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  • Education Act - Section 24.3 - I.N.T.O
    Other 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 Education Act Section 24 3 Revised procedures in relation to professional competence issues and general disciplinary matters Section 24 3 of the Education Act 1998 makes provision for procedures for the suspension or dismissal of teachers These procedures were agreed in 2009 and are contained in Circular 60 2009 The procedures provide for 2 separate and independent strands Procedures relating to competence issues Procedures relating to work conduct and matters other than professional competence These procedures are intended to comply with the general principles of natural justice INTO provides comprehensive advice and representation where appropriate to principals and teachers in relation to the procedures Members who are the subject of disciplinary procedures are advised to contact INTO to seek advice and representation Principal teachers are also entitled to advice and support from INTO in implementing disciplinary procedures Circulars 2009 Disciplinary Procedures for Teachers Disciplinary Procedures for Principals

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/Legislation/EducationLegislation/EducationAct-Section243/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Employment Legislation - I.N.T.O
    Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Employment Legislation Adoptive Leave Act 1995 Employment Equality Act 1998 2011 Consolidated Equal Status Act 2000 Q A Guide to the Employment Equality Act 1998 Equal Status Act 2000 Industrial Relations Act 1990 Maternity Protection Act 1994 Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973 Protection of Employees Fixed Term Work Act 2003 Protection of Employees Part

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/Legislation/EmploymentLegislation/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Other Legislation - I.N.T.O
    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 Other Legislation Data Protection Amendment Act 2003 Freedom of Information Act 1997 Freedom of Information Amendment Act 2003 Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 Criminal Justice Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012 Section 24

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/Legislation/OtherLegislation/ (2015-10-30)
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  • INTO/Management Complaints Procedure - I.N.T.O
    parent guardian who wishes to make a complaint should unless there are local arrangements to the contrary approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint Where the parent guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class teacher s he should approach the principal with a view to resolving it If the complaint is still unresolved the parent guardian should raise the matter with the chairperson of the board of management with a view to resolving it Stage 2 If the complaint is still unresolved and the parent guardian wishes to pursue the matter further s he should lodge the complaint in writing with the chairperson of the board of management The chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within five days of receipt of the written complaint Stage 3 If the complaint is not resolved informally the chairperson should subject to the general authorisation of the board and except in those cases where the chairperson deems the particular authorisation of the board to be required a supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint and b arrange a meeting with the teacher and where applicable the principal teacher with a view to resolving the complaint Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint Stage 4 If the complaint is still not resolved the chairperson should make a formal report to the board within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3 b If the board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complainant should be so informed within three days of the board meeting If the board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation it proceeds as follows a the teacher should be informed that the investigation is proceeding to the next stage b the teacher should be supplied with a copy of any written evidence in support of the complaint c the teacher should be requested to supply a written statement to the board in response to the complaint c the teacher should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation of case to the board The teacher would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting d the board may arrange a meeting with the complainant if it considers such to be required The complainant would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting and e the meeting of the board of management referred to in d and e will take place with in 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3 b Stage 5 When the board has completed its investigation the chairperson should convey the decision of the board in writing to the teacher and the complainant within five days of the meeting of the board The decision of the board

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ParentTeacherRelations/INTOManagementComplaintsProcedure/ (2015-10-30)
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  • DES Guidance to Parents RE Complaints - I.N.T.O
    Associations Home School Community Liaison Scheme Parental Separation Teachers and Court Cases 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 Guidance to Parents RE Complaints Services and Information for Parents Complaints Bullying Child

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ParentTeacherRelations/DESGuidancetoParentsREComplaints/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Parents' Associations - I.N.T.O
    The Teaching Council Parents Associations Section 28 of the Education Act 1998 states 26 1 The parents of students of a recognised school may establish and maintain from among their number a parents association for that school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school 2 A parents association shall promote the interests of the students in a school in co operation with the board principal teachers and students of a school and for that purpose may advise the Principal or the board on any matter relating to the school and the Principal or board as the case may be shall have regard to any such advice and adopt a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents in consultation with the Principal in the operation of the school 3 The board shall promote contact between the school parents of students in that school and the community and shall facilitate and give all reasonable assistance to parents who wish to establish a parents association and to a parents association when it is established 4 a A parents association shall following consultation with its members make rules governing its meetings and

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ParentTeacherRelations/ParentsAssociations/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Home School Community Liaison Scheme - I.N.T.O
    the educational system because of background characteristics which tend to affect adversely pupil attainment and school retention It focuses directly on the salient adults in children s educational lives in order that they may be better able to support the children s attendance participation and retention in the education system Under DEIS Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Home School Community Liaison is available to all DEIS Urban Band 1 Band 2 and Post Primary schools A list of the DEIS schools can be downloaded here Home School Community Liaison Coordinator posts are provided on a full time or shared basis between schools and serving teachers are deployed to undertake full time home school community liaison duties The role of the HSCL Coordinator requires the flexibility to be available to families and students implementing literacy numeracy initiatives for home visitation Continuous Professional Development and undertaking school staff development In order for teachers in HSCL posts to keep up to date with curricular developments while serving in a non teaching role all HSCL Coordinators continue to attend in career development and training to keep them up to date with curricular developments To facilitate local HSCL Coordinators working with the families of disadvantaged children posts are shared across the two sectors primary and post primary level A teacher is assigned to the post of HSCL Coordinator for a maximum period of five 5 years It is a requirement that the HSCL Coordinator post be rotated among eligible staff in the school s every 5 years Having served the maximum period of 5 years allowed in the post the existing HSCL Coordinator may not re apply immediately for the post They must vacate the position for a minimum of 4 years before he she is eligible to re apply for the HSCL post

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ParentTeacherRelations/HomeSchoolCommunityLiaisonScheme/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Teachers and Court Cases - I.N.T.O
    be aware that they are not obliged to attend Court except under summons or subpoena However in relation to the above a teacher is not precluded from attending Court voluntarily to give evidence This is a matter of professional judgement for the teacher and the teacher may wish to contact the principal chairperson of the board of management and or the INTO on the matter It is generally recommended however that teachers should insist on being summoned or subpoenaed to attend Court since in the first instance the Department insists that a copy of the summons or subpoena be included with the salary returns in order to obtain paid leave of absence Whoever issues the subpoena or summons should be responsible for paying for substitute cover and this should be a condition of attending the Court Attending the Court under subpoena or summons can also provide protection for the teacher in so far as it indicates to all sides that the teacher is not volunteering information and would not normally wish to become involved in the particular case Where a teacher is summoned to attend Court the INTO recommends that the following guidelines be observed The teacher is there in his her professional capacity as a teacher and should generally be expected only to comment in relation to the teaching learning situation for example in relation to the child s attendance progress or other school related matters Teachers should note that they are not psychologists or social workers and that their professional expertise relates to the teaching learning situation Teachers who are asked to attend Court as professionals should indicate their expectation of receiving an appropriate professional fee and full substitute cover The teacher may wish to clear such matters in advance with the principal or chairperson of the board

    Original URL path: http://www.into.ie/ROI/InfoforTeachers/ParentTeacherRelations/TeachersandCourtCases/ (2015-10-30)
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