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Education News in Ireland : Monthly Archive

March 2015

Special Needs Assistants vote for industrial action 26 March
Additional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome 25 March
Power naps can boost memory for exam students 24 March
Furry Friends Treated at UL GEMS Teddy Bear Hospital 18 March
Catholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools 13 March
Parents not checking kid’s internet use - says survey 9 March
'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids' 6 March
Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents 5 March
Does video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance 5 March
World Book Day 2015 4 March
Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead 2 March

Feb 2015

Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used 27 Feb
INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban 25 Feb
Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal 24 Feb
Rise in young males with Eating Disorders 23 Feb
House in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral 23 Feb
US Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem 19 Feb
Top college progression schools in Connaught 19 Feb
Top college progression schools in Ulster 19 Feb
Schools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies 17 Feb
Créche workers march for more money - can parents afford it? 17 Feb
Minister outlines new policy to support small schools 17 Feb
New Junior Cert exam could be split in two 13 Feb
4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open 13 Feb
Change in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools 12 Feb
Student Slingshot Academy launched for TY students 12 Feb
Safer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015 8 Feb
Limerick School apologises to Muslim pupil 6 Feb
Leaving Cert Numbers up & more jobs for leaving cert students 4 Feb
Primary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published 2 Feb

Jan 2015

Humanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates 29 Jan
Lollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda 29 Jan
288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals 25 Jan
Fitness to teach hearings to be held in public 22 Jan
Secondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January 21 Jan
Top college progression schools in Leinster 21 Jan
Top college progression schools in Munster 21 Jan
Dept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN 16 Jan
School strike set to go ahead despite talks 15 Jan
Schools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issued 14 Jan
Report shows improved results in primary Reading & Maths 13 Jan
New Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork 12 Jan
Parents avoid jail term for truant daughter 8 Jan
Dept of Education to share children's PPSN 7 Jan
Research shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease 7 Jan
Philosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017 5 Jan

Dec 2014

Annual Fairy and Make-A-Wish Christmas Partnership Launched 22 Dec
Schools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day 18 Dec
Teachers warn parents over smartphone dangers 17 Dec
BT Young Scientist & Technology winners to receive university entrance scholarships 16 Dec
Unions announce date for January strike day 12 Dec
Canadian Maths books more suitable for Irish pupils 10 Dec
Terenure College Junior School to close 5 Dec
School's out as teachers strike 2 Dec

Nov 2014

College Progression Data published on 27 Nov
Number of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade 27 Nov
Schools to get grant for much needed facelift 26 Nov
Minister urges Unions to cancel strike 25 Nov
Logistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day 24 Nov
Native Irish speaking kids speak better English! 20 Nov
Parents paying school heating bills 18 Nov
Second level strike on 2nd December 14 Nov
Families pay 25000 euro more to live near schools 13 Nov
Photos of school girls found on site used by paedophiles 12 Nov
Parents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert 12 Nov
Top 12 Toys for this christmas 5 Nov
Priest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacher 3 Nov

Oct 2014

Concerns over babystart multi recline seat as it fails safety test 29 Oct
Schools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography 28 Oct
High levels of lead found in kid’s face make-up 28 Oct
Naked man seen near Dublin school 24 Oct
36,000 teachers not yet garda vetted 22 Oct
'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools 21 Oct
Minister Humphreys launches schools choir competition 17 Oct
Educate Together hit with financial uncertainty 15 Oct
Over 300 new support teachers announced 14 Oct
Gaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges 14 Oct
BUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families 14 Oct
BUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector. 14 Oct
80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids 9 Oct
Mental Health Screening for Schools 8 Oct
ASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle 7 Oct
Cannabis now dominant drug for young Irish 6 Oct
1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition 6 Oct
Rugby Teens at Risk from Supplements 2 Oct

Sep 2014

Website to help parents support young people 30 Sep
Body of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely 30 Sep
Boy offered sweets to get into man's car 25 Sep
Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 24 Sep
Calls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast 22 Sep
Children with speech problems wait a year for help 22 Sep
Improved job security for teachers on the way 18 Sep
Mixed grade classes harder on girls 18 Sep
Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards 16 Sep
Seven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public 16 Sep
Families to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work 15 Sep
School boy in knife attack in West Dublin 11 Sep
Junior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths 10 Sep
New website to help young kids with literacy 8 Sep
Nationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents 8 Sep
New school opens with just one pupil 5 Sep
Teenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies' 4 Sep
Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times 2 Sep
Schools demand classes on cyber bullying 2 Sep
School chairs bad for kids backs 1 Sep

