for years and, by … Read more

Podcast Show Notes: February 2024

Now commonly known as the Cluster Games, principals have spent the last week scrapping for hours to make up SET clusters of 25 hours. Mostly justifying their disregard of their colleagues because they think they need to save a teacher from the dreaded safeguard of the panel, I think principals have lost their principles. When … Read more

SET Allocations – Shownotes

Most people agree that despite the Department of Education claiming more SET hours (formerly Learning Support) are being given to children, it feels like we’re getting less. I decided to get the facts. The following are the notes I referenced in the podcast. According to the National Principals’ Forum, 61% of principals say there are … Read more

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