Workload central topic at principals’ meeting
Organisation also concerned about funding
“Everyone in society is asking schools to solve their problems. We can do so much but we can’t be a cure all,” said the Irish Primary Principals’ Network president Mr Brendan McCabe
These challenges are faced daily by the principals and deputy principals represented by the network, said the body’s president Brendan McCabe yesterday at the start of the two-day meeting. And as resources decline the workload escalates.
“Everyone in society is asking schools to solve their problems. We can do so much but we can’t be a cure all,” he said. “Obesity is a problem and people think the schools should solve it, children come to school hungry and the school will solve it. So many agencies and bodies are looking to us for a solution,” he said.
Work overload remained a serious challenge for the network’s membership, Mr McCabe said. Two-thirds of primary schools have teaching principals who do a full teaching roster but also take on all the administrative duties required of a principal.
“We argue they should get one release day a week to deal with school administration and to lead learning in the school, something they primarily should be doing,” Mr McCabe said.
Key speakers today include Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn.