Schooldays.ie - Ireland's Online Resource for Parents & Teachers

Ireland's Online Resource For Parents & Teachers in Irish Education

username: password: Log in | Register | Forgot Password?

Education News in Ireland

400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., is announcing that all primary schools who currently operate a school book rental scheme will be able to benefit from the €15 million School Book Rental Scheme Fund which he secured as part of Budget 2014. 

Last October, the Minister announced that the €15 million fund would be targeted specifically at primary schools who did not currently operate a book rental scheme.  The Department of Education has received applications from approximately 400 such schools to date.

531 schools who previously indicated that they did not have book loan schemes were invited to apply for the funding.  Of these, three quarters of these schools have now applied. 
DEIS schools will receive €150 per child and non-DEIS schools will receive €100 per child in seed capital funding over the next two years to establish book rental schemes.  This will cost approximately €6.7 million and is expected to benefit more than 63,000 pupils and their families. 

Minister Quinn has now decided that the balance of the fund, ... click to read full post & comments


Young Driver safety initiative for schools launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/04/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersYoung Driver safety initiative for schools launched

eFlow, one of Ireland’s tolling providers, and Bressie, judge on RTÉs The Voice of Ireland, yesterday launched the ‘eFlow Young Driver Safety Week’, a national initiative to promote safe driving among young adults in Ireland.

eFlow is encouraging senior cycle students from secondary schools around the country to host an event to encourage safe and responsible driving practices among their peers and community during the eFlow Young Driver Safety Week, beginning 12 May 2014.

As part of the initiative, the company also announced details of a competition whereby students are asked to create a mock TV advert to promote safe driving practices.
The winning team will be awarded a ... click to read full post & comments


World Autism Day 2014

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/04/2014.
Tags: ParentingWorld Autism Day 2014

New evidence from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention indicates one in 68 children, including one in 42 boys, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder

On World Autism Awareness Day, Wednesday, 2 April 2014, the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research (ICAN) at NUI Galway is inviting the public to engage in planning the future direction of the provision of services for those with autism in Ireland. 

ICAN, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and US advocacy group, Autism Speaks, is working to develop an ... click to read full post & comments


Schools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSchools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April

As part of the governments “Action plan on Bullying” which was announced last year, all 4,000 primary schools and post primary schools must have their anti-bullying policy in place by 11th April next.

Schools were provided with a template by the Department of Education. However the template can ... click to read full post & comments


Silence on the sidelines - Quiet pushy parents!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/03/2014.
Tags: ParentingSilence on the sidelines - Quiet pushy parents!

This weekend, soccer clubs across the country will take part in the first ‘Silent Sideline Weekend’. The initiative has been organised by a group of concerned parents who were exasperated by the behaviour of some parent spectators on the sidelines who continuously shout at and sometimes verbally abuse the kids during matches.

During ’Silent Sideline Weekend’ applause is still allowed, however ... click to read full post & comments


Cork Hospital treats children for e-cigarette poisoning

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/03/2014.
Tags: ParentingCork Hospital treats children for e-cigarette poisoning


The Irish Examiner reports today that a number of children have been treated at a Cork hospital this week for poisoning connected to e-cigarettes. Dr Chris Luke, a consultant at the Mercy University Hospital emergency department advised that two children were treated at the hospital having been poisoned by liquid nicotine. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, Dr Luke compared e-cigarettes to methadone and said the contents of many e-cigarettes can be ... click to read full post & comments


Second-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Secondary School NewsSecond-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes

Second-level teachers have overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to abolish the Junior Certificate State Exam. In separate ballots, members of the ASTI and members of the TUI voted by 88% to 12% in favour of industrial action. The two unions represent approximately 27,000 second-level teachers.

Commenting on the ballot results ASTI General Secretary Pat King said: “Teachers have always been willing to modernise the Junior Certificate and Junior Cycle education. However, they are not prepared to ... click to read full post & comments


'Unschooling' Conference to be held in Ireland

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/03/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics'Unschooling' Conference to be held in Ireland

A conference on ‘Unschooling’ is to be held in Ireland this Saturday, 27th March in NUI Galway.

