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DES: This morning Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., attended the Irish Observatory on Violence against Women, a coalition of organisations opposing violence against women and spoke of her frustration at how long it has taken to implement the Istanbul Convention. Ireland’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention will ensure that Ireland achieves international standards of protection and support for women in abusive violent situations. Read press release

Circular 0077/2018: Revision of Pay Rates in 2019 for Grant funded School Secretaries, Caretakers and Cleaners employed by the Boards of Management of Voluntary Secondary Schools in the Free Education Scheme and associated increases in Grant funding for same

Circular 0075/2018: Revision of Salaries of All Staff Paid Directly by a Recognised School or ETB with Effect from 1 January 2019

Circular 0072/2018: Revision of Salaries with effect from 1 January 2019 for Clerical Officers and Caretakers Employed in National Schools Under the 1978/79 Scheme and Clerical officers Employed in Post Primary Schools under the 1978 Scheme

Circular 0071/2018: Revision of Salaries for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) with effect from 1 January 2019

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D, today (Thursday December 6th) welcomed the third of 5 regional teacher supply focus groups to be held under the Teacher Supply Action Plan, which the Minister recently launched. The development of the Action Plan was led by the Teacher Supply Steering Group, chaired by the Secretary General of the Department, in recognition of the significant challenges for some schools experience in recruiting teachers. At primary level, the recruitment of substitute teachers is problematic while at post primary the recruitment of teachers in certain specific subject areas, such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics is proving difficult. Read press release

DES: The development of the Action Plan was led by the Teacher Supply Steering Group, chaired by the Secretary General of the Department, in recognition of the significant challenges some schools experience in recruiting teachers.  At primary level the recruitment of substitute teachers is problematic, while at post-primary the recruitment of teachers in certain specific subject areas, such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics is proving difficult. Read press release

Circular 0082/2018: Cost Limits for Post-primary School Buildings

The Irish Times: The country’s largest secondary teachers’ union has narrowly rejected Government proposals to address the controversial two-tier pay system in schools. In a ballot, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) voted against the Government initiative on new entrant pay by a margin of 53 per cent to 47 per cent. The turnout was 58 per cent. Read article

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