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TUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingTUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools


TUI Statement 5th February 2016 re proposed Strike Action

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced that its members at second level and in the further and adult education sectors will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, 24th February, unless meaningful progress is made with the Department of Education and Skills. A meeting is set to take place between ... click to read full post & comments


ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2016.
Tags: ParentingISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership


 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. 

The Partnership will; ... click to read full post & comments


Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/02/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsTwenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Twenty youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland have today been announced as the finalists of the 2016 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of ... click to read full post & comments


Agri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingAgri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, last week launched its annual Incredible Edibles initiative – which teaches primary level students how to grow fruit and vegetables, educates them about food origin and the health benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
 
Children are on average eating less than ... click to read full post & comments


Barbie Doll gets a Body Positive Makeover

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingBarbie Doll gets a Body Positive Makeover


The ever popular Barbie doll is getting a makeover to reflect a more 'true to form' body image for young children.

Mattel, the makers of the toy since 1959, have announced that the doll will now be available in three new body types.

Along with the original Barbie, whose body measurements are impossible in reality, the dolls will now also come in ... click to read full post & comments


Guidelines for supporting transgender students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teachers ParentingGuidelines for supporting transgender students


Schools are set to receive practical guidelines on how to support students who identify as being transgender.

The pack, named "Being LGBT in School", has been developed from LGBT support resources supplied by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Transgender Equality Network (TENI), school management bodies, teacher unions and Tusla.

The guidelines, which were launched by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan, address issues which may arise with students transitioning gender, such as ... click to read full post & comments


Minister's address at IPPN Annual Conference

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister's address at IPPN Annual Conference


The following contains some of the more major points made by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan's address to the IPPN Conference yesterday evening:

Investment in education
"Since my appointment as Minister, I have fought for additional investment in education.
I passionately believe in education as a liberating, progressive force in society.
And I believe that everyone should have equal ... click to read full post & comments


School Leaving Age Set to be raised from 16

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/01/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Leaving Age Set to be raised from 16


The National Skills Strategy 2025 was officially launched by the government yesterday which outlined plans to increase the school leaving age from 16 in order to further develop skills and education over the next ten years.

A part of the strategy hopes to promote ... click to read full post & comments


The 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingThe 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS


The Sunday Well Boy's National School in Cork have recreated the 1916 Rising....with a twist.

"Lego 1916 The Movie", a four minute stop-frame animation, took teacher Michael O'Connor and his third class a ... click to read full post & comments


Two weeks paid Paternity Leave for Fathers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingTwo weeks paid Paternity Leave for Fathers


Plans to support fathers of new borns with two weeks paid paternity leave are expected to be approved by the Cabinet this week. Fathers will receive up to €230 per week which is on par with maternity benefit.

They will be allowed to ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2016.
Tags: TeachersIreland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches


All the best young scientific minds in Ireland are invited to enter SciFest 2016 and put their knowledge to the test. As well as pushing the boundaries of science, the national final winner(s) of SciFest 2016 will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017 in ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met


TUI Statement on Teacher Strike Action before General Election.

"Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the second level and further/adult education sectors have voted by a margin of 89% to engage in a campaign of industrial action to secure ... click to read full post & comments


INTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingINTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium


INTO Statement on ballot for industrial action on Promtion Moratorium

"The INTO will ballot members next month (February 2016) on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. The decision to ballot was ... click to read full post & comments


Extra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/01/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExtra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016


For those children (and parents!) who are struggling with the return to the school routine after christmas, they can at least get some comfort in the knowledge that not only are the Easter School Holidays due early this year, but that they will also have a full ... click to read full post & comments


Disruption to School Bus services due to flooding

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingDisruption to School Bus services due to flooding


Bus Eireann Statement re School Transport Services

"Parents/Guardians of children using school transport services are advised that due to flooding a small number of routes in some parts of the country may be subject to disruption, due to circumstances beyond our control. 

