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TUI Online Training Events

By piofficer 26 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
As you are aware, the TUI is holding a series of online training events for members throughout this school year.  Phase Two of the training will commence on Wednesday 2nd February.  

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TUI calls for further changes to 2022 State Examinations to take account of disruption to learning

By piofficer 25 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for further changes to this year’s State Examinations to take account of the disruption to learning experienced by the class of 2022. The Union has already made clear its strong position that all State Examinations must take place this year. A new survey of members shows that 75% believe that the modifications to course content announced in August 2021 are not sufficient given the effects of the pandemic and that further changes to the papers are required.  

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Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (registration of student teachers)

By piofficer 17 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
In late December, in response to the acute staffing and substitution challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Teaching Council approved the enactment of amendments to its 2016 Registration Regulations in order to allow for the registration of student teachers on concurrent programmes of accredited Initial Teacher Education who have completed two years of those programmes.

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Education unions encourage minute’s silence in all schools and colleges to honour Ashling Murphy

By piofficer 17 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
All schools across the country are being asked to observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Tuesday, 18 January in memory of Ashling Murphy. We are encouraging schools to fall silent to remember a beloved primary school teacher, taken far too soon, and show our solidarity with her friends, family, colleagues and pupils as Ashling is laid to rest. 

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Provision of medical grade masks in schools

By piofficer 12 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
As you will be aware, the TUI made strong representation to the Department of Education both before and after Christmas in relation to the provision of FFP2 masks. The Department has this week issued correspondence confirming that schools may use their COVID-19 capitation funding to provide such masks. It has also provided a list of suppliers and product codes.  However, this will only be of value to school staff if the procurement process is fit for purpose and does not add to the already significant administrative workload in schools.  We will continue to raise these and other arising issues related to the safe operation of schools in our engagements with the Department of Education and public health representatives.   

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TUI supports full return to all State Examinations this year

By piofficer 10 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
It is the strong position of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) that the traditional State Examinations must take place this year. The current circumstances are radically different from previous years and there is no justification for offering additional options to students. On that basis, the TUI will not support any other options.  Recent contributions from some political parties around this issue are unhelpful and will inevitably lead to more uncertainty in school communities that are already struggling with the varied consequences of the pandemic. We are already receiving reports of students disengaging because of an expectation that they will not have to sit examinations. This is very damaging to the education system and to the prospects of those students. Schools have remained open throughout this academic year and despite obvious challenges at present due to infections and isolation requirements, the consistent messaging from those with expertise in the area is that current high numbers of COVID-19 cases will fall in the near future. The scheduling of Orals and Music Practicals in the traditional Easter break has created additional tuition time that would not previously have been available, balancing somewhat the losses in time that students have experienced.  In 2020 and 2021, teachers demonstrated flexibility and commitment by engaging with emergency assessment processes on a ‘without precedent’ basis so that final year students could progress to the next stage of their lives. Our co-operation with these processes was only on the basis of absolute necessity and this remains the case.  The standardisation process was vitally important in the last two years, but cannot be replicated this year because more than half of students in some schools have no Junior Cycle data. In other schools, where there is no Transition Year programme, no student will have Junior Cycle data for the standardisation process.   Advocates for a repeat of the emergency methods are therefore advocating for something that is either impossible or else will be radically changed and involve historical school data that would be hugely unfair for many students. We will continue to engage with the other stakeholders. We believe that further consideration could be given to extending the breadth of topics covered in papers or adjusting marking schemes, and any other reasonable measures that might take account of this year’s circumstances as we see how the situation evolves.  But the TUI’s clear position is that the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations across all Leaving Certificate programmes must return this year, with all additional and second components of assessment such as Orals, Practicals and project work etc. in place for the benefit of all students.   

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All necessary steps must be taken to ensure safe re-opening of third level education – TUI

By piofficer 07 Jan 2022 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said it is vitally important that the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) takes all necessary steps to ensure the safe re-opening of third level education at a time when the country is affected by the highest COVID-19 case numbers since the onset of the pandemic.

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