1916 Commemorations – Flags to Schools Programme
The Defence Forces have almost completed the delivery of National Flags to primary and special schools as part of the 2016 commemorative programme. In order to ensure that no school may have been inadvertently omitted from the database of schools, any primary or special school awaiting news of its National Flag delivery should contact Sergeant Andrew Lawlor at Andrew.Lawlor@ahg.gov.ie or phone 01 6449068.
Advertisement for Partnership Schools Ireland Programme Coordinator
Partnership Schools is a joint initiative established by the National Parents Council and the Irish Primary Principals' Network. It was launched in 2014 by the Minister for Education and has been set up to co-ordinate, train and support primary schools in Ireland to work in an evidenced based partnership approach to improving outcomes for children. Each school that is a member of Partnership Schools Ireland follows a specific programme that is organised by the schools Action Team for Partnership (ATP).
Staffing Schedule for 2016/2017
Primary School Staffing Arrangements for the 2016/2017 school year have now been issued in DES Circular 0007/2016. Key areas included are the staffing schedule for 2016/2017 school year, revised staffing appeals criteria, enrolment thresholds for appointment to the post of Administrative Principal/Deputy Principal, revised GAM, Update on teachers awarded a CID contract in 2015/2016 school year and panel rights for permanent/CID holding teachers.
Deadline for submission of applications for LITH and access to SNA support
29 February 2016 - Deadline for submission of applications for LITH and access to SNA support. The date has been brought forward to ensure that allocations will issue to schools before the end of the current school year.
Filling Short-Term Substitute Teaching Vacancies
A number of calls have been received to the National Support Office regarding the difficulty in sourcing fully qualified primary school teachers to fill short-term substitute teaching positions. DES Circular 31/2011, Section 4 provides guidance to schools on the options that are available to them to fill these vacancies. These include: