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Department Circular at variance with agreed arrangements

The ASTI has accused the Department of Education and Skills of issuing a Circular to schools which is at variance with agreed arrangements for the scheduling of Junior Cycle Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.

  • 27 February 2020
  • Press releases

Political parties must commit to increased investment in education

The ASTI is calling on the political parties to ensure children and young people are prioritised by the next Government by committing to spending 2% of GDP on second-level education, which would bring Ireland into line with the OECD average.

  • 30 January 2020
  • Press releases

ASTI members vote YES in SLAR meetings ballot

ASTI members have voted to authorise the ASTI to issue a directive on the scheduling of Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.

  • 4 December 2019
  • Press releases

Ireland high performer in global education report

The results for Ireland in the OECD PISA report for 2018 show second-level students performing very well when compared with their international counterparts.

  • 3 December 2019
  • Press releases

Government must tackle initiative overload in schools

The Minister for Education and Skills must do more than just acknowledge initiative overload in schools, he must take action, ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald told an ASTI conference for principals and deputy principals today (Wednesday, November 6th).

  • 6 November 2019
  • Press releases

Capacity issues must be addressed prior to Senior Cycle curriculum change, research finds

Major curriculum change at Senior Cycle level should not take place until key issues impacting second-level schools are examined and addressed, independent research commissioned by the ASTI has found.

  • 15 October 2019
  • Press releases

World Mental Health Day: ‘Teachers’ mental health is education’s wealth’ – ASTI President

“Today is World Mental Health Day, and teachers’ mental health is education’s wealth,” said ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald. “The mental health aspect of the workplace has not been given the attention and, most importantly, the support that it deserves."

  • 10 October 2019
  • Press releases

Budget fails to tackle education funding deficit

The scant mention of education in today’s Budget announcement demonstrates the Government’s lack of commitment to addressing Ireland’s serious education funding deficit, the ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald has said.

  • 8 October 2019
  • Press releases

‘You have reached an important education milestone and your teachers are proud of you’ - ASTI President

ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald has sent a message of congratulations to all of the students, parents and teachers involved in the 2019 Junior Certificate examinations

  • 4 October 2019
  • Press releases

ASTI expresses disappointment over history recommendation

The ASTI says it is disappointed with the recommendation contained in a report by the NCCA to the Minister for Education and Skills not to include history as a core subject at Junior Cycle.

  • 25 September 2019
  • Press releases

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