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Schools spared strike in May by ASTI

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/04/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools spared strike in May by ASTI


To the relief of parents and students, the Association of Secondary Teachers Annual Conference (ASTI) voted against a one-day strike in May which will alleviate fears of disruption to schools in the run-up to State Exams. However, the conference did vote in favour of ... click to read full post & comments


Teaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised


Press Release

Ireland should benchmark ourselves against the best English-speaking country in the world for foreign languages and aim to emulate that performance within a decade, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD said at the TUI conference in Cork today .

Minister Bruton also said that we should ... click to read full post & comments


Measures to Tackle School Costs Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/04/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsMeasures to Tackle School Costs Announced


Press Release

The Minister today announced that he will publish a circular to be adopted by schools to reduce the cost of school uniforms and other costs. The Minister believes that we have to put a greater emphasis on ... click to read full post & comments


New school guidelines issued on special needs resources

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/04/2017.
Tags: Parenting Educationa Nd PoliticsNew school guidelines issued on special needs resources


In January 2017, the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., announced that a new model for allocating Special Education Teaching Resources to mainstream primary and post primary schools will be ... click to read full post & comments


Maths for Mums and Dads Online Training Course

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/04/2017.
Tags: Parenting Maths for Mums and Dads Online Training Course


The transition from primary school to secondary school can often be as problematic for parents as it is for students. This is particularly so when it comes to the mathematics homework.

The development of topics such as Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus can bring some parents out in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


New international school opening in Dublin

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNew international school opening in Dublin


A new international school catering for local and expatriate students aged between three and eighteen years is to open in south Dublin in September 2018. The school, which will be located on a campus on the former Microsoft office block at South County Business Park in Leopardstown, is expected to cater for up to 800 students from primary up to second-level.

The new school will be developed by ... click to read full post & comments


€3M Expansion of School Meals Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 27/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€3M Expansion of School Meals Programme


Up to 245 new schools & 47,000 extra children to benefit from this year

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar & Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton have announced a €3 million expansion of the school meals programme from September.

Up to 245 schools will either join the programme or see their services ... click to read full post & comments


Cyber Bullying Warning Over Controversial App 'SimSimi'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Cyber Bullying Warning Over Controversial App 'SimSimi'


Parents and teachers should be aware of a new app sweeping through Ireland which is raising concerns of anonymous cyber bullying among students.

The SimSimi app is marketed as a 'cute' artificial intelligence robot which collects user comments on subjects and generates responses based on ... click to read full post & comments(4)


School buses may be impacted by bus strike

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingSchool buses may be impacted by bus strike


Updated 30th March - The Independent are reporting that there is now a school bus withdrawal threat as staff payments are delayed. They are reporting that "operators are considering withdrawing from the School Transport Scheme from next week - after it was revealed Bus Éireann does not have the staff to process payments on time.

It is understood a number of operators contracted to the semi-State body have received emails or texts to say ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Minister launches ISSU Charter for Inclusive Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingMinister launches ISSU Charter for Inclusive Schools


The Minister with special responsibility for Equality, Integration and Immigration, David Stanton TD was on hand today to launch the ISSU Students' Charter For Inclusive Schools. The launch took place in the Clock Tower Building in the Department of Education on Marlborough Street. 

Minister Stanton stated “I applaud the ... click to read full post & comments


€2 million Fund for ICT Skills Development Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€2 million Fund for ICT Skills Development Announced


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Monday 20 March) announced additional funding of €2.25 Million to boost ICT Skills development with additional summer camps for second level students being developed, as well as up to 700 ... click to read full post & comments


Student campaign for Junior Cert English exam extension

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudent campaign for Junior Cert English exam extension


Junior Cert student, Tara O’Sullivan has started an online campaign to have the Junior Certificate English examination extended by thirty additional minutes.

According to Tara’s online campaign page, while she and many of her peers feel that the questions on the mock examinations were fair, all ... click to read full post & comments(7)


New ambitious targets for Literacy and Numeracy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/03/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew ambitious targets for Literacy and Numeracy


The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD, today published new, updated ambitious targets for numeracy and literacy in our schools, as part of the drive to achieve the best education service in Europe within a decade.

