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Circular 53/2018: Revision of salaries for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) with effect from 1 October 2018

Circular 51/2018: Revision of teacher salaries with effect from 1 October 2018

Circular 41/2018: Home Tuition Grant Scheme 2018/2019 – Special Education Component

The Irish Times: Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Education at a Glance 2018 report notes that smaller classes are often seen as beneficial because they allow teachers to focus more on the needs of individual students. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. launched the Guide on Immersion Education: Indicators of Good Practice to assist Gaeltacht schools in implementing their action plans, in reviewing them regularly, and in extending their various actions to provide high quality education through the medium of Irish. Read press release

Irish Government News Service: From this September, the first students will begin studying the Leaving Certificate Computer Science and Physical Education courses. Both subjects are being introduced to an initial group of schools, before both are rolled out nationally in 2020 to all schools who wish to teach them. Politics and Society, which has gone through this initial phase, with its first set of students sitting the Leaving Certificate exam this year, is now available to all schools who wish to teach the subject. Read press release

Independent: Deputy principal Sharon Coffey and her school, Athy College, have hit the ground running in their efforts to help reshape the Leaving Cert to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. Read article

INTO: ‌Meeting this week in Dublin, the presidents of the ASTI, INTO and TUI denounced the delay in reaching agreement in the ongoing talks with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The talks, aimed at bringing an end to pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011, began following a historic three-union congress motion to undertake a joint campaign. Read article

The Irish Times: The Association of Trustees for Catholic Schools has warned Minister for Education Richard Bruton that moves to allow children to opt out of religion classes may be in breach of the law. Read article

The Irish Times: Many universities are to be given quotas on the number of secondary teachers to be trained in key subjects for the first time to help ease a staffing “crisis” in classrooms. Read article

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