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Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

“Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) yesterday published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

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


Applications sought for patronage of 9 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshoun, on 27/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications sought for patronage of 9 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of nine new post-primary schools due to be established in September 2017 & 2018.

Yesterday’s invitation follows on from ... click to read full post & comments


Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBig rise in pupils exempt from Irish


A new ESRI report, as seen by the Irish Times, shows that the number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years. The Report shows that 32,000 students were ... click to read full post & comments


School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent


Kilkenny Presentation School Choir are in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Show after they received four resounding 'yeses' on the popular talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

The choir performed a memorable rendition of ... click to read full post & comments


Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersDonegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack


A national school in Donegal is planning to install security cameras and enhanced security after what is believed to be human excrement was left in ... click to read full post & comments


Take your students to places a school bus can’t

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersTake your students to places a school bus can’t


Google Expeditions’programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom.

Google have worked with teaches and content partners from around the world to create ... click to read full post & comments


Gaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsGaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open


The committee hoping to set up a new secondary Gaelscoil in Sligo have been disappointed by news that the Department of Education has again refused to grant permission to open their new school

The Educational Training Board as patron, applied on behalf of Coláiste Loch Gile to have an  ... click to read full post & comments


'Sweets out for School' campaign launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Sweets out for School' campaign launched


A crèche owner in Tralee has started a ‘Sweets out for School’ campaign to try stop sweets/sugar being used as a reward for kids in school.

Kate Guerin, who is the owner of Sunflowers Childcare in Tralee, hopes that her campaign will persuade the next Minister ... click to read full post & comments


Improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingImprovements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has announced improvements to the student grant scheme for 2016/17.

The Minister’s announcement coincides with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) opening its online application system for grant applications for the 2016/17 academic year. This year’s scheme opened more than two ... click to read full post & comments


Education-focused Creche Inspections commence

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentsEducation-focused Creche Inspections commence


The Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) have announced the commencement of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.

The early-years education-focused model of inspection, which has been approved by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, will be ... click to read full post & comments


Facebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: ParentingFacebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online


Facebook has launched a new tool to protect children on it's social media platfrom from harrassment and bullying.

The tool notifies users if it detects that another person may be ... click to read full post & comments


Increase in number of kids educated at home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIncrease in number of kids educated at home


According to a report in the Independent, the number of Irish parents home schooling their kids has jumped significantly to 1,090 compared with 699 in 2011.

Parents are legally entitled to Home School their children under Article 42 of the Constitution. Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, children who are educated at home or who attend a non-recognised school - that is a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills (e.g. a private primary school) - must ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments


Gardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teaches ParentingGardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers


New child protection legislation  (National Vetting Bureau Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012) due to come into effect this month will see over 34,000 teachers vetted by Gardai, including those who have been teaching since ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Annual Conferences get underway

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers Annual Conferences get underway


Approximately 1,800 delegates are attending the three teacher trade unions annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney this week.

It is expected that unequal teacher salaries will be a major issue of the conferences. The INTO, the ASTI and the TUI are all expected to debate motions criticising ... click to read full post & comments


Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParenitngOver 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark. ... click to read full post & comments


Austerity measures hit student mental health supports

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAusterity measures hit student mental health supports


Press Release from ASTI
Austerity measures including a moratorium on school middle-management posts are undermining student pastoral care structures and mental health supports, a study has found.

In a survey of 1,749 teachers and school principals commissioned by the ASTI, 82 per cent of principals state that the ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI planning one day strikes from September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI planning one day strikes from September


Statement from ASTI

The ASTI will plan a series of strike days to take place from this autumn if the dispute over proposed changes to the Junior Cycle is not resolved.
 
The second level teachers’ union is currently engaging in ... click to read full post & comments


Energy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingEnergy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s


A new report conducted by Safefood has found that the sale of energy drinks has soared in recent years and that these drinks are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

The report outlined that some brands contained a startling ... click to read full post & comments


'Proclamation Day' across our schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Proclamation Day' across our schools


Schools and colleges across Ireland will today hold ceremonies marking the significance of the Proclamation of Independence.

Today is one of the main highlights of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme in the education sector. Events including raising the Tricolour, the reading of the 1916 Proclamation followed by a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Gardai Investigating Fire at Galway school

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingGardai Investigating Fire at Galway school


Gardai are investigating a fire at teaching prefab which was destroyed yesterday evening at a Galway primary school.

Both the Gardia and the local fire services ... click to read full post & comments


Cork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest


Summercove National School in Kinsale must be very proud of their 12 year old student, Mia Buckley, who was this week announced as the overall winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition.

The theme for this year's Doodle 4 Google focussed on Ireland's 1916 Commemorations, called ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Au Pair wins test case as 'employee'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingAu Pair wins test case as 'employee'


A landmark case involving a spanish au pair has resulted in a host family being ordered to pay her over €9000 in back pay and compensation for a five month period she spent with the family.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), which supported the au pair to take the case, has ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Jump in CAO Applications for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingJump in CAO Applications for 2016


A record 76,000 people have applied to the CAO this year, with points increases likely across a range of popular courses. This number is likely to grow as late applications will be accepted up to May 1st. The increase represents a growth of ... click to read full post & comments


INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentngINTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation


Members of the INTO have overwhelmingly backed a call from the CEC for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

Ninety seven per cent of members voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Choose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersChoose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt


The ISPCC has launched a social media public awareness campaign to draw attention to the issue of cyberbullying, advising that ‘your words can hurt, choose them wisely’.