Where flooding is an issue most services will operate with diversions, though we envisage a ... click to read full post & comments


RENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersRENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment


RENUA unveiled it’s party manifesto yesterday in preparation for the forthcoming election.
The main priorities set out in its manifesto for education are:

  • Lead the biggest change in early childcare since free education in the 1960’s
  • Implement strong ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    '17% of kids in 1st class interact with strangers online'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2016.
    Tags: Parenting'17% of kids in 1st class interact with strangers online'


    Zeeko, an Irish Start Up based at Nova UCD, works to educate parents to teach their children to stay safe online. Zeeko, today announced results of its Digital Trend Report in which 17% of children in first class report interacting with strangers online.

    Zeeko is also launching a crowdfunding campaign today, with a target of ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCalls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools


    As the final whistle is about to be blown on a year of sporting highs, and ahead of a spring General Election, the Federation of Irish Sport has today called on political parties to commit to a level playing field when it comes to sport in Ireland.

    The Federation is calling for 2 hours' PE in secondary schools and ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    School secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today welcomed the recent arbitration decision which recommended significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

    A cumulative pay increase of 10% between 2016 and 2019 was recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers comprehended by the terms of the arbitration process. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of ... click to read full post & comments


    Under 16's could be banned from social Media

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: ParentingUnder 16's could be banned from social Media


    Teenagers under the age of 16 could be banned from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and email if they don't have parental permission, under last-minute changes to EU laws.

    The European Union is getting ready to push through new regulations that would raise the age of consent for websites to use ... click to read full post & comments


    New campaign seeks equality for children in education system

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew campaign seeks equality for children in education system


    A new campaign group, Equate, has been launched to advocate for equality in education rights for children regardless of their faith or background. The launche coincides with ongoing coverage in the media recently over the impact of ... click to read full post & comments


    Kids drinking & smoking less but having more sex - survey

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/12/2015.
    Tags: ParentingKids drinking & smoking less but having more sex - survey


    An Irish school children’s health survey found that the numbers of children who smoke or drink is down on previous years however there has been an increase in the number of older chldren who say they've had sex.

    The study, 'Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2014 report' was funded by the Department of Health and is conducted by the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI, Galwayin collaboration with the World Health Organisation. In 2014 the research involved ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go


    The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that she is to repeal ‘Rule 68’ which states that “that religious instruction is “by far the most important” part of the school curriculum. More fully it states:

    "Of all the parts of the school curriculum religious instruction is by far the most important, as its subject-matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister  welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy


    Minister encourages education partners to have their say on an important issue for schools.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today welcomed the publication by her Department of a consultation on “Advancing School Autonomy in Ireland”.

    The Department has published a comprehensive research paper on ... click to read full post & comments


    Construction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today announced that the Inspired Spaces Consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of the five new schools that have been included in Bundle 5 of the Department's Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) programme.

    The Minister stated: "It is my pleasure to announce that, subject to the conclusion of the remaining stages in the procurement process, it is anticipated that construction of these five schools will commence in Summer 2016. It is expected that construction will be completed and that the new school buildings will be available for occupation in the second half of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Early childcare does not impede children's progress, says study

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: ParentingEarly childcare does not impede children's progress, says study


    A study of children in creche and childcare facilities have found that there is no difference in children's development between those cared by at home, by a grandparent or in a childcare facility from the age of 3.

    The study, Growing Up in Ireland, is a government-funded study of ... click to read full post & comments


    Bill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers


    Yesterday, the Dáil made an historic move when the Lower House passed a bill which will make it illegal to discriminatie against LGBT teachers in Irish schools and hospitals under religious run schools

    The bill has already passed the Senate and will now go to the president for ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2015

    Posted by SchoolDayse Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2015


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2015 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.
    To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    New online resource for developing early literacy skills launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew online resource for developing early literacy skills launched


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday launched a new on-line resource, which aims to support teachers in developing the literacy skills of young primary school pupils. The Balanced Approach to Literacy Development in the Early Years has been researched and developed by the ... click to read full post & comments


    McDonald's outlet beside 3 wicklow schools axed

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMcDonald's outlet beside 3 wicklow schools axed


    The proposed McDonald's drive-through restaurant to be located opposite three schools at the Blacklion Centre in Greystones will not now go ahead.

