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New primary schools opening and amalgating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew primary schools opening and amalgating near you


There are five new primary schools opening around the country this week ! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


New Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you


There are nine new secondary schools opening around the country this week to receive a hopefully excited bunch of first year students! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


Homemade lunches better for teens than school lunches

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingHomemade lunches better for teens than school lunches


Researchers at Dublin City University have found that shop-bought and school lunches were of a lower nutritional value than home-made lunches in new research which surveyed the nutritional quality of school day lunches among Irish teenagers.

It found that lunches provided by schools or purchased in outlets near schools contained higher levels of ... click to read full post & comments


Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/08/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsProgress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers


Progress is being reported in talks between the Department of Education & Skills and the teachers' unions aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5000 to newly qualified teachers.

The ASTI has already indicated that it would ... click to read full post & comments


EPA calls on famlies to 'Live Green' during back to school rush

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingEPA calls on famlies to 'Live Green' during back to school rush


As Irish children get ready to return to school this September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on families and schools to encourage simple sustainable habits in the back-to-school period that support our environment in the long term.

To help, families can find friendly advice, awareness and education on sustainability at home, at school and in the ... click to read full post & comments


CAO Offers 2016 - The Stats

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 22/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCAO Offers 2016 - The Stats


There were 80,887 applicants to the CAO this year which was an increase of 1,673 on last year.

A record 52,289 offers will be made through the CAO today in Round One offers. 41,500 will receive a level-eight course offer, with just over half of those for ... click to read full post & comments


How did this years leaving cert students do?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersHow did this years leaving cert students do?


So how did this year's leaving cert students fair in terms of grades this year?
The number of A1s achieved this year was slightly down on last year with 6,279 receiving A1s as compared to ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths


Today is an anxious day for parents and students receiving leaving certificate results. While those who applied to College won’t know until next Monday whether they have secured their preferred option, the results today will give ... click to read full post & comments


2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects


The Leaving Cert students of 2017 will be the first to receive their results under the new grading systems being introduced for the Leaving Certificate and CAO points system next year.

The changes will see traditional ABC grades being replaced by a new scale going from H1 to H7 at higher level and O1-O7 at ordinary level. The new grades will ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 09/08/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes


The NCSE is today publishing new Guidelines for Setting up and Organising Special Classes. Special classes are for some students with special educational needs who benefit from smaller class sizes.

NCSE[1] research carried out by the ESRI and TCD found that some teachers felt ... click to read full post & comments


National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health set up

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingNational Taskforce on Youth Mental Health set up


Minister McEntee establishes a community-led taskforce to take action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Ireland

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today announced the membership of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, a key priority in the first 100 days of Partnership Government. The Minister confirmed “This is a ... click to read full post & comments


Preschools express concern over free childcare places

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingPreschools express concern over free childcare places


Childcare centres and preschools around Ireland are voicing their concerns over imminent changes which extend the free preschool year initiative under the ECCE scheme.

The main worry is that they will not be ready in time to offer more places under the scheme due to a ... click to read full post & comments


Revised Paternity Leave for Teachers & SNAs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/08/2016.
Tags: TeachersRevised Paternity Leave for Teachers & SNAs


With effect from the 01 September 2016, Teachers and Special Needs Assistants will be entitled to revised Paternity Leave Entitlements as follows

  • a period of two consecutive weeks paid leave will be available to a relevant parent on the birth/adoption of a child, where the date of birth/date of placement of the child falls on or after ... click to read full post & comments


    Dublin Teacher Announced as New President of ASTI

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/07/2016.
    Tags: TeachersDublin Teacher Announced as New President of ASTI

    A second-level teacher from Dublin will assume the role of President of the ASTI from this Monday, August 1st.

    Ed Byrne – a geography and business studies teacher at Coláiste Choilm, Swords – will begin his term as ASTI President as the union takes on a number of important challenges including achieving equal pay for recently qualified teachers and reversing the worst of the education cuts.

    “As ASTI President, one of my main priorities will be to ... click to read full post & comments


    Castlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCastlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16


    Good news for the new multi-denominational school scheduled to open in Castlebar in September 2016 - Mayo County Council this week gave its approval to use a council-owned building to provide accommodation for the school.

    It is being proposed that Castlebar's old ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2016.
    Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards


    Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, have today announced that children in possession of Child Leap Cards will enjoy free transportation from Monday, July 25th until Sunday, August 7th.

    Children between the ages of 4 and 18 can look forward to ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2016.
    Tags: Parents Education And Politics TeachersSchool Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that Government has approved the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016. 

    The Bill will be introduced to the Oireachtas this week with view to enactment as soon as possible after that. The Programme for Government targets enactment of this legislation before ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    New Educate Together Primary School announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Educate Together Primary School announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the opening, from September 2016, of a new primary school under the patronage of Educate Together.

    This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours


    ASTI Standing Committee today decided to accept an invitation from the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to discuss “issues of concern” to the Union and the Minister.