The Report published today shows that ... click to read full post & comments


Type 2 Diabetes risk in kids linked to too much screentime

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingType 2 Diabetes risk in kids linked to too much screentime


New medical research suggests that children who spend more than 3 hours a day on phones and tablets or watching T.V are more ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Synge Street to go co-ed and gaelscoil !

Posted by SchoolDays Neshound, on 14/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSynge Street to go co-ed and gaelscoil !


Synge Street, one of Ireland’s best-known city schools, is set to introduce a new stream of co-ed students with pupils learning only through Irish.  According to the school’s website,  a Junior Infant-co-ed class which is to be taught through the medium of Irish will begin in ... click to read full post & comments


Local Screening for Charming Boarding School Film

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingLocal Screening for Charming Boarding School Film


Press Release:
A NEW feel-good film that celebrates great teaching in Ireland’s last remaining primary boarding school, is currently being screened at selected cinemas across Ireland.

In Loco Parentis takes a heart-warming look at the lives of two soon-to-be-retired teachers whose passion and idiosyncratic teaching styles inspire and challenge the young students in their care at ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Arrangements for Junior Cycle Exam welcomed by ASTI

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsArrangements for Junior Cycle Exam welcomed by ASTI

ASTI Press Release:

The ASTI yesterday welcomed the decision by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to allow all Junior Cycle students to undertake an Assessment Task as part of their Junior Cycle English examination. The Assessment Task will be ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan on School Age Childcare Published

Posted by SchoolDays NewsHound, on 07/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAction Plan on School Age Childcare Published


On foot of commitments made in the Programme for a Partnership Government, and following a period of intensive collaboration and consultation, Ministers for Children & Youth Affairs and Education & Skills, Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D and Richard Bruton, T.D, are today publishing the Action Plan on School Age Childcare. Under the plan, funding of €3m is being made available to ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert pupils may avoid lost marks in English

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingJunior Cert pupils may avoid lost marks in English


The body responsible for marking the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, the State Examinations Commission (SEC), has issued a clarification which may remove a threat of lost marks in English that was hanging over thousands of Junior Cycle students. The Guideline published by SEC state that it is not now necessary for students to ... click to read full post & comments


Action Group Aims to Save Top School from Closure

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAction Group Aims to Save Top School from Closure


Cistercian College in Roscrea, established in 1905 by the Cistercians, is one of the most well-known second level schools in the country.

It has been ranked among Ireland's top ... click to read full post & comments


Minister calls for Entrepreneurship Summer Camps

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2017.
Tags: TeachersMinister calls for Entrepreneurship Summer Camps


€250,000 to be invested to support provision of summer camps across the country

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 02 March) announced a call for higher education institutions to submit proposals for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation summer camps in 2017. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) will write to higher education institutions to ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI responds to redundancy threat

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 28/02/2017.
Tags: TeachersASTI responds to redundancy threat


The Irish Times reported on Monday that teachers in dozens of schools could become the first public sector workers to be made redundant since the start of the economic crash due to their escalating dispute with the Government.

Up to now, teachers who became surplus to requirments were ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Sightsavers Junior Painter Winners 2017

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/02/2017.
Tags: TeachersSightsavers Junior Painter Winners 2017


Yesterday, Monday February 27th, the winners of the Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Awards 2017 were unveiled in The Science Gallery, Dublin.  This year’s theme ‘Framing the Future’ inspired thousands of creative entries from ... click to read full post & comments


‘Dead Interesting’ Tour 

Posted by SchoolDays Newhound on 28/02/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers‘Dead Interesting’ Tour 


Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum is delighted to announce the official launch of its new 'Dead Interesting' tour. This is Glasnevin Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before, shining a spotlight on the Cemetery’s ... click to read full post & comments


Midlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/23/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingMidlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme


The Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, County Offaly has been announced as Microsoft's designated showcase school for their 'digital schoolbag' scheme.

The scheme will see all first year students ditch the heavy, book-filled schoolbags this coming September in exchange for ... click to read full post & comments(1)


79 schools added to DEIS Programme

Posted by Schooldays on 14/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics79 schools added to DEIS Programme


The DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools)  Plan 2017, was published by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD yesterday, Monday 13 February 2017.

