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# teaching

All time
Teachers taking up JobBridge scheme in the bad books with the union
The INTO has directed its members not to participate in the scheme.
# Thailand
Irishman killed in bike crash may have been rushing to beat Thai coup curfew
The 30-year-old suffered head injuries in the crash on Friday night and passed away yesterday.
Opinion: Children with special needs are being failed – this is not inclusive education
We are a society, not a collection of economic units where some of our children can be victimised in the name of “value for money”.
# Under fire
Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?
The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?
# rumble for ruairi
Education Minister faces sustained heckling and booing as he speaks to secondary teachers
The minister had earlier today faced the ire of primary teachers.
# Workload
Ireland's primary school principals are at breaking point, says INTO
General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the workload of principals needs to be reviewed.
# Under Pressure
Majority of primary school principals have to teach full-time
The INTO said today teachers have little time for school administration outside of their teaching responsibilities.
# Primary School
School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.
# Education
Teacher shortage in new subjects as second-level student numbers to rise
School principals said they need to start planning now to ensure that teachers are qualified to teach the subjects that are in demand.
# cross-party support
No contest likely on Down Syndrome bill to provide resource teaching
The Independent bill would mean pupils with Down Syndrome in mainstream schools are guaranteed resource teaching and the Government aren’t objecting.
# monitored
Education Minister refuses to rule out video cameras in classrooms
Ruairí Quinn said that he felt that “some older teachers are used to being sole person of authority in the classroom”.
# New Rules
Thirty teachers risk being struck off the payroll for failing to register
Teachers must be registered with the Teaching Council in order to be paid a salary by the State.
# Your Say
Poll: Should 'fitness-to-teach' hearings be introduced?
The Government’s drawing up plans to bring in public hearings, whereby teachers could be banned from state employment if serious complaints are upheld.
# Education
Bad teachers can be punished more easily under new rules
Ruairí Quinn is increasing the power of the Teaching Council to bring in new sanctions for bad and underperforming teachers.
# Education
New third level report shows students at ITs more likely to drop out
The report — part of a new initiative from the HEA — gives detailed profiles of institutions. The authority insists it’s not a “ranking system”.
# weekly wages
Education down, ICT up: Average weekly earnings decrease in 9 of 13 sectors measured
The average pre-tax weekly wage is currently at €675.53 — down by 2.4 per cent on this time last year.
Column: I don't teach for 'good money' or 'cushy holidays'
One of the biggest challenges teachers face is the public’s perception of them – but I’ll tell you the real reason I teach: I want to help young people, writes Gerry Sutton.
Column: An Open Letter to Ruairi Quinn
“Dear Minister: I’m busy and I’m tired. I love my job but your policies are making it very, very difficult for me to be good at it,” writes Evelyn O’Connor.
# Payback
One teacher gets €8,573 cheque as over 1,600 receive arrears from Department
Arrears totalling €4 million have been repaid, after problems calculating rates for new teachers last year.
CAO applications for business courses on the rise
There has been a drop in CAO applications in teaching and law, but the demand for business courses has risen.
Column: Young people should leave school financially literate
How pensions work, how to read a payslip, dealing with personal taxes, how to choose and take out a loan (and how to pay it back), these should all be taught in school, writes Sinead Doherty.
Interview: For children to eat healthily we must teach them about food
From an early age it’s important for children to learn the basics about the food they eat; helping them to ‘grow their own’ can do this, says chef Donal Skehan.
# Third Level
Science, business and agriculture courses increase in CAO popularity
However teaching, medicine and arts have all dropped.
Column: What I’ll miss most about an Irish Christmas
The 12 pubs, the annual soap catch-up and the post-dinner snooze – Simon Growney will be thinking longingly of them in Thailand.
Column: We need to make the Irish language cool again
We have a love/hate relationship with Irish – but the only way to get young people speaking it is to take it out of the classroom, writes Traic Ó Braonáin.
Column: Times have changed and so should the Junior Cert
In the wake of the Junior Certificate results, Deputy Principal Noirin Walsh says that the examination is no longer in tune with the demand of today’s students.
# Education
Irish pupils taught over twice as much religion as OECD average
A major new survey of developed nations shows the average Irish 7-year-old spends 10 per cent of their school time on religion.
Column: Why the Leaving Cert as we know it is redundant, by a headmaster
There are better assessment systems out there internationally, writes headmaster Arthur Godsil. So why aren’t we using them?
# Special Needs
91 new classes for children with special needs announced
Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.
CAO offers: the main points
STEM is the new acronym of the day, standing for the popular-again subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
# Teacher Training
Quinn announces €40m upgrade for St Pat's teacher college
The Drumcondra teacher training facility is set to be upgraded over two years to accommodate 2,500 students.
# Education
No major difference in quality between large and small schools
English lessons were rated as marginally better in bigger schools, according to a new assessment from the Department of Education.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.
# Education
Girls' primary schools spend more time teaching religion - study
An ESRI study examining the use of classroom time in primary schools shows boys spend more time on PE, history and geography.
Column: Why we need career guidance counsellors - and why all the stereotypes are wrong
“The double-jobbing teacher”, “the leaflet pusher” – student guidance counsellor Pamela O’Leary has heard all the stereotypes about her profession but says cuts to the service will hurt vulnerable children most.
# Budget 2012
Quinn announces review of cuts to DEIS teacher numbers
Education minister Ruairí Quinn says he will seek a report on the Budget’s impact on teaching posts in disadvantaged schools.
# Teachers
Teachers play down reports of tax investigation over grind fees
ASTI said that undeclared income was not a “widespread issue” among teachers.
# Finland
16 surprising facts about Finland's unorthodox education system
Here’s what makes Finland’s system so different from other western states.
# Family affair
Get your Ma and Da online with Google's new website is a tool so younger people can help their parents (and grandparents) learn how to use the Internet.