‘Unschooling’ is a specific kind of education. It differs from the more commonly known ‘home schooling’ in that there is no set curriculum and no set periods of learning. The philosophy behind it is that Unschoolers learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity.

Following a set curriculum is not a legal requirement for home education in Ireland. Once you have registered as a home schooler with the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB), you are free to ... click to read full post & comments


Central Bank want parents to make school payments by bank transfer

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCentral Bank want parents to make school payments by bank transfer

The Central Bank has asked the Department of Education to encourage all schools to offer parents the choice to make payments by electronic means by 2016. These payments would include voluntary contributions and payments for school trips and rental schemes.

The Central Bank's 'Payments in Irish Schools' Report says that 9 out of 10 parents currently pay these using cash or cheques, with the majority being cash. The Report by the Central Bank explores how payments are made to and from schools and is based on ... click to read full post & comments


386 School Improvement Projects announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers386 School Improvement Projects announced

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced that 386 schools across every county in Ireland will be able to undertake school improvements this summer.
Almost €36 million is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills under the first round of funding for the Summer Works Scheme 2014. Use the following link to view the list of 386 school projects approved .

The successful schools will receive money to ... click to read full post & comments


Take-Aways near schools may be banned

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/03/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTake-Aways near schools may be banned

According to the Irish Independent today, the Government is considering an exclusion zone for new fast-food restaurants around schools, playgrounds and youth sports facilities. The planned 'no fry zone' of 1.5km won’t affect existing fast-food outlets unless they have to re-apply for planning.

In a bid to fight the growing obesity problems among children, a coalition of health groups, including medical experts and public health officials, is behind a push to stop fatty food being sold within a 15-minute walk of schools. The exclusion plan is currently part of a ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016

If you’re looking for an extended break over Easter with the kids, without them missing any school, Easter 2016 is the year to do it!

As Easter falls very early in 2016, this means that only one school day – Friday March 18 – separates St Patrick's Day and the start of the Easter school holidays. As a result, the relevant authorities and negotiating groups have been decided that schools will receive an extra day off on Friday 18th March (though it will have to be made up during the year.) As a result, schools will finish on ... click to read full post & comments


Announcement of new multi-denominational schools to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/03/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAnnouncement of new multi-denominational schools to open


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced that four primary schools are expected to open this September under the patronage of Educate Together.  This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows surveys of parents on patronage choice in some 43 towns.

New schools are intended to open in Tramore, Co. Waterford, Trim, Co. Meath, and Malahide, Co. Dublin in September 2014.  In Ballina, Co Mayo, Minister Quinn has confirmed that the transfer of a Church of Ireland school ... click to read full post & comments


Lunchtime protests today by secondary teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLunchtime protests today by secondary teachers

Teachers unions are staging a lunchtime protest today outside schools to demonstrate against the Minister for Education’s proposed changes to the Junior Certificate. The protest will take the form of a short rally, with similar demonstrations outside second-level schools across the State during school lunchtime breaks. The unions have said that regular school business will ... click to read full post & comments


Loreto Abbey to be converted back into secondary school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingLoreto Abbey to be converted back into secondary school

Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, which occupies an imposing 291-year-old Georgian building sitting on a 4.5 acre plot in the south Dublin suburb, was sold to the Department of Education by NAMA this week for a reported €2.3 million. It is reported that the Department of Education plans to convert the Abbey back into a secondary school.

It is expected that a new ... click to read full post & comments


Childminders reminded of their tax obligations by Revenue

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/03/2014.
Tags: ParentingChildminders reminded of their tax obligations by Revenue

On Thursday last, Revenue issued an e-brief which reiterated to childminders that they must declare their income even if earnings are below the tax threshold or they are entitled to an exemption. Childminders who earn less than €15,000 a year are exempt from paying tax - but it's understood they will now be obliged to fill in a 26 page tax return form for the first time.

