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Campaign to Encourage Learning of Foreign Languages

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/09/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersCampaign to Encourage Learning of Foreign Languages


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today (17th September 2018) launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of foreign languages and announced new funding for teacher upskilling and school language ... click to read full post & comments


€11.9 billion Investment in Education announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/09/2018. €11.9 billion Investment in Education announced


The Government has announced a major package of investment in education under Project Ireland 2040, the government’s €116 billion investment and development plan for the next decade.

This major investment will underpin the implementation of the Action Plan for Education, led by Minister Bruton, which is the government’s plan to make the ... click to read full post & comments


An Foras Pátrúnachta to apply for patronage for 13 schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/09/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAn Foras Pátrúnachta to apply for patronage for 13 schools


The largest patron of Irish-medium schools in the country, An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP) has today (13.09.18) announced that it intends to apply for the patronage of 13 new primary schools due to open in 2019. The new schools were confirmed by the ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Results are Out!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/09/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results are Out!


Over 62,000 students across the country will be receiving their Junior Certificate Results today - an increase of 1.5% on last year. Most students will have their results given to them by their schools during the day while the results will also be available online from ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Additional Psychologists for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/08/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAdditional Psychologists for Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that 19 educational psychologists, including ten new posts, will be recruited to work with schools all ... click to read full post & comments


Increase in Foreign Language Assistants in Secondary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/08/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIncrease in Foreign Language Assistants in Secondary Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. has announced a 25% increase in the number of Foreign Language Assistants, bringing the total number available to schools from this September to 140. These additional Foreign Language Assistants are being provided to schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


CAO Offers are out

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/08/2018. CAO Offers are out


First round CAO offers have been issued to more than 50,700 applicants this morning. There is a 3.6% drop in the number of applications from this year’s Leaving Certificate with the fall in CAO applications partly explained by a decline in the numbers taking the Leaving Certificate in 2018

This year, while points have risen for more than 40% of options, around half of all courses have experienced a points drop. In general, points have ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Results 2018 are out!

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/08/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results 2018 are out!


57,000+ students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today. Results will be available from schools from 9am or online on the State Examinations Commission website from midday.

This year marks the second year of the new grading system where numerical grades have replaced the old alphabetical system. Six ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Fails to Prepare Students For Uni

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/08/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert Fails to Prepare Students For Uni


The Leaving Certificate programme is failing to adequately prepare students for university studies, according to new research published today by the Institute of Education at Dublin City University.

In a survey of over 300 first-year DCU students across a ... click to read full post & comments


New grandparents payment scheme proposed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/08/2018.
Tags: ParentingNew grandparents payment scheme proposed


In a new payment scheme proposed by Independent Ministers in Budget negotiations, Grandparents who aid in childcare would be paid ... click to read full post & comments(4)


€450K in Grants to Support New Leaving Cert Subjects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/07/2018.
Tags: Teachers€450K in Grants to Support New Leaving Cert Subjects

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today announced that the 40 schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new ... click to read full post & comments


Wellbeing Policy for Schools Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2018.
Tags: Education And PoliticsWellbeing Policy for Schools Launched


The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (20th of July) launched his Department’s Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018-2023, fulfilling a ... click to read full post & comments


New Local School access Law

Posted by Schooldays NewsHound, on 16/07/2018.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Local School access Law


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., on Wednesday, the 11th of July 2018 welcomed the passage of the ... click to read full post & comments


Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/07/2018.
Tags: ParentsFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card


Kids under 19 can travel for free on public transport with a Child Leap Card from 2nd – 15th July.

Children can look forward to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Contractor appointed to complete schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/06/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersContractor appointed to complete schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today (25th of June 2018) welcomed the confirmation from DIF and the Project Lenders that arrangements are being put in place for the appointment of a replacement contractor to:

  • Facilitate the completion of the three most advanced schools - Loreto College, Wexford; Coláiste Raithín, Bray, and ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents Invited to Choose School Patronage

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/06/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents Invited to Choose School Patronage


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has invited parents in four areas to express their preference in relation to the patronage of four post-primary schools to be established in 2019.

    Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s new ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools asked to Promote Farm Safety

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/06/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentsSchools asked to Promote Farm Safety


    The Health and Safety Authority and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have issued a joint appeal to primary schools to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for the summer.

    Summer holidays are a high risk time for children who ... click to read full post & comments


    Extra Funding for Island Gaeltacht Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/06/2018.
    Tags: TeachersExtra Funding for Island Gaeltacht Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced an additional package of supports to support island post-primary schools in the Gaeltacht areas.

    The government launched the Policy on Gaeltacht Education in 2016, which was the first ever targeted strategy for ... click to read full post & comments


    New School to Champion Self-Directed Learning

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/06/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew School to Champion Self-Directed Learning


    A school with a very different approach to education for children aged 5-18 is set to open in Sligo this September.

    According to one of the school's founders, Maura Duignan, the Sligo Sudbury School aims to provide a democratic educational ... click to read full post & comments


    Childrens' Best Interests Failed by Public Bodies

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/06/2018.
    Tags: ParentingChildrens' Best Interests Failed by Public Bodies


    The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, has today expressed concern about the failure of public bodies to adequately consider the best interest of children in the delivery of services and policy decisions.

    Launching the ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister welcomes SNA Scheme Review

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2018.
    Tags: Educaiton And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister welcomes SNA Scheme Review


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (30th May 2018), welcomed a Review into the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme by the ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister to increase Multi and Non-Denominational Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/05/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister to increase  Multi and Non-Denominational Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T. D. today (Monday, 28th of May) announced that surveys of parents of pre-school children in 16 areas across the country are ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools required to consult parents on use of smart phones

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/05/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools required to consult parents on use of smart phones


    The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. today (21st May) published a circular requiring all schools to consult parents, teachers and students on the use of smart phones and ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    20 Ways Irish Students are Tackling Climate Change

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/05/2018. 20 Ways Irish Students are Tackling Climate Change


    For many people, climate change can seem too big an issue to tackle, while others know it just takes just One Good Idea to make a difference. Today (Tuesday, 15 May), over 90 students from schools across the country are taking part in the National Final of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) One Good Idea Competition.
     
    Now in its 10th year, the SEAI One Good Idea competition sees ... click to read full post & comments


    Specialised Therapists for Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/05/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSpecialised Therapists for Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., and the Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris T.D. today (14th May, 2018) launched the first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services. The project will be ... click to read full post & comments


    Baptism barrier in schools to be lifted

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBaptism barrier in schools to be lifted


    Amendment to Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 on the role of religion in school admissions approved by government

    Oversubscribed primary schools will not be allowed discriminate on the basis of religion, minority religions protected

    The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has today (Wednesday, 9th of May 2018) published ... click to read full post & comments


    Sugar Drink Tax may Fund Fight against Childhood Obesity

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Sugar Drink Tax may Fund Fight against Childhood Obesity


    The sugar sweetened drinks tax, which will lead to price increases on some fizzy drinks, came into force in Ireland on Tuesday, May 1st.

    The Irish Heart Foundation has reiterated calls for a portion of the proceeds to be ringfenced to fund measures to prevent childhood obesity ... click to read full post & comments


    HSE Warning - Beware of Tick Bites this Summer

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/05/2018.
    Tags: ParentingHSE Warning - Beware of Tick Bites this Summer


    Lyme Disease Awareness Day was yesterday and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has some practical advice on how to protect yourself against the disease.

    Now that summer is finally here, people who take part in outdoor pursuits need to protect themselves against Lyme disease, which is spread by ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Public Consultations for Career Guidance Review

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2018.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPublic Consultations for Career Guidance Review


    The Department of Education and Skills has committed in the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, to commence an independent review of existing career guidance tools and ... click to read full post & comments


    New €23 million school in Harolds Cross on track

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/04/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew €23 million school in Harolds Cross on track


    Site to accommodate 16 classroom primary school and 1000 pupil post primary school 

    Minister Bruton today confirmed that contracts have been signed for the acquisition of the former Harold’s Cross stadium. 

