038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary education

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

110. INTO need to reform their communication with members

Given that the Internet has been around for over 20 years, it is surprising how little it is used by organisations like the INTO to elicit the feelings of their members. It is deeply unlikely that there are any members of the INTO without access to the Internet and it is the perfect tool to … Read more110. INTO need to reform their communication with members

017. Remove all Union Involvement from Teaching Council

The Teaching Council is made up of several union representatives, which make decisions on teaching conditions. The union therefore becomes both the decision maker and gatekeeper of the Teaching Council, which makes little sense. The union needs to take on the role of a strong gatekeeper from the Teaching Council. Droichead was an example of … Read more017. Remove all Union Involvement from Teaching Council

INTO Congress: A Lesson in how to do Congress

The INTO congress was on this week. You might have missed it because you probably didn’t hear much about it in the media. This was probably because it was a massive success on all fronts. One could almost hear Katherine Donnelly’s disappointment that she couldn’t use words like “whinging.” Sometimes, we have to look at … Read moreINTO Congress: A Lesson in how to do Congress

Two Line Tuesday

The Minister for Education has refused an invitation to our union congress. While her apologists will excuse this, I think it’s a massive reflection on her disappointing term in education and the least she could have done was show up to thank teachers for cutting her so much slack.

Ten Things to Keep in Mind at INTO Congress

Every year, during the spring holidays, the media takes an interest in education as the various teaching unions hold their annual congresses. Ever since I became a teacher, my experience of the media is that teachers are portrayed as moaners and whingers. We are judged against the pupils we teach – example: if the pupils in their schools behaved … Read moreTen Things to Keep in Mind at INTO Congress

What have the Teaching Council ever done for us?

Have recently discovered Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Simon introduced me to it via twitter. I have enjoyed the shows that I managed to listen to including the recent one where Simon was interviewed! A couple of weeks ago, they interviewed Aine Lawlor, the Director of the Teaching Council. You can find this … Read moreWhat have the Teaching Council ever done for us?

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