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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

In the second of a two-part interview, retired principal of Scoil Chiaráin, and teacher educator, Éamon Ó Murchu reflects on his career as a school leader at a pioneering time for special education provision in Ireland.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you the first part of a two-part interview with retired Principal of Scoil Chiaráin Special School, Glasnevin, Éamonn Ó Murchu. On this week's programme Éamonn discusses his own primary schooling, the influence his teacher and mentor, Bryan MacMahon, had on him and on time he spent teaching in Zimbabwe.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I spoke to some students at the BT Young Sciensts who studied topics related to education. I spoke to Carl O'Dowd, Matthew Kavanagh and Richard Hughes from the Cistercian College in Roscrea. I spoke to Kevin Martin, Brian Glennon and Donal Lowry from Summerhill College in Sligo. I spoke to Rhona Lonergan, Amy O'Donoghue and Sarah Murray from St. Andrew's College in Booterstown. Finally, I spoke to Orla Tyrell, Michelle Healy and Anna Forde and to their teacher Crona McCarthy from Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme Paddy Madden spoke to us about teaching Social, Environmental, and Scientific Education (SESE) in wintertime. This programme completes a series of four interviews with Paddy on teaching SESE across the seasons. In this programme Paddy referred to three websites: InTouch, the publication of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, Paddy's School Garden section of the Blackrock Education Centre website and the website of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I spoke to Dr. Eemer Eivers, research fellow, and Aidan Clerkin, research associate, at the Educational Research Centre at St. Patrick's College about the performance of Irish fourth class children on the PIRLS and TIMSS tests. In the tests Irish children's performance on reading, maths and science was compared with the performance of children in up to 50 other countries. The guests authored the Irish report, which can be viewed here.

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