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Meningitis Cases Peaking during Winter months

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/12/2016.
Tags: ParentngMeningitis Cases Peaking during Winter months


Flu or Meningitis….would you know the difference? ACT for Meningitis is issuing a warning as winter time is upon us.

There is a higher risk of Meningitis during the winter months. As people spend a lot more time indoors and with close contact, germs are spread more easily. Also, coming down with [ end intro] a 'cold' or the 'flu’ may weaken the immune system making you more susceptible to the disease.

Make sure you know the signs and symptoms:

While early symptoms which include headache, fever, vomiting, muscle pain, are flu like symptoms someone with Meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly so keep checking them.

Further specific symptoms of Meningitis include fever with cold hands and feet, stiff neck, dislike to bright lights, drowsiness, confusion and a rash which doesn't fade under pressure

In babies can also include being irritable, refusing to feed, high pitched crying, rapid breathing cold hands and feet and a bulging fontanelle (soft spot on the top of the head). They symptoms may appear in any order or some may not appear at all.

Siobhan Carroll CEO of the charity says "The symptoms may be difficult to spot as many of the early symptoms can be similar to those of flu, so we ask people to TRUST THEIR INSTINCTS and if they suspect Meningitis, seek medical help immediately.

There is a FREE ACT for Meningitis signs and symptom App available now for download from both Google Play and Apple Store or contact thecharity on 091 380058 to order your free awareness cards.



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Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingPossible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute


Media outlets are this morning reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute.

Talks have been underway for a number of weeks to try and resolve a number of issues of contention around supervision and substitution duties, working additional hours, new entrant pay levels and junior cycle reform.  The talks involved not just the ASTI and the Department of Education but also the-end intro] INTO and the TUI, as well as the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Talks aimed at trying to resolve the dispute broke up at 1am this morning. It is reported that a document is now being prepared for consideration by both sides. A special meeting of the ASTI's Standing Committee has beened called for tomorrow to consider proposals set out in the document aimed at ending the dispute. However the proposals would also have to be considred by the ASTI 180 member central executive committee before any deal would be put to the wider membership of 17,000 teachers.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has confirmed that a document is being prepared but has said that talks still have some way to go and that there is a considerable amount of work yet to be done.



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Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications invited for patronage of 4 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in ... click to read full post & comments


New schools to get early Principal appointments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew schools to get early Principal appointments


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced improved supports to facilitate the smooth establishment of new primary and post-primary schools.

The first element of the improved supports involves new schools being permitted to appoint a school principal from ... click to read full post & comments


Schools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/11/2016.
Tags: TeachersSchools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes


Mediation talks between the Department of Education and the ASTI on the ongoing industrial disputes are continuing this week and it is expected that ... click to read full post & comments


Computer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 24th November) launched an expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools, and set out a programme to deliver on the ambition set out in the report of making Ireland a ... click to read full post & comments


School Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists


Below are extracts from the Minister's recent speech on the Education (admission to Schools) Bill 2016. Among it's measures are a ban on waiting lists and fees relating to admisions along with a requirement that schools ... click to read full post & comments


Students could sit on school BOMs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingStudents could sit on school BOMs


The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to publish the new Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill over the coming weeks. According to the Irish Times, the heads of the Bill were approved by the Cabinet recently and are due to be published soon by the Minister.

When enacted, the new legislation will require schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this week announced details of a €28.5m minor works grant for primary schools throughout the country.

Minister Bruton said: “You can’t achieve a prosperous economy without a fair society, and you can’t ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.


Ireland's children have scored a Grade D on an international scale of physical activity levels, up from a Grade D minus in 2014.

The announcement was made at the ... click to read full post & comments


Natural asthma treatment project wins SciFest

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNatural asthma treatment project wins SciFest


Caolann Brady, a sixth year student from St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Kildare was named the overall winner of SciFest 2016, for her project ‘Hum your way to better health’ – a project which focussed on the natural treatment of asthma through humming and ... click to read full post & comments


Exam Support Reforms

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExam Support Reforms


The exam support scheme, known as RACE (Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations) has caused a lot of controversy and been the source of a lot of stress for students and their parents in recent years. It was particularly problematic because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the patronage of the nine new post-primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018. In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group.

