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Jul 28, 2020

And all it took was a global pandemic for teaching principals to get a day a week of Admin leave; what will need to happen before the posts of responsibility are restored? 

In this special episode, I review the several documents as quickly as I can to let you know what's happening for primary schools in the next few...


Jul 22, 2020

About a year ago, the Department of Education wrote to a load of schools in Dublin 15 to compel them to open Special Classes for Children with Autism. This was because the planning section of the NCSE hadn’t managed to organise the opening of special classes where there was the most need. Somehow, deals were done and...


Jul 15, 2020

Ah, the Irish Education System! Overly complex, mired in historical precedence and no one really knowing who is responsible for who. And what better symbol for all the madness than the bus system in schools - known as the school transport scheme. In this episode, I’ll be trying to figure out school buses and if I were...


Jul 10, 2020

There’s a line in Lou Reed’s Perfect Day towards the end, “You’re going to reap just what you sow” which is repeated until the song fades out and it couldn’t be truer for the Department of Education and their handling of the Coronavirus. In this special episode of If I were the Minister for Education, I’m...