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Sep 30, 2021

School caretakers are paid from the ancillary grant, which is given to all schools by the Department of Education each year based on the number of pupils enrolled in the school the previous year. This grant is also supposed to cover the wage of all ancillary staff including secretaries, cleaning staff, etc. but, in...


Sep 21, 2021

For the last couple of years, I’ve been telling you what I would do if I were the Minister for Education but today I am joined by Gary Keogh, who, after many years working in the UK has some advice for me - in a way it might be best called What I Wouldn’t Do If I were the MfE. Gary has over 10 years’ experience in...


Sep 16, 2021

I haven't done an episode about COVID19 in a long time because I'd just be repeating myself. However, big decisions need to be made and I outline what I think those decisions might be.


Sep 9, 2021

Principals are only paid by the DES to manage teachers, not SNAs, not caretakers, not secretaries nor bus escorts or anyone else. In this episode, I’m going to argue that if I were the Minister for Education, I would be paying principals for managing all members of a school team.