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School chairs bad for kids backs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 01/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchool chairs bad for kids backs


An expert on posture from the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers has criticised the educational authorities for failing to recognise that the design of school chairs is impacting on children’s health.

The Alexander Technique is a process that teaches people how to co-ordinate body movements to minimise stress and release harmful tension, while improving posture and general health.

Richard Brennan, a spokesperson for the society claims backward-sloping chairs are used in most schools because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


School girl gets leg trapped under Luas

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 26/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingSchool girl gets leg trapped under Luas


A young school girl got her leg trapped between a luas tram and the foothpath at the Jervis Street shopping centre stop on the Red line before 8am this morning

Passengers and passers-by worked to try and free the girl by pushing the tram to the side. Video footage of the incident is available on line which shows ... click to read full post & comments


Families left waiting for School Bus Tickets

Posted by on 26/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingFamilies left waiting for School Bus Tickets

Although many secondary schools re-open this week after the summer holidays, thousands of families have not yet received their annual school bus ticket. Over 115,000 such tickets are issued every year. Parents who submitted the required medical card details by 1st August will receive temporary tickets by email while they wait on their full yearly transport ticket. Bus Eireann have also said in their statement (details below) that ... click to read full post & comments


Children arriving to school hungry, finds survey.

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingChildren arriving to school hungry, finds survey.

A survey carried out by Kellogg’s has found that children are coming to school with empty bellies, with almost one in five teachers reporting that they have seen an increase in children arriving hungry to school this past year.

The problem is said to be so bad that ... click to read full post & comments


Pharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingPharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice


The Irish Pharmacy Union have published advice to parents on treating head lice for this year’s back to school students.

Head lice are a tiny wingless parasite that only affect humans. They do not carry diseases nor are they dangerous but they can be annoying and very irritable, especially for children.

However, pharmacists are warning parents not to treat their children with head lice medication in a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


50" School uniforms available for obese kids

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
Tags: Parenting50


According to The Irish Independent this morning, extra large school uniforms are now being made available for students across Ireland to cater for those suffering from obesity.

Obesity levels among children in Ireland and in Europe are at ‘epidemic proportions’ according to reports done by the Department of Health, with Ireland one of the countries worst affected. The Growing Up in Ireland survey, 2011 found that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 20/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college


The HEA have issued an alarming report on the figures of Leaving Cert students who go on to college based on which area they come from. Highlighting the huge gap in participation and progression to third level happening between the rich and poor.

The report found that 99% of students residing in ... click to read full post & comments


App to lock down kid's phones

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 19/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingApp to lock down kid's phones


Houston mother of two, Sharon Stanford, has created an app which allows parents to disable their child’s phone from afar. Stanford was so frustrated with her son repeatedly not answering her calls, that she came up with the genius idea behind the app, ‘Ignore No more.’

The app allows parents to disable their child’s phone after they fail to respond to texts and calls. The phone is ... click to read full post & comments


CAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 18/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

Today, the Central Applications Office (CAO) has issued nearly 75,000 CAO offers to students around the country.

74,013 round one offers have been sent to over 50,000 students this morning. The offers consist of 39,398 Level 8 course offers and 34,615 Level 7/6 course offers. 50% of students receiving level 8 course offers today will receive their first choice.

It is important for students to remember that ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board


The latest figures from the State Examinations Commission reveal that girls have outperformed boys once again in this year’s Leaving Cert results.

This year’s results breakdown shows girls receiving higher grades in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers sat at higher and ordinary level.

Girls were more likely to receive ... click to read full post & comments


Clever students and the not so clever Pub

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingClever students and the not so clever Pub


A Dublin student got a staggering nine A1s all at higher level at this year's Leaving Certificate exams while disability rights campaigner Joanne O'Riordan is on her way to UCC.

Student Conor Gallagher, of St Michael’s College in Dublin, achieved the highest results in this years Leaving Cert result with ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats


With Leaving Certificate results currently being released nationwide, and a total of 56,990 students anticipating their results this morning, there are some interesting statistics coming forward.

