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Midlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/23/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingMidlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme


The Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, County Offaly has been announced as Microsoft's designated showcase school for their 'digital schoolbag' scheme.

The scheme will see all first year students ditch the heavy, book-filled schoolbags this coming September in exchange for ... click to read full post & comments(1)


79 schools added to DEIS Programme

Posted by Schooldays on 14/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics79 schools added to DEIS Programme


The DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools)  Plan 2017, was published by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD yesterday, Monday 13 February 2017.

Every child has to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique ... click to read full post & comments


Challenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2017.
Tags: ParentingChallenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming


CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, says that parents are overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping their kids safe online.

CyberSafeIreland is today - Safer Internet Day 2017 - launching a short scribe animation film for parents that is designed to help them ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan for Education Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/02/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan for Education Launched


The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade.

Education is central to all our ambitions as a nation. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society.

The Action Plan for Education outlines hundreds of actions and ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals


ASTI members have voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members.

Members voted by ... click to read full post & comments


10th Annual SciFest Officially Launched 2017

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/02/2017.
Tags: Teachers10th Annual SciFest Officially Launched 2017

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD today launched the 10th annual SciFest and called on second-level students from across Ireland to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

Since 2008, over 40,000 students have ... click to read full post & comments


Plans to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/01/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPlans  to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced new plans aimed at providing more multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the ... click to read full post & comments


Committee to hear submissions on weight of school bags

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingCommittee to hear submissions on weight of school bags


Every year, particularly in September, parents express concern at the daily weight of schoolbags for children at both primary and secondary level.

The government committee on Children and Youth Affairs is today to hear submissions on the possible ... click to read full post & comments


Students make live video call the Space Station

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents make live video call the Space Station


Limerick calling space! Primary school students yesterday reached for the stars when they made a once in a lifetime video-call to space! The 300 students and 50 teachers from Limerick, Kildare and Tipperary made the live video call from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) to ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School in south dublin closed after fire

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingPrimary School in south dublin closed after fire


Scoil Naithí in Ballinteer, south Couty Dublin, was badly damaged in a fire overnight. Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade fought the fire for more than three hours. There were no injuries reported.

The school has ... click to read full post & comments


New system for allocating special needs resources

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew system for allocating special needs resources


Minister to implement new model for allocating resource teachers to schools, following policy advice from the NCSE and piloting of new model in 47 schools.

7.2% Increase in Resource Teachers - 900 extra teachers have been provided to support the introduction of the new model which will commence in schools from ... click to read full post & comments


'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools


Cycle Right, the National Standard for Cycle Training in Ireland, has been officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD. Through a standardised cyclist road safety training course, cycling skills and road safety awareness will be delivered to school children ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Speech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpeech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Extract from speech by Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD

Introduction

I would like to thank Michael Barron and Equate for hosting this event and for inviting me along. I have met Michael and his team on a number of occasions since taking office, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we reform our school system ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017


The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced.  Shane Curran, aged 16, a 5th year student from Terenure College, Dublin 6, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ... click to read full post & comments(1)


'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'


The use of Financial Emergency in the Public Interest legislation and other measures against members of the ASTI is profoundly disturbing and will have a long-lasting negative impact on the conduct of normal industrial relations in Ireland, ASTI President Ed Byrne said yesterday.

Speaking ahead of the ASTI’s ballot of members on proposals which emerged from recent talks Mr Byrne said: ... click to read full post & comments


Students Descend on 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/01/2017.
Tags: TeachersStudents Descend on 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition


Thousands of students will light up Dublin’s RDS as the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicks off tomorrow. The event brings together some of the country’s brightest young minds as they compete to take ... click to read full post & comments


Enhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingEnhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched


An enhanced version of the innovative CAO Course search tool from CareersPortal has been launched this week. This tool should make searching for CAO courses and researching the content even easier for students.

With a database of over 1,600 CAO courses, users can ... click to read full post & comments


ICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., yesterday announced he is investing €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Dept publishes new pay scale for teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/12/2016.
Tags: TeachersDept publishes new pay scale for teachers


The Department of Education has published the two different pay scales that will apply in the new year to teachers who have been appointed since February 2012. (Teachers appointed prior to 1st February are ... click to read full post & comments


All kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAll kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding


An exciting new programme initiative launched today by Taoiseach, Enda KennyCreative Ireland aims to ensure that every child has access to art, drama, music and coding lessons by the year 2022.

"The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Teens Above Average in International Study

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsIrish Teens Above Average in International Study


Irish 15 year olds have performed above average in an international assessment, carried out by the OECD, which focussed on Science, Maths and Reading.

The Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA) is carried out every three years. 6,000 Irish students took part in 2015 along with half a million other students from 72 countries, including 35 OECD countries.