Aug 2014

Families left waiting for School Bus Tickets 26 Aug
School girl gets leg trapped under Luas 26 Aug
50" School uniforms available for obese kids 25 Aug
Pharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice 25 Aug
Children arriving to school hungry, finds survey. 25 Aug
99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college 20 Aug
App to lock down kid's phones 19 Aug
CAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today 18 Aug
Leaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board 15 Aug
Leaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats 13 Aug
Clever students and the not so clever Pub 13 Aug
Cheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids 12 Aug
Report finds class still an issue in education 12 Aug
Free CAO Points Calc App 12 Aug
Leaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure 11 Aug
Free Travel in August on Child Leap Cards 11 Aug
American Apparel school campaign criticised 8 Aug
Students urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results 7 Aug
Flight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock 6 Aug
Teen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion 5 Aug

July 2014

Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead 31 July
New App to discourage kids and teens from sexting 25 July
Funding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds 24 July
Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15 23 July
Bus Eireann school tickets website fiasco 21 July
Asthma inhalers might stunt children's growth 18 July
Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete 17 July
Price war starts on school uniforms 17 July
Teacher jailed for sex with teenager 17 July
Parents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands 15 July
Drop out rates among college students reach high levels 14 July
55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education 14 July
New Education Minister announced 11 July
Rights of au pairs to be recognised 10 July
Irish have highest childcare fees in Europe 7 July
Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results 3 July
Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle 2 July

June 2014

Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years 27 June
Toymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill 25 June
Sunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s 25 June
Pornography no longer biggest worry for parents 25 June
Minister to block school league tables 25 June
Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards 24 June
Irish couple's calpol hell in Portugal 24 June
Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools 23 June
Mother discovers teacher hiding under teen's bed 20 June
School support system to be reformed 19 June
Education Passports to be introduced this September 16 June
Parents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert 16 June
Plans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course 11 June
Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report 11 June
Internet forcing parents to have sex talk with kids 4 June
Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts 4 June
ASTI advice to Exam Students 3 June

May 2014

Minister puts a stop to Medical Card review process 29 May
Cheaper Leap Fares for Teenagers 28 May
Should TY be retained - see what the students think 27 May
Students may give evidence at teacher hearings 26 May
End of year school prank results in 50 students suspended 22 May
Tesco to remove sweets at checkouts 22 May
Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching 20 May
Another Private School Scraps Fees 18 May
Bouncy Castle blown away with kids inside 15 May
Teenagers to get longer lie-in before school 11 May
Safety Alert for Schools following pupil injury 8 May
Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May 1 May

April 2014

Leaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced 22 April
Minister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes 22 April
400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes 17 April
Young Driver safety initiative for schools launched 10 April
World Autism Day 2014 2 April
Schools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April 1 April

March 2014

Silence on the sidelines - Quiet pushy parents! 29 March
Second-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes 27 March
Cork Hospital treats children for e-cigarette poisoning 27 March
'Unschooling' Conference to be held in Ireland 25 March
Central Bank want parents to make school payments by bank transfer 21 March
Take-Aways near schools may be banned 20 March
386 School Improvement Projects announced 20 March
Schools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016 18 March
Announcement of new multi-denominational schools to open 12 March
Lunchtime protests today by secondary teachers 11 March
Childminders reminded of their tax obligations by Revenue 8 March
Loreto Abbey to be converted back into secondary school 8 March
RSA award school kids for their contribution to road safety 7 March
Cork Survey shows school kids increasingly unhealthy and overweight 4 March
Record numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014 3 March

Feb 2014

2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched 27 Feb
Free interactive online Maths resource launched 22 Feb
€750 awarded to school boy over religious bias 18 Feb
Calling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring! 18 Feb
27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action 14 Feb
40pc of children 9-16 in Ireland have smartphones 11 Feb
Campaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools 9 Feb
Irish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space 4 Feb
Over 90% of students complete Leaving Cert 3 Feb

