Budget 2018- More teachers, less sugar, provides sweetener for Education’.

‘More teachers, less sugar, provides sweetener for Education’. 

Budget 2018 includes several measures in relation to Primary Education which are welcomed by IPPN. 
Pairic Clerkin, IPPN CEO, today welcomes provision for the reduction of the pupil teacher ratio in primary schools to 26:1. He states “This is a step in the right direction and will have significant impact on Teaching and Learning outcomes for all our children”. 
However, implementing this new ratio at a time where teacher supply is at a critically low point will bring challenges. IPPN, as the professional body for school leaders is working with the Department of Education and Skills to provide alternative solutions as a matter of urgency.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:57

7 March 2017 - Irish schools face shortage of principals as role’s managerial and administrative duties deter teachers from stepping up to leadership role—education report

• Increasing burden of administrative work, like procurement and school maintenance, stops primary and secondary principals from taking a more active role in promoting teaching and learning;
• The independent report, published jointly by IPPN and NAPD, suggests creation of regional management boards to take on these managerial duties on behalf of individual schools;
• Government must spend more on education, in line with increased social welfare and healthcare budgets, to meet increasing demand for school places and implement crucial reforms;
• Overall, successive Irish governments have remained strong on education, and Irish pupils rank highly in literacy, numeracy and science by international standards.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:04

26th January 2017 - ‘Schools provide a constant safe haven for Homeless and Immigrant Children’ states IPPN President

Homelessness is a legacy of a cruel and unforgiving recession that has consumed us for almost 10 years and which continues to bring hardship and discontent. Over 3,000 families have children in this situation attending primary schools. You principals continue to provide the only normality in many of these children’s lives - a safe and familiar space. I am proud of the fact that you manage this task with sensitivity and compassion despite the lack of basic resources.


Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:55

26th January 2017 - Bullying levels down but children’s emotional wellbeing is still under threat

The Annual Conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) will this week hear that children’s emotional wellbeing is a continuing cause of concern for primary school principals.

Over 1,100 primary school leaders will be in attendance at Citywest Convention Centre on Thursday, January 26th to hear IPPN President, Maria Doyle unveil the findings of a recent IPPN survey on children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:53

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