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'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids'

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids'


Parents who drive their kids to school and are ‘overprotective’ of their children in public places may be damaging their development, says a new report published today.

A study done by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe ... click to read full post & comments


Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAfterschool childcare plan set to help working parents


Parents who are finding it difficult to pay for after-school childcare are to benefit from new proposals being drafted by the government who plan to open primary schools for longer and provide supervision for students.

A report by Fionnan Sheahan ... click to read full post & comments


Does video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingDoes video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance


Girls are doing better than boys in school, and the disparity between gender is widening, says a new report on education.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report that shows that boys and girls are becoming more divided in education performances and this is having effect on their career choices.

The report called, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour and Confidence, shows that although ... click to read full post & comments


World Book Day 2015

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingWorld Book Day 2015


World Book Day, the world’s biggest annual celebration of books and reading will take place on Thursday 5th March 2015, celebrating the wonderful world of books by giving all school children a token they can exchange for a free World Book Day book in their local bookshop! World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over ... click to read full post & comments


Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has told media outlets that new Junior Cert reforms will go ahead and the Dept of Education will ‘move forward’ on the recent proposals despite the non-co-operation of the teacher unions.

The Minister said that ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used

Posted by Sally OBrien, on 27/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents don't know how voluntary contributions are used


The government has rejected calls by Sinn Féin to make schools provide information to parents on how they spend voluntary contributions.

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the government to give parents access to information on how ... click to read full post & comments


INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersINTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has suspended membership of 16 teachers, mostly Principals, for up to five months, all in the last two years, for breaking a ban on co-operating with the Jobbridge internship scheme.

The INTO had banned their 35,000 union members from co-operating with the scheme back in 2011, and these suspensions come after complaints were made about members who were ... click to read full post & comments


Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/02/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSupreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal in a case brought against The Christian Brothers High School, Clonmel, Tipperary back in 2010 by a family who believed the school had indirectly discriminated against their son on the grounds that he was a traveller.

According to a breaking news report on RTE this afternoon, The boy’s mother, Mary Stokes, had argued that ... click to read full post & comments


House in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingHouse in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral


It has been reported in The Herald today that a house party for a sixteen year old girl was mobbed by over two hundred teenagers in Dublin on friday evening. The father of the girl told Herald.ie that he was hosting a party for his sixteen year old daughter’s birthday when it was mobbed after the ‘Facebook invite’ of the event went viral.

The mother, Mrs Osifa, told ... click to read full post & comments


Rise in young males with Eating Disorders

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingRise in young males with Eating Disorders


Bodywhys, a national voluntary organisation supporting people with eating disorders, is launching an Eating Disorder Awareness Week with planned talks in centres around Ireland. New statistics from the organisation reveal there was ... click to read full post & comments


US Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 19/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting TeachersUS Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem


The results from a study done by the The University Of Arizona state that gay teens coming out in school emerge with higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression than if they had not and that coming out will not make them any more or less likely to be bullied.

Professor Stephen Russell, Director of the Institute for Children Youth and Families, and author of the paper, explains that LGBT students will have ... click to read full post & comments


Minister outlines new policy to support small schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister outlines new policy to support small schools


Press Release
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan TD, has today announced that Government has agreed the implementation of two new policies to better support the sustainability of small schools, and particularly those in isolated areas.
This policy approach involves two key elements:

- Improved changes to the staffing schedule for some small schools and
- A voluntary protocol for future sustainability for 1 teacher schools with reducing enrolments
The full details of these elements are ... click to read full post & comments


Créche workers march for more money - can parents afford it?

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingCréche workers march for more money - can parents afford it?


A planned protest is to take place this afternoon by early childcare workers over demands in pay, but parents say they cannot afford increases in childcare and are turning to cheaper alternatives such as au-pairs and nannies. Both sides are calling for government subsidies.

Creche workers in Ireland are ... click to read full post & comments


Schools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies


A study done by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) found that out of a 139 primary schools in Ireland, 133 of them had pupils with allergies. Yet despite the amount of pupils at risk of allergy attack in class and on school grounds there were no school policies to deal with allergy emergencies as school staff are not trained.

An allergy attack such as ... click to read full post & comments


4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Primary School News4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that four new multi-denominational primary schools are expected to open this September under the patronage divesting process.

Three of these schools will operate under the patronage of Educate Together. The fourth school will be a Gaelscoil operating under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta. 

