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  • Special Needs Assistants - I.N.T.O
    pupils who have special care needs arising from a disability and who also require additional academic input should consider applying for additional resource teaching provision In accordance with Circular 10 76 Duties and responsibilities of Principal Teachers the duties of SNAs are assigned by the principal teacher and sanctioned by the board of management Their work should be supervised either by the principal or by a class teacher Those duties involve tasks of a non teaching nature such as Preparation and tidying up of classroom s in which the pupil s with special needs is are being taught Assisting children to board and alight from school buses Where necessary travel as escort on school buses may be required Special assistance as necessary for pupils with particular difficulties e g helping physically disabled pupils with typing or writing Assistance with clothing feeding toileting and general hygiene Assisting on out of school visits walks and similar activities Assisting the teachers in the supervision of pupils with special needs during assembly recreational and dispersal periods Accompanying individuals or small groups who may have to be withdrawn temporarily from the classroom General assistance to the class teachers under the direction of the principal with duties of a non teaching nature special needs assistants may not act either as substitute or temporary teachers In no circumstances may they be left in sole charge of a class Where a special needs assistant has been appointed to assist a school in catering for a specific pupil duties should be modified to support the particular needs of the pupil concerned Applications Applications for a SNA should be considered where for example a pupil has a significant medical need for such assistance a significant impairment of physical or sensory function or where their behaviour is such that they are a danger to themselves or to other pupils Pupils needs could range from needing an assistant for a short period each week for example to help feed or change the pupil s or bring them to the toilet to requiring a full time assistant Processing of Applications As per Circular 0006 2011 which came into effect January 2011 a cap has been placed on the number whole time equivalent Special Needs Assistant posts in school This number is 10 575 whole time equivalent posts Since January 2005 the NCSE through the local SENO is processing resource applications for children with disabilities who have special educational needs In doing so the NCSE is required to observe Departmental policy The following functions are the responsibility of the NCSE with effect from 1 January 2005 processing applications for resource teacher support in respect of children with low incidence disabilities and deciding on the level of support appropriate to the school processing applications for special needs assistant support for children with disabilities and deciding on the level of support appropriate to the school examing applications for special equipment assistive technology identifying appropriate educational settings for individual children with special needs Applications in relation to

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  • Caretakers and Secretaries - I.N.T.O
    Salary School Accommodation School Funding School Insurance School Leadership School Transport and Ancillary Staff Eligibility School Transport for Children with Special Needs Special Needs Assistants Caretakers and Secretaries School Year Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Caretakers and Secretaries For information on the Ancillary Services Grant Secretarial and Caretaking Services based on Circular 18 05 go to

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  • Exceptional Closings - I.N.T.O
    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 Exceptional Closings Closing for Elections Closing in the Interests of Public Health School Tours Length of School Day Standardisation of School Year INTO Year Planner Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Exceptional Closings Rule 60 Exceptional Closings If a school has not been in operation for at least 183 days in the school year the grant of salary and allowances may be reduced unless owing to some exceptional cause it has not been possible for the school to be in operation for 183 days in which case the Minister may abate this requirement Exceptional cause may include the following closures Inclement weather Heating breakdown Death of a teacher in the school Death of a President Bishop Essential repairs Rule 52 1 states Works of maintenance should be carried out as far as possible during the vacation periods About INTO Aims and Structure National Committees INTO Head Office Benefits and Discounts Join us Contact

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  • Closing for Elections - I.N.T.O
    and Ancillary Staff School Year Exceptional Closings Closing for Elections Closing in the Interests of Public Health School Tours Length of School Day Standardisation of School Year INTO Year Planner Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Closing for Elections Rule 61 Closing of School for an Election A school may not be closed for an election unless

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  • Closing in the Interests of Public Health - I.N.T.O
    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 Exceptional Closings Closing for Elections Closing in the Interests of Public Health School Tours Length of School Day Standardisation of School Year INTO Year Planner Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council Closing in the Interests of Public Health Rule 62 Closing of School in the Interests of Public Health When the closing of a school is deemed necessary in the interests of public health the written recommendation of the Medical Officer of Health should be obtained by the chairperson of the board and forwarded to the Department The responsibility for closing the school rests with the board of management Circular 28 94 advises management authorities that the Director of Community Care Medical Officer of Health is the appropriate person to decide on matters in relation to public health Directors of Community Care Medical Officers of Health may delegate that authority to the Senior Area Medical Officers or the Area Medical Officers who normally are local General Practitioners About INTO Aims

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  • School Tours - I.N.T.O
    Tours Length of School Day Standardisation of School Year INTO Year Planner Social Inclusion Special Education Staffing Staff Relations Staff Reps Taxation and PRSI Teacher Special Interest Groups The Teaching Council School Tours Schools may be closed for one day in the school year for the purpose of an educational tour with the permission of the board of management At least 25 of the enrolment of the school must on the tour before the school can close The school roll need not be marked for that day The day counts as one of the required 183 minimum days Teachers taking children on tours are protected by the insurance policy of the board of management provided they are acting with the authority of the board It is advisable however that when pupils are taken to places of public interest adventure playgrounds etc that the school authorities should confirm in advance that the operators proprietors of these venues activities are also adequately insured for any liability that they may have in the event of an accident or injury According to the terms of Department Circular 12 79 The objective of educational tours for schools should be that they be of benefit to

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  • Length of School Day - I.N.T.O
    The period of secular instruction to be provided for in the timetable of each school day must be at least four hours and ten minutes In the case of infants and first standard the time required may be reduced by one hour but this does not exempt any teacher from attendance for the full period of the school meeting In a school in which there is only one meeting daily an interval for recreation of one half hour should be allowed A board of management may however arrange for a recreation interval in excess of one half hour but not exceeding one hour In all schools a five minute break should be allowed at an intermediate time in the forenoon and again in the afternoon in practice most schools take a 10 minute small break The time at which each break is taken should be duly entered on the time table The pupils should be permitted to go into the playground and the classroom should be ventilated during each break These may be deducted from the time allowed for secular instruction A minimum period of ten minutes must be set down in the time table for roll call In order to maintain effective supervision over the pupils from the time of their arrival at the school the staff is required in a school in which there is only one meeting daily to be in attendance at the school 20 minutes before the time fixed for the commencement of formal instruction secular or religious The time between the teachers arrival and the commencement of formal instruction must be spent in the carrying out of duties connected with the school work supervision of pupils preparation of teaching materials for the day s lessons hearing or correction of home lessons or other work

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  • Standardisation of School Year - I.N.T.O
    be the final day of the school term All schools will re open on Wednesday 6th January 2016 February 2016 mid term break All primary schools will close on Thursday 18th February 2016 and Friday 19th February 2016 Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 15th February 2016 to Friday 19th February 2016 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 17th February 2016 Easter 2016 All schools will close on Wednesday 16th March 2016 which will be the final day of the school term unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 23rd March 2016 All schools will re open on Monday 4th April 2016 School Year 2016 17 October 2016 mid term break All schools will close from Monday 31st October 2016 to Friday 4th November 2016 inclusive Christmas 2016 All schools will close on Thursday 22nd December 2016 which will be the final day of the school term All schools will re open on Monday 9th January 2017 February 2017 mid term break All primary schools will close on Thursday 23rd February 2017 and Friday 24th February 2017 Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 20th

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