Independent: Teacher shortages in post-primary schools are set to worsen as student numbers rise, a principals' leader has warned. Schools are already experiencing severe difficulties in the recruitment and retention of teachers across the full breadth of subjects, said Stephen Goulding. Read article

Circular 0069/2018: Clarification in respect of Circular Letter 0036/2018: Prescribed material for Junior Cycle Irish Specification for Junior Cycle Irish: English-medium Schools (L2) (For students presenting for Final Examination in 2020, 2021 and 2022)


Circular 0068/2018: Clarification in respect of Circular Letter 0035/2018: Prescribed material for Junior Cycle Irish Specification for Junior Cycle Irish: Irish-medium schools (L1) (For students presenting for Final Examination in 2020, 2021 and 2022)


DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D., today announced that applications are now invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies on the Councils of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Read press release

Independent: One in 10 post-primary teachers say they are victims of online bullying - and it is mainly at the hands of pupils. Parents and colleagues are also responsible for some of the bullying, according to research at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University (DCU). Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D, today (Thursday November 8th) published the Teacher Supply Action Plan. The development of the range of actions contained in the 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 recruitment of teachers in certain specific subject areas, such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics is proving difficult. Read press release

RTÉ: The Irish National Teachers Organisation is to ballot its 36,000 members for industrial action following their rejection of proposals aimed at addressing pay inequality among public servants recruited since 2011. However, the ballot will not take place until after a month-long period of consultation with members. Read article

The Irish Times: It used to be a highly sought-after post. But schools are struggling to attract applicants. In the past couple of years Angela Dunne has seen six fellow principals step down from their roles. “Not because of age or retirement, but purely because the workload and its effect on their health,” says Dunne, a teaching principal at Loughmore national school, Co Tipperary. Read article

DES: Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible. Read press release

DES: The Department of Education and Skills wishes to provide an update on the programme of structural assessments at schools constructed by Western Building Systems (WBS) and the Department’s response to issues arising. The Department confirms that initial on-site structural assessments in relation to all 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems were completed yesterday. Read press release

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