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Oct 21, 2021

As we crawl to the mid term break, I look back on the extraordinary week when representative bodies forgot their only job (to represent their members) and I discuss what you felt were the worst things that COVID19 has shone a light on in the education system.


Oct 15, 2021

I've never worked in a Special School so what right have I to say what they need. Luckily I had some help! In this episode I interview Anne Hartnett, principal of St. Paul's Special School in Cork. She tells me all about Special Schools and, rather than me, Anne tells us what she would do if she was the Minister...


Oct 13, 2021

Based on a super interview by Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk today, Minister Norma Foley tried to explain why her department removed Banked Hours from children with additional needs. In this episode, I analyse her responses to the interview and explain Banked Hours and what principals on the ground have been doing. Credit:...


Oct 8, 2021

This might not sounds like the most interesting episode in the world but if you ever wondered why it takes so long for your school to fix a leaking roof or to buy your child a laptop, listen in as I explain why the tendering process slows down everything but also has a much larger effect on the local economy.


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...