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Teachers to ballot on Junior Cert Reforms in September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers to ballot on Junior Cert Reforms in September


The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) decided on Friday to recommend that members accept the negotiated Junior Cycle proposals in an upcoming ballot while the ASTI on saturday also decided to ballot members but ... click to read full post & comments


Green Party Plan to Feed All School Children

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 28/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsGreen Party Plan to Feed All School Children


The Green Party have this week released a plan that aims to feed every school going child in the country at least one hot meal a day.

Their ambitious plan, which was revealed yesterday, is an attempt to ‘both deal with ... click to read full post & comments


Donegal School Teacher goes Viral with Youtube lessons

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/08/2015.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDonegal School Teacher goes Viral with Youtube lessons


A Donegal and Letterkenny born primary school teacher has become an internet sensation with his own video history lessons which are being viewed by students at home and around the world, according to reports in ... click to read full post & comments


Delay in opening school leaves families without school places

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDelay in opening school leaves families without school places


A row has broken out between Educate Together (ET) and the Department of Education after the school’s patron has refused to proceed with the opening of a school in Castlebar just a week before children were due to start there.

Educate Together announced that it was deferring the opening of the school until 2016 and has blamed ... click to read full post & comments


Parents asked to put road safety on 'Back to School' Checklist

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingParents asked to put road safety on 'Back to School' Checklist


RSA and ESB Networks encourage parents and teachers to put road safety on the ‘Back to School’ checklist and make school gateway safety a priority
 
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and ESB Networks urge parents, guardians and teachers to make road safety a priority and put in place a school gateway safety policy to ensure the safety of all children. 
 
Three children aged 14 and under have died in ... click to read full post & comments


Educate Together clash with Government over enrolment policies

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducate Together clash with Government over enrolment policies


The Irish Times reports today that the Government and Educate Together (ET) have clashed over enrolment policies in new schools. Educate Together's policy is that schools should offer places on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the Department of Education requires that any schools ... click to read full post & comments


Charity says parents being ‘bullied’ into buying expensive uniforms

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/08/2015.
Tags: ParentingCharity says parents being ‘bullied’ into buying expensive uniforms


According to reports from media outlets this morning, Fergus Finlay, the Chief Executive of Barnardos, a children’s charity, has lashed out at Irish schools describing them as "bullying and forcing" parents to pay "extraordinary prices" for uniforms for their children.

Mr Finlay who, earlier this month, had lambasted the government about the ... click to read full post & comments


No back-to-school allowance until mid September says Dept

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/08/2015.
Tags: ParentingNo back-to-school allowance until mid September says Dept


According to HSE this morning there will be delays in payments of the Back-to-School clothing and footwear allowance this year, with payments not likely until mid September.

The payment, in which over a hundred thousand Irish families receive financial assistance for ... click to read full post & comments


Spike in Emergency Admissions Expected for Kids with Asthma

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/08/2015.
Tags: Parenting HealthSpike in Emergency Admissions Expected for Kids with Asthma


The Asthma Society of Ireland is warning of the danger posed in the weeks following the return to school

For the 1 in 5 children with asthma in Ireland the back to school preparations involve a lot more than ... click to read full post & comments


Concern over CAO points manipulation by colleges

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsConcern over CAO points manipulation by colleges

As 52,028 students receive a first round offer from the CAO today, and with a rise in points with the number of degree courses requiring 500 points jumping by 25%, concern has been raised about ... click to read full post & comments


CAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsCAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.


There were nearly 80,000 applicants to the CAO in 2015 and today thousands of students will find out whether or not they have been accepted for courses for college. In the CAO Round One offers going out today, 52,028 applicants will receive ... click to read full post & comments


CAO offers for Leaving Cert 2015 - Get all the info here

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/08/2015.
Tags: ParentingCAO offers for Leaving Cert 2015 - Get all the info here


The 2015 Leaving Cert Results have been posted and teens are already thinking about the next step after all the celebrations ( and commiserations!) are over.

