Subbing Series; Some lesson ideas for Literacy

I’ve decided to start a new series of blogposts for substitute teachers. When I first started teaching, I always hoped that there would be some sort of plan available if I was subbing in a new school/new class because it is very hard to think on your feet when there are so many other things […]

Should I stay or should I go? 

It’s that time of year again when teachers all around Ireland wonder what will happen next year. This can be a stressful time for many people for different reasons- some teachers who are working on temporary or substitute contracts and building up panel rights wonder whether they should go home now so they can build […]

A Quick Guide to the Standard Application Form

The standard application form for teaching posts was designed to be the only document that would be required by schools when advertising posts – therefore the document is quite long and detailed. Thankfully many parts of the document only need to be filled in once; personal details, qualification, courses, references etc. You can download the […]

Jobs and Stuff

So it’s that time of year again… jobs for next September are beginning to be advertised, the main panel has been released and the supplementary panel will follow in a few weeks. I’ve received lots of messages from teachers wondering about jobs and panels and CID’s and I know I have always found the whole […]

Subbing CV

There is a huge shortage of substitute teachers available at the moment so the INTO recommended that final year students should get their teaching council numbers asap. This blogpost is just to share some ideas about what to include in a substitute CV.

Why is it so difficult to find a substitute teacher?

There was an article in the Independent the other day (and again in the Sunday independent) with the title “Children to be sent home from school in new crisis; Lure of well paid jobs in Dubai is now leading to a severe shortage of substitute teachers”. (You can read the article here.) So in this […]

Supplementary Panel 2017/2018

I’m writing this blogpost because I’ve already received lots of questions about the supplementary panel and the criteria needed to access the supplementary panel. What is the panel? There are two redeployment panels for primary teachers in Ireland – the main panel and the supplementary panel for appointments to full time permanent positions. The main […]

Its All About Who You Know… Or Is It?

I know theres hundreds/thousands of teachers sitting down in front of their laptops today sending off another batch of standard application forms, copies of certificates, references, copies of degrees etc. and I know how disheartening it can be when all you get back is ‘Thanks but no thanks’. I think this is always made worse […]

Give Me 5; An approach to job applications and interviews

I’ve written a number of blogposts about applying for jobs and interview questions. I’ve spoken to countless newly qualified teachers or teachers who don’t have a permanent job yet and will face the application process again this year so I’m writing this blogpost to share something I have used in the past to help me […]

Supplementary Panel 2016/2017

The supplementary panel circular for 2016/2017 was released yesterday. Last year, I wrote a blog post explaining some parts of it which was very popular so I have decided to do a new one for this year. Main panel Main panel is for teachers who are currently permanent or hold C.I.D. (Contracts of Indefinite Duration) […]

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