The three Educate Together schools are intended to be in the following locations ... click to read full post & comments


New Junior Cert exam could be split in two

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Junior Cert exam could be split in two


According to the Irish Independent this morning, new proposals aimed at solving the Junior Certificate dispute would see exams split in two.

In the 'confidential document' obtained by the Indepedent, the Mediator Dr Travers is suggesting a new Junior Cycle Student Profile of Achievement award which would give one grade for the traditional exams and then ... click to read full post & comments


Student Slingshot Academy launched for TY students

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/02/2015.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudent Slingshot Academy  launched for TY students


Student Slingshot Academy was launched today at its future home in Filmbase, Temple Bar. It It is a new initiative developed to change how transition year students approach education and career prospects.

Once a month, beginning on March 15th, some of Ireland’s leading third level students will work alongside industry professionals to create immersive and interactive ... click to read full post & comments


Change in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingChange in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools


The Department of Education announced this week a new ' Inclusion Support Service' for special needs students that will see a change in how resources and teachers are allocated to schools.

Schools are being asked to ... click to read full post & comments


Safer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingSafer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015


Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people, will be celebrated on Tuesday 10th of February 2015. This will be the twelfth year of the event and this year’s call to action is, ‘Let’s Create a Better Internet Together’.

Safer Internet Day is an EU initiative. It is promoted in Ireland by the Webwise internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and aims to ... click to read full post & comments


Limerick School apologises to Muslim pupil

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick School apologises to Muslim pupil


It has been reported in the media today that a primary school in Limerick had to apologise to a Muslim pupil after a copy of the controversial ‘Charlie Hebdo magazine’ which depicts an image of Mohammed, was produced in their classroom.

The mother of a 11 year old child in fifth class of the multi denominational school, Limerick School Project in the city, told ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Numbers up & more jobs for leaving cert students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLeaving Cert Numbers up & more jobs for leaving cert students


Pupils sitting Leaving Certificate examinations now over 90%.

This positive news comes as figures released yesterday by Dept of Education show the number of pupils completing their Leaving Certificate has risen three years in a row, with now over ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPrimary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, last week launched Well-Being in Primary Schools - Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion - Press Release below

Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children. Schools can also provide a safe and ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda


A lollipop lady was verbally abused by a number of parents outside a school in Drogheda, as reported in the Irish Independent and The Irish Mirror yesterday.

The papers reported that Gardai have now been ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Humanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHumanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates


The Irish Times reported this morning that The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is calling for a ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates for new entrants. Currently Principals in state run schools under catholic patronage, can ask parents for ... click to read full post & comments(6)


288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals

Posted by SchoolDays Neshound, on 25/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals


The conferring of awards on the first graduates of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching took place at the University of Limerick on 24th of January 2015. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD attended the ceremony which saw 288 teachers graduate from the two year part-time programme, devised as a targeted initiative for ... click to read full post & comments


Fitness to teach hearings to be held in public

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 22/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFitness to teach hearings to be held in public


The Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan yesterday confirmed that the Government has approved the Teaching Council Amendment Bill which will be published in the coming days.

The Minister went onto advise that during the passage of the Bill through the Oireachtas, she intends to introduce an amendment to the Bill to provide for ... click to read full post & comments


Secondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSecondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January


After talks failed to reach a positive conclusion last week when teacher unions met the Department of Education, post-primary school teachers are to strike tomorrow. Forcing over 350,000 secondary school students to stay at home.

The Dept of Education issued a a circular letter to schools outlining ... click to read full post & comments


Dept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN


The controversial request by the Dept of Education asking that all parents submit their child’s PPS numbers to schools and the department, unfolded this week as media stations reacted to the news.

Last week, the department issued an information note informing parents ... click to read full post & comments


School strike set to go ahead despite talks

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchool strike set to go ahead despite talks


A joint statement from the ASTI/TUI yesterday has said that despite talks between the teacher unions and the Dept of Education, schools will be closed on Thursday, the 22nd of January, because of strike action.

The statement outlines ... click to read full post & comments


Schools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issued

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issued


Statement issued by Department of Education and Skills
" Guidance and Advice for Schools and Colleges

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to bring to the attention of schools and colleges an emerging weather event involving severe winds which may impact during a period when students and staff are ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Report shows improved results in primary Reading & Maths

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsReport shows improved results in primary Reading & Maths


The Educational Research Centre has published a report showing how well Irish Primary school students are performing in English reading and Maths, with the first significant improvement in standards in over 30 years.