The past week we have seen a lot of smiles and tears with results but while the first round CAO offers will be released at 6am on Monday the 17th, there is now time for reflection on the vital next steps.

At Schooldays.ie, we like to congratulate all Leaving Cert students ... click to read full post & comments


Girls outperform boys in Leaving Cert 2015

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersGirls outperform boys in Leaving Cert 2015


The 2015 Leaving Certificate once again sees girls outperform boys in their results, and according to the State Examinations Commission(SEC) there are some major ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Certificate 2015: Students show mixed results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2015.
Tags: Parenting EducationLeaving Certificate 2015: Students show mixed results


Today, some 57,929 students will find out their Leaving Certificate results which means anxious times for both them and their parents.

A press release from the state examinations, who congratulated the students, reveal ... click to read full post & comments


Milltown National School Campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMilltown National School Campaign


The Milltown School Initiative (MSI) was set up in March 2015 by a group of local parents and residents to campaign for the establishment of a new national school in Milltown. The MSI is asking the Department of Education and Skills for a new school to fulfil the needs of the local community of over ... click to read full post & comments


Parents warned about alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/08/2015.
Tags: ParentingParents warned about alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert results


Leaving Certificate results are out this coming Wednesday and among the highs and lows of emotions that Irish teens will be feeling there is also a sobering reminder to parents to talk to their teens about ... click to read full post & comments


Free CAOCalc App helps students calculate LC points easily

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/08/2015.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFree CAOCalc App helps students calculate LC points easily


CareersPortal.ie have developed a FREE CAO PointsCalc App to take the stress out of calculating Leaving Certificate results. 

Students simply input all their results and the App will instantly calculate their top 6 and work out their points.

Students can then access the CAO courses database and check out what last year’s points were for ... click to read full post & comments


Irish language is supported but not actively used, report finds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsIrish language is supported but not actively used, report finds


A new research report addressing the attitudes to, and use of, the Irish language in Ireland was published today by the ERSI.

The report shows that ... click to read full post & comments


New Report proposes subsidised childcare for working parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/07/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Report proposes subsidised childcare for working parents

New childcare report, published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, is proposing major new investment in the childcare sector. The report was prepared by an interdepartmental group and has highlighted options on how to make childcare ... click to read full post & comments


Irish children's self image is worse in smaller classrooms, study finds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/07/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsIrish children's self image is worse in smaller classrooms, study finds

A new report from the ongoing Growing Up In Ireland Study by the Irish Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has revealed ... click to read full post & comments


16 days teacher training for Junior Cert changes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics16 days teacher training for Junior Cert changes

The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, yesterday announced that she has briefed Cabinet colleagues that agreement on all ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Young boy critical after swimming accident in Youghal

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/07/2015. Young boy critical after swimming accident in Youghal


A four year old boy has been left fighting for his life after an incident in a swimming pool in Youghal yesterday afternoon.

It is understood that the boy got into some difficulty while swimming and ... click to read full post & comments


610 additional SNA posts announced for September 2015

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics610  additional SNA posts announced for September 2015

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today welcomed the Cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015 reflecting the government’s commitment to ensure that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Overweight children pay VAT on adult size school uniforms

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/07/2015.
Tags: Parenting School Specific NewsOverweight children pay VAT on adult size school uniforms


Overweight children who wear adult sized uniforms for school do not qualify for VAT relief because of the cut-off in children’s sizes, leaving parents with bigger sized children forced to ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher spotted correcting Leaving Cert Paper on train

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/07/2015.
Tags: Parenting TeachersTeacher spotted correcting Leaving Cert Paper on train


RTE and a number of media outlets are reporting that an investigation has been initiated by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) into a complaint that a teacher was seen correcting a leaving certificate paper on a busy DART train.

It is believed that the teacher was marking a ... click to read full post & comments


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 ... click to read full post & comments


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 ... click to read full post & comments


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 ... click to read full post & comments(6)


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 ... click to read full post & comments


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