Every child has to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique ... click to read full post & comments


Challenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2017.
Tags: ParentingChallenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming


CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, says that parents are overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping their kids safe online.

CyberSafeIreland is today - Safer Internet Day 2017 - launching a short scribe animation film for parents that is designed to help them ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan for Education Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/02/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan for Education Launched


The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade.

Education is central to all our ambitions as a nation. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society.

The Action Plan for Education outlines hundreds of actions and ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals


ASTI members have voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members.

Members voted by ... click to read full post & comments


10th Annual SciFest Officially Launched 2017

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/02/2017.
Tags: Teachers10th Annual SciFest Officially Launched 2017

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD today launched the 10th annual SciFest and called on second-level students from across Ireland to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

Since 2008, over 40,000 students have ... click to read full post & comments


Plans to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/01/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPlans  to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced new plans aimed at providing more multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the ... click to read full post & comments


Committee to hear submissions on weight of school bags

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingCommittee to hear submissions on weight of school bags


Every year, particularly in September, parents express concern at the daily weight of schoolbags for children at both primary and secondary level.

The government committee on Children and Youth Affairs is today to hear submissions on the possible ... click to read full post & comments


Students make live video call the Space Station

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents make live video call the Space Station


Limerick calling space! Primary school students yesterday reached for the stars when they made a once in a lifetime video-call to space! The 300 students and 50 teachers from Limerick, Kildare and Tipperary made the live video call from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) to ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School in south dublin closed after fire

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingPrimary School in south dublin closed after fire


Scoil Naithí in Ballinteer, south Couty Dublin, was badly damaged in a fire overnight. Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade fought the fire for more than three hours. There were no injuries reported.

The school has ... click to read full post & comments


New system for allocating special needs resources

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew system for allocating special needs resources


Minister to implement new model for allocating resource teachers to schools, following policy advice from the NCSE and piloting of new model in 47 schools.

7.2% Increase in Resource Teachers - 900 extra teachers have been provided to support the introduction of the new model which will commence in schools from ... click to read full post & comments


'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools


Cycle Right, the National Standard for Cycle Training in Ireland, has been officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD. Through a standardised cyclist road safety training course, cycling skills and road safety awareness will be delivered to school children ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Speech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpeech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Extract from speech by Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD

Introduction

I would like to thank Michael Barron and Equate for hosting this event and for inviting me along. I have met Michael and his team on a number of occasions since taking office, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we reform our school system ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017


The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced.  Shane Curran, aged 16, a 5th year student from Terenure College, Dublin 6, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ... click to read full post & comments(1)


'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'


The use of Financial Emergency in the Public Interest legislation and other measures against members of the ASTI is profoundly disturbing and will have a long-lasting negative impact on the conduct of normal industrial relations in Ireland, ASTI President Ed Byrne said yesterday.

Speaking ahead of the ASTI’s ballot of members on proposals which emerged from recent talks Mr Byrne said: ... click to read full post & comments


Students Descend on 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/01/2017.
Tags: TeachersStudents Descend on 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition


Thousands of students will light up Dublin’s RDS as the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicks off tomorrow. The event brings together some of the country’s brightest young minds as they compete to take ... click to read full post & comments


Enhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingEnhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched


An enhanced version of the innovative CAO Course search tool from CareersPortal has been launched this week. This tool should make searching for CAO courses and researching the content even easier for students.

With a database of over 1,600 CAO courses, users can ... click to read full post & comments


ICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., yesterday announced he is investing €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Dept publishes new pay scale for teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/12/2016.
Tags: TeachersDept publishes new pay scale for teachers


The Department of Education has published the two different pay scales that will apply in the new year to teachers who have been appointed since February 2012. (Teachers appointed prior to 1st February are ... click to read full post & comments


All kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAll kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding


An exciting new programme initiative launched today by Taoiseach, Enda KennyCreative Ireland aims to ensure that every child has access to art, drama, music and coding lessons by the year 2022.

"The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire ... click to read full post & comments