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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


Mixed grade classes harder on girls

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMixed grade classes harder on girls


A study done by ERSI that used data on over 8,000 9 year old children from the 'Growing Up in Ireland study' found that one in three students were in mixed grade classes and that this affected girls more than boys.

Multigrade teaching happens when two or more year groups (for example, second and third class) are taught together by one teacher in the same classroom.

According to the report ... click to read full post & comments


Seven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSeven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public


As discussions heat up over this years budget, the Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, has told the Irish Times that there will be renewed discussions on private school fundiing.

In recent budgets, private fee-paying schools had been targeted with cuts through adjustments in the pupil-teacher ratio as part of the overall cuts in education. However these changes have forced ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to inspect pre schools for education standards


Minister of Education, Jan O’Sullivan, is planning to check the quality of education being provided by creches and pre schools around the country.

Like school inspections, pre school inspectors will evaluate the standard of education for children enrolled in such facilities. The Minister who is a former pre school teacher herself, is planning to ... click to read full post & comments


Families to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/09/2014.
Tags: ParentingFamilies to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work

The Tanaiste Joan Burton is reportedly drawing up plans to introduce a ‘return-to-work dividend’ for low income families in the new budget.

She told the Irish Times that parents who take up a low-income job will be better off than if they are existing on welfare because ... click to read full post & comments


School boy in knife attack in West Dublin

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool boy in knife attack in West Dublin


According to reports today, an incident happened last friday at St. Phillips School, Mountview, Dublin 15, which saw a 10 year old boy allegedly ‘lunge’ at fellow classmate with a large kitchen knife.

According to reports in the The Herald and Irish Mirror today, an incident had broken out after school because ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 10/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersJunior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths


Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has congratulated the 60,327 students who will receive their Junior Certificate results today, with results showing that more than half of all students are switching to higher maths.

The results, which will be released in the schools this morning and will also be available online at 4pm today, have seen an increase by ... click to read full post & comments


Nationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/09/2014.
Tags: ParentingNationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents


The NCSE has launched a new national initiative to provide information sessions to parents and guardians of children with special educational needs.

The sessions will be delivered by Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) throughout the country. They will provide ... click to read full post & comments


New website to help young kids with literacy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNew website to help young kids with literacy


Today is International Literacy Day. To mark the date, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) have launched a new website to support their literacy programme, Doodle Den,

Doodle Den is an innovative after school programme to improve children’s literacy. The programme targets senior infant children in a disadvantaged community and provides them with ... click to read full post & comments


New school opens with just one pupil

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew school opens with just one pupil


According to the Irish Examiner, a new primary school opened in Tallaght this week with just one pupil, a little girl. The multi-denominational school, Scoil Aoife, was established by the Department of Education to meet a perceived need.

Another Educate Together School and an ETB-run community national school opened just over ... click to read full post & comments


Teenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersTeenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'


Sexting has become such a problem in schools with young teenage girls that it has prompted The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’ (DRCC) into taking action and creating a module available for transition years students called ... click to read full post & comments


Schools demand classes on cyber bullying

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchools demand classes on cyber bullying


With the number of high profile suicide cases recently, cyber bullying has become a real threat to students causing teachers and principals to call for the Department of Education to provide funding to help them tackle this issue.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is calling for ... click to read full post & comments


Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersTop 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times


The Sunday Times published it’s annual ‘Schools Guide’ last weekend. The guide lists the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland ranked by the average proportion of pupils gaining places in autumn 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons and NCAD.

According to Kate Butler who compiled the data, “the work ethic of Irish-language and fee-paying schools is ... click to read full post & comments(3)


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)



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