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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(1)


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


Number of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade

Posted by Sally O Brien, on 27/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNumber of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade


According to the Irish Examiner, figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show a leap in students now entering third-level honors courses in colleges, which is up by 10,000 in a decade. This leap shows that entry into honour degree level in Irish universities is now growing for the first time since 2008.

Among 47,000 college entrants this year, 35,248 are ... click to read full post & comments


College Progression Data published on Schooldays.ie

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCollege Progression Data published on Schooldays.ie


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2014 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year. To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit 'Find a secondary school' and when you locate your school click on 'College Progression Stats' on the left of the page.

Schooldays.ie does not provide 'league table' ranking of schools. However a ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to get grant for much needed facelift

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 26/11/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchools to get grant for much needed facelift


Minister for Education announces funding of 28 million euro to go towards primary schools’ physical infrastructure and investing in building maintenance and equipment.

The Minor Works Grant will be ... click to read full post & comments


Minister urges Unions to cancel strike

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 25/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister urges Unions to cancel strike


Statement issued by Minister O'Sullivan 25th November

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, TD, today called on the second-level teacher unions to cancel their planned strike which is due to take place a week from today.

According to the Minister, "There is now a fair and reasonable offer on the table in relation to Junior Cycle reform. I have moved a significant distance to ... click to read full post & comments


Logistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLogistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day


The Dept of Education has issued a letter to school management bodies advising that "It is a matter for school management to decide whether their school(s) should open for pupils on Tuesday 2 December 2014. In reaching this decision, account should be taken of the ... click to read full post & comments


Native Irish speaking kids speak better English!

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 20/11/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNative Irish speaking kids speak better English!


According to RTE today, a report carried out by an Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), an agency of the Department of Education which provides supports to Irish schools around the country, has found ... click to read full post & comments


Parents paying school heating bills

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingParents paying school heating bills


A survey published by the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has found that Parent Associations are now paying school heating bills as many schools cannot meet the cost of the next oil fill.

The survey also found that because ... click to read full post & comments


Second level strike on 2nd December

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsSecond level strike on 2nd December


Statement from ASTI & TUI
The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today voted to take a day’s strike action on Tuesday December 2nd and a further day of strike action in ... click to read full post & comments


Families pay 25000 euro more to live near schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/11/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFamilies pay 25000 euro more to live near schools


Researchers and economists from Trinity College and Daft.ie have found that the cost of housing near primary schools is up to 25,000 euro more, with families paying more to live near schools with smaller class sizes.

The research report called The Cost of Living Near Schools has a number of findings relating to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingParents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert


The National Parents' Council post-primary (NPCpp) and the Irish Second-level Students’ Union(ISSU) have issued a joint statement in support of the Minister's latest proposals on the proposed Junior Cert Reform.

It was reported yesterday that the second level teachers unions had rejected a compromise on Junior Cert reform put forward by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. One of the main objections by ... click to read full post & comments


Photos of school girls found on site used by paedophiles

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/11/2014.
Tags: ParentingPhotos of school girls found on site used by paedophiles


Hundreds of images of Northern Irish schoolgirls have been found on a site used by paedophiles in Israel following a Northern Irish BBC Spotlight investigation.

Reported in a number of papers this morning, the investigation found that the images were of ... click to read full post & comments


Top 12 Toys for this christmas

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/11/2014.
Tags: ParentingTop 12 Toys for this christmas


The top 12 toys for the UK and Ireland, as selected by the Toy Retailers Association, were revealed at today's launch of the 'Christmas Toy Show at the RDS' at the Shelbourne Hotel.

So here's an alphabetical list of toys the kids are ... click to read full post & comments


Priest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacher

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/11/2014.
Tags: Teachers ParentingPriest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacher


A parish priest is appealing to the church to donate unwanted gold items belonging to their parishes to pay for a teacher in the poverty stricken area of Moyross, Limerick, The Journal.ie has revealed this morning.

Father Tony O’Riordan is calling on parishes and churches to sell unused gold objects to fund a teacher in his parish primary school after the Department of Education cut funding for this position in the local school this September.

After funding was cut for the teacher, the school has been forced ... click to read full post & comments


Concerns over babystart multi recline seat as it fails safety test

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/10/2014.
Tags: ParentingConcerns over babystart multi recline seat as it fails safety test

A car seat brand ‘Babystart Multi-Recline Seat’ has failed safety tests in the UK and parents are being asked to replace them as they pose a risk to small children.

