If I were the Minister for Education...

Here is my project to suggest ways for our education system to be the best it can be. I have a few ideas, which I’d love help fleshing out.

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001. Separate Church and State
001. Separate Church and StateEquality, Religion, equality-ideas-2 religion ideas-2church religion
002. Give equal funding to primary and second level
002. Give equal funding to primary and second levelEquality, equality-ideas-2 ideas-2funding parity
003. Fund ICT properly, not as part of minor works
003. Fund ICT properly, not as part of minor worksFinance, Technologyfinance technology-ideas-2 ideas-2
004. Make a decision on Gaeilge - all Gaelscoils or none
004. Make a decision on Gaeilge – all Gaelscoils or noneEquality, , equality-ideas-2 ideas-2ethos gaelscoil patronage
005. Scrap the NCSE
005. Scrap the NCSEDES, SENdes sen ideas-2ncse
006. A Fully-Resourced NEPS to take over Assessment of Need
006. A Fully-Resourced NEPS to take over Assessment of NeedDES, SEN, des sen ideas-2aon neps
007. Scrap the patronage system
007. Scrap the patronage systemReligion, religion ideas-2patronage pluralism
008. All pupils should go to their nearest geographic school
008. All pupils should go to their nearest geographic schoolEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2enrollment
009. Should we scrap school uniforms?
009. Should we scrap school uniforms?Equalityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2uniforms
010. Guarantee Minor Works Funding
010. Guarantee Minor Works FundingFinance, finance ideas-2grants minor-works
011. Start calling teachers by their first names
011. Start calling teachers by their first namesEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2first-name
012. Scrap single sex schools
012. Scrap single sex schoolsEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2gender
013. Reorganise salary scale
013. Reorganise salary scaleDES, Finance, Union, des finance union ideas-2payscale salary
014. Rethink Croke Park Hours
014. Rethink Croke Park HoursDES, Uniondes union ideas-2croke-park-hours
015. Centralise and Standardise ICT
015. Centralise and Standardise ICTTechnologytechnology-ideas-2 ideas-2
016. Centre Broadband Hubs around Schools
016. Centre Broadband Hubs around SchoolsTechnologytechnology-ideas-2 ideas-2broadband
017.	Remove all Union Involvement from Teaching Council
017. Remove all Union Involvement from Teaching CouncilTeaching Council, Union, teaching-council-ideas-2 union ideas-2droichead into
018. Ensure that classes for children with ASD are properly supported
018. Ensure that classes for children with ASD are properly supportedSENsen ideas-2autism
019. We need far more special classes to cater for all needs
019. We need far more special classes to cater for all needsSEN, , sen ideas-2autism ebd sen
020. Provide Mental Health Services to Pupils
020. Provide Mental Health Services to PupilsSEN, sen ideas-2hse mental-health
021. Scrap the new Primary Language Curriculum
021. Scrap the new Primary Language CurriculumCurriculum, , , , curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2english irish language literacy plc
022. Change the Curriculum Structure
022. Change the Curriculum StructureCurriculumcurriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2curriculum
023. The DES should develop curriculum content
023. The DES should develop curriculum contentCurriculum, DES, Technology, curriculum-ideas-2 des technology-ideas-2 ideas-2apps software
024. Try to become paper-free in terms of content
024. Try to become paper-free in terms of contentCurriculum, Technology, , curriculum-ideas-2 technology-ideas-2 ideas-2environment green-schools paper-free
025. Free School Lunches for All Pupils
025. Free School Lunches for All PupilsDES, Equality, , des equality-ideas-2 ideas-2food inclusion lunches
026. Ban Fundraising
026. Ban FundraisingFinancefinance ideas-2fundraising
027.	Ensure every town has adequate and fully funded provision for swimming
027. Ensure every town has adequate and fully funded provision for swimmingEquality, Financeequality-ideas-2 finance ideas-2swimming
028. Have a Maximum Class Size
028. Have a Maximum Class SizeDES, Financedes finance ideas-2class-size
029. Principal Benchmarking Should Be Awarded
029. Principal Benchmarking Should Be AwardedDES, Finance, , , des finance ideas-2benchmarking equality pay principal
030. No more Teaching Principals
030. No more Teaching PrincipalsDES, Union, des union ideas-2small-schools teaching-principals
031. Each enrollment to a school should come with a grant for miscellaneous items
031. Each enrollment to a school should come with a grant for miscellaneous itemsFinance, finance ideas-2capitation enrollment