    The transaction is due to ... click to read full post & comments


    It's Active School Week

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/04/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingIt's Active School Week


    Active School Week - 23rd - 27th April 2018 

    The Department of Education and Skills and Healthy Ireland encourage all schools to organise an Active School Week (ASW) as part of ... click to read full post & comments


    Extra Places on Leadership Course for Teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/04/2018.
    Tags: TeachersExtra Places on Leadership Course for Teachers


    Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton announced that he would be increasing the number of places on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, the programme for aspiring school leaders. ... click to read full post & comments


    42 New Schools to Open in Next 4 Years

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/04/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers 42 New Schools to Open in Next 4 Years


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022).

    This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by ... click to read full post & comments


    Student Grant Scheme for 2018 now open

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2018.
    Tags: Parenting Student Grant Scheme for 2018 now open


    The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today announced the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for ... click to read full post & comments(5)


    Smart Phones in Schools - parents & students to be consulted

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSmart Phones in Schools - parents & students to be consulted


    The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that he will publish a circular requiring schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    Pay Inequality may lead to Industrial Action, INTO Warns

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/04/2018.
    Tags: TeachersPay Inequality may lead to Industrial Action, INTO Warns


    The INTO today demanded immediate and time-bound pay talks, starting this month and finishing next month, to end pay inequality.

    “If that fails,” the general secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan told the Minister for Education, “the INTO will ballot members for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, ... click to read full post & comments


    Major Update in Sex Education Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/04/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentsMajor Update in Sex Education Announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced a major review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in schools.

    The review will cover both the content of the RSE curriculum and support ... click to read full post & comments


    Second-level Teachers Report Higher Stress Levels

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2018.
    Tags: TeachersSecond-level Teachers Report Higher Stress Levels


    Research published today shows that new initiatives and additional demands on second-level schools has led to an unsustainable work burden and increased levels of stress for teachers.

    An ASTI/ RED C survey published today has found that 97% of teachers believe ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI Annual Conference to Address Pay Equality

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/03/2018.
    Tags: TeachersASTI Annual Conference to Address Pay Equality


    Equal pay for recently qualified teachers will dominate the ASTI’s Annual Convention in Cork next week.
     
    More than 450 second-level teachers from all over Ireland will attend the conference in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork from April 3rd to 5th. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Cert Resources launched by BAI & RTE

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2018.
    Tags: TeachersJunior Cert Resources launched by BAI & RTE


    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Raidio Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) have announced the launch of a teacher’s resource guide to support the delivery of the new Junior Certificate English and Science curricula.

    The materials are based around the successful TV programme ... click to read full post & comments


    Extra Places on Teacher Training Courses

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2018.
    Tags: TeachersExtra Places on Teacher Training Courses

    The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. today announced, following consultation with the Irish Universities Association, an expansion of the number of places on post primary teacher education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    The Minister also announced that there will be ... click to read full post & comments


    Getting Animated about Children’s Rights

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/03/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingGetting Animated about Children’s Rights


    The Ombudsman for Children’s Office is marking the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) with a year-long programme of events and activities. ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Meningitis Signs & Symptoms App Available

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/03/2018.
    Tags: ParentingFree Meningitis Signs & Symptoms App Available


    With the worrying news that a public health investigation is under way into a meningitis outbreak that has claimed the life of a six-year-old girl and left another girl seriously ill in Navan Co Meath, the national meningitis support & awareness organisation, ACT for Meningitis, are ... click to read full post & comments


    €100,000 in Grants Allocated for Music Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Neshound, on 09/03/2018.
    Tags: Teachers€100,000 in Grants Allocated for Music Scheme


    Minister Bruton invites applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2018 €100,000 in grants for community music initiatives.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today invited applications for ... click to read full post & comments