26th January 2017 - Recent survey reveals that Ireland’s primary schools are still struggling to make ends meet

The Annual Conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) will hear that almost half of Ireland’s primary schools are locked in the grip of a financial crisis with voluntary contributions being sought to fund basic utilities such as water, heat and lighting.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:44

26th January 2017 - Primary Principals divided on future of Religion in Schools

As the Education (Admissions to School) Bill makes its way through the Oireachtas, promising to abolish school admission waiting lists and limit Catholic schools from exclusively selecting children who have been baptised, the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has surveyed its membership on the format and shape that the teaching of religion should take in primary schools in to the future.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:44

26th January 2017 - Increased funding and regulation of Early Years Education is paying dividends, say Primary Principals

Early Years Education in Ireland was put on a more regulated platform during the first decade of the millennium when the quality frameworks of Siolta and Aistear were introduced. This was followed by the free ECCE year in 2010. However, no formal analysis of the impact of these measures on the transitioning of preschool children to primary school has ever been carried out to date.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:35

IPPN Response to Budget 2017 – A mixed schoolbag!

Following on from yesterday’s budget announcement, IPPN is very pleased that all one-teacher Island schools will now receive a second teacher with immediate effect. IPPN has, in recent times, advocated on behalf of one-teacher schools, the most marginalised among our members. IPPN presented a report to the DES in July, outlining the significant challenges facing these school leaders and requested action in relation to changes that are critical within these schools. We are delighted that these concerns were noted and are reflected in the budget. It is also positive that provision has been made for remaining one-teacher schools to apply, through the appeals process, for an additional teacher where there are 6 class groups or more in the school.
 

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:10

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