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5 Days 5 Ways – Sustainable Education Staff to Ensure Children’s Future - Minister Jan O'Sullivan

July 03, 2015

Day 5 teachers SNA 2

Today, we focus on Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan’s success in the allocation of increased staff in schools and the creation of better career opportunities in the education sector. Much has been achieved by Jan as she strives to protect and reform the education system as it is one of the best ways to invest in our economic recovery.

Despite the challenges we have faced over recent years, Labour has protected class sizes, and increased the number of teachers and SNAs working in our schools. In the last Budget, Labour secured funding for an additional 1,700 teachers, resource teachers and SNAs for our schools.

Recently, we have expanded upon that, and agreement was reached to recruit a further 490 SNAs, so that every child who needs support will have access to it. Increasing the number of staff in education is hugely important, but so too is making sure that those working in education have a decent and secure career.

Jan has implemented new recommendations to give greater stability to young teachers early in their careers. We have also agreed a new set of measures to help SNAs obtain full-time hours, allowing them to build the stable careers they need.

Policy Focus

Connection for Life 2015 - 2020

June 24, 2015

Connection for Life 2015 - 2020

Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020

The strategy document provides a detailed and clear plan to achieve each of the goals it proposes, with defined actions and a lead agency and key partners in place for each individual objective (Government Departments, HSE, NGO partners and community groups). This action plan will be supported by robust implementation and governance structures and resourcing and communications frameworks.

Monitoring and evaluation will be embedded into the implementation process, with an accompanying outcomes framework in place, which will allow progress to be tracked and the impact of the Strategy to be objectively measured against baseline indicators. The implementation structure agreed sets out clear lines of responsibility and accountability at all levels- political, administrative and local levels. The National Office for Suicide Prevention’s role and authority given to support the implementation of the strategy is clearly set out.

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