The State Examinations Commission have released statistical information on how results compared in the 2014 Leaving Certificate to previous years. One of the big talking points today was the ... click to read full post & comments


Free CAO Points Calc App

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingFree CAO Points Calc App


CareersPortal.ie have just launched a FREE CAO PointsCalc App to take the stress out of tomorrow morning's Leaving Certificate results.

Students simply input all their results and the App will instantly calculate their top 6 and work out their points. Students can then access the CAO courses database and check out what last year’s points were for their preferred course. 

The clever app uniquely provides easy access to ... click to read full post & comments


Report finds class still an issue in education

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsReport finds class still an issue in education


The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published a report today highlighting how young working class school leavers are less likely to reach third level education than their middle class peers. The report entitled, ‘Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions’ surveyed over 750 young people who had completed their Leaving Certificate in the last four years.

According to the report, ‘This cohort of young people is of particular interest as they went through the ... click to read full post & comments


Cheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2014.
Tags: Family And Leisure ParentingCheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids


Children’s biggest summer craze, Loom Bands, are thought to be posing a cancer risk as some cheaper plastic varieties have been found to contain harmful chemicals. Rainbow Loom © is a plastic loom that is used to weave colorful bands into bracelets and charms. The original inventor, Cheong Choon Ng, from Michigan in US, is warning parents of counterfeit products that are ‘unsafe for children’ and have not been tested by either US, Japan or EU toy regulators.

The Assay Laboratory in the UK, who were asked by independent an toy dealer to test loom products found that ... click to read full post & comments


Free Travel in August on Child Leap Cards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/08/2014.
Tags: Family And Leisure ParentingFree Travel in August on Child Leap Cards

The National Transport Authority has announced free travel, from today (August 11) to August 24 inclusive, for all Child Leap Card holders aged between the ages of 4 and 18.

This free travel will be available on Dublin Bus, Luas, Swords Express, DART and short-hop Irish Rail in Dublin, and on Bus Éireann services in the Greater Dublin Area and in Cork.

The free travel promotion will encourage families and children to use public transport for their leisure activities in the final weeks of their school holidays. It also highlights ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 11/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure


Recent proposals suggested by an Irish Universities Association (IUA) task group suggest a number of reforms to the Leaving Certificate points system.

The reforms are suggested to take place in two phases, with the first set of changes possibly coming into place for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017.

Among the changes being discussed is ... click to read full post & comments


American Apparel school campaign criticised

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 08/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingAmerican Apparel school campaign criticised


US clothing retailer, American Apparel is famous for its controversial advertising, often including half naked female models in its ad campaigns. The brand has received complaints in the past for its ‘offensive’ and ‘overtly sexual’ advertising, with ads being banned for their ‘objectifying’ portrayals of women.

This time around, the US retailer has fuelled outrage among the masses through the ... click to read full post & comments


Students urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 07/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStudents urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results


With this year’s Leaving Cert results due to be released next Wednesday 13th August, tension and stress levels are understandably running high among Leaving Cert families. However, The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (ICG) has advised students and parents to stay calm ahead of next week’s results.

Speaking on the topic, ICG president Betty McLaughlin put particular emphasis on ... click to read full post & comments


Flight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 06/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingFlight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock


A United Airlines flight bound for New York had to return to Dublin Airport yesterday after a young girls fell ill after a suspected anaphylactic shock. According to the Irish Examiner yesterday, passengers on-board the flight said that a nine-year-old girl from the US became anaphylactic after a suspected nut allergy.

The Irish Examiner writes: ‘It is believed the girl had never shown any signs of an allergy before.
One passenger said the pilot announced that ... click to read full post & comments


Teen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion

Posted by Schooldays Newhound on 05/08/2014.
Tags: ParentingTeen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion


After a mysterious explosion in a house in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon, four teenage girls received shocking burns and are being described as in ‘critical condition’ in Our Lady's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

One of the girls is thought to be in a coma after the incident while the other three have serious burns on face, neck and back. The cause of the blast is ... click to read full post & comments


Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 31/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPlans for new junior cycle to go ahead


Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that plans to introduce the revised Junior Cert Syllabus for English will go ahead this September.

