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# ippn - Thursday 8 November, 2018

Irish charity worker stabbed to death in South Africa

His body was formally identified this morning.

# ippn - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

Should two hours of PE a week be made compulsory for students? Primary School This post contains a poll

Should two hours of PE a week be made compulsory for students?

That’s what these principals think.

# ippn - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Primary schools to get a lick of paint with €28 million funding

The Minor Works Grant will be distributed depending on a school’s size.

# ippn - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Principals want 'CAO-style' admissions for primary and secondary schools

Both primary and secondary schools would have an online ‘preference’ system under the plans from primary principals.

# ippn - Thursday 24 January, 2013

Rising food poverty hinders students' ability to learn

The IPPN said primary school students are faced with new forms of disadvantages including losing their homes, cyber-bullying and early sexualisaton.

# ippn - Monday 28 May, 2012

Primary school standards have mainly 'stayed the same', say parents

In a new survey, 33 per cent of parents said that primary school education standards have risen, while 37 per cent said they had stayed the same. Over one-fifth said they had dropped.

# ippn - Friday 23 July, 2010

UP TO 23 primary schools had to advertise three times in order to fill a school principal position, according to the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN).

The IPPN said that a lack of applications is responsible for the difficulty of filing vacant posts, reports RTÉ.

The IPPN, which says that July is usually the busiest time of year for job seekers, received notable results from its recruitment website: showed that more and more teachers are shunning principal positions.

Since the beginning of the year, 161 principal posts have been advertised. However, 54% of schools have had to re-advertise the posts within the past two months.

The IPPN blames the  heavy workload of principals on the lack of applicants; many principals are expected to teach classes while running the school at  the same time.

New proposals for student teachers launched by Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan will not help the situation, according to the Irish National Teachers Organisation.

While the measures have been presented as a support network for teachers, critics say that in reality the proposals offer just the opposite. They say that the motivation behind the proposals is implementing cuts, not providing guidance to teachers.