Equal treatment for all staff, old or new
Fianna Fáil supports the principle of equal treatment for newly recruited staff in the public sector, including those in the education sector. The current situation and attitude to leadership and management in schools is unsustainable, especially for schools with fewer than 179 pupils.
Due to cutbacks, principals have very little time to fulfil their administration responsibilities and practically zero time to engage in future strategic planning. We believe that schools should be given one administration day per week for teaching principals.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to support Teachers and Principals
End pay inequality
End pay inequality for new teachers over a period of time. The only way to attract people into teaching is to pay every teacher fairly for the work they do.
Reform the PME
Reform the Professional Masters in Education (PME) programme. The professional Masters in Education is dysfunctional in its present form, costs way too much, and it can potentially be reduced to a one year programme without compromising standards and graduate quality.
Admin days for smaller schools
Give schools one administration day per week for teaching principals, Principals of schools with fewer than 179 pupils, teach on average 169 days a year with 14 days for fulfilling administrative responsibilities, whereas a principal of a school with 179 pupils does not teach at all.
Reform management structures
Rebuild middle management structures within both primary and secondary schools by removing the moratorium on posts of responsibility for assistant principals, ensuring that any additional posts are used to assist with ICT, special needs education, pastoral care, and mentoring/induction/ CPD of teachers.