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Irish Times: Almost half the children in Irish secondary schools say they are addicted to smartphones with even greater numbers admitting to routinely and secretly checking devices in class, according to a survey published this morning. Read article

Irish Independent: Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) face losing about €2,500 in their salaries if the union presses ahead with plans to withdraw supervision cover in schools from September. Read article

Irish Independent: Upcoming legislation for a parent and student charter in every school is generating lively conversations about rights and responsibilities. Read article

Circular 0041/2017- Supervision and Substitution Scheme – Opt-out and Opt-in / Lansdowne Road Agreement

Independent.ie: ASTI leaders are under pressure to suspend industrial action immediately, and cut the losses being suffered by their members. Read article

Irish Education: Restoring pay equality for teachers would have "significant cost implications for the education and training sector," the secretary general of the Department of Education warned at the start of the current exercise on public service pay. Read article

Irish Independent: ASTI leaders have agreed to attend talks in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving a lengthy internal dispute. It follows a vote for industrial action, up to and including strike, by the union staff after the leadership refused to attend a conciliation conference at the WRC in March. Read article

DES Note: The critical importance of assessment to inform and support good teaching and learning is widely recognised. Enriching teaching and learning with new curricula and new assessment methods is a key objective of the Action Plan for Education. Read article

Irish Examiner: A proposed new junior cycle history curriculum has been criticised by teachers as overloaded and likely to turn students off taking the subject for Leaving Certificate.The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment issued a draft curriculum in March for the subject up to third year. A consultation period has just closed and a report on the feedback is promised soon. Read article

Irish Examiner: Public service unions want talks on pay recovery in the sector to start as soon as possible after the Public Service Pay Commission “provided a good summary of the sacrifices public servants made in the years following the economic crash”. Read article

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