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  • DES Child Protection Procedures - I.N.T.O
    Probation INTO Grants and Funding Leave of Absence Legislation Lunchtime Supervision New Teachers Parent Teacher Relations Pensions Posts of Responsibility Pupil Enrolment Recognition of Qualifications Salary School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council DES Child Protection Procedures The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools were developed following extensive consultation with the education partners and are based on Children First The Guidelines set out The legal framework for the Procedures Guidance on definition and recognition of abuse The responsibilities of all school personnel Guidance on reporting of concerns and the role of the HSE Guidance on how allegations or suspicions of abuse regarding school employees should be dealt with Guidance on dealing with peer abuse and bullying Schools are obliged to adopt these procedures formally INTO advises all teachers that they make themselves familiar with their responsibilities under the Procedures in order to ensure that the protection of children from abuse is a priority Download Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools Updated September 2012 About INTO Aims and

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  • Children First - I.N.T.O
    Qualifications Salary School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Children First Children First 2011 pdf 1 197 kb National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare for Children The aim of Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children is to promote the safety and wellbeing of children The Guidance sets out particular statutory responsibility of the HSE Children and Family Services and An Garda Síochána when they are alerted to concerns about the safety and welfare of children The Guidance sets out definitions and recognition of child abuse the basics for reporting concerns and the standard reporting procedure It also outlines how the HSE and other agencies should proceed in dealing with reported concerns This Guidance forms the basis for the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools The government proposes to put Children First on a statutory footing through the Children First Bill which is currently in preparation The INTO made a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children in July 2012 and a

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ChildProtection/ChildrenFirst/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Designated Liaison Person - I.N.T.O
    School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Designated Liaison Person Congress 2007 adopted a resolution demanding that the CEC carry out a thorough investigation and review of the role of INTO members acting as the Designated Liaison Person under the Child Protection Guidelines

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ChildProtection/DesignatedLiaisonPerson/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Child Protection Circulars - I.N.T.O
    of Qualifications Salary School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Child Protection Circulars Circular 46 2007 Child Protection Procedures for Persons Employed by the DES In 2007 DES issued Circular 46 2007 which outlines child protection procedures for its own staff the purpose of which is to provide direction and guidance to Department staff in responding to allegations or complaints of child abuse which are made to the Department The Circular states that upon receipt of information regarding alleged child abuse the Department will refer the details to the Designated Liaison Person in the relevant school without making any judgement on the substance or truth of the allegation complaint received The Department will simultaneously notify the HSE of the information received indicating that the matter has been referred to the school for appropriate attention INTO members have raised concerns about the practice of passing on allegations to the HSE in the absence of a clear definition of abuse without any checking mechanism to establish the identity of the caller or letter writer or checking whether there is the slightest basis for the allegation This is in contrast to the reasonable grounds check which schools must carry out under the Procedures issued by the DES prior to passing an allegation to the HSE The three teacher unions have made a detailed submission to the DES about this matter but concerns persist The INTO has also taken legal advice and has supported a court action on behalf of a member where a file was created in the HSE through automatic reporting by DES in circumstances where there was no basis for an allegation Updated September

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  • Children First Bill 2014 - I.N.T.O
    Interest Groups The Teaching Council Children First Bill 2014 A proposed new law the Children First Bill will put key elements of the Children First Guidelines on a statutory footing for the first time since the guidelines were issued in 1999 The Bill provides for a number of specific child protection measures including the following A requirement on mandated persons to report child protection concerns to the Child and Family Agency Tusla including teachers as well as medical practitioners registered nurses social workers gardai psychologists members of the clergy pre school child care staff child protection officers of religious sporting cultural recreational and educational organisations offering services to children A requirement on mandated persons to assist the Child and Family Agency in the assessment of a child protection risk if requested to do so by the Agency A requirement on organisations providing services to children to comply with best practice in child protection as set out in the Children First Guidelines and to produce an organisational specific Child Safeguarding Statement Statutory arrangements to promote cross sectoral implementation and compliance with Children First A copy of the Children First Bill 2014 can be accessed by clicking on the following link http

