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Have your say on our education system

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the Croke Park hours by 68.5% to 31.5%.

Commenting on the ballot result announced today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that teachers believe the Croke Park hours are unproductive and impact negatively on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

IGC Press Release

Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


Mentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingMentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour


Parenting intervention causes a 10 point increase in IQ by age four.

A major parent and family intervention programme trialled in North Dublin has had a dramatic impact in improving outcomes for children and families.

The first in a series of results from the Preparing for Life early childhood programme were announced today and show dramatic impacts on children’s IQ, obesity levels and ... click to read full post & comments


Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLuas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students


The Luas strikes arrangements have been reviewed after it emerged that their original schedule would directly affect students sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams which begin at 9.30am on Wednesday, 8th June.

The industrial action was originally scheduled for 9am - 1pm on the 8th,9th and 10th of June but the times have now been changed to ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIrish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to ... click to read full post & comments


HSE cuts eye exams for school kids

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting EachersHSE cuts eye exams for school kids


The HSE have discontinued the routine eye screenings of school children in fifth and sixth class with immediate effect.

In letters sent to primary school Principals around the country, the HSE stated that the service will be stopped as there was a ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'


safefood is urging parents to redouble their efforts to reduce unhealthy treat foods in their children’s diets as new research¹ indicates over 40% of parents routinely give their children treats like crisps, chocolates and sweets at least once a ... click to read full post & comments


UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersUL launches High Value Sports Scholarships


The University of Limerick has launched a new suite of Sports Scholarships designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

Scholarship holders will benefit from ... click to read full post & comments


Things Irish Mammies Say: True or False?

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingThings Irish Mammies Say: True or False?


Kicking off health month, Science Foundation Ireland is looking into the science behind the things Irish mammies say.

We’ve all been told at one stage or another to bundle up in winter to avoid catching a cold, as well as the magical powers of ... click to read full post & comments


200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study


Sports Surgery Clinic last week launched a pilot study to assess the effects of rehabilitation post concussion in adolescent rugby players and the development of a Concussion Passport screening service.  The aim of the study is to collect data using a comprehensive range of computerised, exercise and physiological tests before and ... click to read full post & comments


Irish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingIrish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly


More than 1.5 million (1,851430) days of school are missed each year by children with asthma, according to the latest figures from the Asthma Society of Ireland ahead of World Asthma Day, today, 3rd May.

The Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting the first ever Bubble Day to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

“Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) yesterday published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

Resource teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are additional to the ... click to read full post & comments


Applications sought for patronage of 9 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshoun, on 27/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications sought for patronage of 9 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of nine new post-primary schools due to be established in September 2017 & 2018.

Yesterday’s invitation follows on from ... click to read full post & comments


Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBig rise in pupils exempt from Irish


A new ESRI report, as seen by the Irish Times, shows that the number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years. The Report shows that 32,000 students were ... click to read full post & comments


School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent


Kilkenny Presentation School Choir are in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Show after they received four resounding 'yeses' on the popular talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

The choir performed a memorable rendition of ... click to read full post & comments


Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersDonegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack


A national school in Donegal is planning to install security cameras and enhanced security after what is believed to be human excrement was left in ... click to read full post & comments


Take your students to places a school bus can’t

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersTake your students to places a school bus can’t


Google Expeditions’programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom.

Google have worked with teaches and content partners from around the world to create ... click to read full post & comments


Gaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsGaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open


The committee hoping to set up a new secondary Gaelscoil in Sligo have been disappointed by news that the Department of Education has again refused to grant permission to open their new school

The Educational Training Board as patron, applied on behalf of Coláiste Loch Gile to have an  ... click to read full post & comments


'Sweets out for School' campaign launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Sweets out for School' campaign launched


A crèche owner in Tralee has started a ‘Sweets out for School’ campaign to try stop sweets/sugar being used as a reward for kids in school.

Kate Guerin, who is the owner of Sunflowers Childcare in Tralee, hopes that her campaign will persuade the next Minister ... click to read full post & comments


Improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingImprovements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has announced improvements to the student grant scheme for 2016/17.

The Minister’s announcement coincides with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) opening its online application system for grant applications for the 2016/17 academic year. This year’s scheme opened more than two ... click to read full post & comments


Education-focused Creche Inspections commence

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentsEducation-focused Creche Inspections commence


The Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) have announced the commencement of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.