032. Replace small schools with “hubs”
032. Replace small schools with “hubs”DESdes ideas-2small-schools
033. Reassess Positions of Responsibility
033. Reassess Positions of ResponsibilityDES, , , des ideas-2ap1 ap2 por posts
034. Change Infants structure
034. Change Infants structureDES, des ideas-2early-years junior-infants
035. Classroom Assistants instead of SNAs
035. Classroom Assistants instead of SNAsSENsen ideas-2snas
036. Bus Escorts to be employed by Bus Eireann
036. Bus Escorts to be employed by Bus EireannDES, des ideas-2bus-eireann bus-escort
037. Replace Boards of Managements
037. Replace Boards of ManagementsDES, des ideas-2board-of-management bom
038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary education
038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary educationDES, Teaching Council, Union, , , , des teaching-council-ideas-2 union ideas-2into ippn npc patronage teaching-council
039. Scrap Homework
039. Scrap HomeworkCurriculum, Equalitycurriculum-ideas-2 equality-ideas-2 ideas-2homework
040. All Special Schools to come under one system
040. All Special Schools to come under one systemSEN, , sen ideas-2sen special-classes special-schools
041. Rule: Add an Initiative, Remove an Initiative
041. Rule: Add an Initiative, Remove an InitiativeDES, , des ideas-2initiatives overload workload
042. Outsource obesity to parents
042. Outsource obesity to parentsCurriculum, curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2obesity parents
043. Scrap Section 29s
043. Scrap Section 29sDESdes ideas-2section-29
044. "Trademark" the title of Teacher
044. “Trademark” the title of TeacherTeaching Councilteaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2teacher
045. Diversify the profession
045. Diversify the professionEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2diversity
046. All schools should have provision for hot lunches
046. All schools should have provision for hot lunchesEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2lunches
047. Have properly resourced sub panels
047. Have properly resourced sub panelsDES, Teaching Council, des teaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2panel substitute
048. Abolish the Supplementary Panel
048. Abolish the Supplementary PanelDES, Union, des union ideas-2panel supplementary
049. Provide specialised teachers for Irish
049. Provide specialised teachers for IrishCurriculum, curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2gaeilge irish
050. Scrap drama
050. Scrap dramaCurriculumcurriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2drama
051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to Schools
051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to SchoolsDES, SEN, des sen ideas-2occupational-therapy speech-and-language
052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachers
052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachersCurriculum, DES, , curriculum-ideas-2 des ideas-2early-years infant-education junior-infants
053. Scrap private colleges of education
053. Scrap private colleges of educationTeaching Councilteaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2teacher-training
054. Provide a Principal Step Down Facility
054. Provide a Principal Step Down FacilityDES, Teaching Council, Uniondes teaching-council-ideas-2 union ideas-2principal
055. Set contract of hours for teachers
055. Set contract of hours for teachersDES, Teaching Councildes teaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2contract
056. Abolish favourable entry to Teacher Training for Protestants
056. Abolish favourable entry to Teacher Training for ProtestantsDES, Religion, des religion ideas-2church-of-ireland teacher-training
057.	DES should Provide Online Payslips
057. DES should Provide Online PayslipsDES, Technology, , des technology-ideas-2 ideas-2payslips portal wages
058. Reduce circulars to maximum 1 per term
058. Reduce circulars to maximum 1 per termDES, des ideas-2circulars workload
059. Pay grants based on current Enrollment rather than the previous year
059. Pay grants based on current Enrollment rather than the previous yearFinancefinance ideas-2grants
060.	No more paper based communication
060. No more paper based communicationDES, Technologydes technology-ideas-2 ideas-2communication
061. There should be a Transparent consultation process including a democratic response
061. There should be a Transparent consultation process including a democratic responseDESdes ideas-2consultation
062. Teachers should no longer be legally able to be fired due to their religious values
062. Teachers should no longer be legally able to be fired due to their religious valuesEquality, Religionequality-ideas-2 religion ideas-2job-security
063. Remuneration for Principals for managing all positions in the school
