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Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 31/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPlans for new junior cycle to go ahead


Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that plans to introduce the revised Junior Cert Syllabus for English will go ahead this September.

Despite threatened industrial action from the Teachers Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland, changes ... click to read full post & comments


New App to discourage kids and teens from sexting

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 25/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingNew App to discourage kids and teens from sexting


A group of Dublin web developers have created a new app called ‘Selfiecop’ which helps to deter and detect unsafe behaviour in kids and teens, particularly 'sexting'.

According to the Selfiecop website, ‘Sexting’ is defined as ‘the creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually suggestive pictures or videos between children and teens by ... click to read full post & comments


Funding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 24/07/2014.
Tags: Parenting Family And LeisureFunding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds


Newly appointed Minister for Children, James Reilly has announced that all children’s playgrounds and recreational areas will have to be smoke free zones in future if they are to receive government funding.

The Minister recently sanctioned capital grants of approximately €15,000 from a fund of €250,000 set aside for upgrading and building new children’s playgrounds and recreational projects.
Among the projects benefiting from recent funding include development of six urban, suburban and public housing play areas in ... click to read full post & comments


Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStill No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15


According to The Journal last night, there are still no Educational Welfare Officers (EWO) for Dublin 3, 7 and 15.

EWO’s are responsible for ensuring children between 6 and 16 years old are attending school. Over a decade ago, the National Educational Welfare Board was set up under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. Tulsa, The Child and Family Agency are responsible for these officers, as their website states:
“Our job is to support families and make sure that every child receives an education. Almost all children do this through school.”

If a child misses too much school, the school will ... click to read full post & comments


Bus Eireann school tickets website fiasco

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingBus Eireann school tickets website fiasco

According to the Irish Examiner at the weekend, reports are coming in that online purchases from Bus Eireann website is causing major issues for parents trying to buy school bus tickets for their children.

Bus Eireann, which provides bus places for more than ... click to read full post & comments


Asthma inhalers might stunt children's growth

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/07/2014.
Tags: Parenting Family And LeisureAsthma inhalers might stunt children's growth


Children who use asthma inhalers are on average one inch shorter than their peers.

With Ireland one of the highest incidences of asthmas in the world, with more than 300,000 using inhalers, a new report has confirmed previous fears that asthma can stunt children’s growth.

Reported in worldwide media today, Brazilian scientists and researchers concluded after reviewing trial data on over 9000 children under 18yrs that ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher jailed for sex with teenager

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingTeacher jailed for sex with teenager


A twenty-something trainee teacher has been given a two year sentence in court yesterday for having sex with 14 year old girl he met on Facebook.

The teacher, who cannot be named, met a 14 year old girl online and became friends. Soon after, it is reported, that he sent the girl a lewd photograph then they arranged to meet on two occasions between February and April, 2012.

The Donegal assistant-teacher and the girl first met when she was very drunk but he was ... click to read full post & comments


Price war starts on school uniforms

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingPrice war starts on school uniforms

Big chain supermarkets begin price war on countdown to back to school.

According to Irish Independent today, a race to the bottom price war has begun on school uniforms. In an effort to bring down costs for parents, the Department of Education has allowed non-crested and generic uniforms to be allowed in schools, prompting supermarkets to compete for lower prices.

Last December, the Department issued a circular letter to all school authorities instructing them to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTraining of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

One in ten teachers have not yet completed the required training course for the new Junior English cycle curriculum due to commence in September.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told the Dail “up to 4,814 English teachers attended continuing professional development during 2013 and 2014,” referring to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 15/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands

Doctors in the UK are urging parents to be vigilant as loom bands are found to pose potential dangers to the kids who wear and make them.

Loom bands are the newest craze amongst young kids, and are made by looping small rubber bands together to form a bracelet.

Popular amongst celebrities, including One Direction band member Harry Styles, GPs have begun to raise concerns over the bands with some UK schools ... click to read full post & comments


55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Posted by Schooldays NewsHound on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Research carried out by Bank of Ireland Life and online parent resource Schooldays.ie has found that 99% of parents want their children to progress to third level education but 55% of parents have yet to start saving for it. Parents are funding third level education in different ways with 43% using savings, 23% availing of education grants, 19% using day to day money and 15% taking out a loan to send their child to university. Of those that have started to save, 42% are only saving between €20 and €50 per month.