The week long campaign runs from 7th-13th March and highlights how cyberbullying presents new challenges for children and parents. There can be a much wider ... click to read full post & comments


Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStudents mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park


Today (Monday 7th March) saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when representative groups of students, over 6,000, and teachers from every secondary school in the country,  as well as some of our finest young athletes, received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a ... click to read full post & comments


One Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingOne Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree


ESB Tree Week launches today with a survey of parents that reveals almost a third of children in Ireland (31%) have never climbed a tree and 1 in 10 have never even ... click to read full post & comments


Wesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsWesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival


Today, Wesley College, Dublin 16 officially launched the 40th Interschools Music Festival, which will take place this Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th March. The Interschools Music Festival is the single largest interschool music event in the country for primary and secondary level school students, established with the aim of ... click to read full post & comments


Experts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExperts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby


Over 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in Irish and UK schools. The group have written to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Children's Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby games.

In an open letter (see below), they say ... click to read full post & comments


3 days school closure for JC reform

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting3 days school closure for JC reform


A new circular letter issued by the Department of Education has indicated that schools will be allowed to close for three days in the 2016/17 school year to allow teachers and principals prepare for the new Junior Certificate programme.

Teachers will also be granted ... click to read full post & comments


Positivity Packs: Spreading the Joy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingPositivity Packs: Spreading the Joy


Limerick teen, James Corneille, a 17 year old entrepreneur, has developed a novel idea to brighten up someone's day. Positivity Packs are designed to be 'the perfect chill out kit after those horrible, rainy, hair-pulling, frustrating and unfortunate days.'

The pack contains little things such as ... click to read full post & comments


Primary Teachers Urged to Vote on Industrial Action

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics TeachersPrimary Teachers Urged to Vote on Industrial Action


The Irish National Teachers' Organistaion (INTO) is balloting it's members on industrial action which would result in non-cooperation with school self-evaluation.

The action is in response to the eight year ban on job promotions for teachers which INTO claim is ... click to read full post & comments


President Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPresident Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo


President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially launched the Green-Schools Expo 2016 at the RDS today, Thursday 25th February.

The event, Ireland’s first environmental expo for schools, will attract five thousand visitors from schools across the country.

Organised by Green-Schools, the expo will showcase exhibits across six themed zones by ... click to read full post & comments


Special Educational Needs Conference April 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting EachersSpecial Educational Needs Conference April 2016


The Sensational Kids Special Educational Needs Conference & Expo is taking place at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on 19th & 20th of April this year.

The conference is the only dedicated, national conference with world class speakers in Ireland for people working with and caring for children and adolescents with special educational needs. 

The event is open to parents, teachers of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Confidence of Ireland's Youth in Downward Spiral

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersConfidence of Ireland's Youth in Downward Spiral


A new study of 15 to 24 year olds, released today by Electric Ireland, reveals 4 in 5 young people feel the Irish public have a negative view of them with the vast majority (71%) citing the ... click to read full post & comments


Reforms to mean students only need 20% to pass Junior Cert Exams

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingReforms to mean students only need 20% to pass Junior Cert Exams


The Irish Times reports today that a draft circular has been issued to teachers' unions and education partners by the Department of Education which marks some significant changes to how the Junior Cert will be graded.

According to the report, the traditional A/B/C grading system will be discarded in favour of ... click to read full post & comments


Only 46 Catholic Schools oversubscribed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOnly 46 Catholic Schools oversubscribed


According to an article in the Irish Catholic today, the number of Catholic schools that are oversubscribed is dramatically lower than has been claimed in the media and undermines claims that one in five Catholic schools are over-subscribed and therefore forced to apply a ‘Catholics’ first’ policy.

The newspaper reports that it conducted research that shows that less than ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Virgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersVirgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership


To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Virgin Media and the National Parent’s Council (NPC) yesterday launched a three year partnership to provide Internet safety classes for parents of primary school children across ... click to read full post & comments


Digital divide between parents and children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/02/2016.
Tags: ParentingDigital divide between parents and children


New research released by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University, ahead of Safer Internet Day (9th February), has flagged up some worrying trends in internet safety for Irish children, and has been welcomed as a “wake up call” by many of the research participants.

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre’s new survey of 900 Irish parents points to ... click to read full post & comments


TUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingTUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools


TUI Statement 5th February 2016 re proposed Strike Action

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced that its members at second level and in the further and adult education sectors will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, 24th February, unless meaningful progress is made with the Department of Education and Skills. A meeting is set to take place between ... click to read full post & comments


ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2016.
Tags: ParentingISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership


 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. 

The Partnership will; ... click to read full post & comments


Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/02/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsTwenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Twenty youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland have today been announced as the finalists of the 2016 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of ... click to read full post & comments