063. Remuneration for Principals for managing all positions in the schoolDES, Finance, , des finance ideas-2management pay principal
064. Caretakers should be paid directly by the DES
064. Caretakers should be paid directly by the DESDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2caretakers pay
065. Replace some grants with local companies who compete to get tender
065. Replace some grants with local companies who compete to get tenderDES, Financedes finance ideas-2grants
066. Secretaries to be paid a standard wage directly from DES
066. Secretaries to be paid a standard wage directly from DESDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2pay secretaries
067. Cleaners should be contracted by the DES and paid directly by them
067. Cleaners should be contracted by the DES and paid directly by themDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2cleaning-staff pay
068. Any school with special classes must be given extra administrative support
068. Any school with special classes must be given extra administrative supportSENsen ideas-2special-classes
069. Re-imagine the tendering process for building schools
069. Re-imagine the tendering process for building schoolsDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2building tender
070. Make primary education actually free
070. Make primary education actually freeFinancefinance ideas-2free-education
071. All schools to be sustainable
071. All schools to be sustainableDES, des ideas-2green-schools sustainability
072. Outsource Physical Education
072. Outsource Physical EducationCurriculum, curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2pe physical-education
073. All schools to have Student Councils
073. All schools to have Student CouncilsEqualityequality-ideas-2 ideas-2student-council
074. All schools to have websites
074. All schools to have websitesTechnologytechnology-ideas-2 ideas-2website
075. POD to be scrapped
075. POD to be scrappedDES, , des ideas-2aladdin databiz pod
076. Scrap privately run online summer courses
076. Scrap privately run online summer coursesCurriculum, , curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2courses epv summer-courses
077. Teaching council should provide a phone mentoring service
077. Teaching council should provide a phone mentoring serviceTeaching Councilteaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2mentoring
078. Church properly compensates pupil victims for abuse
078. Church properly compensates pupil victims for abuseDES, Religion, , , des religion ideas-2abuse catholic-church church compensation
079. Do not allow external agencies teach RSE
079. Do not allow external agencies teach RSECurriculum, Religion, curriculum-ideas-2 religion ideas-2accord rse
080. Should We Collapse Droichead?
080. Should We Collapse Droichead?Teaching Council, teaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2droichead teaching-council
081. Ensure that RSE is standardised
081. Ensure that RSE is standardisedCurriculum, Religion, curriculum-ideas-2 religion ideas-2accord rse
082. Provide one year of mentoring to any teacher starting in a new position
082. Provide one year of mentoring to any teacher starting in a new positionTeaching Council, , teaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2csl mentoring nipt
083. Replace the inspectorate with a mentoring system
083. Replace the inspectorate with a mentoring systemDES, des ideas-2inspector mentoring
084. No tolerance for violence
084. No tolerance for violenceDES, Uniondes union ideas-2violence
085. Ensure the use of technology remains a methodology, not a subject
085. Ensure the use of technology remains a methodology, not a subjectTechnology, technology-ideas-2 ideas-2ict methodologies
086. Scrap VAT for schools
086. Scrap VAT for schoolsFinance, finance ideas-2rct vat
087. Scrap standardised testing
087. Scrap standardised testingDESdes ideas-2standardised-testing
088. Lose Long Division from the Maths Curriculum
088. Lose Long Division from the Maths CurriculumCurriculum, , curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2division long-division maths-shared-lessons
089. Scrap the NEWB or get rid of the unnecessary paperwork
089. Scrap the NEWB or get rid of the unnecessary paperworkDES, , , des ideas-2attendance newb paperwork workload
090. No faith formation should be provided in school buildings during the day.
090. No faith formation should be provided in school buildings during the day.Religion, , religion ideas-2faith-formation ffish ffosh
091. Any faith formation must be provided in parish centres or religious-owned buildings.
091. Any faith formation must be provided in parish centres or religious-owned buildings.Religion, , religion ideas-2faith-formation ffish ffosh