The research looked at the cost of education to parents over the course of primary, secondary and third level education with over 1,400 parents from across the country taking part in the online survey. The number of parents who have experienced financial challenges in putting their children through school has dropped 7% from last year’s research, with 58% in 2014 experiencing financial challenges compared to 65% in 2013.
The research also highlighted that almost 50% of third level students don’t receive ... click to read full post & comments


Drop out rates among college students reach high levels

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDrop out rates among college students reach high levels

According to The Irish Independant, recent report findings have led the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to question whether students are adequately prepared for the adjustment from second to third level education.

The report, based on a study of students who made the transition into third level during the year 2010/2011, found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Education Minister announced

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Education Minister announced

Government has just announced in today’s cabinet reshuffle that Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan will replace retiring Ruairi Quinn as Minister for Education.

After a few days delay, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tanaiste Joan Burton will finally reveal the official new ... click to read full post & comments


Rights of au pairs to be recognised

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 10/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingRights of au pairs to be recognised

With little employment rights or regulations surrounding the service provided by au pairs, today the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, announced the Irish government’s decision to ratify new legislation that will help protect the worker rights of domestic workers.

Au pairs in Ireland are often seen as a cheap way for parents to ... click to read full post & comments


Irish have highest childcare fees in Europe

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/07/2014.
Tags: ParentingIrish have highest childcare fees in Europe

It might come as no surprise that a new report done by Euro Stat has revealed Ireland has one of the highest costs in early child care education in Europe. Early child care education (ECCE) is education for children of preschool age. In Ireland, the ECCE scheme here allows ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsUnion calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

With the cost of accommodation to rise this September for university on-campus students, the Union of Students Ireland ( USI) is asking that the Leaving Certificate results be made available before August 13th to give students extra time to find accommodation.

Student Union president, Laura Harmon says that by bringing ... click to read full post & comments


Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Labour TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has announced his resignation from as Education Minister today. The 68 year old Labour TD for Dublin South-East has said he will resign his posts before the Labour Party reshuffle next week. His resignation comes as speculation was mounting within the party as potential new ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/06/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

A funding crisis in Dublin primary schools means dozens maybe be forced to close because of cuts in financial schemes for schools. Director of education secretariat at the Archdiocese of Dublin told the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, that many Dublin schools were running out of money and could be forced to close in two years.

Reported in The Irish Times today, the committee was also told that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to block school league tables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to block school league tables


The Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, has secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile secondary school league tables.

The Minister has defended his decision on the basis that such league tables do not give the ... click to read full post & comments


Pornography no longer biggest worry for parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingPornography no longer biggest worry for parents

Recent research by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland surveyed over 1000 people on what their biggest concerns with their child’s safety online.

In similar survey done in 2001, adult pornography ranked as their biggest concern, however childrens access to adult pornography has no been overshadowed by parents fear of their children's ‘exposure to ... click to read full post & comments


Sunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingSunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s

A ban on the use of sunbeds by kids and teenagers under 18 years old will come into force next month. Health Minister James Rielly confirmed that it will be against the law ‘to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone under 18 years of age and the new law forces sunbed operators to make clear all the dangers of sunbed use.’

The Minister hopes to highlight the dangers of skin cancer relating to exposure from sunlight or tanning radiation. He is appealing to those attending their Debs this year to ... click to read full post & comments


Toymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingToymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill


TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy and media personality Brendan O’Connor joined forces with independent toy retailer, Toymaster this week to support its ‘Toby for Charity’ fundraising campaign in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

People are being asked to visit their nearest participating Toymaster store to purchase a ‘Toby’ mascot puppy to raise ... click to read full post & comments


Irish couple's calpol hell in Portugal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingIrish couple's calpol hell in Portugal


According to the Irish Indepedent today, a couple from Northern Ireland had their young daughter seized by police in Portugal because they gave her Calpol.

According to the story, they gave their 18 month old daughter calpol as she was teething. The hotel reported her to the police and a very upsetting ordeal followed with ... click to read full post & comments


Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Posted by SchooldaysNewshound on 24/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersOver 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has today announced that over 500 Irish primary schools will receive the esteemed Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence.

The DPSM Awards, which are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, are run through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme. Of the 517 recipients, 16 schools received their 10th Award of Science and Maths Excellence, and will be presented with a prize from Abbott Ireland.

