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# teaching

Last month
April 2023
Teacher: My teenage students understand the difference between gender and sex
Eoghan Cleary says his students are well able to wrap their heads around gender identity issues.
This year
# Education
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.
Last year
'It will drive people away': Student teachers on the potential threat to career breaks
A report by
Jamie McCarron
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere.
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere if the option is removed.
The Department of Education has emphasised that no decisions have been made.
Plans to scrap teacher career breaks criticised as it emerges Education Minister is on same break
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
# 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.
All time
Cathal Crowe: We need substitute teachers, so why not use teaching students to fill the gap?
The Fianna Fáil TD and former teacher went back to the classroom to help after a shortage of substitute teachers.
# 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.
# 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.
Anonymous Teacher: 'Instead of cheers and claps, we are getting sneers from the public'
A teacher says the TUI calls this week for an early Christmas break were unhelpful, as those in her profession face a change in tone from the public.
Considering homeschooling this September? Here's everything you need to know about the practical steps to take
There’s already an active community of homeschoolers in Ireland and getting started is not a difficult process, writes teacher and homeschooler Cliona Brophy.
# Education
Teacher takes High Court action over refusal to be recognised by the Teaching Council
Fiona Roche has taught at several post primary and primary schools since 2002 and registered with the council since 2006.
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.
# 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.
Opinion: Focus on bureaucracy sells students with special education needs short
In other countries excessive bureaucracy has led to the demoralisation of teachers, writes ASTI President Breda Lynch.
# sex education
Minister orders full review of sex education in schools
Richard Bruton is due to address the annual conference of the ASTI teachers’ union this morning.
Career breaks: 'We shouldn't be stopping young teachers from going and exploring the world'
We need to look at the real reasons behind our teacher shortages and think about how we can attract more people into the teaching profession, writes Garrett O’Dowd.
# supply and demand
CAO points to drop as demand dips but teaching is still one of the most popular courses in Ireland
There were 72,643 applications by 1 February – a decrease of 3,443 applicants on the previous year.
# Let's Get Physics-al
Dáil to be told there's a 'real crisis' with physics and Irish teacher numbers
A Fianna Fáil motion will go before the Dáil tonight.
# Misconduct
First 'fitness to teach' hearing due to take place next week
About 25 complaints are currently being considered by the Teaching Council.
# High Court
Galway teacher fights to stop transfer to another school and says she was 'humiliated'
The teacher has been at the school for 17 years.
Teachers' pay: 'Less interest will mean lower CAO points and new teachers of lower standards'
In ten years’ time our poor academic results in schools will be met with public outcry, writes Cionnaith Ó Duibhir.
# Papua New Guinea
This Irish girl had a great red chair story about being a primary teacher on Graham Norton
The perils of big words.
# Education
'My daughter has special needs too': How should we educate gifted children in Ireland?
In Alberta, Canada, all gifted children are entitled to personalised learning plans, with the option of a specialised programme too.
Meet the businesses luring Irish teachers to classrooms around the globe
These firms tempt educators with tax-free salaries and other perks.
# Quiz
What Is Your Irish Teacher Name?
# Top of the Class
Over 2,500 new teaching jobs are to be created
Overall, the Department of Education and Skills’ budget will increase by €458 million.
# Croke Park
Warnings of 'major disruption' to schools as teachers vote to stop working 33 extra hours
The hours were agreed under the Croke Park agreement.
# blackboard jungle
Unequal pay is driving graduates away from teaching, says union
The TUI has today called for an end to unequal salaries for teachers.
# no day off
Kids, you're going to school: Teachers call off strike
The industrial action was due to impact about 350 schools across the country.
# Poll
Poll: Do teachers make enough money?
What do you think?
'I'm a teacher and while the school system isn't deliberately out to destroy people, it is broken'
Our time in a traditional school teaches us one basic fundamental: how to conform, writes a secondary school teacher.
# learning is fun
There's a secret reason why Solitaire was included with Windows 25 years ago
And what it taught us are actions we take for granted today.
# machine learning
This site wants to try identify any image you show it
It’s a new project from Wolfram Alpha and it’s quite good at recognising general objects.
# the divide
City kids are worse at reading (and their maths skills don't quite add up either)
Pupils in urban DEIS schools score worse in tests, but they are missing classes less.
# dabbledoo
This jazz cat is helping Irish kids learn about music (seriously)
It’s a brand new way of thinking about tunes.
Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?
We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.
# Background Checks
Garda vetting of 36,000 teachers will wait until after new laws are brought in
The minister also wants fitness to teach hearings to be held in public.
# Salary
Whoops! Teachers got paid a week early by mistake
Is it pay day? Eh, no.
# digital skills
Primary school pupils are being prepared to work in the 21st century
A survey of 300 Irish primary schools said access to high speed broadband is an obstacle.
# older kids
One in three Irish primary students share a class with another grade. Does it matter?
Not much according to new research, but a bit more for girls than boys.
# Education
Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is 'unregulated waste of money'
The Department of Education said it had not taken the decision to abolish the subsidy lightly but cuts had to be made.