Which? An independent consumer product review service in the UK have tested the baby seat and found that it had scored the lowest in independent car seat crash testing.

According to their website, ... click to read full post & comments


High levels of lead found in kid’s face make-up

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 28/10/2014.
Tags: ParentingHigh levels of lead found in kid’s face make-up


The National Poison Centre in Dublin is warning parents to check the ingredients of children’s Halloween make-up for traces of lead and to be vigilant when buying products from outside EU.

During Halloween lots of kids will be looking forward to dressing-up in scary costumes and having their faces and body painted in what might be seen as ‘safe’ or ‘non-toxic’ body and face make-up.

However, because of the ... click to read full post & comments


Schools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, have welcomed the initiative by the Royal Irish Academy, to make the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) accessible online free of charge to all primary and post-primary schools.

The DIB is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary ... click to read full post & comments


Naked man seen near Dublin school

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/10/2014.
Tags: ParentingNaked man seen near Dublin school


It has been reported in the Independent this morning that an incident took place at 7pm on Wednesday last , where a 10 year old boy witnessed a naked man hiding near the prefab buildings of Castleknock Community College, Dublin 15. The boy described the man as being bald, 5 feet ten inches and around 35 years old.

This incident comes after it emerged ... click to read full post & comments


36,000 teachers not yet garda vetted

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/10/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers36,000 teachers not yet garda vetted


According to a report on RTE's Morning Ireland programme, more than 36,000 teachers have yet to be vetted by gardai. Figures available show that while almost 90,000 teachers are registered with the Teaching Council, about ... click to read full post & comments


'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD yesterday launched the second year of Digital Schools of Distinction’ and highlighted ambitious plans to grow the number of schools participating in the flagship award programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools.

The programme is supported by HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland who have confirmed that they will support the programme with €200,000 in funding for its second year.
More than one in ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Humphreys launches schools choir competition

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/10/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister Humphreys launches schools choir competition


20 secondary schools from the island of Ireland to compete in live RTÉ TV show to win 2014 All Island Schools Choir competition.

The All Island Schools Choir Competition, organised by Co-operation Ireland in association with RTÉ and supported by eFlow, was launched today by the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys and students from Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.
 
The competition, which forms ... click to read full post & comments


Educate Together hit with financial uncertainty

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingEducate Together hit with financial uncertainty


The multi-denominational Educate Together organisation that run schools in both primary, and now secondary, has been hit with a ‘financial crisis’ on funding for it’s new developments.

The schooling organisation has set up an appeal for financial help to continue with school services. It says without proper funding and ‘unless resolved, this may force [it] to significantly reduce services to schools - and it may dramatically reduce [their] ability to transform the Irish education system.’

The organisation has already opened ... click to read full post & comments


BUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector.

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector.


Here is a summary of Budget 2015 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:

Summary:

  • Next year will see more than 1,700 additional new education full time posts. 920 mainstream teachers, 480* resource teachers and 365 SNAs.
  • No increases in class sizes. There will be no reduction in the numbers of teachers or SNAs.
  • Allocating €8.3 billion to Education for current expenditure in 2015.
  • Allocating €530 million to Education for capital expenditure.
  • Public service employment: Hiring to begin immediately and in 2015 to include teachers and Gardai. ... click to read full post & comments


    BUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families


    Here is a summary of Budget 2015 released today:

    Water charges:

  • Income tax relief will be available at the Standard Rate in respect of water charges up to a max of €500 per household per year.
  • The Water Charges Relief will be worth up to €100 per household per annum.
  • 653,000 households will see water bill reduced through special social protection measures ... click to read full post & comments


    Gaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingGaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges


    Fears are being expressed that the new water charges could damage host families' willingness to house students in the Gaeltacht next summer because of high costs in the new water bill. Irish language campaigner, Niall Mac Cafferty, spoke on Highland radio today about the problem, indicating that it could be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for some Irish language courses and colleges, and that it may ... click to read full post & comments


    Over 300 new support teachers announced

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsOver 300 new support teachers announced


    Over 300 new support teachers have been announced for special needs students, it was announced today by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

    The teachers, who will start immediately, will represent a 15% increase in teachers in the last two years and will bring the number of resource teacher posts allocated to ... click to read full post & comments


    80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 09/10/2014.
    Tags: Parenting80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids


    New legislation to be implemented in early 2015 will see a fine imposed on those smoking in cars where one or more of the vehicles occupants is under 18 years old.