According to Christine Keily, senior tax consultant with www.taxback.com: who is quoted in the Irish Examiner “in order for the relief to apply, the childminder is required to ... click to read full post & comments


RSA award school kids for their contribution to road safety

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2014.
Tags: ParentingRSA award school kids for their contribution to road safety

The Road Safety Authority celebrated 10 years of ‘Buckle Up’ and ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ at the Annual ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi Glo Silver’ Awards in Dublin Castle yesterday.
These special awards were given to over 200 schoolchildren from 10 primary schools around Ireland in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made to keeping Ireland’s roads safe.
The competition is now in its tenth year and encourages children to ... click to read full post & comments


Cork Survey shows school kids increasingly unhealthy and overweight

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/03/2014.
Tags: ParentingCork Survey shows school kids increasingly unhealthy and overweight

According to the Irish Examiner this morning, a major survey of more than one thousand 3rd and 4th class pupils in 27 schools from Cork City and Mitchelstown indicates that a quarter of the children are either overweight or obese. The data is from the Cork Children’s Lifestyle Study, carried out by a research team in University College Cork, and is likely to raise concerns over the health of a generation of younger people

The Examiner reports that findings of the survey include ... click to read full post & comments


Record numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRecord numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014

According to the Irish Independent, a record number of Leaving Certificate students are planning to sit higher-level maths in the June exams.

Following the introduction of 25 CAO bonus points for achieving a minimum D3 grade, entries for the "honours" paper have risen for the third year in a row with 17,181 students indicating their intention to take higher level this year. This figure is up ... click to read full post & comments


2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched

This week, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) launched its annual Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign to continue to raise awareness of the issue of bullying and to highlight the positive work that has been undertaken with schools around the country. At the launch a building wrap featuring Brian O'Driscoll was unveiled on the iconic Liberty Hall with Brian holding the ISPCC Blue Shield to represent the fact that he is standing up against bullying.

The list of those celebrities who give their support to raise awareness includes Brian O’Driscoll, ... click to read full post & comments


Free interactive online Maths resource launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFree interactive online Maths resource launched

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, yesterday launched a free, interactive online maths resource for students and teachers in Ireland, which includes an option for live one-to-one tutorials.

The lessons have been developed by Galway-based Alison a global company that offers free online learning, in partnership with tutoring company Maths Doctor from Macmillan Science & Education. The lessons, are delivered by experienced maths tutors, and are aligned with ... click to read full post & comments


Calling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/02/2014.
Tags: TeachersCalling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring!

Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme is calling on primary schools nationwide to help them track the arrival of Spring by getting involved in Greenwave 2014. This citizen science project, which sees students log their sightings of six Greenwave species by uploading images to the greenwave.ie website, is one of the five criteria necessary to achieve a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence.
 
Between the months of February and May, students are asked to capture their sightings of ... click to read full post & comments


€750 awarded to school boy over religious bias

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting€750 awarded to school boy over religious bias

According to the Independent today, the board of a Gaelscoil has been ordered to pay a protestant schoolboy an award of €750 after his Principal referred to the boy’s parents as part of the “rebel crowd”.

The Principal also punished the boy for not participating in First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. He allegedly instructed the boy to stand against a classroom wall as punishment for not attending a First Communion ceremony with his schoolmates at a local Roman Catholic church, despite being a member of the Church of Ireland. He was also excluded from a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/02/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action


Twenty-seven thousand second-level teachers will be balloted on non-cooperation with new Junior Cycle proposals this March.
 
The second-level teacher unions the ASTI and the TUI are objecting to aspects of Junior Cycle proposals announced by the Minister for Education and Skills which pose serious threats to education standards and to the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


40pc of children 9-16 in Ireland have smartphones

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting40pc of children 9-16 in Ireland have smartphones

According to the Net Children Go Mobile report, 35pc of Irish children and teens with smartphones use their devices to go online every day, while 27pc own a tablet computer and also use it to access the internet on a daily basis. The report found that more than 60pc of teenagers in Ireland own a smartphone with some 40pc of children aged 9-16 having a smartphone.

The report shows that smartphone and tablet users engage more in communication and entertainment activities and they also have a higher level of ... click to read full post & comments


Campaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCampaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools

The Sunday Times has today (9/2/14) announced that it is launching a campaign to have unhealthy foods banned from vending machines and tuck shops in secondary schools in Ireland. According to the paper, the aim of their campaign is to encourage principals to “junk the junk and replace fatty, sugary and salty products with fresh and nutritious alternatives."

