Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Paul Galvan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Paul Galvan

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Department of Education and Skills

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  Paul Galvan
I would advise them to ensure they enjoy working with young people. If possible try to get some teaching experience; I started out as a substitute teacher before applying for my H Dip in Education.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

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Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015 

Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to reduce the primary school pupil-teacher ratio.

Indications are that Minister O'Sullivan has secured approval from Department of Public Expenditure to hire the additional teachers in the upcoming budget. The ratio currently stands at 28:1. The Minister has been granted €18-20 million to cut it to 27:1. Minister O’Sullivan has previously voiced this issue as a “personal priority” for her and has vowed to change it as soon as funds became available. However, nothing has been formally agreed as yet and negotiations are still underway.

Enrolments in mainstream primary classes are to continuing to grow, with 533,000 additional children entering the system last year.

The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) has called for an immediate reduction in class size in Budget 2016. The union also wants to see changes to bring Irish classes to European levels within the next five years.

Minister O’Sullivan is also seeking funding for a five-year school-building programme in the upcoming capital plan.


Then CareersPortal Team