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# teaching - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

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”.

# teaching - Monday 17 February, 2014

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.

# teaching - Friday 7 February, 2014

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.

# teaching - Monday 3 February, 2014

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”.

# teaching - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

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.

# teaching - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Poll: Should 'fitness-to-teach' hearings be introduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

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.

# teaching - Friday 3 January, 2014

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.

# teaching - Saturday 28 December, 2013

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”.

# teaching - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

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.

# teaching - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

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.

# teaching - Monday 30 September, 2013

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.

# teaching - Monday 29 July, 2013

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.

# teaching - Thursday 18 July, 2013

CAO applications for business courses on the rise CAO

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.

# teaching - Sunday 28 April, 2013

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.

# teaching - Friday 5 April, 2013

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.

# teaching - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Science, business and agriculture courses increase in CAO popularity

However teaching, medicine and arts have all dropped.

# teaching - Monday 24 December, 2012

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.

# teaching - Thursday 4 October, 2012

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.

# teaching - Thursday 13 September, 2012

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.

# teaching - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

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.

# teaching - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

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?

# teaching - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

91 new classes for children with special needs announced

Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.

# teaching - Monday 20 August, 2012

CAO offers: the main points CAO

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.

# teaching - Monday 14 May, 2012

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.

# teaching - Monday 9 April, 2012

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.

# teaching - Sunday 8 April, 2012

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.

# teaching - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

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.

# teaching - Sunday 15 January, 2012

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.

# teaching - Thursday 12 January, 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.

# teaching - Monday 9 January, 2012

Teachers play down reports of tax investigation over grind fees

ASTI said that undeclared income was not a “widespread issue” among teachers.

# teaching - Friday 16 December, 2011

16 surprising facts about Finland's unorthodox education system Finland This post contains images

16 surprising facts about Finland's unorthodox education system

Here’s what makes Finland’s system so different from other western states.

# teaching - Saturday 26 November, 2011

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.

# teaching - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Junior Cert to be significantly changed under new scheme

Minister of Education gives his approval to NCCA’s proposals to change the focus of the Junior Cert from rote learning and state exams.

# teaching - Friday 7 October, 2011

Column: If teachers are overpaid, why am I waitressing to support myself?

Education will shape Ireland’s future – but with disappearing jobs and growing classes, teaching in a recession is no picnic, writes Polly Donoghue.

# teaching - Friday 30 September, 2011

Teachers attack 'larcenous' and 'unjust' plans for public pension reform

Unions claim a new reform of pensions mean that new teachers will pay more into their pension funds than they’ll get back out.

# teaching - Monday 26 September, 2011

85 per cent of primary pupils 'in classes larger than EU average'

The INTO says the figures are “shocking”, and should serve as a “wake-up call” to the government ahead of the next Budget.

# teaching - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Column: State of our education system is a national emergency

Irish education standards are going backwards, says independent TD Stephen Donnelly – here he suggests some radical changes needed to reverse that decline and secure a prosperous future for the country.

# teaching - Sunday 4 September, 2011

Up to 9,000 public sector workers set to retire amid pension changes

Changes to pension calculations are likely to see an increasing number of public servants seek retirement this year.

# teaching - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

Ruairi Quinn: Michael Noonan has a tougher job than Michael Collins...

The Education Minister warns secondary school teachers that budgets are tight as the State’s first Finance Minister Collins had “more room for manouevre” than his most recent successor.

# teaching - Thursday 17 February, 2011

Daily Fix: Thursday

This time next week, we’ll be in the middle of a moratorium… time to catch up with the day’s winners and losers.