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Archive for June 28th 2010

Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News analysis by Barry Hennessy

The guest on this week's programme was Joan Kiely, a senior lecturer in early childhood education in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education.

School inspection reports published by the Department of Education and Skills can be viewed at this link.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News Report by Barry Hennessy

This programme features interviews with teachers and pupils who participated in a project to highlight the importance of post-primary and college education for children attending primary schools in Dublin's Docklands. The programme is organised by the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland. The coordinator of the project is Dr. Josephine Bleach.

Barry reported on problems in the Junior Certificate Business Studies exam paper.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News Interview by Barry Hennessy

This week's programme featured interviews with Nellie Torres and Ronan Maher to coincide with the Cluas conference on Unlocking Speech and Language Difficulties. The Cluas centre uses a specific therapy, the Tomatis method, to support children with developmental delays, especially delays in speech and language.

Barry interviewed Conor Ryan about the proposed abolition of the General Teaching Council in England and about academy schools in the United Kingdom.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News roundup by Barry Hennessy

Check the comments on this webpage for an important clarification about submitting a cover letter with a job application.

On this week's programme Maria Doyle, the Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Senior National School in Waterford City and a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN), gives advice to primary teachers who are applying for jobs. The IPPN runs the website educationposts.ie. We also hear from the Principal of Balbriggan Educate Together National School, Fintan McCutcheon, who wrote on his blog about how the Student Council in the school were involved in developing criteria for appointing new teachers in the school.

Barry reports on the planned abolition of the General Teaching Council in England. He also describes changes made by the State Examinations Commission to avoid a repeat of the security breach that caused problems in last year's Leaving Certificate Exam.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News roundup by Barry Hennessy

In this programme John Carr outlines how the Irish National Teachers' Organisation influenced education policy over the last two decades. He also summarises the achievements and regrets of his time as General Secretary of the Organisation.

Barry speaks to Judith Cosgrove of the Educational Research Centre about a report into early school leaving by Irish teenagers

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