    The legislation, which was first drafted in the Seanad, will be policed by the Gardai who can fine either the driver or passenger sitting in front or back seat who also have children in the car.

    If the person resists paying the fine, they could be ... click to read full post & comments


    Mental Health Screening for Schools

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 08/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMental Health Screening for Schools


    A study carried out by Dr Mina Fazel, and published in medical journal The Lancet, found that schools could be the optimal place for identifying, preventing and treating children with mental health issues.

    The study found that mental health problems affect 10—20% of children and adolescents worldwide and account for a large portion of the worldwide burden of disease. The findings showed that a staggering 75% of adults who have accessed mental health services had ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle


    (ASTI Press Release below)
    ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to extend the union’s industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to implement the Framework for the Junior Cycle. ASTI members have voted by 84% to 16% in favour of extending industrial action, to include a ... click to read full post & comments


    1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/10/2014.
    Tags: Parenting1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition


    A report published today by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has found that 1 in six (15.8% ) of three-year-olds suffer from a long-term health condition, with poor children more likely to have health problems than those in better socioeconomic conditions.

    A long term health condition is described as: ... click to read full post & comments


    Cannabis now dominant drug for young Irish

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingCannabis now dominant drug for young Irish


    It was reported in the Irish Independent this morning that a report done by Aiseiri, a leading drug rehabilitation facility, found that more young people are now suffering from cannabis abuse than alcohol.

    Aiseiri - which operates treatment centres in Tipperary, Wexford and Kilkenny - treated a total of 444 people in 2013, and found that 62% of admissions of young people were ... click to read full post & comments


    Rugby Teens at Risk from Supplements

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingRugby Teens at Risk from Supplements


    The Irish Sports Council has issued a warning about the amount of sports supplements being used with teenagers as young as 14 years old in school rugby.

    “Worrying and Excessive”

    The director of Anti-Doping, Dr Una May, told the Irish Independent that the sport medicine experts were seeing an ‘unusual amount’ of injuries in players at school level.

    "They are increasing their muscle bulk at a rate that's ... click to read full post & comments


    Body of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBody of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely


    Various news outlets are reporting the discovery of the body of a young teenage girl in a field near Cabinteely Community School in south Dublin. The girl is believed to be 15 years of age and initial reports suggest that the Gardai do not ... click to read full post & comments


    Website to help parents support young people

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 30/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingWebsite to help parents support young people


    Last week a new website was launched called reachout.com to provide reliable information to parents about supporting young peoples’ mental health and well-being, understanding the technology young people are using as well as ways to monitor their own mental health.

    Research carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland sought to ... click to read full post & comments


    Boy offered sweets to get into man's car

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBoy offered sweets to get into man's car


    This morning both the Irish Independent and The Herald have reported an incident that a young boy (9) was allegedly approached by a man in a car and offered sweets to get into his vehicle. The incident happened in Swords and was reported to Gardai who have yet to establish if it was a genuine abduction attempt or if there is an innocent explanation.

    The incident happened last Sunday at 7.30pm in the Applewood area of Swords. The boy claimed ... click to read full post & comments


    Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsKids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards


    Children’s charity Make-A-Wish® Ireland has come up with a brand new  fundraising initiative to engage secondary school students - Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2014.

    Open to all secondary school students nationwide, the competition will run from Monday September 1st to Monday 22nd December, and will be judged by a well-known judging panel of experts including Norah Casey, The winners will then be invited to ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCalls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast


    Just €1.8m extra from Government could ensure that the most vulnerable children in the country could start the day with a good breakfast at school, said the authors of a new evaluation report on Breakfast Clubs.

    Healthy Food For All – a charity focusing on reducing food poverty - called for this money to be prioritized in Budget 2015 as a sure-fire investment in children’s futures. The additional funding, which amounts to a 5% increase in the current School Meals Programme of €37m, should be targeted at providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Children with speech problems wait a year for help

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 22/09/2014.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsChildren with speech problems wait a year for help


    According to a report in the Irish Independent today, over 3000 children in Ireland with speech and language problems do not have proper access to speech therapists.

    The Irish Independent cites an on going report done by Inclusion Ireland, who argue that ... click to read full post & comments


    Improved job security for teachers on the way

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/09/2014.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsImproved job security for teachers on the way


    Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group yesterday. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security from the beginning of ... click to read full post & comments