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Free public transport for kids from July 6 to19

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Family And LeisureFree public transport for kids from July 6 to19

Transport Minister Paschal Donahoe, along with Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA), have today announced ... click to read full post & comments


Delay in SNA Allocations for next school year causing concern

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDelay in SNA Allocations for next school year causing concern


Concern has been expressed by Teacher unions and parents about the delay in advising schools of SNA (Special Need Assistant) allocations for the 2015/16 school year as it causes unnecessary ... click to read full post & comments


Education Passports are now compulsory for all 6th class pupils

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Passports are now compulsory for all 6th class pupils


The Department of Education and Skills has recently made the 'Education Passport' a compulsory requirement for all 6th class pupils in their transition from Primary to Post-Primary School.

In a new circular, which was issued to schools earlier this month, the Education Passport, which has been developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NCCA) is described as

"a suite of materials to support the reporting and transfer of pupil information from Primary to Post-Primary schools. The materials are presented under the umbrella title of 'Education Passport' and are available at www.ncca.ie/transfer."

The materials were first introduced to Primary schools in the academic year 2013/14 on an optional basis.

The Education Passport comprises of three main learning assessments, completed by Primary schools, to help Post-Primary Schools evaluate students as individuals. The materials in the Education Passport include;

1) Teacher's Report - The standard 6th Class Report Card Template, which must be completed by the school.

2) Child's Report - The Primary School will supply the My Profile Sheet, which must be completed by all 6th class pupils and will be shared with their Parents/Guardians upon completion

3) Parent/Guardian's Report - The My Child’s Profile sheet should be sent with the My Profile sheet to parents/guardians by the end of the second week of June at the latest. Parents may complete the My Child’s Profile, should they wish to do so. The primary school should forward My Child’s Profile, if completed, along with the pupil’s My Profile sheet and the 6th Class Report Card to the post-primary school.

Upon confirmation of enrolment, the Primary school will send all relevent materials to the Post-Primary school.

For parents, you should receive a copy these materials before they are sent to the Post-Primary school. Although the My Child's Profile sheet is not a compulsory requirement, it does provide parents with the chance to give voice to who your child really is as an individual.

The My Child's Profile sheet is available to view or download here.

Click here to read the full circular.



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School Completion Programme to be maintained

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Completion Programme to be maintained

Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has received a commitment from Government that funding levels under the School Completion Programme (SCP) are to be maintained.

Set up as part of Department of Education and Skills (DES) DEIS Strategy, the scheme aims to increase the numbers of young people staying in primary and second level school. SCP projects provide a range of supports and interventions designed to support approximately 36,000 children throughout the country who have been identified by local management committees as being at risk of educational disadvantage.

Speaking in a Seanad Adjournment Debate in response to Senator Mulcahy's request for clarification on future levels of funding for the Programme, Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said his Department is committed "to ensuring that there is no diminution in the school completion programme services."

"The School Completion Programme is an important service within the agency's educational welfare services. It is highly regarded as a key response in securing improved educational outcomes for children and young people at risk of early school leaving. I am pleased to confirm for the Senator that there will be no cuts to the programme," he said.

Minister Reilly noted that a review of the Programme by the ESRI is "almost complete".

"The review is an important initiative in regard to planning for the future development of the school completion programme. The review will assist in identifying the reforms necessary to consolidate the programme on a sustainable footing for the future. The review is being overseen by a steering committee involving officials of the Child and Family Agency, my Department and the Department of Education and Skills," he added.

Senator Mulcahy responded: "I warmly welcome the Minister's confirmation that funding is not to be cut in County Clare or any other county.