The 2014 National Assessments of English reading and Mathematics prepared by the ERC, assessed ... click to read full post & comments


New Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork

Building has commenced this week on four new post-primary schools under Schools Bundle 4 of the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme. The schools and sports pitches will be built by ... click to read full post & comments


Parents avoid jail term for truant daughter

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 08/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents avoid jail term for truant daughter


The parents of a truant daughter who missed 381 days of school since 2012 have avoided jail time but Judge says they will face prison if girl (14) does not improve attendance.

According to court reporter and Irish Independent’s Tom Tuite, Judge John O’Neill of Dublin District Court heard that parents of girl, who in 2013 - 2014 had missed 152 days out of 167 and since ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Research shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingResearch shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease


According to Aviva Health, new research shows that overweight teens as young as fifteen years old are displaying signs of heart disease and that obesity in teen girls can affect fertility.

Because of poor levels of fitness with Irish teens, health experts say that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Dept of Education to share children's PPSN

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDept of Education to share children's PPSN


A new Primary Online Database, which is being developed by the Dept of Education to collect information on students, including their PPS numbers, will be shared with other agencies including the HSE, Dept of Social Protection and other bodies.

An 'Information Note' by the Dept of Education to parents states that the database is being developed to ... click to read full post & comments


Philosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingPhilosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017


The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has signalled that the subject of Philosophy will be brought in as part of the new changes for the Junior cycle that will be implemented in 2017.

The Minister has said ... click to read full post & comments


Annual Fairy and Make-A-Wish Christmas Partnership Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/12/2014.
Tags: ParentingAnnual Fairy and Make-A-Wish Christmas Partnership Launched


Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio helped launch the annual Fairy and Make-A Wish Christmas Partnership with Wish Child Amelia Dean (10) from Navan, helping to grant even more magical wishes this winter.  
 
Amelia had her wish come true when ... click to read full post & comments


Schools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/12/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day


Primary schools in Kerry under the Catholic diocese will make history next year by opening its doors to students for the first time on a holy day. To align with the Dept of Education school calendar year, the Catholic school will open ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Teachers warn parents over smartphone dangers

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/12/2014.
Tags: ParentingTeachers warn parents over smartphone dangers


With Christmas around the corner, parents are being warned about buying smartphones for children under 16 because of the cyber dangers for young teens and children accessing social media and the internet unsupervised.

It has been reported in the Irish Examiner this morning, that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


BT Young Scientist & Technology winners to receive university entrance scholarships

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/12/2014.
Tags: Teachers ParentingBT Young Scientist & Technology winners to receive university entrance scholarships

Senior level students participating in the upcoming BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January will now be in with a chance to win a university scholarship. The winners will be able to choose one of the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, BT announced today.

For the first time ... click to read full post & comments


Unions announce date for January strike day

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/12/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingUnions announce date for January strike day


Statement issued by Teacher Unions 12/12/2014

"The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced.
Both unions – which represent 27,000 second level teachers – have a strong mandate for industrial action following ballots of membership. A first day’s strike action took place on December 2nd.

The executive bodies of both unions also agreed that they are prepared to ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Canadian Maths books more suitable for Irish pupils

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/12/2014.
Tags: Teachers ParentingCanadian Maths books more suitable for Irish pupils


A report done by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) in Dublin has found that maths text books brought in from Canda aligned more closely with the Irish Maths curriculum than the text books in use in the ... click to read full post & comments


Terenure College Junior School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/12/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTerenure College Junior School to close


According to a report in the Irish Times, the fee-paying Junior School of Terenure College is set to close in 2018.

The Irish Times reports that the Principal, Fr Michael Troy O.Carm wrote to parents advising that the number of students in the junior school had almost halved since 2009 and that “a small school with this decreased number cannot survive either educationally or economically”.

Annual fees for students in the primary school are set at ... click to read full post & comments


School's out as teachers strike

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/12/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool's out as teachers strike


Secondary schools will be without students this morning as the teachers’ strike goes ahead despite last minute appeals, leaving nearly 350,000 students without tuition as the 27,000 teachers take industrial action.

The proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, which would see an end to traditional type exams and a move over to continuous assessment in the classroom, has resulted in strike action.

According to the Irish Independent: ‘Union leaders are opposed to the proposal that ... click to read full post & comments