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Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 0001/2014

Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) – 0002/2014

Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 0003/2014

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(Replaces Circular 0029/2012)

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The decision of the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s National School in Valleymount, Wicklow  to demote its principal and appoint a new one has been overturned by the High Court.

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The Principal, Nora Kelly, who has 32 years’ service as teacher and has been principal of St. Josephs since 2007, firstly appealed the decision to the Disciplinary Appeal Panel. The High Court adjudged this appeal to be “largely successful”.

However the Board of Management rejected the recommendation of the Panel to recommence the disciplinary process, warn Ms Kelly as to her conduct, and request an apology for her behaviour.

The Board of Management had threatened to resign if the Disciplinary Appeal Panel did not support its decision.

However the High Court found that this was evidence that the Board was not going to give proper consideration to any adverse recommendation, and that it did not.

The High Court held that Ms Kelly’s attitude to the Board had been “both chiding and truculent” and that she had “forgot her duty of respect” to the Board.

Nevertheless, the High Court found that the disciplinary process carried out by the Board did not accord with the dictates of fairness and rationality and also quashed the decision of the Board to appoint a new principal.

Read the full decision here.

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Montessori Teacher in Kildare awarded 32,500 euros by Employment Appeals Tribunal for Unfair Dismissal

Montessori school in Kildare-Board of Trustees runs the school-Principal asked RD to go on board-Principal went on administrative leave in 2010-Vice Principal took over Principal’s class-Board asked Vice Principal for report on each child-Principal unhappy with this report-felt Vice Principal was trying to undermine her position-report questioned Principal’s competence, professionalism, and commitment to school’s method-Principal alleged report was defamatory and offensive-wrote to the Board with her views-gave a copy of the letter to the Vice Principal and asked her to reflect on her report-Principal invited to disciplinary hearing-purpose of meeting to discuss Principal’s actions/behaviour towards Vice Principal-Principal had asked Board to remove Vice Principal from school-Board sought advice from HR consultant-at disciplinary hearing Principal clarified that she wanted Vice Principal removed from post of Vice Principal, not from teaching post in school-a performance improvement weekly plan was initiated for the Principal-Board decide that Principal’s action in handing a copy of her letter to the Board to the Vice Principal and asking Vice Principal to step down to be serious misconduct-Board decided termination of the Principal’s employment was justified-previous warnings on the Principal’s file were not considered-Principal was offered a right to appeal-Principal did not appeal-Principal’s case that she had suggested an independent facilitator to assist with the matter-gave the independent facilitator background information who contacted the Board-Principal suspended at this point for breach of data protection-Principal attended disciplinary hearing with her solicitor-felt her position was undermined by the Vice Principal’s report while Principal was on administrative leave-Principal saw no point in questioning Vice Principal at disciplinary hearing-Principal dismissed on 3rd March, 2011-following legal advice Principal did not appeal-no faith in appeals process-Tribunal found that procedures used by the Board were unsatisfactory-it would have been helpful if principal availed of appeal’s process-nevertheless Tribunal found that the Principal was unfairly dismissed and awarded 32,500 euros.

Date decision published: 18th June, 2013

Read the full decision here.

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Primary schools panels update, 28th June, 2013.

The DES have released the latest update in relation to the redeployment panels in the primary school sector.

You can access it here.

Next update is expected in late August, 2013.

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The DES has today, 27th June, 2013, published 5 new circulars under the broad heading of the  “Public Service Stability (Haddington Road) Agreement and Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013”.

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These circulars deal with

  • Teacher salaries
  • The supervision scheme in primary schools
  • Special needs assistants
  • The application of pay adjustments and related measures in respect of all staff other than teachers and special needs assistants employed by VECs/ETBs.

Read the circulars below:

Circular 0030/2013-Application of pay adjustments and related measures in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2013 (Number 18 of 2013) and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) in respect of all Institutes of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology staff.

Circular 0031/2013-Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 – Teacher Salaries

The purpose of this Circular is to notify Managerial Authorities and Vocational Education Committees/ Education and Training Boards and teachers of the changes to the salaries of teachers to take effect from 1 July 2013, arising from the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013.

 

Circular 0032/2013-Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 – Teacher Salaries

The purpose of this Circular is to notify managerial authorities and teachers of the changes to the salaries of teachers to take effect from 1 July 2013.

Circular 0033/2012-Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement)- Supervision Scheme in Primary Schools

The purpose of this Circular is to notify Boards of Management, Principals and Teachers of the amendments to the Supervision scheme to take effect from the beginning of the 2013/14 school year, arising from the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement).

Circular 0034/2013-Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 – Special Needs

The purpose of this Circular is to notify managerial authorities, Chief Executive Officers of VECs/ETBs and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) of the changes to the salaries of SNAs to take effect from 1 July 2013.

Circular 0035/2013-Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 – Clerical Officers and Caretakers employed in National Schools under the 1978/79 Scheme and Clerical Officers employed in Post Primary Schools under the 1978 Scheme

Circular 0036/2013-Public Interest Act, 2013 (Number 18 of 2013) and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) in respect of all Staff other than Teachers and SNAs employed by VECs / ETBs

This circular applies to all employees other than Teachers and SNAs employed in VECs / ETBs. Separate Circulars will issue in respect of both Teachers and SNAs.

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The DES amended appendix C of circular 13/2013 on or around the 19th June, 2013.

Take a look at circular 13/2013 and the FAQ below.

You can learn more here.

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19th June, 2013-the DES have released their latest update on teacher allocations and redeployment panels at primary level.

You can read the details below:

Redeployment panel update, 19th June, 2013
Supplementary panels list at 19th June, 2013
Main redeployment panels list at 19th June, 2013

The next update will be issued on 28th June, 2013.

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The DES have today, 12th June, 2013, released their latest update on teacher allocations and redeployment panels at primary level.

Read the 12th June, 2013 update here.

Check out the supplementary panels list here.

Check out the main redeployment panels summary list here.

The next update will be issued on 19th June, 2013.

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