The DPSM Award requires primary schools to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 23/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents want daily half hour of exercise in schools


Two reports that came out recently highlighting childhood obesity and public opinion are asking government to use their power to curb the soaring childhood obesity levels in Ireland. The Safefoods report asked parents what they think should be done at a government level believing that, ‘child-focused policies, informational measures, subsidies for healthy foods and co-operation between government and the food industry,’ are needed to address this issue.

Today’s Irish Independent also reported that parent’s surveyed ‘believe the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Mother discovers teacher hiding under teen's bed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 20/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingMother discovers teacher hiding under teen's bed


According to the Irish Independent, a mother discovered her 16 year old daughter was having sex with a teacher from her school when she found the teacher hiding under the teenager's bed.

The maths teacher, a married man aged 36 years, was discovered by ... click to read full post & comments


School support system to be reformed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSchool support system to be reformed


The current special needs school support system faces reform as Minister for Education and Skills Ruarí Quinn publishes new report drawn up by a working group of The National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

Under the current system, better-off parents who can afford to pay for a private diagnosis of their child’s disability are at an advantage, as they are able to access teaching resources denied to worse off parents with the same needs. Reforms aim to remove the need for ... click to read full post & comments


Parents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

“Parents will get lessons on the new-style Junior Cert as their children prepare for major changes in the way they are taught and assessed.” says Katherine Donnelly writing for The Irish Independant.

With approximately 60,000 students entering into post primary education this September, education chiefs have arranged a number of meetings for parents in the hope that they will learn about what is involved in ... click to read full post & comments


Education Passports to be introduced this September

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEducation Passports to be introduced this September

Education and Skills Minister Ruairí Quinn spoke to the National Parents Council on Saturday 14th June, regarding important changes to educational legislation in Ireland. Minister Quinn spoke of the importance of the council, praising them as “an invaluable advocate for parents and guardians of young people.”

The minister spoke to the council regarding the new Education Passport - to be introduced ... click to read full post & comments


Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsClasses on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

“A confidential report is to recommend to the cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a ‘core element’ in primary and secondary school curriculums” says Adrian Weckler, writing for the Irish Independant.

The report, written by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, states that teachers must ... click to read full post & comments


Plans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPlans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Plans to create a hybrid course allowing teachers to take part in both primary and secondary teaching are currently underway. Writing for The Irish Times, Joe Humphreys states that the proposal is contained in plans by TCD, UCD, Marino Institute of Education and The National College of Art and Design, who hope to merge ... click to read full post & comments


Internet forcing parents to have sex talk with kids

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 04/06/2014.
Tags: ParentingInternet forcing parents to have sex talk with kids


Unsurprisingly, porn and sex is the least favorite subject to talk about with your kids according to a new survey undertaken by AVG Technologies, who surveyed over 8000 adults and children aged 5-10 in Europe and America. The research also revealed that parents feel that the internet has ‘encouraged the conversation on adult themes with children at an increasingly early age’ and that most parents plan to have a ‘facts of life chat with their kids by the time they are ten years old.

Because of childrens access to internet, children seeing inappropriate content online is ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsLeaving Cert sat in advance by experts


As the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Examinations get underway today, it’s reported that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) have taken extra precautions to try and avoid the embarrassing mistakes that were found on papers in previous years.

The SEC has brought in independent subject experts to sit ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI advice to Exam Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 03/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersASTI advice to Exam Students


ASTI President Sally Maguire gave some words of advice to the country’s Leaving and Junior Cert exam students today.
 
“Remember to keep things in perspective. You are sitting exams, and that is all they are; they do not define your value as a person. We are all unique and each person’s best effort on a given day looks different from everyone else’s efforts. Try not to compare and try not to over analyse any exam. Focus on the next exam, rather than the one you have just completed”.
 

The ASTI President said a balanced routine can boost exam performance: “You will benefit from looking ... click to read full post & comments


Cheaper Leap Fares for Teenagers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/05/2014.
Tags: ParentingCheaper Leap Fares for Teenagers


New Leap fares in August for new school year to include:

* Cheaper public transport for 16, 17 and 18 year olds from August
* Simplified fare structure for children and teens – Child Leap Card Fares to apply from ages 4 to 18 inclusive.
* Free public transport for children up to fourth birthday

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Commuter & Public Transport Alan Kelly have announced a simplified package of fares for schoolchildren and teens using public transport for the new school year.

