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Special Episode: A review of the Roadmap for the full return to school

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Release Date: 07/28/2020

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I remember my classroom when I was in primary school - rows of seats, talking wasn’t really allowed, a lot of sitting down in the same place doing bookwork, everyone facing the blackboard. What will the new pandemic classroom look like and how will we have to teach the curriculum? In this part, I examine every subject and how we're going to have to teach it. Will technology save the day? 

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Last Friday evening there was so much thrown at us that you might have missed a very important circular sent to schools, possibly because it was Friday evening. I was one such person so I decided I'd have a look through it and respond to it live in this special episode. It's all about special leave for staff working in schools during COVID19 and it's super important.

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One thing we can guarantee is that schools will be very different places when we go back to them in a couple of weeks. In this week's episode, I'm going to examine what a pandemic-style classroom is going to look like with some tips for teachers for laying out their classrooms. Don't worry, I won't be making you buy single desks.

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Unsanitised: Blended Learning and Back to School (Part 1) show art Unsanitised: Blended Learning and Back to School (Part 1)

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Looking at all the variables, while we're all going to go back to school, I can't see us staying there for that long. With that in mind, I'm looking at what teachers and school leaders might consider when we return to school. In this first part, I'm going to look at:

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Special Episode: A review of the Roadmap for the full return to school show art Special Episode: A review of the Roadmap for the full return to school

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And all it took was a global pandemic for teaching principals to get a day a week of Admin leave; what will need to happen before the posts of responsibility are restored? 

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About a year ago, the Department of Education wrote to a load of schools in Dublin 15 to compel them to open Special Classes for Children with Autism. This was because the planning section of the NCSE hadn’t managed to organise the opening of special classes where there was the most need. Somehow, deals were done and Special Classes were opened. Lessons were to be learned and nothing like this could ever happen again. And here we are.

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Ah, the Irish Education System! Overly complex, mired in historical precedence and no one really knowing who is responsible for who. And what better symbol for all the madness than the bus system in schools - known as the school transport scheme. In this episode, I’ll be trying to figure out school buses and if I were the Minister for Education, I would change the system so that bus escorts were employees of Bus Eireann, rather than school Boards of Management.

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There’s a line in Lou Reed’s Perfect Day towards the end, “You’re going to reap just what you sow” which is repeated until the song fades out and it couldn’t be truer for the Department of Education and their handling of the Coronavirus. In this special episode of If I were the Minister for Education, I’m going to see what I would do to reopen schools.

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For those of you unfamiliar with primary schools, you might be surprised to know that the Department of Education is not responsible for what happens in any of their schools. You may be further surprised to note that patron bodies also have no responsibility either. Every single primary school in the country is its own private entity and all the responsibility lies with 8 individuals called the Board of Management.

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The NCSE Annual Research Conference took place last week, exploring whether a fully inclusive school system is right for Ireland. They brought over Jody Carr, former Minister for Education of New Brunswick to talk about their model, where all children, whatever their needs, attend their local school in the same classrooms as their peers. In this episode, I’m going to explore this Total Inclusion Model and if I were the Minister for Education whether it’s something I’d be thinking about for Ireland.

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In this special episode, I review the several documents as quickly as I can to let you know what's happening for primary schools in the next few weeks. I give my own take on the highs and lows and look forward to a world Post Pandemic where we all have Aides and LWRs, whatever that means.