Thursday 12 December 2019

Paperwork eating into time spent with pupils, say primary teachers

Sheila Nunan, General Secretary INTO
Sheila Nunan, General Secretary INTO

Anne-Marie Walsh

Paperwork is eating into the time that primary school teachers spend in the classroom, they claim.

More than four out of five teachers say their reporting duties are taking up the time they should be teaching and assisting students.

A total of 85pc say the number of reports they have to complete is having a negative effect on their ability to perform their basic duties.

However, the survey of more than 200 primary teachers by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation shows that the majority of teachers feel positive about the interaction they have with parents.

A total of 97pc said they have regular communication with parents and believe it is a very important part of what they do.

Most of the primary teachers said they believe it is important to improve their own professional development at least once a year. Most said they would welcome the opportunity for this, although 29pc said they would find it problematic.

Despite their interest in expanding their careers, over 80pc said they believed they had the knowledge and skills to allow their pupils to experience a broad and balanced curriculum.

In addition, almost all teachers want to see an end to the moratorium on promotion in schools, which has been in place since 2008.

They said in-school leadership and management teams should be put in place again.

The INTO said this is a key issue, as thousands of promoted posts have been lost to the education system over the past six years.

General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the failure to fill promoted posts in schools means that many roles that were once undertaken by promoted teachers are now falling to principals to do, or are not being done at all.

A total of 215 teachers responded to the email survey out of a randomly-generated list of 800 INTO members.

The research was carried out for this year's Consultative Conference on Education.

Irish Independent

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