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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: -3°C


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Schools in 'outdated buildings' fear a winter of energy rationing and cold classes
A report by
Diarmuid Pepper
‘It’s very difficult to ask parents for help, because no more than ourselves, every household is really suffering.’
The Department of Education has allocated one-off additional funding of €90 million.
But unions say more funding is needed.
One school principal described outdated school buildings as the 'broader issue'.
# 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.
# State Exams
Leaving Cert 2022: Teaching unions hit out at 'unhelpful' speculation about hybrid model
Students had a choice last year whether to sit an exam or receive an accredited grade.
# 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.
# Back To School
Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
Each of the three main teaching unions continued to express concerns about staffing.
The Department of Education said there was no public health rationale to delay the reopening.
The ASTI has said that some classes may be prioritised if adequate teaching staff was not available.
The leaders of the three government coalition parties also met this afternoon and green lit the plans for schools.
Genrui antigen tests: HPRA and company to investigate after multiple reports of false positives
Free antigen tests for symptomatic under-40s can now be ordered online
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# 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.
# Schools
Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus
Senior government members have said a bonus payment for frontline workers is under consideration.
# 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.
# 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
# Junior Cert
Junior Certificate examinations will not go ahead this year, Department confirms
Minister for Education Norma Foley briefed teaching unions on the plans this afternoon.
# Education
Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue
Talks have been ongoing for weeks between the government and unions.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should schools close early for Christmas break?
The teachers’ union is suggesting schools close on Friday 18 December.
# 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.
# Calculated Grades
TUI says 'traditional' Junior and Leaving Cert exams must return next year
The teachers’ union has said that certainty must be given to students now, seven months from when the written State exams are held.
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 call for clarity on position of schools ahead of new restrictions
Briefing ministers yesterday, the Health team said that “children were safer in schools”.
# Lockdown
Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan
NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.
# 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
# Calculated Grades
Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates
Students can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.
# Leaving Cert
Teachers' union says release of Calculated Grades rank order is a 'fundamental breach of trust'
The TUI also claimed that releasing the rank order will be “profoundly damaging to the student-teacher relationship”.
# Travel
Travel operator TUI to close a third of high street stores in the UK and Ireland
The UK’s biggest operator will close 166 shops due to the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
# new guidelines
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
'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.
# Pay dispute
Teachers' Union 'expects a lot of schools to close' during strike action
TUI members are set to strike on 4 February over pay inequality.
# Pay dispute
Teachers' Union of Ireland 'left with no choice' but to strike next month over 'pay discrimination'
The dispute centres around the big pay differences in the early years of employment between those hired before and after 2011.
# pay discrimination
Teachers to be balloted for strike action next month
The TUI says that big pay differences still occur between teachers hired before and after 2011.
'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.
# 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.
Proof that we need pay restoration: Schools are resorting to offering accomodation in order to attract teachers
President of the Teacher’s Union of Ireland Seamus Lahart says students, schools and teachers will suffer if action is not taken to address the recruitment and retention crisis.
# Education
Parents and students will be able to have their say on the use of smartphones in schools
The Education Minister said smartphone use by students “increasingly caused concern”.
# new teachers
Richard Bruton heckled at conference as teachers threaten to strike over pay issues
Unions have voted in favour of industrial action if pay inequality is not addressed.
# Industrial Action
'We've been hit quite a few times': Teachers' union on why pay changes are needed
Education Minister Richard Bruton said that it isn’t possible to negotiate a deal for teachers separate to other public sectors.
For everyone who finds themselves inexplicably enraged by that TUI ad
How many times do you think you’ve seen it this week? A million? Million and one?
# Education
Bruton says he can't restore young teachers' pay as it would mean cutting children's resources
A ballot of members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) rejected the government’s new public pay deal this evening.
# Teachers' Union of Ireland
TUI heads say they will recommend membership reject the new public sector pay deal
The TUI said the deal wasn’t good enough.