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ChildProtection/ChildrenFirstBill2014/ (2015-10-30)
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  • INTO Guide to Inspection in Primary Schools 2015 - I.N.T.O
    Probation INTO Guide to Inspection in Primary Schools 2015 Evaluation of Schools and Teachers Evaluation of Teachers Whole School Evaluation in Primary Schools Professional Code of Practice on Evaluation and Reporting Section 13 9 Appeals Procedure NQT Probation and Induction School Self Evaluation INTO Grants and Funding Leave of Absence Legislation Lunchtime Supervision New Teachers Parent Teacher Relations Pensions Posts of Responsibility Pupil Enrolment Recognition of Qualifications Salary School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council INTO Guide to Inspection in Primary Schools 2015 INTO Guide to Inspection in Primary Schools 2015 The INTO values members views on any aspect of school inspection evaluation by the DES Inspectorate If you have recently experienced an inspection in your classroom or school and would like to communicate your views to the INTO you can fill out an Inspection Feedback Form here All information provided will be treated as confidential INTO Guide to Inspection in Primary Schools 2015 pdf 398 kb 2015 About INTO Aims and Structure National Committees INTO Head Office Benefits and Discounts Join us

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  • Evaluation of Schools and Teachers - I.N.T.O
    out in the Rules for National Schools in various Department of Education and Skills circulars and in the Education Act 1998 Among the functions of inspectors are to act as agents of the Minister for Education and Skills to supply the Minister with information and advice on matters pertaining to individual schools and on educational matters in general to co operate with management authorities and teachers in the work of schools to stimulate interest in curriculum content and methodology to help teachers and others in need of assistance and advice to advise teachers particularly principal teachers on the implementation of a suitable school programme to assess the work of each school as a whole to call the attention of teachers and school management to any breaches of rule to carry out a general inspection annually of the work of teachers on probation to review the work of a teacher under procedures provided for by Section 24 of the Education Act to carry out a general inspection at the request of a teacher to perform an inspection of schools for the purposes of a School Report or a Whole School Evaluation Report to select highly successful schools which teachers from other schools may visit for the purpose of observing methods of organisation and teaching to communicate personally or in writing with a board of management and to carry out such other functions which the Minister may from time to time require Inspectors are not authorised to decide on any question affecting a primary school or the general business of the Minister and may not give direct orders in a school except in a Model School Rule 161 2 Rules for National Schools The following are the main responsibilities of Inspectors to carry out the functions outlined above through incidental and or pre arranged visits to schools to evaluate and report on the work of schools to assess the work of teachers and to acquaint themselves with the work of the schools in their districts and with local circumstances which influence the work of both teachers and pupils Section 13 3 of the Education Act 1998 requires an inspector to support and advise schools and teachers on educational matters It relation to schools and teachers the Act requires inspectors to visit schools and evaluate the organisation and operation of the school and the quality and effectiveness of the education provided including the quality of teaching and effectiveness of individual teachers Inspectors are required to evaluate education standards in schools assess the implementation and effectiveness of education programmes devised for pupils with special needs and assess the implementation of regulations An inspector is required to report to the Minister or to the board patron parents of students and teachers as appropriate and as prescribed on matters relating to the activities of a school and the needs of its pupils Inspectors may also conduct assessments of the educational needs of pupils and advise the pupils their parents and the school as appropriate Inspectors are

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/InspectionandProbation/EvaluationofSchoolsandTeachers/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Evaluation of Teachers - I.N.T.O
    Teaching Council Evaluation of Teachers Circular 31 82 A District Inspector has independent responsibility for the inspection of the schools in her his district and for the assessment of the work of the teachers under the direction and supervision of the Divisional Inspector In order to do this inspectors need to be well acquainted with the work of the schools in their districts and with the local circumstances which influence the work of both teachers and pupils Inspectors familiarise themselves with the work of the schools through observing the interaction between teachers and pupils and through taking and examining classes themselves The Divisional Inspector has a responsibility to maintain an appropriate standard in the inspectors estimates of the work of teachers serving in the districts of her his division To this end s he normally inspects schools annually in every district of her his division and confers with the inspectors in charge Incidental Visits Incidental visits to schools are an essential part of the inspector s work The purpose of these visits is to enable inspectors to acquaint themselves with the work of individual teachers and of schools as a whole to give the teachers the benefit of their assistance and advice to encourage innovation and to suggest suitable remedies for defects observed in teaching methods Where an inspector visits a school for a specific purpose other than that normally comprehended in an incidental visit s he usually states the reason for such visit The principal teacher or any other teacher concerned may enquire from the inspector the purpose of a visit at any time In the course of visits to schools the inspector keeps its general organisation under review and arranges to give the principal teacher any help and advice s he may need in carrying out the responsibilities

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