The future of special classes and special schools

By piofficer 08 Jan 2020 | 0 comments
As members will be aware, the NCSE is forumlating policy advice for the Minister of Education and Skills on the future of special classes and special schools.  The TUI has made a submission outlining our position and highlighting that provision of special schools and special classes should continue to exist until a viable, and fully resourced, alternative can be provided. 

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Third Level Ballot on Online and Digital Learning

By piofficer 12 Dec 2019 | 0 comments
Third Level members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly (92.69%) in favour of industrial action over the refusal of the Official Side to concede TUI’s claim to secure a national agreement on the development and delivery of online and digital learning in Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin.

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Deepening teacher supply crisis requires immediate and integrated response from Department

By piofficer 04 Dec 2019 | 0 comments
The Department of Education and Skills has published a document entitled Developing a Teacher Demand and Supply Model for Ireland 2020 – 2036 This document represents an initial set of projections but it is acknowledged by the Department as not purporting to take account of preferred policy directions towards the improvement of the public education system. At the national consultative forum on teacher supply on 28th November, TUI representatives pointed out clearly that the document is essentially blind to the current deepening crisis in teacher supply at second level. This crisis requires an immediate and integrated policy response from the Deptartment that has at its heart the establishment of pay equality and an end to the discrimination that is driving potential applicants away from teaching.

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