There are just seven days to go until Budget 2020 is announced. The INTO is calling on all its members to make contact with their local politicians in the next week to remind them how they can invest for the best in primary education in this year's budget.
Complete the form here to email your constituency TD's and ensure your voice is heard on 8 October.
Fórsa school secretaries dispute
At its recent meeting, the CEC reiterated its strong support for the school secretaries campaign. The INTO advises members not to undertake school secretaries' work which is affected by the action (i.e. interaction with ESINET system, with the exception of OLCS claims) pending any further developments in the dispute.
If there is any consequence for the school or themselves in this work not being done, members should seek further advice from the INTO. We will issue further updates as they become available.
The shortage of qualified teachers to cover short-term absences is a huge challenge for schools across the country and a threat to long term education standards if not addressed. The INTO has been calling for the reintroduction of supply panels since they were scrapped in 2011.
Congress has demanded the establishment of supply panels of teachers as a first step in tackling the lack of substitute teachers. Supply panels are required in order to recognise the reality that hundreds of substitute teachers are needed daily for our schools. Teacher supply cannot be planned without an organised system to fill the daily vacancies, therefore supply panels are not an add-on but a critical and essential part of the education service.
The next meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board to deal with appeals for the 2019/20 school year will be held in October. The closing date for submission of appeals is Wednesday, 9 October 2019. Appeals must be submitted to Primary Allocations Section, Department of Education and Skills, Athlone, on the standard application form (Appendix F Circular 0019/2019).
Circular 0019/2019 and appendices can be found on the INTO website here (login required).
Election of new boards of management of primary schools
Ahead of the appointment of new boards of management from 1 December 2019, the DES has this afternoon updated the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015–2019. The updated provisions govern the composition, appointment and functioning of boards of management assuming office from 1 December 2019 are now set out in the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019–2023.
The following regional training days will take place for INTO branch and district officers and district development co-ordinators. If you have not yet registered your place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retirement brings change. Taking the time to consider the changes and how to handle them will help you plan and take control of your future. The INTO retirement planning seminars are delivered by our team of experts and are specifically tailored for primary teachers who are contemplating retirement.
Retirement planning seminars will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin 9 on 11–12 October and 29–30 November 2019, and in the Strand Hotel, Limerick, on 24–25 January 2020.
Sheol Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath ionad taighde nua a bhfuil sé mar aidhm aige feabhas a chinntiú i dTeagasc agus i bhFoghlaim na Gaeilge. Bhí ionadaithe ó Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann i láthair ag an ócáid speisialta nuair a sheol an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna Joe McHugh, TD, an tIonad go hoifigiúil ar an 24ú Meán Fómhair i gCampas Phádraig de chuid Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath.
Dar leis an tAire "Léiríonn bunú SEALBHÚ chomh tiomanta is atá DCU don Ghaeilge agus tá an-chreidiúint ag dul dóibh siúd atá taobh thiar dó".
INTO members and their families are invited to attend free mortgage and tax advisory seminars. The seminars will take place over the coming months in various venues throughout the country and cover the following topics:
Tips on mortgage applications
First time buyers, moving home or investment properties
Saving money by changing mortgage providers
The role of your solicitors in buying or selling property
The importance of drafting/updating your will after purchasing property
Tax reliefs available for property owners
How to reduce your tax bill on rental income
Understanding your tax obligations
Gifting or inheriting property
Offers exclusive to INTO members and their families
Register for your preferred seminar by selecting the relevant link on the next page.
The inaugural DCU Teachers Inspire Ireland gala event will take place this Friday, 4 October at 6.30p.m.
The Teachers Inspire initiative which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society was launched by DCU earlier this year. The initiative received more than 400 nominations from all parts of Ireland before a shortlist of 20 teachers was announced earlier this month after being whittled down by a panel chaired by former President Mary McAleese.
The next UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) will be on inclusion and education and will be launched in a number of locations around the world in 2020.
It is an influential report to which Educational International (EI) and its member organisations have contributed in consultations with UNESCO, as well as sharing the global education union survey on inclusion.