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May 22, 2019

In this 13th episode of If I were the Minister for Education, I try to unravel the complex web of our pay scale. I also have a go at the union, rightly or wrongly, about their role in the two-tier pay scale.

May 20, 2019

On this week’s news show:

  1. The principal who robbed over €200k from his school
  2. Tusla wrecks another School Completion Programme Project
  3. Why the Catholic Church wants to take back Communion
  4. The INTO has forgotten about pay equality
  5. Climate Change and we need to listen to young people
  6. A square peg in a round hole -...

May 15, 2019

Ireland is the only secular country in the world where more then 2% of their primary schools are single-sex. How did this happen? The answer won't surprise you. Also, is there any truth to the notion that children perform better in single-sex schools?

May 13, 2019

I've decided to separate the podcast into 2 - one for the weekly news (this podcast) and one for the "If I were the Minister for Education" bit. 

This week I:

  • say goodbye to Paul Rowe as he announces his retirement,
  • get cross about voluntary contributions,
  • get even more cross about abuse victims receiving...

May 8, 2019

The School Completion Programme is a scheme to prevent children from leaving school early. Up until recently, it was preventative in nature, but since Tusla have taken over it, you've guessed it, it's a mess. I have renamed it the Form Completion Programme. 

I also answer the question of which teacher influenced my...