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'Kids Failing at Basic Play Activities'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/08/2017.
Tags: Parenting'Kids Failing at Basic Play Activities'


The Insight, DCU, Dublin GAA and GAA research project Moving Well - Being Well has been underway for a number of months and researchers have been criss-crossing the country, assessing more than 2,000 children in 40 schools scattered across 12 counties in all four provinces.

Moving Well - Being Well is a massive research project that aims to ... click to read full post & comments


The Leaving Cert Results are out!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/08/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersThe Leaving Cert Results are out!


Nearly 60.000 students will be receiving results today under the new leaving certificate marking system. Under the new grading system, CAO points will be awarded for any score of 30% or more on a Higher Level paper. Previously a minimum of 40% was required.

The previous system of As, Bs and Cs has been replaced by a a new grading system, which reduces the number of different grades awarded from 14 to ... click to read full post & comments


School Costs putting Strain on Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/08/2017.
Tags: ParentsSchool Costs putting Strain on Parents


Barnardos’ Annual School Costs Survey has found once more, that parents are bearing the brunt of an underfunded education system.

There remains a constant expectation that parents will prop up the educational system by having to ... click to read full post & comments


'Parents forced to deny kids back-to-school items'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2017.
Tags: Parenting'Parents forced to deny kids back-to-school items'


  • One in four parents will have to deny their children some basic school items this year as they continue to struggle to fund the back to school spend
  • The average return to school spend continues to increase and has now reached €1,209 per child – up from €1,185 last year (2% rise)
  • More than a quarter say the ... click to read full post & comments


    Huge Increase in Home-Schooled Children

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/07/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingHuge Increase in Home-Schooled Children


    Home education of children in Ireland has seen a big increase in the last 5 years, according to figures released by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

    Numbers of children withdrawn from full time education in recognised schools has almost doubled since 2011, with parents opting ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Children may be Exposed on SnapChat's Maps

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2017.
    Tags: ParentingChildren may be Exposed on SnapChat's Maps

    A new SnapChat feature may be cause for concern for some parents.

    The app now allows its users to share their location on a map and to view other's location at any time.

    "If you and a friend follow one another, you can share your locations with each other so you ... click to read full post & comments


    975 Extra Special Needs Assistants by end 2017

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics Pareting975 Extra Special Needs Assistants by end 2017


    7.5% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, yesterday announced the provision of 975 additional Special Needs Assistants which will be available for allocation to schools over the period September to December 2017, a 7.5% increase, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.

    This will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistants to ... click to read full post & comments


    'Baptism barrier' coming to an end

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/06/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Baptism barrier' coming to an end


    Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD has set out his preferred policy approach for amending primary school admissions legislation on the issue of the role that religion can play in the process.

    Minister Bruton made his comments at the Oireachtas Committee hearing on the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill. The issue of the role of religion in school admissions is not currently ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI advises rejection of Public Service Stability Agreement

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/06/2017.
    Tags: TeachersASTI  advises rejection of Public Service Stability Agreement


    The ASTI Standing Committee today decided to advise the union’s Central Executive Council to recommend to ASTI members that they reject the draft Public Service Stability Agreement.

    Under ASTI rules, pay agreements must be ... click to read full post & comments


    €100,000 Music Education Bursary launched

    Posted by SchooldaysNewshound, on 27/06/2017.
    Tags: Parenting €100,000 Music Education Bursary launched


    Young People in 29 Community Music Initiatives to Benefit

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD yesterday announced the 29 successful organisations (listed below) that will receive a grant under the newly established Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2017.

    The grant, which is ... click to read full post & comments


    New Digital Strategy Plan for Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/06/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Digital Strategy Plan for Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., today launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Action Plan 2017.

