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# Teachers

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Schools
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
Last month
January 2023
# Education
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
2022
# teacher supply
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should career breaks for teachers be suspended in response to staff shortages?
It is under consideration by the Government at the moment.
Voices
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.
# teacher shortages
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.
# teaching strike
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.
# Assault
'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.
# TEACHERS UNION
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 Government
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
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.
# school's back
Thousands of principals fear impact of teacher shortages as schools reopen today
Student teachers are being drafted in to cover Covid absences.
# re-opening
'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
Voices
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.
# substitute teachers
Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions
Emergency measures include an increased involvement of student teachers and retired teachers.
# Leaders' Questions
'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.
# Education
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.
# Schools
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.
# Schools Return
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
# Vaccines
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.
# Covid-19
'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.
# State Exams
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# covid19
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.
# Teachers
Teacher unions to table joint motion over vaccine priority schedule
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are continuing today.
# vaccine rollout
'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
# Teachers
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.
# Not happy
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.
# Leaving Cert
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?
# spread
Teachers to seek 'assurances' on safety of schools before any return to classrooms
A teachers’ union wants safety measures in schools to be reviewed in the context of the new, more transmissible strains.
Voices
School principal: 'Pitting school staff against parents in a game of political football has not helped'
Wicklow principal Pádraig Murphy says some vulnerable children will need years of added support after this but it’s important to only open schools when safe to do so.
# Teachers
Minister to meet special needs groups as families left ‘devastated’ over schools u-turn
CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland said the u-turn on schools has left families and children with special educational needs reeling.
# teachers' unions
Unions and Education Minister agree the 'established' Leaving Cert must take place in June
Meanwhile, the decision not to allow in-school learning for children with special needs has been called “devastating”.
# Education
ASTI and TUI directed teachers not to co-operate with government plans before Leaving Cert u-turn
Leaving Certs were set to return to school for three days per week.
# public servants' pay
Teachers Union of Ireland will be 'strongly' advising its members to reject new public pay deal
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath published the details of the public pay deal today.
# winter months
Teaching union said it never proposed breaking early for Christmas
Teaching unions spoke before an Oireachtas Committee today.
# Wellbeing
Teachers' union asks government to start school Christmas break a few days earlier
Schools are due to close on Tuesday 22 December; the TUI is suggesting that they instead close on Friday 18 December.
# Covid-19
ASTI members insist strike action would be 'last resort' but that government needs to listen to them
ASTI members have voted to take industrial action over ‘key coronavirus issues’ in Irish schools.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support teachers striking over Covid-19 safety concerns?
ASTI members have voted to take industrial action unless government addresses Covid-19 safety concerns.
# TUI
92% of post-primary teachers say wearing masks makes work more difficult - TUI survey
The survey, carried out amid a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, highlights concern among the profession.