Burren National School: A symbol of the divestment process

Today, Educate Together announced that the proposed new Educate Together school in Castlebar was not going to open because a suitable premises was not offered. The building that the church offered is a school that hasn’t been used in over 20 years, is inaccessible and is over 12km from Castlebar. Rather than providing a suitable temporary … Read moreBurren National School: A symbol of the divestment process

Hibernia Graduates and the Catholic Qualification

A couple of weeks ago, the diocese of Meath published a letter regarding the recognition of qualifications to teach Catholic Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools. In the letter, it stated that: “Only teachers with an approved religious qualification may be considered for any fixed term, substitute or temporary cover…At present the Hibernia Religious Diploma is not recognised by … Read moreHibernia Graduates and the Catholic Qualification

Should schools be allowed to discriminate?

The headline grabber from the INTO congress was Jan O’Sullivan’s announcement that new enrollment guidelines will now be enacted. The media have decided to set their focus on one aspect of the new guidelines: now schools can only prioritise the enrollment of 10% of past pupils. It has been taken on to such an extent that one … Read moreShould schools be allowed to discriminate?

A short guide to religion in primary schools

Over the last number of years, the population of Ireland has changed. One of the things that has changed greatly in the last while is the rise in the number of belief systems in the country. Traditionally, Ireland consisted of a population of around 99% Christians, generally either Catholic or Church of Ireland with a smattering … Read moreA short guide to religion in primary schools

5 Headlines about the ESRI report on 9 year olds in primary schools

The ESRI have just released a study about 9 year olds in Irish primary schools.  I thought it might be interesting to see how the main media publications covered the story. RTE – A new study has found significant variations in how children spend their school day, according to the kind of school they attend. The … Read more5 Headlines about the ESRI report on 9 year olds in primary schools

Me…a scrooge?

Hi there!
Am so excited re the holidays which are fast approaching! With one week to go, I know the class are going to be going slightly more mental than usual! Before every celebration or big event, i.e. Halloween, Easter, Christmas or Bank Holdiays, certain members of my class will start to lose the plot, get overexcited and become hyperactive little aliens.

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