The early-years education-focused model of inspection, which has been approved by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, will be ... click to read full post & comments


Facebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: ParentingFacebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online


Facebook has launched a new tool to protect children on it's social media platfrom from harrassment and bullying.

The tool notifies users if it detects that another person may be ... click to read full post & comments


Increase in number of kids educated at home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIncrease in number of kids educated at home


According to a report in the Independent, the number of Irish parents home schooling their kids has jumped significantly to 1,090 compared with 699 in 2011.

Parents are legally entitled to Home School their children under Article 42 of the Constitution. Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, children who are educated at home or who attend a non-recognised school - that is a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills (e.g. a private primary school) - must ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments


Gardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teaches ParentingGardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers


New child protection legislation  (National Vetting Bureau Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012) due to come into effect this month will see over 34,000 teachers vetted by Gardai, including those who have been teaching since ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Annual Conferences get underway

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers Annual Conferences get underway


Approximately 1,800 delegates are attending the three teacher trade unions annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney this week.

It is expected that unequal teacher salaries will be a major issue of the conferences. The INTO, the ASTI and the TUI are all expected to debate motions criticising ... click to read full post & comments


Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParenitngOver 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark. ... click to read full post & comments


Austerity measures hit student mental health supports

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAusterity measures hit student mental health supports


Press Release from ASTI
Austerity measures including a moratorium on school middle-management posts are undermining student pastoral care structures and mental health supports, a study has found.

In a survey of 1,749 teachers and school principals commissioned by the ASTI, 82 per cent of principals state that the ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI planning one day strikes from September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI planning one day strikes from September


Statement from ASTI

The ASTI will plan a series of strike days to take place from this autumn if the dispute over proposed changes to the Junior Cycle is not resolved.
 
The second level teachers’ union is currently engaging in ... click to read full post & comments


Energy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingEnergy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s


A new report conducted by Safefood has found that the sale of energy drinks has soared in recent years and that these drinks are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

The report outlined that some brands contained a startling ... click to read full post & comments


'Proclamation Day' across our schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Proclamation Day' across our schools


Schools and colleges across Ireland will today hold ceremonies marking the significance of the Proclamation of Independence.

Today is one of the main highlights of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme in the education sector. Events including raising the Tricolour, the reading of the 1916 Proclamation followed by a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Gardai Investigating Fire at Galway school

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingGardai Investigating Fire at Galway school


Gardai are investigating a fire at teaching prefab which was destroyed yesterday evening at a Galway primary school.

Both the Gardia and the local fire services ... click to read full post & comments


Cork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest


Summercove National School in Kinsale must be very proud of their 12 year old student, Mia Buckley, who was this week announced as the overall winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition.

The theme for this year's Doodle 4 Google focussed on Ireland's 1916 Commemorations, called ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Au Pair wins test case as 'employee'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingAu Pair wins test case as 'employee'


A landmark case involving a spanish au pair has resulted in a host family being ordered to pay her over €9000 in back pay and compensation for a five month period she spent with the family.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), which supported the au pair to take the case, has ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Jump in CAO Applications for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingJump in CAO Applications for 2016


A record 76,000 people have applied to the CAO this year, with points increases likely across a range of popular courses. This number is likely to grow as late applications will be accepted up to May 1st. The increase represents a growth of ... click to read full post & comments


INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentngINTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation


Members of the INTO have overwhelmingly backed a call from the CEC for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

Ninety seven per cent of members voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Choose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersChoose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt


The ISPCC has launched a social media public awareness campaign to draw attention to the issue of cyberbullying, advising that ‘your words can hurt, choose them wisely’.

The week long campaign runs from 7th-13th March and highlights how cyberbullying presents new challenges for children and parents. There can be a much wider ... click to read full post & comments


Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStudents mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park


Today (Monday 7th March) saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when representative groups of students, over 6,000, and teachers from every secondary school in the country,  as well as some of our finest young athletes, received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a ... click to read full post & comments


One Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingOne Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree


ESB Tree Week launches today with a survey of parents that reveals almost a third of children in Ireland (31%) have never climbed a tree and 1 in 10 have never even ... click to read full post & comments


Wesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsWesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival


Today, Wesley College, Dublin 16 officially launched the 40th Interschools Music Festival, which will take place this Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th March. The Interschools Music Festival is the single largest interschool music event in the country for primary and secondary level school students, established with the aim of ... click to read full post & comments