Education Policy

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    Summary

    • Education should be funded and managed exclusively by the State rather than handed over to various patron bodies.
    • Develop a National Childcare Service to offer educational supports as early as possible.
    • Bring class sizes down to a ratio of 18:1.
    • Abolish all requirements for compulsory religious instruction.
    • Capital Investment at primary and post-primary level to ensure science labs, computer labs and well-furnished classrooms with Wi-Fi access and iPads/tablets.
    • All schools to be provided with fast, free and filtered broadband so that it can become an integral part of classroom learning.
    • School transport, uniforms, meals, educational materials and play and PE facilities provided free in all schools.
    • Small schools to be protected and supported in line with the wishes of local communities and parents, particularly in rural areas.
    • Employ lab assistants to cater for Science and ICT classes
    • Restore supports for vulnerable pupils and all those with special educational needs
    • Autism proof all schools to give every pupil the chance to develop.
    • Additional resources for disadvantaged and traveller students, including smaller classes and one-to-one tuition as necessary.
    • Emphasize critical thinking and lifelong learning not rote learning for competitive exams.
    • Introduce modules on philosophy, political economy, arts and media studies in second level to promote creativity and civic awareness.
    • Reverse the increase in formal working hours imposed on teachers and SNAs through the imposition of “Croke Park hours”.
    • Support teachers in their fight to end pay inequality.
    • Abolish university ‘registration’ fees; extend and improve maintenance and back-to-education grants.
    • Subsidise accommodation for students who have to travel to go to university.
    • Redirect money from giving R&D tax credits corporations to the university sector in order to do blue sky research.
    • All schools, both rural and urban, should grow fruit and vegetables on school grounds to indoor and outdoor growing operations. This would promote healthy eating, sustainability and cooperation within the school system.