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.
Consultations are a fashionable way for governments to pretend they are listening to everyone’s opinions before going ahead with their original plans. The consultation on Pluralism in Education was such an example. The population were given one of 4 options to decide on how best to solve the problem of the so-called Baptism Barrier. Before … Read more061. There should be a Transparent consultation process including a democratic response