Update on Droichead for NQTs

By piofficer 14 Jan 2021 | 0 comments
Please note that NQTs currently engaged in Droichead can continue the process remotely with the agreement of the school/PST members. The NIPT's Guidance on Remote Learning 2020-2021 can be accessed at this link:

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Leaving Certificate must take place this year; examinations enjoy significant levels of public trust - TUI

By piofficer 14 Jan 2021 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) believes that the highly trusted, externally-marked Leaving Certificate must take place in 2021. We welcome the stated commitment of the Minister for Education last week in this regard and we will continue to fully engage with the other stakeholders on all arising matters.      Our experience of calculated grades last year has left the union in no doubt that the customary State examinations are more reliable and enjoy significantly greater trust among the public at large and, critically, among students and teachers.     In addition to the written examination, it is also important to highlight the importance of second assessment components (orals, practicals, projects etc) across a significant number of subjects where other types of learning, knowledge and skills are assessed as part of the certification process.      It has already been decided that additional choice will be incorporated into the examination papers due to the disrupted learning environment of the latter part of the last school year and possible disruptions this year. Should it be decided by the stakeholders that other adjustments to the examinations are required, this should of course be given serious consideration. 

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TUI Executive Committee decides that members would not be attending workplaces from Monday - Union welcomes belated decision by Government to finally do the right thing

By piofficer 07 Jan 2021 | 0 comments
At an Executive Committee meeting this evening, it was decided that Teachers’ Union of Ireland members will not be attending their workplaces for in-school teaching next Monday, 11th January, or on subsequent days but will be available to provide emergency remote teaching and to support their students including, in particular, students with special educational needs. Therefore, the TUI welcomes the decision now taken, somewhat belatedly, by Government to finally do the right thing.

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Guidance on apprenticeship education urgently required - TUI

By piofficer 05 Jan 2021 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has criticised the failure of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) to provide central guidance and direction on the provision of apprenticeship education in ETBs and in Institutes of Technology, Technological University Dublin and Munster Technological University.   The Union, which represents 20,000 members in Post Primary, Further/Adult Education and Higher Education settings, has called for the Department to immediately issue direction that physical classes be delayed and temporary online lessons be prioritised in the current climate.   Speaking today, TUI President Martin Marjoram said:   ‘Over the last number of days, we have repeatedly sought direction from DFHERIS on the status of apprenticeship education in the current climate. Apprentices have travelled from all parts of the country to participate in apprenticeship training in colleges and training centres. Regrettably, no guidelines have been issued in relation to this and it is being left in the hands of individual institutions and ETBs to decide on their approach.  This failure to provide guidance is grossly irresponsible in the context of the frightening increase in the numbers of COVID-19 cases. Our members have expressed huge levels of concern and anxiety about this situation and the ongoing silence from the Department to our repeated requests is completely unacceptable and poses a potential risk to public health.   Given the alarming national picture in terms of the pandemic, we believe it would be entirely reasonable that physical classes be temporarily delayed and where possible be replaced with online lessons instead until it is safe to return to face-to-face contact on campus.   However, with interaction on-campus scheduled for this week, this direction must issue immediately in the interests of the health and safety of students, academic staff and the wider community.   Once again, we are demanding that Minister Harris and his Department appropriately represent the sector that they are tasked with overseeing and immediately provide this guidance.’    

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Proposals for new Public Service Agreement

By piofficer 11 Dec 2020 | 0 comments
Proposals for an agreement to succeed the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), which expires at the end of 2020, have been published.  The document Building Momentum - A New Public Service Agreement 2021-2022 is available from this link

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