The Sunday Times refers to a survey carried out by the Department of Education which says that of 325 secondary schools surveyed, 30% sell fizzy drinks and confectionery through vending machines or tuck shops. One of the main reasons that secondary schools are reluctant to remove vending machines is that they cannot do without the ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Irish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space

A group of four secondary school students from Limerick are set to be the first Irish teenagers to launch their science experiment to be conducted in space. The lucky transition year students from St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick were announced as winners of ‘The Only Way is Up’ competition run by The Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) at the University of Limerick, through its partnership with NanoRacks LLC.  The competition, which is the first of it’s kind in Ireland, gave students across the country the ... click to read full post & comments


Over 90% of students complete Leaving Cert

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/02/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOver 90% of students complete Leaving Cert

Over 90% of students stay in school to complete their Leaving Certificate, according to a new report published by the Department of Education and Skills (DES). This is the second year that retention rates have reached 90% and refers to the cohort of students who sat their Leaving Certificate exams in either 2012 or 2013.  The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., is publishing the “Report on Retention Rates of Pupils in Second Level Schools” today.

The report, published on the Department's website, presents the retention rates of pupils who entered the first year of the junior cycle in 2007.  It shows that the retention rates for these students are almost ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 31/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools

Minister Quinn officially launched Guidelines on Managing Safety and Health in Primary Schools in the Kilkenny Education Centre yesterday. 4000 copies of the guidelines have been distributed to all primary schools.

The Guidelines were developed by Kilkenny Education Centre, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Department of Education and Skills in response to a strong demand from primary schools for guidance and clarification to enable them to better manage the existing legal obligations and responsibilities.

“These Guidelines (which can be viewed here) provide a fantastic toolkit for primary schools. They set out a ... click to read full post & comments


A New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsA New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics!

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has confirmed that ‘Politics and Society’ is to become available as a subject option for the Leaving Certificate. A date has not yet been finalised for it’s introduction but the Minister has informed the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) that he wants it to proceed.

The new subject will build on student learning at junior cycle level through Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) and has been under discussion since 2006 with a syllabus being prepared in 2011. A copy of the Consultation Document and the draft syllabus ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Priests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersPriests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools

Ruairí Quinn, T.D. Minister for Education and Skills addressed the 2014 IPPN Conference last Friday. The Minister's speech (view full speech here) covered a broad range of issues including Book Rental Schemes and Quality & Accountability. However it was the Minister’s remarks, in a response to complaints from principals who say they have difficulties covering an "overloaded curriculum", that has received most media coverage.

The recently introduced literacy and numeracy strategy requires schools to allocate 30 minutes a week to developing these skills in pupils. When asked at the Conference how teachers could find the time to deliver the programme, the Minister responded that ... click to read full post & comments


Up to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersUp to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has urged schools to complete contracts aimed at significantly reducing their energy costs as soon as possible.

Some 1,700 schools across the country have been included in this new drive to cut electricity costs by between 10-15% per school. The savings that can be made are estimated to be in the region of €1 million overall.
Schools who are involved in the centralised electricity procurement competition are eligible for the savings. This initiative is being run by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) in cooperation with the Department of Education and Skills and school management bodies.

In order for schools to make the savings they need to ... click to read full post & comments


Heads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersHeads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced the publication of the Heads of a Bill which will allow for the future establishment of Technological Universities and the mergers of Institutes of Technology.

The Bill provides the legislative underpinning for Institutes of Technology who have established partnerships and wish to merge, with ... click to read full post & comments


Fears grow that drugs feud may close Dublin school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/01/2014.
Tags: ParentingFears grow that drugs feud may close Dublin school

The Irish Times and the Independent have reported in recent days on a south Dublin boys’ secondary school experiencing serious difficulties due to a drugs feud that has led to Gardai being called to the yard to protect students.

The Independent reports that the feud involves several families and is alleged to be about a drugs turf war, with different groups claiming territory. It is reported that some families fear their children may be caught up in the crossfire and parents are ... click to read full post & comments


Another €6000-a-year school to go into the 'free' scheme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/01/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAnother €6000-a-year school to go into the 'free' scheme

Gormanstown College in Co. Meath has announced that from September 2014 it is going into the free education scheme.