"This hugely important scheme has benefited thousands of children across Ireland in the 13 years since it was established. It has had a significant positive impact on levels of young people's retention in primary and second level schools and on numbers of pupils who successfully complete the Senior Cycle or equivalent. Up to now however, there had been fears that the Programme could face a reduction in funding in the future"

The SCP focuses on targeting and providing supports to young people identified to be most at risk of early school leaving and includes identifying and supporting children at risk of not reaching their potential in the educational system because of poor attendance, afterschool supports; mentoring programmes; and therapeutic interventions. Nationally, the SCP operates in 470 primary schools and 224 post-primary schools. There are 124 local SCP projects employing 248 full-time, 627 part-time and 2,211 sessional and other staff.

"There are two projects in County Clare," according to Senator Mulcahy.

"The Clare projects include the Ennis school completion programme, with an allocation in the 2014-15 academic year of €255,947, and the Kilrush school completion programme, with an allocation of €119,978. The Ennis project involves four primary and two post-primary schools, while the Kilrush project involves one primary and one post-primary school. All school completion projects including the two in County Clare will be notified of their allocations for the 2015-2016 school year, "added Senator Mulcahy.

See here for more information on the School Completion Programme



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Applications for Home Tuition Scheme 2015/16 are now open

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Applications for Home Tuition Scheme 2015/16 are now open


The Department of Education has announced that applications for the Home Tuition Scheme for children with special education or medical needs are now being accepted for the year 2015/16.

The Home Tuition Scheme provides for tuition in the home for children who are unable to attend school due to a significant medical condition.

The scheme is also available for children with special needs who are unable to attend school due to the non-availability of school placements.

In addition, children with autism of a pre-school age may avail of the scheme.

See here for more information on how to apply.

The applications are available to download here.

Source: Education.ie



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Childcare is too expensive for parents on lower incomes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsChildcare is too expensive for parents on lower incomes

Early childhood care and education (ECCE), as well as after school care provision (ASC), are totally inadequate and too expensive for people on lower incomes, according to the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).
In its pre-budget submission entitled "Investing in what matters" SVP says, "This is particularly true for one parent families currently being required by Government to take up employment or increase their working hours"

SVP is seeking an extension of the Community Childcare Subvention to all early year services, both community and private. It is also seeking an extension of the current universal Early Childhood Care and Education programme to 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, from 38 weeks to 48 weeks per year.

In calling for further investment in ECCE and ASC provision the Society says that facilitating female participation in the labour market and making a decisive impact on breaking the cycle of disadvantage are hinged on investment in ECCE and ASC policy.

It says that the current ECCE scheme has a 95% take-up rate, indicating the demand among parents. However it says the offer is limited, providing inadequate support for parents seeking employment.

SVP also says that there is much complexity in the operation of the various schemes, they need to be subsumed,reconfigured and made more user-friendly.

While SVP welcomes the reduced unemployment figures it says that Ireland is not close to its policy goal of 'making work pay' for people whose earnings potential is relatively low. “Wages and welfare supports are crucial – but so are affordable, quality services,” says SVP.

The Society believes that there is no political will to make real change in how we allocate resources that will give an equal opportunity to all our citizens.

“Government should invest in a level and type of social provision that will ensure greater participation for low income households in the economic recovery, and break the cycle of poverty and inter-generational disadvantage facing many people we assist, says SVP.

"Long term sustained investment in public services is essential if Ireland is serious about tackling inequality, reducing poverty traps, achieving positive health and well-being outcomes for people and encouraging access to work. We need to invest wisely in early childhood care and education, social housing and warmer homes. We need to invest in what matters." it says.

Read the full report here.



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Cork students named national final winners of Our World Irish Aid Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsCork students named national final winners of Our World Irish Aid Awards

Fifth and sixth class students from Vicarstown National School, Cork along with their teacher, Áine O'Shaughnessy, were today named overall winners of the ... click to read full post & comments


Barnardos plan to make primary education free for all children

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsBarnardos plan to make primary education free for all children


Children’s charity Barnardos is calling on the Irish government to make all primary education free for children, and the charity has estimated that it will take just ... click to read full post & comments


Two new multi-denominational primary schools for September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTwo new multi-denominational primary schools for September