Despite threatened industrial action from the Teachers Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland, changes ... click to read full post & comments


New App to discourage kids and teens from sexting

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 25/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingNew App to discourage kids and teens from sexting


A group of Dublin web developers have created a new app called ‘Selfiecop’ which helps to deter and detect unsafe behaviour in kids and teens, particularly 'sexting'.

According to the Selfiecop website, ‘Sexting’ is defined as ‘the creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually suggestive pictures or videos between children and teens by ... click to read full post & comments


Funding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 24/07/2014.
Tags: Parenting Family And LeisureFunding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds


Newly appointed Minister for Children, James Reilly has announced that all children’s playgrounds and recreational areas will have to be smoke free zones in future if they are to receive government funding.

The Minister recently sanctioned capital grants of approximately €15,000 from a fund of €250,000 set aside for upgrading and building new children’s playgrounds and recreational projects.
Among the projects benefiting from recent funding include development of six urban, suburban and public housing play areas in ... click to read full post & comments


Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStill No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15


According to The Journal last night, there are still no Educational Welfare Officers (EWO) for Dublin 3, 7 and 15.

EWO’s are responsible for ensuring children between 6 and 16 years old are attending school. Over a decade ago, the National Educational Welfare Board was set up under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. Tulsa, The Child and Family Agency are responsible for these officers, as their website states:
“Our job is to support families and make sure that every child receives an education. Almost all children do this through school.”

If a child misses too much school, the school will ... click to read full post & comments


Bus Eireann school tickets website fiasco

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingBus Eireann school tickets website fiasco

According to the Irish Examiner at the weekend, reports are coming in that online purchases from Bus Eireann website is causing major issues for parents trying to buy school bus tickets for their children.

Bus Eireann, which provides bus places for more than ... click to read full post & comments


Asthma inhalers might stunt children's growth

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/07/2014.
Tags: Parenting Family And LeisureAsthma inhalers might stunt children's growth


Children who use asthma inhalers are on average one inch shorter than their peers.

With Ireland one of the highest incidences of asthmas in the world, with more than 300,000 using inhalers, a new report has confirmed previous fears that asthma can stunt children’s growth.

Reported in worldwide media today, Brazilian scientists and researchers concluded after reviewing trial data on over 9000 children under 18yrs that ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher jailed for sex with teenager

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingTeacher jailed for sex with teenager


A twenty-something trainee teacher has been given a two year sentence in court yesterday for having sex with 14 year old girl he met on Facebook.

The teacher, who cannot be named, met a 14 year old girl online and became friends. Soon after, it is reported, that he sent the girl a lewd photograph then they arranged to meet on two occasions between February and April, 2012.

The Donegal assistant-teacher and the girl first met when she was very drunk but he was ... click to read full post & comments


Price war starts on school uniforms

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingPrice war starts on school uniforms

Big chain supermarkets begin price war on countdown to back to school.

According to Irish Independent today, a race to the bottom price war has begun on school uniforms. In an effort to bring down costs for parents, the Department of Education has allowed non-crested and generic uniforms to be allowed in schools, prompting supermarkets to compete for lower prices.

Last December, the Department issued a circular letter to all school authorities instructing them to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTraining of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

One in ten teachers have not yet completed the required training course for the new Junior English cycle curriculum due to commence in September.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told the Dail “up to 4,814 English teachers attended continuing professional development during 2013 and 2014,” referring to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 15/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands

Doctors in the UK are urging parents to be vigilant as loom bands are found to pose potential dangers to the kids who wear and make them.

Loom bands are the newest craze amongst young kids, and are made by looping small rubber bands together to form a bracelet.

Popular amongst celebrities, including One Direction band member Harry Styles, GPs have begun to raise concerns over the bands with some UK schools ... click to read full post & comments


55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Posted by Schooldays NewsHound on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Research carried out by Bank of Ireland Life and online parent resource Schooldays.ie has found that 99% of parents want their children to progress to third level education but 55% of parents have yet to start saving for it. Parents are funding third level education in different ways with 43% using savings, 23% availing of education grants, 19% using day to day money and 15% taking out a loan to send their child to university. Of those that have started to save, 42% are only saving between €20 and €50 per month.