Gormanstown is a co-educational school with day and boarding students. Days fees are currently €6000 per year with boarders paying between €8000 and €10,000 depending on whether they are resident for five or seven days. However enrolments in the school have fallen over the last five years from ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/01/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes

According to a Press Release issued this evening by the ASTI, Teachers unions are to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes. The statement goes on to say that it's union representatives are "gravely disappointed after attending a working group on proposed Junior Cycle changes with the other education partners and Department of Education and Skills officials today. "

According to the statement, the ASTI and the TUI believe that today’s meeting did not involve genuine engagement on the issues of most concern to second-level teachers. The executive bodies of the TUI and ASTI will meet to decide on balloting members on ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsJunior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced that the new name for the reformed Junior Certificate will be the JCSA or Junior Cycle Student Award.

Minister Quinn said, “The overhaul of junior cycle is long over-due and much needed. The new JCSA will put students, rather than exams, at the centre of the three year cycle.
Minister Quinn continued, “Most parents and teachers that I meet are supportive of the need to overhaul junior cycle – for the good of students. However, I do acknowledge that ... click to read full post & comments


Not all Pupils receiving 28 hours a week teaching hours

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/01/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNot all Pupils receiving 28 hours a week teaching hours

According to a report in the Irish Independent today, the education cutbacks have resulted in some schools struggling to deliver the minimum 28 hours a week of classroom teaching. The problem has come to light in a number of Whole School Evaluation (WSE) reports which are published by the Departments Inspectors.

Examples highlighted are the WSE report on the 425-pupil Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan where the inspectors reported that pupils were being left ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersMinister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today revealed plans to ensure that every primary school in the country has a book rental scheme in operation. These plans are aimed at reducing school expenses for parents and form part of Minister Quinn’s wider agenda to tackle high costs associated with school. As part of Budget 2014, Minister Quinn announced that he had secured €15 million to support the establishment of book rental schemes in primary schools which do not currently operate them.  This money is to be used as seed capital to allow primary schools to set up such book loan schemes. 

The Department of Education and Skills asked all primary schools ... click to read full post & comments


High Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersHigh Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. announced yesterday that every second level school in Ireland will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year.

The Ministers made this statement as they launched the final stage of the national roll-out of the 100Mbp/s broadband connectivity to all ... click to read full post & comments


Underperforming Teachers to face new sanctions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersUnderperforming Teachers to face new sanctions

Amendments to legislation will see new sanctions available to the Teaching Council

The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., is moving to significantly increase the powers available to the Teaching Council, the regulatory body for teachers. 
Under amended legislation, which is due to go to the Oireachtas, the Teaching Council will have a range of new sanctions at its disposal to deal with poor and under-performing teachers.  Up until now, a teacher had to be ... click to read full post & comments


Majority of parents help kids with homework

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/01/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMajority of parents help kids with homework

According to the Central Statistics Office, who released it’s Quarterly National Household survey this week, the majority of parents at primary level help their children with homework. The survey reveals that 4% of primary children and 28 % of post-primary children do the homework themselves without help. With over 526,000 primary school children in the country, these figures suggest that more than ... click to read full post & comments


Research shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersResearch shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) has released a new report on the evaluation of the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme in primary schools. The ERC has been carrying out an evaluation of DEIS in its most intensive form (i.e., the School Support Programme or SSP) since it was introduced by the Department of Education and Skills in 2007 as a response to addressing the needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The recent findings indicate that reading and mathematics levels have continued to improve significantly in participating schools since the programme began

The main findings are ... click to read full post & comments


Denominational education may be protected says Ombudsman

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDenominational education may be protected says Ombudsman

The Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, has published her submission to the Department of Education on draft legislation on school admissions. Minister Quinn had published the general scheme of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill in September, to provide a new regulatory framework for school enrolment procedures and to provide a new appeals mechanism.

In her submission published yesterday, Ms Logan is recommending that denominational schools should no longer have the right to ... click to read full post & comments