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced the outcome of the patronage determination process for two new primary schools due to open in September 2015. The schools will be located in ... click to read full post & comments


Student prepares for Junior Cert exam while living in car

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/06/2015.
Tags: ParentingStudent prepares for Junior Cert exam while living in car


The Independent.ie reports today on the plight of a Junior Cert student from Kerry who spent the weekend living in a car with her parents and siblings while preparing for her ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions split over pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeacher Unions split over pay deal


A split has emerged between the teacher unions on the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The TUI has decided to recommend that it’s members reject the new pay agreement proposals while the INTO will be recommending it’s members ... click to read full post & comments


Students denied access to Leaving Cert Exam Supports

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingStudents denied access to Leaving Cert Exam Supports


According to figures released to Fianna Fail TD Seán Fleming, approximately 1,000 students with special needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Aspergers, have been denied access to ... click to read full post & comments


"Your whole life depends on it" - Leaving Cert Stress

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 28/05/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education


Students are more stressed about their upcoming Leaving Certificate exams and fear that their whole future hangs in the balance on whether they get ... click to read full post & comments


Parents warned against sharing images of their kids online

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/05/2015.
Tags: ParentingParents warned against sharing images of their kids online


New research by internet safety campaigners KnowTheNet has revealed alarming findings that today’s children will feature in almost 1,000 online photos by the time they reach five years old.

According to the report: “The study revealed that 17% of parents ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland's laws on smacking breach European legislation

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingIreland's laws on smacking breach European legislation


Ireland banned corporal punishment in schools over twenty years ago but the law never extended to children being smacked at home as a form of punishment. Now, the law will be reviewed by the Irish Government following a formal complaint in February 2013 from the ... click to read full post & comments


€600K to be spent on first team of early-education inspectors

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics€600K to be spent on first team of early-education inspectors

The Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs today launched a consultation on Education-focused Inspections, in early years settings participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. Key groups and individuals working in the early years sector were ... click to read full post & comments


Main Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMain Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has welcomed the breakthrough in negotiations on junior cycle reform, following the publication today of proposals agreed between the Minister and the leadership of the two second-level teacher unions.

Underlying these proposals are Minister O’Sullivan’s five main principles which she stated must ... click to read full post & comments


Minister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching


Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD yesterday announced that a Pilot of the New Model for Allocating Resource Teachers to Schools will be put in place for September 2015.

In February of this year, ... click to read full post & comments


A proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingA proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed


The following statement has been agreed for issue by the Minister for Education and Skills, the ASTI and the TUI - 20th May, 2015

"A proposal to resolve the dispute over Junior Cycle reform has been agreed between the Department and the leadership of the second-level teaching unions. The leadership of the ASTI and the TUI, along with Minister O'Sullivan, have committed their support and strong endorsement to these clearly stated proposals, outlined in ... click to read full post & comments


Ministers launch Arts in Education Portal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinisters launch Arts in Education Portal


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, welcomed the launch of the Arts in Education Portal in Dublin Castle.

Developed by both Departments, the Arts in Education Charter was launched in 2012. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting ... click to read full post & comments


Over half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOver half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school


According to a new report issued today by Kellogg's, one third of Irish families with primary school children worry about their food costs while one in five families have had to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today announced that she is making available €7 million in grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Pupils who take part in sport more likely to go to college

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/05/2015.
Tags: Parenting EducationPupils who take part in sport more likely to go to college


Secondary school students who are involved in sport are more likely to go ... click to read full post & comments


Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Schools across Ireland are currently putting plans in motion to take part in National Walk to School Week, which takes place next week, from Monday May 11th to Friday, May 15th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in ... click to read full post & comments


New Water Safety website for parents and teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/05/2015.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Water Safety website for parents and teachers


Irish Water Safety (IWS) has launched its new water safety website for primary school teachers, pupils and parents. The site for IWS' Primary Aquatic Water Safetyprogramme, or PAWS, combines clear, simple water safety messages with ... click to read full post & comments


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