This year, Irish students ranked ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFeeder Schools Lists published for 2016


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2016 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 ... click to read full post & comments


Draft Parent & Student Charter Bill published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingDraft Parent & Student Charter Bill published


The Minister, together with Deputy Jim Daly, announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a new law, which will require every school to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter.

This will fulfil a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education to improve information and complaint ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

 
The ASTI is to ballot its members on a set of proposals from the Department of Education and Skills following talks which concluded earlier this week. 
 
The decision to hold a ballot was taken by the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) today. The CEC is recommending that members ... click to read full post & comments


Meningitis Cases Peaking during Winter months

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/12/2016.
Tags: ParentngMeningitis Cases Peaking during Winter months


Flu or Meningitis….would you know the difference? ACT for Meningitis is issuing a warning as winter time is upon us.

There is a higher risk of Meningitis during the winter months. As people spend a lot more time indoors and with close contact, germs are spread more easily. Also, coming down with ... click to read full post & comments


Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingPossible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute


Media outlets are this morning reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute.

Talks have been underway for a number of weeks to try and resolve a number of issues of contention around ... click to read full post & comments


Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications invited for patronage of 4 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


New schools to get early Principal appointments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew schools to get early Principal appointments


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced improved supports to facilitate the smooth establishment of new primary and post-primary schools.

The first element of the improved supports involves new schools being permitted to appoint a school principal from ... click to read full post & comments


Schools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/11/2016.
Tags: TeachersSchools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes


Mediation talks between the Department of Education and the ASTI on the ongoing industrial disputes are continuing this week and it is expected that ... click to read full post & comments


Computer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 24th November) launched an expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools, and set out a programme to deliver on the ambition set out in the report of making Ireland a ... click to read full post & comments


School Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists


Below are extracts from the Minister's recent speech on the Education (admission to Schools) Bill 2016. Among it's measures are a ban on waiting lists and fees relating to admisions along with a requirement that schools ... click to read full post & comments


Students could sit on school BOMs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingStudents could sit on school BOMs


The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to publish the new Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill over the coming weeks. According to the Irish Times, the heads of the Bill were approved by the Cabinet recently and are due to be published soon by the Minister.

When enacted, the new legislation will require schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this week announced details of a €28.5m minor works grant for primary schools throughout the country.

Minister Bruton said: “You can’t achieve a prosperous economy without a fair society, and you can’t ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.


Ireland's children have scored a Grade D on an international scale of physical activity levels, up from a Grade D minus in 2014.

The announcement was made at the ... click to read full post & comments


Natural asthma treatment project wins SciFest

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNatural asthma treatment project wins SciFest


Caolann Brady, a sixth year student from St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Kildare was named the overall winner of SciFest 2016, for her project ‘Hum your way to better health’ – a project which focussed on the natural treatment of asthma through humming and ... click to read full post & comments


Exam Support Reforms

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExam Support Reforms


The exam support scheme, known as RACE (Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations) has caused a lot of controversy and been the source of a lot of stress for students and their parents in recent years. It was particularly problematic because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the patronage of the nine new post-primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018. In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group.

These schools were announced in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAll secondary schools to re-open tomorrow


Statement from ASTI - 9.05 pm

ASTI Accepts invitation to talks 
 
Earlier today the ASTI was invited by the Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council Ms Anna Perry to enter talks to explore possibilities to ... click to read full post & comments


430 additional Resource Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting430 additional Resource Teachers


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

Resource Teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are ... click to read full post & comments


School refused to allow emergency medical kit

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/25/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool refused to allow emergency medical kit


A primary school student has been awarded €9,000 because his school refused to keep an emergency medical kit on the school premises over a period of nine days.

The boy in question, who was in second class in a gaelscoil in 2014/15, has anaphylaxis which means that he can have an ... click to read full post & comments


Notre Dame School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/20/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNotre Dame School to close


Notre Dame junior and secondary school located in Churchtown has announced it is to close. The junior school will close in June 2017 while the secondary school will continue until ... click to read full post & comments


Temporary Supervisors sought for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/19/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTemporary Supervisors sought for schools


Below is the text of the advertisement on the Dept of Education website for temporary supervisors in schools during the forthcoming industrial action by the ASTI

'Applications are invited for inclusion on a panel of temporary Supervisors in certain post-primary schools.

The ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution in post-primary schools with effect from 7 November next. In schools affected by this action, the Department of Education and Skills, school management bodies and local school management are putting ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/14/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI Strike Dates Announced


The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
 
ASTI members will engage in strike action on the following dates ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/13/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingASTI members vote for industrial action


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.
 
In a ballot on recently qualified teachers’ pay, ASTI teachers voted by ... click to read full post & comments