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# Teachers

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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.
# Teachers
Teaching unions query whether schools should remain open if Ireland moves to Level 5
Under Level 5 restrictions, schools would remain open but most other businesses would be closed
# Secondary SChools
ASTI: Teachers' strike may be considered due to Covid-19 safety concerns
The union is balloting members for industrial action.
Teachers union to ballot for industrial action over Covid-19 safety concerns
It said ASTI members had “serious concerns” about the health and safety of school communities.
# Coronavirus
Teachers warn of severe disruption to schools already as they call for fast-track access to testing
The government has emphasised the importance of keeping schools open in its new plan for living with Covid-19.
# Schools
'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools
Many teachers complain they’ve received little guidance or assurances about how pregnant staff will be looked after.
# Schools
40% of teachers concerned about how play-based lessons will be affected by Covid-19 restrictions
That’s according to a new study published by DCU researchers.
# health and wellbeing
Psychologists launch guidance to help teachers and pupils returning to school
The guidance says that health and wellbeing should be prioritized for school staff.
View from a teacher: 'Nobody wants to return to remote learning'
One teacher is hoping for the best but says she cannot understand why the government took so long to release the ‘return to school’ plans.
# Education
1,000 extra secondary teachers to come from job-sharers and registered teachers not working in education
This is one of many measures included in the government’s roadmap to re-opening schools at the end of August.
View from a teacher: No, we have not been 'sitting at home on full pay' in lockdown
One reader is frustrated at what she believes is the unfair portrayal of teachers throughout the lockdown period and ahead of term start in September.
A tribute to the Class of 2020: How one group of teachers marked the end of school for sixth years
As schools end an academic year in the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of secondary teachers in Tallaght had to pay tribute to their students.
# Indemnity
ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be awarded full marks for oral and practical exams?
The main teachers’ union the ASTI called for that measure today.
# closed door policy
Teachers' Union calls for 'sanction' of parents who lobby teachers over child's Leaving Cert grade
TUI general secretary John McGabhann said this could take the form of a “public record” of any lobbying that took place.
Teaching during the Covid-19 crisis: Four weeks in, the novelty has given way to inertia for some students
One secondary school teacher describes the swift and extraordinary changes that she and her students are adjusting to.
The Irish For: Why do so many Irish politicians start out as teachers?
Darach Ó Séaghdha asks why we elect so many múinteoirí to the Oireachtas.
'The hypocrisy of it really bothers me': Secondary school teachers on why they're striking today
Over 90% of the Teachers Union of Ireland’s 19,000 members voted in favour of taking industrial action today.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support post-primary teachers going on strike next month?
Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland will strike on Tuesday 4 February.
# new sex ed plan
Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'
The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.
# Smartphones
'Young people learn about sex through porn, many have no idea what a healthy relationship looks like'
Parents and teachers need to be better equipped to talk to young people about sex and relationships, Noeline Blackwell has said.
# Múinteoirí
Gaeltacht grant to be restored for trainee teachers but not all students will be eligible
Minister Joe McHugh announced the measure in his department’s Budget 2020 briefing.
# Exclusive
Teachers at DCU English school say offer of 50c pay increase is 'a slap in the face'
Staff at the school have raised a number of issues about pay and conditions.
# Delays
'Absolutely unacceptable': Teachers unsure of when they'll be paid after starting new jobs
Concerns have been raised about the length of time it takes to process teachers’ appointments.
# Joe McHugh
Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home
More than 2,000 Irish people are employed in the education sector in the UAE.
# Recruitment
This new website is working to encourage Irish teachers abroad to return home will focus on connecting schools with teachers who are working overseas.
# school schootings
Florida approves bill allowing teachers to carry guns
The aim of the measure is to prevent school shootings but opponents say it’s a dangerous move.
# Múinteoirí
Grant won't be reinstated to student teachers spending thousands on placements in the Gaeltacht
The expense runs into thousands for students who spend two months in the Gaeltacht.
# Staff shortages
Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.
# Farming
'We shouldn't be defensive about debate led by young people': Bruton defends stance on 'Meatless Monday' teaching pack
The Irish Farmers Association want the teaching pack withdrawn or amended.
# Tax Credits
Substitute teachers refunded after some overtaxed by over €1,200
The issue was caused by a payroll system error that reduced their tax credits to zero.
European Court rules that two-tier teacher pay scale isn't age discrimination
Teacher’s union the INTO said that it the ruling was “a bitter disappointment”.
'There are always consequences': Minister responds to claim teachers may seek pay rise following recommendation on nurses
The ongoing nurses’ strike was suspended on Monday following a Labour Court recommendation on pay and conditions.
# pay issues
'Deeply shocking': Substitute teachers wrongly overtaxed after new system kicks in
The issue has affected a number of substitute teachers who were paid in the first and second pay runs of 2019.
# Homelessness
Teachers speak out: 'Homeless students are being forced to live a double life'
Latest figures show that there are over 3,800 children living in emergency accommodation in Ireland.
# Christmas
Poll: How do you feel about buying Christmas presents for teachers?
Some people are sick of the whole thing.
# Cyberbullying
'Embarrassing and nasty': Teachers report high levels of anxiety and stress due to cyberbullying by pupils
There have been calls for more resources for teachers.
# equal pay for equal work
Primary schools braced for strike action as INTO to ballot on next move
The union will meet next Wednesday to agree on a ballot for industrial action, up to and including a strike.
# Retirement Age
Teachers will be allowed work beyond 70 in their final school year under new law
Under current rules, those working in the public service must retire from their job at age 65.
# mcgowans
Teachers avoid jail after 'ugly' brawl at Dublin pub
The men were fined instead.