Covid-19 - Latest Updates

Remote Learning From Apple, Cisco & IBM - Offer of Free Help to Schools

Apple, Cisco and IBM have joined forces to help schools deliver distance learning in a simple, high quality, interactive, controlled and secure fashion - this is supported by the DES.

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Webinar - Draft Admissions Policy

Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors’ Education Team is facilitating a webinar to discuss the draft Admission Policy for primary schools.

During the webinar, the Education Team will focus on what is permissible and what is not under the Admissions Act. The team will also help you navigate the DES templates. Please note the deadline of 30 April for submitting draft admissions policies to your patron body is fast approaching.

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Covid 19 - Preparations for Summer Term

We hope that you were able to have some rest and relaxation over the holiday period. We are conscious that your thoughts will again be focussing on leading your school community during the summer term. IPPN has been working closely with CSL over the past week to put together some practical options and ideas to support your leadership role at this time.

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CSL - Getting Perspective in Challenging Times

CSL would like to express their respect and appreciation for the brave and courageous work of school leaders during the current covid-19 pandemic. Since March 12th, you as school leaders have had to call on all your inner strength and resources to ensure the ongoing needs of your school communities are met. You have managed to work collaboratively with your leadership teams, your teachers, support staff and school communities to ensure that continuity of teaching and learning is in place for your pupils, and to address the concerns of parents and families. In the past few weeks, you have experienced greater levels of stress and anxiety than ever before, your workload has increased significantly, and you have dealt with your professional challenges alongside concern for the health and safety of your own families and loved ones.

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Covid-19 Practice in Primary Schools Report

This report by Maynooth University, jointly commissioned by IPPN, INTO, primary education management bodies and PDST, collates and analyses the responses from over 2,800 primary school leaders to a survey researching how schools have managed since they were abruptly closed on Thursday 12th March. The report describes the incredible work primary schools have done to put systems, processes and communications in place in a matter of days in schools of all types and sizes across the country. There is strong evidence in the research of distributed leadership, collaboration, collegiality, innovation and creativity.

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2 April - SNA Frontloading Model

IPPN welcomes the announcement from Minister for Education & Skills Joe McHugh that the planned new allocation model for Special Needs Assistants has been deferred for one year. IPPN held a conference call meeting with the DES last week and highlighted members’ concerns regarding the proposed implementation of the new SNA Frontloading Model given the impact of emergency closures on schools. The Minister and the DES has responded positively to our concerns and confirmed that the SNA Frontloading Model will be postponed for the 2020/2021 school year. The Minister also confirmed:

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New Short-Term Redeployment of SNAs

The DES has announced a new short-term redeployment initiative for all SNAs to be available to work in some essential public services as part of the Government’s response to Covid-19 (DES Circular 27/2020).

What is the Process?

  • The Board of Management is required to forward a questionnaire to all SNAs by Friday 3 April. SNAs will be required to complete the online questionnaire by Friday 7 April and details will be uploaded for the temporary assignment process. It is the responsibility of the Board that all SNAs complete the questionnaire
  • The Public Appointments Service and HSE will match an SNAs skill set with requirements before making contact with details of the reassignment role and location of work. This will be completed following Board notification.

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Staffing Circular Update

The DES has extended the date for returning the following forms (DES Circular 18/2020) from Friday 27 March to Friday 3 April:

Notify relevant Panel Operator of any permanent or fixed term vacancy
Return Main Redeployment Panel Application Form (Appendix E) for surplus permanent/CID holding teachers to the Department’s Primary Teacher Allocations Section
Return “CID Declaration Form20” (Appendix G) in respect of all teachers awarded a CID in or before the 2019/20 school year and a Main Panel Application Form, if applicable, to the Department’s Primary Teacher Allocations Section

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