TUI expresses concern for vulnerable students and teachers over removal of mask mandate

By piofficer 22 Feb 2022 | 0 comments
Following the confirmation by Government that face masks will no longer be a mandatory requirement in education settings from the end of the month, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its concern for those students, teachers and lecturers who are medically vulnerable in terms of COVID-19 or who have family members who are vulnerable.   

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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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