    The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 sets out a clear vision to ... click to read full post & comments


    Back To School Clothing Allowance Increases

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/06/2017.
    Tags: ParentingBack To School Clothing Allowance Increases


    In his one of his last acts as Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar has announced a significant increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

    In previous years, the allowance was set at €1 ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Kerry School to re-open as Community National School

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/06/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingKerry School to re-open as Community National School


    Announcement in Kerry is first Reconfiguration under Plan by Minister Bruton to Deliver 400 Multi-Denominational and Non-Denominational Schools.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has welcomed the decision of the Bishop of Kerry, patron of the Two Mile / Cahooreigh NS, to transfer the ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI suspends industrial action

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/06/2017.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI suspends industrial action


    ASTI Statement 10th June

    The ASTI is to immediately suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Certificate reform. The decision was taken by a special convention of ASTI members held ... click to read full post & comments


    'Health Homework' Programme for Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/06/2017.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers'Health Homework' Programme for Schools


    A study following the health patterns of Primary school children has found that one in five Irish children are overweight and 7% of those studied were clinically found to be ... click to read full post & comments


    Children paint a bright future with Dublin Bus

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/06/2017.
    Tags: TeachersChildren paint a bright future with Dublin Bus


    Over 100 primary school students from the Mid West of Dublin attended the 2017 Dublin Bus Children’s Art Competition Awards at City Services Social Club, Clondalkin.

    The art competition is part of an overall ... click to read full post & comments


    Urgent Appeal for Exam Correctors

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/06/2017.
    Tags: TeachersUrgent Appeal for Exam Correctors


    The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has issued an urgent appeal for teachers to apply to mark the Leaving and Junior Ceritficate examinations which begin next Wednesday.

    The SEC appeals says that "the number of available reserve examiners is currently very tight in all subjects". The subjects were there are particular need are ... click to read full post & comments


    2018 EU Young Scientists Competition for Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/05/2017.
    Tags: Teachers Parenting2018 EU Young Scientists Competition for Ireland


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced that the European Union Contest for Young Scientist (EUCYS) will be held in Dublin, 14 -19 September 2018, marking the 30th anniversary of the prestigious competition.

    A European-wide annual event organised by the European Commission, the EUCYS seeks to promote the ... click to read full post & comments


    Tipp Students win at SEAI Final

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 16/05/2017.
    Tags: TeachersTipp Students win at SEAI Final

     
    Ursuline Secondary School from Thurles in Co Tipperary has been named the winner of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their campaign ‘Wattaware’. The campaign aims to raise energy awareness and tackle climate change by educating people in their community on the long term savings the can make when they choose household appliances with higher energy ratings. The team from Ursuline Secondary School were ... click to read full post & comments


    Forum on Religion in Primary School Admissions announced

    Posted by Schooldays, on 16/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingForum on Religion in Primary School Admissions announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced yesterday that he will hold a Forum on the role of Religion in Primary School Admissions on Monday 29th May, as part of a broader consultation process on ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Humanism Lesson Plans for Primary Schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersHumanism Lesson Plans for Primary Schools


    Educate Together and the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) have introduced the first ever Humanism lesson plans into Educate Together Primary Schools from First to Fourth Class. The lessons have already been ... click to read full post & comments


    Walk to School Week launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2017.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingWalk to School Week launched


    Ireland’s newly crowned Travel School of the Year launched next week’s National Walk to School week today. Scoil Ghobnatan from Mallow were at the Green-Schools Travel Awards in Kilmainham ahead of this year’s celebration of active and sustainable travel on the school run.

    Taking place from Monday, May 15th ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI pulls ballot on industrial action

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/05/2017.
    Tags: TeachersASTI pulls ballot on industrial action


    Press Release by ASTI 5th May

    The Department of Education and Skills has notified the ASTI that no school will have teachers in excess of its approved staffing allocation for the 2017/18 school year. This means that no teacher will be ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of 4 new schools announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersPatronage of 4 new schools announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced the patronage of the four new primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018.  In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the ... click to read full post & comments


    438 Schools to get summer makeover

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics438 Schools to get summer makeover


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (Wednesday) announced that €47 Million would be provided by the Department of Education and Skills, through the summer works scheme, to provide for major improvements in ... click to read full post & comments


    Former greyhound stadium bought for new schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsFormer greyhound stadium bought for new schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has today confirmed that an offer has been made to Bord na gCon to acquire the site of the former greyhound stadium at Harold’s Cross. Bord na gCon today ... click to read full post & comments


    Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/05/2017.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsGaeltacht School Recognition Scheme Announced


    Following on from the launch of the Department’s Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 last October, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced the commencement of the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme.

    A circular, accompanied by an information pack, has been issued today to all primary and post-primary schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas inviting those schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    Science & Technology subjects perceived as 'too difficult'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/04/2017.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingScience & Technology subjects perceived as 'too difficult'