Jan 2014

New Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools 31 Jan
A New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics! 30 Jan
Priests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools 27 Jan
Up to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity 23 Jan
Heads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published 22 Jan
Fears grow that drugs feud may close Dublin school 20 Jan
Another €6000-a-year school to go into the 'free' scheme 18 Jan
Teacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes 17 Jan
Junior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA 15 Jan
Not all Pupils receiving 28 hours a week teaching hours 14 Jan
Minister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme 9 Jan
High Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools 7 Jan
Majority of parents help kids with homework 3 Jan
Underperforming Teachers to face new sanctions 3 Jan

Dec 2013

Research shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister 16 Dec
Denominational education may be protected says Ombudsman 12 Dec
Circular on Reducing Uniform Costs issued to Schools 9 Dec
Readings Great - 'Time To Read' launched 5 Dec
New Smartphone App for Child Rescue Alerts Launched 4 Dec
Ireland's 15 year olds improve dramatically in Science 3 Dec
390 Additional SNA posts announced 3 Dec
ASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement 3 Dec
Teachers at risk of redundancy if ASTI reject Agreement 2 Dec

Nov 2013

Urgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Schools 29 Nov
Construction to start on 37 new school buildings next year 29 Nov
Patrons announced for nine new secondary schools 28 Nov
Teachers 'could lose out on substitution pay by refusing new deal' 27 Nov
One-fifth of primary schools 'could lose teachers' 26 Nov
School League Tables Published 26 Nov
ASTI: Schools are not ready for Junior Cycle reforms 25 Nov
School kids 'losing interest in science by age 8' 22 Nov
Raheny student Paul Clarke, picks up the top prize at SciFest 2013 22 Nov
Introduction of Tablets a "disaster" for Mountrath Community College 20 Nov
Education minister calls on teachers to vote yes on pay deal 20 Nov
Maths Counts conference highlights progress of Project Maths initiative 19 Nov
New history lesson plans for primary schools unveiled 18 Nov
ASTI to ballot on new Haddington Road proposals 16 Nov
HSE reports highlight at-risk children safety concerns 15 Nov
School book costs 'can vary widely' 14 Nov
Anti-bullying scheme not available in all schools due to funding issues 13 Nov
Further ASTI dispute discussions to be held 12 Nov
Irish children 'are more sociable than UK counterparts' 11 Nov
Schools to ballot parents on school uniform policy 11 Nov
Disadvantaged kids 'are less likely to travel to college' 8 Nov
Additional €70 Million for School Improvements 7 Nov
Irish school attendance rates increase in 2010/11 7 Nov
Irish teens 'are concealing online activities' 6 Nov
Report uncovers weakness in teaching of Irish and maths 5 Nov
Parents with depression or stress 'need more help' 4 Nov
Minister Quinn Launches Chief Inspector's Report 2010-2012 4 Nov
Junior Cert English students to use touchscreens in tests 1 Nov

Oct 2013

Fewer families to receive back to school grants 31 Oct
School lunchboxes 'are getting healthier' 29 Oct
Junior Cert reforms 'will put less pressure on exams' 28 Oct
Top Leaving Cert maths students receive award 25 Oct
Irish second-level schools 'break up early for summer' 24 Oct
Parents paying for School Maintenance and Security 23 Oct
Exercise can boost academic performance of teens 23 Oct
RTE sued by childcare workers for defamation 22 Oct
New campaign launched to help parents take on childhood obesity 21 Oct
Education minister willing to open talks with secondary school teachers 21 Oct
455 Additional Resource Teaching Posts Available 21 Oct
Fraudulent school secretary avoids jail term 18 Oct
Large class sizes 'tackled through faster teacher appointments' 17 Oct
Pupils may be sent home early as ASTI action bites 16 Oct
Fee-paying school considers free education switch 15 Oct
How Budget 2014 impacts on the Education Sector 15 Oct
This week is Maths Week! 14 Oct
Kids cooking skills - only three in ten children can boil an egg ! 14 Oct
Parents 'dismayed by increased class size' 14 Oct
Anti-Bullying sessions for parents proving popular 11 Oct
Row over Communion clash with One Direction Concerts 10 Oct
'Different pay rates' for teachers at same school 10 Oct
Leaving Cert Appeal Results to be released today 9 Oct
School holiday extension 'would create jobs and boost tourism' 9 Oct
Teacher training 'will not be cancelled due to union ban' 8 Oct
Abuse compensation bill 'could impact class sizes' 7 Oct
Explosive chemical removed from girls' school 4 Oct
Underspend figures 'suggest education budget cuts should be scrapped' 3 Oct
Cyberbullying 'affecting many Irish teenagers' 2 Oct
Parent-teacher nights to be affected by ASTI row 1 Oct

