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EUR 230m in savings from reduced pay for new teachers

Niall Murray, Education Correspondent The Department of Education has saved close to €230m since 2011 by putting new entrants to teaching on lower pay than their colleagues. Figures obtained by the Irish Examiner also reveal that it would add nearly €80m to Education Minister Richard Bruton’s budget to put all those who began their teaching careers since 2011 back on equal pay ...

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Diversity gap There are no Muslim Asian or Indian teachers

Our classrooms are diverse but teachers are generally white, Irish, middle-class women Secondary school teacher Anissa Majeed: she stresses the need for role models in a country where at least 50,000 children – or one in ten – at primary level are non-Irish, while more than 30,000 have either no religion or a faith other than Catholic On her first day of teacher training, Ryma Halfaoui noticed some students who realised they were in the wrong class as soon as the lecturer started speaking Irish ...

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This is why Im against... homework

We are all busier these days. Quality time is at a premium. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time, writes Eric Nolan. POPULISM HAS TAKEN the world by storm. Donald Trump. Brexit. Etc. I have watched with dismay. In that light, I’m a little uncomfortable proposing what could be considered the most populist proposal ever. No more homework. It’s a wish I’m sure we all heard throughout our school lives ...

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13 ways to help children stop losing things

Young children losing their possessions is the bane of nearly every parent’s life. Research has found that mums spend more than £1,500 replacing items lost by their kids between the ages of three and 10, plus nearly two days looking for a total of 483 lost items over the years ...

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Ombudsman For Children Opens Children 8217 s Rights Art exhibition

The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon opened Rights in their Eyes an exhibition of works by the winners of the 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Rights in their Eyes is a collection of works reflecting children’s rights in Ireland as seen by the young artists who range in age from 6 to 17 ...

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1 3 Kids Rarely if Ever Talk About Internet Safety

Parents urged to talk about online behaviour One third of children have rarely, if ever, spoken to their parents about internet safety, despite many spending up to four hours a day online. That s according to Cybersafe Ireland, which says we re failing to protect children. Almost 7 in 10 teachers say they don t feel equipped to teach online safety. Kids spending hours online, yet 1/3 don't talk to parents about safety@CyberSafeIE says some fibbing about talking to strangers pic.twitter ...

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