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Leaving Cert Exam Questions are not predictable

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 30/04/2015.
Tags: Education And News ParentingLeaving Cert Exam Questions are not predictable


Contrary to public opinion, the Leaving Certificate exam questions are not as predictable as once thought, and students who study only what they presume will arise don't perform as well as those who prepare broadly for examinations.

Education Minister, Jan O'Sullivan, has today ... click to read full post & comments


Mental health effects of peer bullying similar to child abuse study finds

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/04/2015.
Tags: ParentingMental health effects of peer bullying similar to child abuse study finds


Kids who are bullied or maltreated by their peers are more likely to have mental health consequences as young adults according to research.

Bullying by peers, a common problem among children, is known to cause long-term effects on young adults’ mental health and researchers say ... click to read full post & comments


Kids' health suffers if parents separate, finds survey

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/04/2015.
Tags: ParentingKids' health suffers if parents separate, finds survey


Kids are likely to suffer health problems if their parents break up, however, these health issues are eased if parents share joint custody, finds new report.

Swedish researchers, who surveyed 12-15 years old Swedish teens, found that ... click to read full post & comments


Just one hour of TV daily can lead to child obesity

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 28/04/2015.
Tags: ParentingJust one hour of TV daily can lead to child obesity


Children who watch more than one hour of TV a day are more likely to become overweight and obese than those who don’t, according to new research.

The US study done by researchers at American Academy of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system


Changes to the Irish Leaving Certificate set to be introduced in 2017 will see a new CAO points system that will allow student to receive points for ‘Honours’ subjects, even if they drop below 40% pass mark.

It is anticipated that the changes will be introduced ... click to read full post & comments


300 children called charity threatening suicide in 2014

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/04/2015.
Tags: Parenting300 children called charity threatening suicide in 2014


Figures, released by the children’s charity ISPCC showed that ... click to read full post & comments


Images of young Irish school girls found on escort and porn sites

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/04/2015.
Tags: ParentingImages of young Irish school girls found on escort and porn sites


A new report by Childwatch.ie today has once again highlighted the dangers of young school girls openly posting images which are subsequently being copied for use on internet porn galleries.

The report, carried out by online child protection company Childwatch.ie, investigated the uploading of ... click to read full post & comments


20% of kids go to bed hungry according to new report

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/04/2015.
Tags: Parenting20% of kids go to bed hungry according to new report


One in five Irish kids will go to bed hungry tonight according to new figures released at a conference today hosted by Healthy Food for All who are an all-island charity addressing food poverty by promoting access, availability and affordability of healthy food for low-income groups.

Healthy Food For All claim that ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Heart Foundation calls for ban on schools serving junk food

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/04/2015.
Tags: Parenting Food And NutritionIrish Heart Foundation calls for ban on schools serving junk food


Every day students in secondary schools in Ireland are being exposed to large amounts of junk food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, while one in five teenagers in Ireland are ... click to read full post & comments


Urban DEIS students not as good at reading and maths as rural students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2015.
Tags: Parenting EducationUrban DEIS students not as good at reading and maths as rural students


Research carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that pupils in urban areas in DEIS schools have lower performance in english and maths compared ... click to read full post & comments


Tablets and Phones damaging children's eyesight

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2015.
Tags: Parenting HealthTablets and Phones damaging children's eyesight

It has been reported in UK and Irish media this morning that leading eye specialists and researchers have confirmed the growing fears that the overuse of tablets and phones by children and less outdoor play is directly causing ... click to read full post & comments


New School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids


According to the Irish Times and the Independent this morning, the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan is to set to publish details of the new Schools’ Admissions Procedures today. All primary and post-primary schools will be ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Celebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCelebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools


Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has appealed to the masses to join his battle against the high obesity levels in children by petitioning to introduce ... click to read full post & comments


Special Needs Assistants vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSpecial Needs Assistants vote for industrial action


Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)represented by IMPACT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over the issue of the reduction of working hours and the fragmentation of SNA posts. IMPACT, which represents approximately 6,000 SNAs nationwide, said ... click to read full post & comments


Additional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingAdditional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has announced that Government has agreed that additional resources will be allocated to schools as an interim measure to support those children with Down syndrome, who are not ... click to read full post & comments


Power naps can boost memory for exam students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingPower naps can boost memory for exam students


