29th January - Leadership Crisis in schools

Leadership Crisis in schools as experienced Principals head for exit

The President of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), Mr Brendan McCabe told their annual conference that almost one third of principals are considering stepping down.

 

“A recent survey carried out by IPPN suggests that 16% of principals are considering stepping back from principalship, while a further 13% are considering early retirement. That’s almost a third of principals who are considering leaving their role.”

Mr McCabe told members that there are principals currently working who wish to step back from their role, however there is no dignified means of doing this.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

29th January - New Proposed Resources for Special Needs Children will hurt schools

New Proposed Resources for Special Needs Children Will Hurt Schools: IPPN President.

According to the President of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), Mr Brendan McCabe, a new model being designed to allocate resources to children with special needs in mainstream schools has the potential to discriminate against so called ‘high performing schools’.

“Mainstream schools have always been welcoming of special needs pupils, but such pupils, to be properly integrated in a mainstream setting need a lot of support.  Otherwise such integration can have negative consequences for all the children in a classroom.”

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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

29th January - In School Management must be replaced in our schools

In-school Management must be replaced in our schools, declared IPPN President.

Brendan McCabe, Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) President, told the 1,100 members at their annual conference, in the City West Hotel Dublin, that the collapse of the In-school management is a major concern for all schools.

“With the ongoing moratorium on the filling of In-school management posts in schools introduced in 2009, the number of these posts has been hugely reduced. Existing post-holders have retired and have not been replaced.”

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Last Updated: Monday, 23 February 2015 11:58

29th January - Majority of Primary Schools still without Broadband

Majority of Primary Schools still without Broadband.

Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) President, Mr Brendan McCabe, called on the Minister for Communications, Mr Alex White, to ensure primary schools are treated the same as their secondary counterparts and provided with high speed broadband as a matter of urgency.

According to Mr McCabe, “Primary schools have, mainly through the efforts of their own fundraising, purchased expensive interactive whiteboards for nearly every classroom. Lots of schools have invested in literacy and numeracy software, which links to the internet. They need access to decent broadband. The current position is like having bought a powerful car but discovering it has been restricted to a crawl as it has only one gear.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

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