092. No priority to be given to native Irish speakers for enrollment in Gaelscoileanna.
092. No priority to be given to native Irish speakers for enrollment in Gaelscoileanna.Equality, , , equality-ideas-2 ideas-2admissions-bill enrollment gaeilge irish
093. All schools must have access to a hall for PE
093. All schools must have access to a hall for PECurriculum, DES, Finance, curriculum-ideas-2 des finance ideas-2pe physical-education
094. All schools need a Parents' Room
094. All schools need a Parents’ RoomDES, , des ideas-2involvement parental-involvement parents
095. SPHE to be given more time allocation
095. SPHE to be given more time allocationCurriculumcurriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2sphe
096. Introduce philosophy as a module
096. Introduce philosophy as a moduleCurriculum, curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2philosophy sese
097. Scrap Music Generation
097. Scrap Music GenerationCurriculum, , , curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2commercial music music-generation u2
098. Ban competitions in schools from commercial entities
098. Ban competitions in schools from commercial entitiesFinance, , finance ideas-2collections competition vouchers
099. Financially reward schools that have low energy usage
099. Financially reward schools that have low energy usageDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2environment seai
100. Centralise photocopying management
100. Centralise photocopying managementFinance, , finance ideas-2environment photocopier seai
101. Teach Irish like EAL
101. Teach Irish like EALCurriculum, curriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2gaeilge irish
102. Scrap Creative Ireland
102. Scrap Creative IrelandDES, Finance, des finance ideas-2arts creative-ireland
103. Infant classrooms should be designed differently
103. Infant classrooms should be designed differentlyCurriculum, DES, , curriculum-ideas-2 des ideas-2aistear classroom-design infant-education
104. Increase resources for EAL
104. Increase resources for EALDES, Finance, SENdes finance sen ideas-2eal
105. E Charging points for all schools
105. E Charging points for all schoolsFinance, finance ideas-2ecars environment
106. All Healthy Eating programmes must be backed by dieticians
106. All Healthy Eating programmes must be backed by dieticiansDES, Equality, , des equality-ideas-2 ideas-2diet food-dudes healthy-eating
107. Bullying outside of school shouldn't be the responsibility of the school
107. Bullying outside of school shouldn’t be the responsibility of the schoolDESdes ideas-2bullying
108. Create opportunities for schools to network
108. Create opportunities for schools to networkDES, Teaching Councildes teaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2networking
109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.
109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.Curriculum, DES, Teaching Council, Unioncurriculum-ideas-2 des teaching-council-ideas-2 union ideas-2consultation
110. INTO need to reform their communication with members
110. INTO need to reform their communication with membersUnion, union ideas-2communication into
111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support
111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical SupportDES, Technologydes technology-ideas-2 ideas-2technical-support
112. School transport to be completely free
112. School transport to be completely freeEquality, equality-ideas-2 ideas-2bus-eireann school-transport
113. Ban all voluntary contributions and donations
113. Ban all voluntary contributions and donationsFinance, finance ideas-2donations voluntary-contributions
114. All technology should be ordered through a centralised system
114. All technology should be ordered through a centralised systemTechnologytechnology-ideas-2 ideas-2precurement
115. Create centres for pre and after school care
115. Create centres for pre and after school careDES, des ideas-2after-school-care childcare
116. Schools shouldn't responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devices
116. Schools shouldn’t responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devicesDES, Technology, , des technology-ideas-2 ideas-2parenting smart-devices smartphones
117. Increase the number of social workers
117. Increase the number of social workersEquality, SEN, equality-ideas-2 sen ideas-2social-workers tusla
118. Ensure all libraries are stocked with books that speak to all children
118. Ensure all libraries are stocked with books that speak to all childrenCurriculum, Equality, Religion, , , , , , curriculum-ideas-2 equality-ideas-2 religion ideas-2beliefs books eal lgbt libraries mental-health minorities
119. DES should provide standardised policies to all schools
119. DES should provide standardised policies to all schoolsDES, des ideas-2circulars policies
120. (re)Introduce MFL into primary schools
120. (re)Introduce MFL into primary schoolsCurriculumcurriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2mfl
121. Reform the PDST
121. Reform the PDSTCurriculumcurriculum-ideas-2 ideas-2pdst
122. Schools need Sports Facilities
122. Schools need Sports FacilitiesCurriculum, Finance, curriculum-ideas-2 finance ideas-2pe sport
123. Set the same insurance rates for all schools
123. Set the same insurance rates for all schoolsDES, Equality, Financedes equality-ideas-2 finance ideas-2insurance
124. All Fitness to Teach cases should be held privately.
124. All Fitness to Teach cases should be held privately.Teaching Councilteaching-council-ideas-2 ideas-2fitness-to-teach
125. There should be a Teaching Assistant in every 2nd classroom
125. There should be a Teaching Assistant in every 2nd classroomDESdes ideas-2teaching-assistant
126. Primary and Secondary Principals should be on the same pay scale
126. Primary and Secondary Principals should be on the same pay scaleFinance, finance ideas-2parity principal
127. Restoration of the 15% cut to Resource Hours to schools
127. Restoration of the 15% cut to Resource Hours to schoolsSEN, , sen ideas-2ncse sen set
128. Automatically Cluster SET Allocations
128. Automatically Cluster SET AllocationsDES, SEN, des sen ideas-2set set-allocations

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