The new fares package followed discussions between Minister Varadkar, parents and students. It was designed by the National Transport Authority, and will result in lower fares for ... click to read full post & comments


Should TY be retained - see what the students think

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting Secondary School NewsShould TY be retained - see what the students think


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has welcomed the publication of a new report on Transition Year (TY) compiled by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU).  The ISSU undertook this quantitative and qualitative study “Transition year: exploring the student experience” at the request of the Minister. 

The study shows 89% of those surveyed took part in Transition Year in their school and the same percentage were happy that they did so.  The overall consensus of students and TY co-ordinators is that the year should ... click to read full post & comments


Students may give evidence at teacher hearings

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/05/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingStudents may give evidence at teacher hearings


The Teaching Council, which was established in 2006, is responsible for ensuring high professional standards within the teaching profession. One of it’s key roles will be to investigate complaints made against registered teachers and applying sanctions where appropriate – currently such complaints are dealt with at school level.

While the Council’s investigative and disciplinary functions are not yet in effect it is expected that the Minister will enact legislation this summer to provide for 'Fitness to Teach' investigations. Such investigations would be viewed as a last resort and would only be initiated after all school disciplinary processes have been exhausted.

When the new laws have been enacted, any individual may ... click to read full post & comments


Tesco to remove sweets at checkouts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Family And LeisureTesco to remove sweets at checkouts


Tesco are pulling sweets from checkout counters this year according to Tesco Ireland's head, Phil J Clarke.

Following from supermarket chain Lidl, who have also announced banning confectionary from the checkout earlier this year, Tesco Ireland and UK are following suit. Leading health commentators and food safety watchdogs have ... click to read full post & comments


End of year school prank results in 50 students suspended

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsEnd of year school prank results in 50 students suspended


The Irish Independent reports today that 50 leaving certificate students were suspended from Kilkenny College because of an end-of-term prank.

The students reportedly ... click to read full post & comments


Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingIs honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching


Last month, during the INTO Conference, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn sparked debate by suggesting that primary school teachers should have achieved a minimum of a pass grade in Higher Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate.

Quinn said that there was evidence that “young women who do the Junior Certificate and take Higher Level Mathematics comfortably in the Junior Certificate exam, ... click to read full post & comments


Another Private School Scraps Fees

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAnother Private School Scraps Fees

The Board of Governors of St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School has announced (16.04.14),that it will enter the Free Education Scheme in September 2014.

According the Principal, Sylvia Hick, moving into the Free Education Scheme will enable the Grammar School to maintain its high standard of education, while retaining its curriculum and current teaching staff. The school ’s entry to the scheme will offer a choice to those seeking a school with ... click to read full post & comments


Bouncy Castle blown away with kids inside

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/05/2014.
Tags: ParentingBouncy Castle blown away with kids inside


In a freak accident in the US, parents looked on in horror as a huge gust of wind blew an inflatable bouncy castle with three kids inside 50 feet into the air. Two young boys, aged five and six, were seriously injured when they dropped out of the castle from a height of about 50 metres. The third child, a ten year old girl was lucky to escape with minor injuries as she fell out while it was near the ground.

One parent was quoted as saying “ it was like a horror movie. It just kept ... click to read full post & comments


Teenagers to get longer lie-in before school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsTeenagers to get longer lie-in before school


In an interesting experiment in the UK, sixth years students in the Hampton Court House School are to have the school hours changed to cater for teenage sleeping patterns. From September next, they will start their day at 1.30pm and finish at 7pm.

The Principal has said that the idea is based on research which indicates that teenagers have a biological predisposition to go to bed later and get up later. By changing their attendance hours, the Principal believes that they can get the students in to an ... click to read full post & comments


Safety Alert for Schools following pupil injury

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/05/2014.
Tags: Teachers ParentingSafety Alert for Schools following pupil injury

According to the Irish Independent today, the State Claims Agency, which handles personal injury and third-party property damage risks and claims for the 92 community and comprehensive schools, has issued a safety alert to schools.

The advisory notice was sent to schools by the agency after carrying out an investigation of an incident, which happened in a comprehensive secondary school in Munster. The incident concerned a teenage student who was involved in an accident while ... click to read full post & comments



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