    “Teachers have experienced a significant ... click to read full post & comments


    Majority of adults feel our sense of community is declining

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/06/2016.
    Tags: Parenting Majority of adults  feel our sense of community is declining


    Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

    Seven in 10 (71%) of adults feel that children today feel a lesser sense of community than they themselves did growing up in Ireland. This rises to three quarters (75%) of adults living in ... click to read full post & comments


    Legal Experts contradict Taoiseach on school admissions

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsLegal Experts contradict Taoiseach on school admissions


    Three constitutional law experts from UCC, NUIG and Trinity College Dublin have published a legal opinion that conflicts with the Taoiseach's assertion that there were potentially very significant constitutional barriers to changing ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2016.
    Tags: ParentingParents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now


    While many parents and families are turning their minds to summer holidays, school transport tickets for the new term will issue in the coming weeks.

    In some cases, these may be restricted availability of seats on vehicles, so Bus Éireann is ... click to read full post & comments


    On your bike for 5,000 students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingOn your bike for 5,000 students


    Schools across Ireland will be taking part in National C.O.W Day (Cycle on Wednesday/Weekdays) today, Wednesday 15th June, as part of Bike Week 2016.
     
    This is the eighth annual national celebration of cycling and, as a key partner of Bike Week, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel will be encouraging ... click to read full post & comments


    Action Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAction Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools


    A new Action Plan for disadvantaged schools will be published by the end of this year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced (Monday).

    Minister Bruton today visited a primary school in north Dublin to lay out his initial plans to improve opportunities for children from disadvantaged areas, as part of his first major ... click to read full post & comments


    860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016


    7% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need.

    Government also agrees to carry out comprehensive assessment of the SNA scheme under National Council for Special Education aimed at providing better outcomes for students with special educational needs.


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the provision of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Minister announces Music Education Bursary Awards

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister announces Music Education Bursary Awards


    Minister Bruton announces organisations to share in €50,000 Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, announced the 25 successful grant recipients that have been ... click to read full post & comments


    2016 State Examinations in Numbers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics2016 State Examinations in Numbers


    So the Leaving and Junior Cert State Examinations have officially commenced today! Here are some interesting facts and figures concerning the enormity of the ... click to read full post & comments


    Trial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingTrial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert


    An alternative, computerised marking system will be implemented for a fraction of Junior Cert Exams this year.

    The system will see thousands of exam scripts scanned and converted to digital images which examiners will be able to ... click to read full post & comments


    Back to School Allowance Applications

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2016.
    Tags: ParentingBack to School Allowance Applications


    New Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, is urging families to get their back to school Allowance applications in early this year ahead of the August deadline.

    Last year, over 153,000 families ... click to read full post & comments(4)


    Junior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework


    In a study conducted by the National Parents Council (NPC), 58% of parents of young children in Junior and Senior infants reported that their children were stressed some or all of the time while ... click to read full post & comments


    Have your say on our education system

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


    Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

    As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

    This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
    Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours


    ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the Croke Park hours by 68.5% to 31.5%.

    Commenting on the ballot result announced today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that teachers believe the Croke Park hours are unproductive and impact negatively on ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


    According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


    IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

    IGC Press Release

    Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


    Mentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
    Tags: ParentingMentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour


    Parenting intervention causes a 10 point increase in IQ by age four.

    A major parent and family intervention programme trialled in North Dublin has had a dramatic impact in improving outcomes for children and families.

    The first in a series of results from the Preparing for Life early childhood programme were announced today and show dramatic impacts on children’s IQ, obesity levels and ... click to read full post & comments


    Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLuas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students


    The Luas strikes arrangements have been reviewed after it emerged that their original schedule would directly affect students sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams which begin at 9.30am on Wednesday, 8th June.

    The industrial action was originally scheduled for 9am - 1pm on the 8th,9th and 10th of June but the times have now been changed to ... click to read full post & comments


    Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIrish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


    Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

    A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to ... click to read full post & comments


    HSE cuts eye exams for school kids

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting EachersHSE cuts eye exams for school kids


    The HSE have discontinued the routine eye screenings of school children in fifth and sixth class with immediate effect.

    In letters sent to primary school Principals around the country, the HSE stated that the service will be stopped as there was a ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2016.
    Tags: ParentingParents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'


    safefood is urging parents to redouble their efforts to reduce unhealthy treat foods in their children’s diets as new research¹ indicates over 40% of parents routinely give their children treats like crisps, chocolates and sweets at least once a ... click to read full post & comments


    UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersUL launches High Value Sports Scholarships


    The University of Limerick has launched a new suite of Sports Scholarships designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

    Scholarship holders will benefit from ... click to read full post & comments


    Things Irish Mammies Say: True or False?

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
    Tags: ParentingThings Irish Mammies Say: True or False?


    Kicking off health month, Science Foundation Ireland is looking into the science behind the things Irish mammies say.

    We’ve all been told at one stage or another to bundle up in winter to avoid catching a cold, as well as the magical powers of ... click to read full post & comments


    200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study


    Sports Surgery Clinic last week launched a pilot study to assess the effects of rehabilitation post concussion in adolescent rugby players and the development of a Concussion Passport screening service.  The aim of the study is to collect data using a comprehensive range of computerised, exercise and physiological tests before and ... click to read full post & comments


    Irish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
    Tags: ParentingIrish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly


    More than 1.5 million (1,851430) days of school are missed each year by children with asthma, according to the latest figures from the Asthma Society of Ireland ahead of World Asthma Day, today, 3rd May.

    The Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting the first ever Bubble Day to ... click to read full post & comments



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