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How many times have you said to yourself, "If I were the Minister for Education…?" Well I do! Rather than grumble to myself, I decided to podcast my thoughts on ways I'd change the primary education system in Ireland. Every episode I'll take on a different theme, give some background and hopefully come to some conclusions by the end.

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How many times have you said to yourself, "If I were the Minister for Education…?" Well I do! Rather than grumble to myself, I decided to podcast my thoughts on ways I'd change the primary education system in Ireland. Every episode I'll take on a different theme, give some background and hopefully come to some conclusions by the end.

    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 3)

    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 3)

    In the final part of our chat, Conor and I discuss the INTO's support of the LGBT+ community. We talk about schools that raise the Pride Flag but do nothing more and then we talk about some resources that teachers could use in the classroom without "undermining" the ethos (not my words!)
    Finally, Conor tells us what he would do if he were the Minister for Education.

    • 33 min
    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 2)

    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 2)

    It's not often you'll hear me speechless but in this part of my interview with Conor Bredin, he speaks about his experience of being a gay teacher in Ireland. For anyone that thinks working in the Catholic system is no harm, needs to listen to this. Conor gives his thoughts on this issue and sums it up really well.

    • 27 min
    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 1)

    Interview 10: Conor Bredin (Part 1)

    In this 3-part episode, I interview Conor Bredin - teacher, podcaster and author. Conor will be well known to anyone who was at the 2022 INTO Congress where he received a standing ovation for telling his experience of being a gay teacher in Ireland.
    However, Conor wears many hats and in this part I learn about his writing career and his podcast, which is all about storytellers. He's a great storyteller himself so I think you're really going to enjoy it!
    🎙Listen and subscribe to this podcast on https://anseo.captivate.fm/listen (your favourite app here).
    📌 Voted the best primary education podcast in the world by https://blog.feedspot.com/primary_education_podcasts/ (Feedspot)!

    • 33 min
    Live Poetry Reading: Catholics up to no good, as usual

    Live Poetry Reading: Catholics up to no good, as usual

    Forgive the paraphrased Father Ted quote but it's probably appropriate after reading Emma O'Kelly's excellent article: "Bishops sought 'commitment' on priority for Catholic children in schools"
    https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0609/1303940-catholic-schools/ (https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0609/1303940-catholic-schools/)
    I read through this article attempting to give further context and background, as well as cringe through the astounding arrogance shown by the parties involved.
    🎙Listen and subscribe to this podcast on https://anseo.captivate.fm/listen (your favourite app here).
    📌 Voted the best primary education podcast in the world by https://blog.feedspot.com/primary_education_podcasts/ (Feedspot)!

    • 49 min
    Minister Josepha making schools Mad-again.

    Minister Josepha making schools Mad-again.

    This week (May 31st) the SNA allocations were released to primary schools. It had been promised that a new frontloading model was to be used but for a third year in a row, school allocations were frozen. In this episode, I examine:
    why the representative bodies rarely, if ever, publicly condemn the NCSE
    why the SNA allocations come out so late in the year
    whether there were actually 1,100 extra SNA posts sanctioned as the headlines read.

    You can download the NCSE allocations for 2022-23 here: https://ncse.ie/set-hours-and-sna-allocations (https://ncse.ie/set-hours-and-sna-allocations)
    I also refer to a previous episode of the podcast: https://pod.fo/e/12749e (Scrap the NCSE)
    🎙Listen and subscribe to this podcast on https://anseo.captivate.fm/listen (your favourite app here).
    📌 Voted the best primary education podcast in the world by https://blog.feedspot.com/primary_education_podcasts/ (Feedspot)!

    • 42 min
    Interview 9: Climate Crisis with the Irish Schools Sustainability Network

    Interview 9: Climate Crisis with the Irish Schools Sustainability Network

    One thing that binds us all together is our planet, and it would seem surprising if teachers around the country wouldn't be worried about the impending climate crisis. I was thrilled to be joined by Mary Moore and Laura Ní Mhaille from the Irish Schools Sustainability Network to discuss how teachers can help.
    We got through a huge amount from Green Flags to whether Climate Action should be a curriculum subject and everything in between. It was a great chat and I learned loads!
    https://twitter.com/IrishSchSusty (Follow them on Twitter)!
    More links:
    Twitter handles of our guests: @Marybcm @LOMNIM
    Email: irishschsusty@gmail.com
    Website: issn.ie (to go live this summer)
    Resources mentioned:
    https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/ (https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/)
    https://climatekids.nasa.gov/ (https://climatekids.nasa.gov/)
    https://www.nationalgeographic.org/society/education-resources/ (https://www.nationalgeographic.org/society/education-resources/)
    https://www.trocaire.org/documents/creating-futures-resources/ (https://www.trocaire.org/documents/creating-futures-resources/)
    Paul O’ Donnell Wild Teaching: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/heritage-architectural-conservation/heritage/heritage-for-younger-people/wild-teaching-cross-curricular-lessons-outdoors-for-agoraphobic-teachers/wild-teaching-the-book (https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/heritage-architectural-conservation/heritage/heritage-for-younger-people/wild-teaching-cross-curricular-lessons-outdoors-for-agoraphobic-teachers/wild-teaching-the-book)
    Book: Paddy Madden’s Go Wild at School
    Éanna Ní Lamhna: Wild Things at School https://greenschoolsireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Wildlife_in_Schools.pdf (https://greenschoolsireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Wildlife_in_Schools.pdf)
    Earth Care, People Care , Fair Share: The Children in Permaculture Manual, Lusi Alderslowe https://issuu.com/childreninpermaculture/docs/cip_manual/2 (https://issuu.com/childreninpermaculture/docs/cip_manual/2)

    • 47 min

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