These schools were announced in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAll secondary schools to re-open tomorrow


Statement from ASTI - 9.05 pm

ASTI Accepts invitation to talks 
 
Earlier today the ASTI was invited by the Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council Ms Anna Perry to enter talks to explore possibilities to ... click to read full post & comments


Kids do better when minded by relatives

Posted by Scxhooldays Newshound, on 02/11/2016.
Tags: ParentingKids do better when minded by relatives


A recent study carried out by the ESRI and Pobal which focussed on 3 and 5 year olds has concluded that children minded by relatives, such as grandparents, or childminders, tend to do better in ... click to read full post & comments


430 additional Resource Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting430 additional Resource Teachers


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

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


School refused to allow emergency medical kit

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool refused to allow emergency medical kit


A primary school student has been awarded €9,000 because his school refused to keep an emergency medical kit on the school premises over a period of nine days.

The boy in question, who was in second class in a gaelscoil in 2014/15, has anaphylaxis which means that he can have an ... click to read full post & comments


Notre Dame School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNotre Dame School to close


Notre Dame junior and secondary school located in Churchtown has announced it is to close. The junior school will close in June 2017 while the secondary school will continue until ... click to read full post & comments


Temporary Supervisors sought for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTemporary Supervisors sought for schools


Below is the text of the advertisement on the Dept of Education website for temporary supervisors in schools during the forthcoming industrial action by the ASTI

'Applications are invited for inclusion on a panel of temporary Supervisors in certain post-primary schools.

The ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution in post-primary schools with effect from 7 November next. In schools affected by this action, the Department of Education and Skills, school management bodies and local school management are putting ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI Strike Dates Announced


The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
 
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ASTI members vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingASTI members vote for industrial action


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.
 
In a ballot on recently qualified teachers’ pay, ASTI teachers voted by ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Appeal Results are out

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results are out


The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has released the appeal results for the 2016 Leaving Certificate examination. The appeal results have also been transmitted electronically to the Central Applications Office and will be available to candidates on the ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2017 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/10/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2017 Education Update


Education spending within the Budget of €9.5 billion represents 16% of total spending and an increase in spending of €458 million.

Here is a summary of Budget 2017 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:  ... click to read full post & comments


'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School


Staff and students at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock were distressed by an incident last week when members of a promotions company entered the school premises dressed as creepy clowns and carrying a prop that students said looked “identical” to a chainsaw.

A group of students who were leaving a PE class encountered ... click to read full post & comments


School Kids Benefit from Cultural Participation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/10/2016.
Tags: ParentingSchool Kids Benefit from Cultural Participation


The ERSI have published a new study which has found that children who engage in cultural life and arts perform better in school and are more confident later in life.

The study, which was commisioned by the Arts Council of Ireland, draws upon ... click to read full post & comments


'Learning about Forests' for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers'Learning about Forests' for schools


Learning about Forests (LEAF) Ireland will team up with the Tree Council of Ireland during Tetra Pak Tree Day Thursday 6 October to officially launch the International LEAF programme in Ireland.

The Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce is launching the LEAF programme to approximately 30 schools in County ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers


A programme piloted in Mayo and Kildare which used Go Pro cameras on Lollipop signs has proven successful in detering dangerous driving.

The pilot was trialed in an effort to promote road safety and to catch ... click to read full post & comments


Proposal to Gift 18 yr olds Free Interrail tickets

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingProposal to Gift 18 yr olds Free Interrail tickets


Manfred Webber of the European People's Party (EEP) will put forward a proposal to the EU next week for an initiative to gift all EU citizens with asingle use interrail ticket on their 18th birthday.

The initiative would require ... click to read full post & comments


Kids with SmartPhones worse at Reading & Maths

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingKids with SmartPhones worse at Reading & Maths


The 2014 National Assessments of English Reading and Mathematics, carried out on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, is the latest report published as part of a larger, periodical record of achievment in Irish Primary schools. These studies have been carried out every five years since 1972.

