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# Teachers

This year
Schools are removing outer doors on bathrooms to crack down on students vaping
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
One principal said vaping is an issue in every school in the country.
Parents from one school in Monaghan were upset to find out that the decision was taken without their consultancy.
One school said the practice is not unique to them and that many schools have opted to take the same precaution.
Minister says she's 'open' to considering shorter teacher training amid supply crisis
Norma Foley said she is trying to find solutions to the shortage of teachers affecting many schools nationwide.
Rents in Dublin and cars in Abu Dhabi: The 'nightmare' scramble to get teachers
School principals and deputy principals told The Journal about the impact that teacher shortages are having on their schools.
Substitute teacher: 'I lived abroad and came home, but teaching in Ireland has been a disaster'
One young teacher who worked in the UK has now moved back home says he’s had enough of the struggle to live in Ireland.
TUI Head: Greater flexibility needed to tackle staffing crisis in schools
The response to the crisis was labelled as “disgaceful” by one principal.
TUI calls for two-year master's in education to be halved to tackle staffing crisis
The union said this would increase the supply of secondary teachers and make the profession more financially accessible.
ASTI head: 'Quite frankly, they're putting people in classrooms who aren't teachers'
As of 15 August, there were 484 unfilled vacancies for post-primary schools on
Random school checks to be carried out to determine use of new free schoolbooks scheme
Schools were allocated up to €930 each to compensate staff for the time spent managing the government scheme.
Tributes paid to ASTI president Miriam Duggan who has died following a short illness
The Union said Duggan “worked tirelessly” as a voice for teachers in Ireland.
Poll: Do you agree with calls for a 'city allowance' for teachers?
INTO will negotiate for additional payments for teachers’ in urban areas.
Over 600 extra teaching course places to be added over the next two years
Norma Foley said the move was one of number of measures taken to address the high demand for teachers.
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
Teachers in England and Wales vote for strikes in pay dispute
The National Education Union has declared seven days of walkouts in February and March.
Last year
Plans to scrap teacher career breaks criticised as it emerges Education Minister is on same break
The lack of availability of teachers was brought up in the Dáil this afternoon.
Poll: Should career breaks for teachers be suspended in response to staff shortages?
It is under consideration by the Government at the moment.
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
The Social Democrats TD says the teacher shortage is at crisis point – he will table proposed solutions tomorrow.
Career breaks for teachers may be suspended in response to staff shortages
Schools have come under pressure due to unfilled job vacancies and teacher shortages.
Teachers’ Union of Ireland to hold industrial action ballot in September if pay not improved
Possible industrial action would be co-ordinated with other public sector unions should such a deal not be forthcoming.
'Some teachers get assaulted more than once a week': Review demanded over attacks at schools
Unions have demanded that better supports are available to teachers who have been assaulted by students.
INTO says 'scourge of supersized classes' should end, as teachers' unions to ask for pay increases
The two main teachers’ unions will be holding in-person conferences for the first time in two years today.
UK teachers call for ban on conversion therapy for trans pupils
UK teachers at a conference raised concerns over the government’s “repeated U-turns” on banning conversion therapy.
Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave
Staff absence in schools is reportedly “very high” due to the current wave of the virus.
Staff absence in schools is reportedly "very high" due to the current wave of the virus.
The Department of Education said its helpline remains open to support schools.
It said measures taken to support the supply of substitute teachers also remain in place.
Thousands of principals fear impact of teacher shortages as schools reopen today
Student teachers are being drafted in to cover Covid absences.
'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.
All time
Opinion: We owe teachers our thanks for the last two years whether we give them gifts or not
Whether parents buy something – or not – for their children’s teachers, Margaret Lynch says it’s important to thank them.
Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions
Emergency measures include an increased involvement of student teachers and retired teachers.
'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin
Micheal Martin has denied that he said teachers would be exempt from Covid-19 isolation rules.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney and social care worker Anne Marie Quilligan tell Susan Daly about the conditions faced by Traveller children in the country’s education system.
Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds
When schools are open, the risk among teachers and other working-age adults is similar, research has shown.
Foley: Unvaccinated pregnant teachers can return to classrooms or take 'pregnancy related leave'
Pregnant women in Ireland are advised to wait until they are 14 weeks along before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
The Education Minister says the department is 'following expert medical advice'.
Pregnant women in Ireland are advised to wait until 14 weeks before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
Foley says the advice also applies to pregnant women in other professions.
16 pregnant women have been admitted to ICU with Covid-19 so far this year
'We're not there yet': Continued vaccine push as Covid cases in hospital increase over weekend
Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home
The TUI said this situation is causing “severe stress and anxiety” for affected teachers.
'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.
Leaving Cert 2022: Students will again have more exam choice due to Covid disruption
Additional choice was incorporated in Junior and Leaving Cert exams this year and will again next year.
Teachers' union calls for schools to be kept under 'forensic review' as all students return
A million students and staff are back in school today.
Vaccine priority: All three teacher unions agree to ballot for industrial action if government doesn't meet demands
The three unions tabled a joint motion on the issue.
Teacher unions to table joint motion over vaccine priority schedule
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are continuing today.
'It's not a value judgement on any profession' - Education Minister defends change to vaccine prioritisation
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are taking place today.
The conferences of the country's three teacher trade unions started online today
Unions are unhappy about the revised vaccination rollout based on age and not profession
Education Minister Norma Foley has addressed delegates at the INTO Congress
ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'
The decision to overhaul the vaccine plan has sparked anger from teachers who expected to be vaccinated sooner.
Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs
TDs have been hearing from teachers and other frontline workers unhappy with the changes.
ASTI has 'constructive engagement' with Department over Leaving Cert impasse
The teachers union had agreed to attend fresh talks with Education Minister Norma Foley this afternoon.
ASTI to attend fresh talks with Education Minister this afternoon
Harris says there is more time this year to find solution
'Significant increase' in on-site attendance possible at third-level from September
Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?