Late nights, junk food and gallons of coffee followed by anxiety attacks were once the only tools for studying longer especially as exam time approached.
However, now researchers at Saarland University in Germany headed by Professor Axel Mecklinger have shown that ... click to read full post & comments


Furry Friends Treated at UL GEMS Teddy Bear Hospital

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting HealthFurry Friends Treated at UL GEMS Teddy Bear Hospital


Medical School students at the University of Limerick today hosted the University’s annual Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) with over 400 Limerick’s primary school children from 6 different schools and their teddy bears. The aim of the event is to alleviate childhood anxiety about ... click to read full post & comments


Catholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCatholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools


The Catholic Church has published guidelines titled " Catholic Primary Schools in a Changing Ireland - Sharing Good Practice on Inclusion of All Pupils" advising schools on how they can provide policies of inclusion for non-religious and non-Catholic students in the classroom.

The guidelines have been issued in response to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism on catering for the growing demand for greater choice in primary education for parents. The Catholic Schools Partnership have reacted with proposals detailing how ... click to read full post & comments


Parents not checking kid’s internet use - says survey

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 09/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingParents not checking kid’s internet use - says survey

Parents are rarely checking their children’s internet use at home, says a new survey by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), despite the fact that cyberbullying is increasing.

According to Joe Humphreys in today’s Irish Times, the survey revealed that there has been a ... click to read full post & comments


'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids'

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids'


Parents who drive their kids to school and are ‘overprotective’ of their children in public places may be damaging their development, says a new report published today.

A study done by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe ... click to read full post & comments


Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAfterschool childcare plan set to help working parents


Parents who are finding it difficult to pay for after-school childcare are to benefit from new proposals being drafted by the government who plan to open primary schools for longer and provide supervision for students.

A report by Fionnan Sheahan ... click to read full post & comments


Does video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingDoes video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance


Girls are doing better than boys in school, and the disparity between gender is widening, says a new report on education.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report that shows that boys and girls are becoming more divided in education performances and this is having effect on their career choices.

The report called, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour and Confidence, shows that although ... click to read full post & comments


World Book Day 2015

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/03/2015.
Tags: ParentingWorld Book Day 2015


World Book Day, the world’s biggest annual celebration of books and reading will take place on Thursday 5th March 2015, celebrating the wonderful world of books by giving all school children a token they can exchange for a free World Book Day book in their local bookshop! World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over ... click to read full post & comments


Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has told media outlets that new Junior Cert reforms will go ahead and the Dept of Education will ‘move forward’ on the recent proposals despite the non-co-operation of the teacher unions.

The Minister said that ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used

Posted by Sally OBrien, on 27/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents don't know how voluntary contributions are used


The government has rejected calls by Sinn Féin to make schools provide information to parents on how they spend voluntary contributions.

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the government to give parents access to information on how ... click to read full post & comments


INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersINTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has suspended membership of 16 teachers, mostly Principals, for up to five months, all in the last two years, for breaking a ban on co-operating with the Jobbridge internship scheme.

The INTO had banned their 35,000 union members from co-operating with the scheme back in 2011, and these suspensions come after complaints were made about members who were ... click to read full post & comments


Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/02/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSupreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal in a case brought against The Christian Brothers High School, Clonmel, Tipperary back in 2010 by a family who believed the school had indirectly discriminated against their son on the grounds that he was a traveller.

According to a breaking news report on RTE this afternoon, The boy’s mother, Mary Stokes, had argued that ... click to read full post & comments


House in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingHouse in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral


It has been reported in The Herald today that a house party for a sixteen year old girl was mobbed by over two hundred teenagers in Dublin on friday evening. The father of the girl told Herald.ie that he was hosting a party for his sixteen year old daughter’s birthday when it was mobbed after the ‘Facebook invite’ of the event went viral.

The mother, Mrs Osifa, told ... click to read full post & comments


Rise in young males with Eating Disorders

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingRise in young males with Eating Disorders


Bodywhys, a national voluntary organisation supporting people with eating disorders, is launching an Eating Disorder Awareness Week with planned talks in centres around Ireland. New statistics from the organisation reveal there was ... click to read full post & comments


US Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 19/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting TeachersUS Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem


The results from a study done by the The University Of Arizona state that gay teens coming out in school emerge with higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression than if they had not and that coming out will not make them any more or less likely to be bullied.