A report has found that children who own mobile phones and who spend more time watching TV and playing video games have lower ... click to read full post & comments


Irish School Takes Part in Global Collaboration Video

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/09/2016.
Tags: TeachersIrish School Takes Part in Global Collaboration Video


Twenty schools from around the world collaborated on a global video to promote the International Day of Peace 2016. Among them was our own ... click to read full post & comments


Caped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCaped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign


Hundreds of children arrived at their school dressed as superheroes this week as part of a nationwide campaign by Concern Worldwide to reduce hunger and food waste.

The new Hunger Heroes campaign was launched by Ireland’s largest international aid agency at Scoil na ... click to read full post & comments


National children's Science Centre get go ahead

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingNational children's Science Centre get go ahead


A multi-million euro project to bring a National Children's Science Centre to Ireland's capital has just received planning permission to begin work on the old north wing of ... click to read full post & comments


SEAI calling on schools to enter One Good Idea competition

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: TeachersSEAI calling on schools to enter One Good Idea competition


SEAI is calling on primary and post primary students to enter One Good Idea competition

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today officially launched this year’s One Good Idea competition and is encouraging students from right across the country to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents of LGBT kids encouraged to contact Helpline

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents of LGBT kids encouraged to contact Helpline


 The LGBT Helpline – the national support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – is calling on parents of LBGT children to avail of their support services.  The call comes as part of this year’s ... click to read full post & comments


Homes near secondary schools cost more

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsHomes near secondary schools cost more


Recent research, carried out by Trinity College in partnership with Daft.ie, examined whether proximity to secondary schools is reflected in the value of homes.

The research concluded that the cost of houses ... click to read full post & comments


Pay deal for newly qualified teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPay deal for newly qualified teachers


Officials from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and representatives from the INTO and TUI have had a series of meetings since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 1 February 2012.

These discussions took place within the ... click to read full post & comments


Government launches Action Plan for Education

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingGovernment launches Action Plan for Education


Hundreds of actions to be implemented with particular focus on disadvantage, skills, and continuous improvement within the education service.

New implementation structures to include quarterly progress reports and updated ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Results out today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results out today


Over 60,000 students are due to get their Junior Cert results today with the overall numbers sitting the exam up 1.2 per cent on last year. Results are usually issued in the schools late morning and are available online after 4pm on Examinations.ie

Education Minister, Richard Burton, has said that this year’s results were “generally in keeping with previous years”. 55% of students took the higher level ... click to read full post & comments


Sex Education in Schools 'out of touch'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSex Education in Schools 'out of touch'


Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol.

The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries, including Ireland, viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to acknowledge that sex is a ... click to read full post & comments


Castelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCastelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute


The new Castlebar Educate Together School opened with 12 pupils this week in temporary classrooms amid planning objections to the proposed long term site for the school in ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/09/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to ballot on industrial action


The ASTI announced it is to conduct two separate ballots on industrial action.
 
Members will be balloted on industrial action up to and including strike action over new teachers’ pay. In a separate ballot, over measures applied to ASTI members following their rejection of the ... click to read full post & comments


New JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched


The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today launched the new Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science subject specifications. The Minister visited Adamstown Community College to mark the occasion.

This is a significant element of curriculum reform underway via the ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to give kids child-sized portions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to give kids child-sized portions


As part of its campaign to take on childhood obesity, safefood has identified portion size as a key issue in preventing children becoming overweight and is urging parents to give children child-sized portions.

The message is clear that how much children eat as well as what they eat is very important; recent studies have found that children aged over two ate up to 40% more food when bigger ... click to read full post & comments


Sunday Times Schools Guide 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingSunday Times Schools Guide 2016


The Sunday Times published it’s annual ‘Schools Guide’ last weekend. The guide lists the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland ranked by the average proportion of pupils gaining places in autumn 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons, two Northern Ireland Universities and ... click to read full post & comments