The research looked at the cost of education to parents over the course of primary, secondary and third level education with over 1,400 parents from across the country taking part in the online survey. The number of parents who have experienced financial challenges in putting their children through school has dropped 7% from last year’s research, with 58% in 2014 experiencing financial challenges compared to 65% in 2013.
The research also highlighted that almost 50% of third level students don’t receive ... click to read full post & comments


Drop out rates among college students reach high levels

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDrop out rates among college students reach high levels

According to The Irish Independant, recent report findings have led the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to question whether students are adequately prepared for the adjustment from second to third level education.

The report, based on a study of students who made the transition into third level during the year 2010/2011, found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Education Minister announced

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Education Minister announced

Government has just announced in today’s cabinet reshuffle that Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan will replace retiring Ruairi Quinn as Minister for Education.

After a few days delay, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tanaiste Joan Burton will finally reveal the official new ... click to read full post & comments


Rights of au pairs to be recognised

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 10/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingRights of au pairs to be recognised

With little employment rights or regulations surrounding the service provided by au pairs, today the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, announced the Irish government’s decision to ratify new legislation that will help protect the worker rights of domestic workers.

Au pairs in Ireland are often seen as a cheap way for parents to ... click to read full post & comments


Irish have highest childcare fees in Europe

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingIrish have highest childcare fees in Europe

It might come as no surprise that a new report done by Euro Stat has revealed Ireland has one of the highest costs in early child care education in Europe. Early child care education (ECCE) is education for children of preschool age. In Ireland, the ECCE scheme here allows ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsUnion calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

With the cost of accommodation to rise this September for university on-campus students, the Union of Students Ireland ( USI) is asking that the Leaving Certificate results be made available before August 13th to give students extra time to find accommodation.

Student Union president, Laura Harmon says that by bringing ... click to read full post & comments


Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Labour TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has announced his resignation from as Education Minister today. The 68 year old Labour TD for Dublin South-East has said he will resign his posts before the Labour Party reshuffle next week. His resignation comes as speculation was mounting within the party as potential new ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/06/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

A funding crisis in Dublin primary schools means dozens maybe be forced to close because of cuts in financial schemes for schools. Director of education secretariat at the Archdiocese of Dublin told the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, that many Dublin schools were running out of money and could be forced to close in two years.

Reported in The Irish Times today, the committee was also told that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to block school league tables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to block school league tables


The Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, has secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile secondary school league tables.

The Minister has defended his decision on the basis that such league tables do not give the ... click to read full post & comments


Pornography no longer biggest worry for parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingPornography no longer biggest worry for parents

Recent research by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland surveyed over 1000 people on what their biggest concerns with their child’s safety online.

In similar survey done in 2001, adult pornography ranked as their biggest concern, however childrens access to adult pornography has no been overshadowed by parents fear of their children's ‘exposure to ... click to read full post & comments


Sunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingSunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s

A ban on the use of sunbeds by kids and teenagers under 18 years old will come into force next month. Health Minister James Rielly confirmed that it will be against the law ‘to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone under 18 years of age and the new law forces sunbed operators to make clear all the dangers of sunbed use.’

The Minister hopes to highlight the dangers of skin cancer relating to exposure from sunlight or tanning radiation. He is appealing to those attending their Debs this year to ... click to read full post & comments


Toymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingToymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill


TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy and media personality Brendan O’Connor joined forces with independent toy retailer, Toymaster this week to support its ‘Toby for Charity’ fundraising campaign in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

People are being asked to visit their nearest participating Toymaster store to purchase a ‘Toby’ mascot puppy to raise ... click to read full post & comments


Irish couple's calpol hell in Portugal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingIrish couple's calpol hell in Portugal


According to the Irish Indepedent today, a couple from Northern Ireland had their young daughter seized by police in Portugal because they gave her Calpol.

According to the story, they gave their 18 month old daughter calpol as she was teething. The hotel reported her to the police and a very upsetting ordeal followed with ... click to read full post & comments



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