Professor Stephen Russell, Director of the Institute for Children Youth and Families, and author of the paper, explains that LGBT students will have ... click to read full post & comments


Minister outlines new policy to support small schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister outlines new policy to support small schools


Press Release
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan TD, has today announced that Government has agreed the implementation of two new policies to better support the sustainability of small schools, and particularly those in isolated areas.
This policy approach involves two key elements:

- Improved changes to the staffing schedule for some small schools and
- A voluntary protocol for future sustainability for 1 teacher schools with reducing enrolments
The full details of these elements are ... click to read full post & comments


Créche workers march for more money - can parents afford it?

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingCréche workers march for more money - can parents afford it?


A planned protest is to take place this afternoon by early childcare workers over demands in pay, but parents say they cannot afford increases in childcare and are turning to cheaper alternatives such as au-pairs and nannies. Both sides are calling for government subsidies.

Creche workers in Ireland are ... click to read full post & comments


Schools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies


A study done by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) found that out of a 139 primary schools in Ireland, 133 of them had pupils with allergies. Yet despite the amount of pupils at risk of allergy attack in class and on school grounds there were no school policies to deal with allergy emergencies as school staff are not trained.

An allergy attack such as ... click to read full post & comments


4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Primary School News4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that four new multi-denominational primary schools are expected to open this September under the patronage divesting process.

Three of these schools will operate under the patronage of Educate Together. The fourth school will be a Gaelscoil operating under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta. 

The three Educate Together schools are intended to be in the following locations ... click to read full post & comments


New Junior Cert exam could be split in two

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Junior Cert exam could be split in two


According to the Irish Independent this morning, new proposals aimed at solving the Junior Certificate dispute would see exams split in two.

In the 'confidential document' obtained by the Indepedent, the Mediator Dr Travers is suggesting a new Junior Cycle Student Profile of Achievement award which would give one grade for the traditional exams and then ... click to read full post & comments


Student Slingshot Academy launched for TY students

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/02/2015.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudent Slingshot Academy  launched for TY students


Student Slingshot Academy was launched today at its future home in Filmbase, Temple Bar. It It is a new initiative developed to change how transition year students approach education and career prospects.

Once a month, beginning on March 15th, some of Ireland’s leading third level students will work alongside industry professionals to create immersive and interactive ... click to read full post & comments


Change in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingChange in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools


The Department of Education announced this week a new ' Inclusion Support Service' for special needs students that will see a change in how resources and teachers are allocated to schools.

Schools are being asked to ... click to read full post & comments


Safer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/02/2015.
Tags: ParentingSafer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015


Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people, will be celebrated on Tuesday 10th of February 2015. This will be the twelfth year of the event and this year’s call to action is, ‘Let’s Create a Better Internet Together’.

Safer Internet Day is an EU initiative. It is promoted in Ireland by the Webwise internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and aims to ... click to read full post & comments


Limerick School apologises to Muslim pupil

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick School apologises to Muslim pupil


It has been reported in the media today that a primary school in Limerick had to apologise to a Muslim pupil after a copy of the controversial ‘Charlie Hebdo magazine’ which depicts an image of Mohammed, was produced in their classroom.

The mother of a 11 year old child in fifth class of the multi denominational school, Limerick School Project in the city, told ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Numbers up and more jobs for leaving cert students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLeaving Cert Numbers up and more jobs for leaving cert students


Pupils sitting Leaving Certificate examinations now over 90%.

This positive news comes as figures released yesterday by Dept of Education show the number of pupils completing their Leaving Certificate has risen three years in a row, with now over ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPrimary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, last week launched Well-Being in Primary Schools - Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion - Press Release below

Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children. Schools can also provide a safe and ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda


A lollipop lady was verbally abused by a number of parents outside a school in Drogheda, as reported in the Irish Independent and The Irish Mirror yesterday.

The papers reported that Gardai have now been ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Humanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHumanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates


The Irish Times reported this morning that The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is calling for a ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates for new entrants. Currently Principals in state run schools under catholic patronage, can ask parents for ... click to read full post & comments(6)


288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals

Posted by SchoolDays Neshound, on 25/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals


The conferring of awards on the first graduates of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching took place at the University of Limerick on 24th of January 2015. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD attended the ceremony which saw 288 teachers graduate from the two year part-time programme, devised as a targeted initiative for ... click to read full post & comments