    Temple Carraig secondary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow, had ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIreland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries


    The OECD says that Irish teachers are among the best paid internationally, according to their report 'Education at a Glance, released this morning.

    The report found that Irish Primary and Secondary school teachers are in the top ten of the best paid teachers in the world despite ... click to read full post & comments


    School takes legal challenge to try prevent opening of McDonalds

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchool takes legal challenge to try prevent opening of McDonalds


    A secondary school in Wicklow has taken legal action against planning approval granted for the opening of a McDonald's fast food restaurant less than ... click to read full post & comments


    Limerick school considering religion opt-out request

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick school considering religion opt-out request


    According to a report on RTE this morning, Castletroy College, a second level school in Limerick, is to consider whether a first-year pupil can be allowed to opt out of studying religion.

    A parent of a student in the school had requested that his daughter be allowed opt out of the subject but was advised by the school that ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Word Vision Launches Toys Appeal 2015

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/11/2015.
    Tags: ParentingWord Vision Launches Toys Appeal 2015


    World Vision Toys Appeal aims to raise awareness and funds to help refugee children by providing them with a safe place to learn and play.

    World Vision is one of the largest international charities working with children in the world. They work in over 100 countries worldwide providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools advised to cancel their tours to france

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/11/2015.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingSchools advised to cancel their tours to france


    Irish schools have been advised by the DFA and the French Government to cancel their trips to France in light of last weekend's attacks on the French capital.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister for Education and Skills launches National Anti-Bullying website

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister for Education and Skills launches National Anti-Bullying website


    As part of the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Bullying, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today launched the national anti-bullying website, www.tacklebullying.ie.

    The tacklebullying.ie website, which was developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University, provides ... click to read full post & comments


    New supports to help kids with disabilities attend pre-school

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew supports to help kids with disabilities attend pre-school


    A major new programme aimed at providing supports to children with disabilities in free pre-school has been launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly, along with the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and ... click to read full post & comments


    Google launches YouTube Kids service in Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays.ie Newshound, on 18/11/2015.
    Tags: ParentingGoogle launches YouTube Kids service in Ireland


    After a nine month incubation period in the US, the YouTube Kids app has hit our Irish shores. Over 10 million American parents have downloaded the app in order for their children to browse video content while in a safe environment.

    The content available on the app is targeted towards young children, from ... click to read full post & comments


    'Our Universe' science programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers'Our Universe' science  programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students


    Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), is bringing the 'Our Universe' programme to over 5,000 primary school students around Ireland. The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage primary school students to ... click to read full post & comments


    New school building projects announced to cope with baby boom

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew school building projects announced to cope with baby boom


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD today announced a new programme of capital investment in schools.  Running from 2016 to 2021 this significant investment will provide funding for 310 major school projects, resulting in an additional ... click to read full post & comments


    New language curriculum for primary schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew language curriculum for primary schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has approved a new language curriculum for primary schools.

    The new curriculum will see the same structure applied to both English and Irish for the first time. It will focus on the development of ... click to read full post & comments


    New Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16


    A new Leaving Certificate course on Politics and Society will commence in schools next September according to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD.

    This week all schools will receive a detailed specification of the new course.  Schools will be invited to ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'


    A global movement, dubbed the Hour of Code, will take place from December 7th - 13th. It aims to introduce over 100 million students around the world to ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for 'No Fry Zone' near schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCalls for 'No Fry Zone' near schools


    Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called on the four Dublin Councils to adopt a ‘no fry zone’ of 500m around schools and playgrounds.

    Senator Noone states that this move would, in effect, mean that no ... click to read full post & comments(3)