Sep 2013

Primary school first to become Digital School of Distinction 30 Sep
School openings deferred 'due to lack of support' 27 Sep
Digital programme 'to promote primary school technology best practice' 26 Sep
Young teachers 'may be impacted by ASTI stance' 25 Sep
ASTI announces industrial action in second-level schools 24 Sep
Parents 'consulted on primary school religious education views' 23 Sep
Disadvantaged children 'more likely to have behavioural problems' 20 Sep
ASTI Vote for Industrial Action 20 Sep
New figures reveal teacher retirement pay 19 Sep
Male medical school applicants 'outperforming female hopefuls' 18 Sep
'Wider range of learning experiences' following Junior Cert replacement 17 Sep
Anti-bullying training to include parents 16 Sep
Parents 'to be informed of school anti-bullying practices' 13 Sep
Record number of Junior Cert higher maths pupils 11 Sep
Schools given deadline for special needs assistant applications 9 Sep
Teachers 'losing jobs as pupils rise' 5 Sep
A record 90% of schools taking part in ‘Green-Schools’ 4 Sep
Parents 'overpaying for school iPads' 3 Sep
Back to School 'More Stressful for Parents than Children' 2 Sep
Proposed school admissions legislation revealed 2 Sep

Aug 2013

Primary school enrolments 'on the rise' 29 Aug
New schools set for openings this week 27 Aug
Staff 'at risk of losing jobs if schools drop fees' 23 Aug
College cost debt fear for Irish parents 21 Aug
Anti Bullying Ads to appear in School Books 20 Aug
Leaving Cert points 'climb higher' 19 Aug
Cheating results in Leaving Cert scripts being held back 16 Aug
Leaving Cert students receive results 14 Aug
State spend on prefabs for schools exceeds 60m euros 12 Aug
Parents 'to sue companies following RTE probe' 8 Aug
More special education teaching for children in affluent areas 6 Aug
Parents 'should push for cheaper uniforms and books' 2 Aug

July 2013

The importance of PE in school 31 July
Pre-school operator handed 3 month suspended sentence 29 July
Creches in the spotlight 26 July
School roll simplification 'is just the beginning' 25 July
St. Vincent de Paul calls for restoratio​n of child benefit for over 18s still at school 24 July
'Lack of qualifications' among Irish childminders 23 July
Irish children's mental health 'affected by social media sites' 19 July
Parents lend support to Educate Together bids 17 July
What do school league tables tell us? 16 July
PE should be compulsory at second-level schools, report claims 15 July
Girls who go to school with boys 'less happy with body shape' 11 July
Children with regular bedtimes 'perform better in the classroom' 9 July
Financial pressures on parents 'should be considered by schools' 5 July
Report raises concerns about child neglect cases 3 July
Special needs decision 'may lead to bigger primary classes' 1 July

June 2013

New Consumer Classroom website for teachers! 28 June
Universities agree to cut CAO course numbers 27 June
Special needs education demonstration 'will still happen' 26 June
Creche inspections 'hampered by staff cutbacks' 25 June
School attendance 'linked to mother's language' 21 June
Support hours for special needs students cut 20 June
School chair resigns following pro-life leaflet distribution 19 June
1 in 5 Families to Take Children Out of School Early for Summer Holidays 17 June
Minister launches Breakfast Club Pilot Programme 17 June
School book cost 'should be covered by councils' 17 June
Ensuring the whole family enjoys the school summer holidays 14 June
Keith Duffy launches Irish Autism Action Anti-Bullying Campaign 13 June
Examinations Commission Apologises for Exam Paper Mistakes 12 June
Irish pupils 'less happy in school than children in other countries' 12 June
Pupils unhurt after bus fire 11 June
'Lack of successful exam post applications' from unemployed teachers 10 June
Facebook to help Schools tackle Cyber Bullying 7 June
Department of Education and Skills provides more funds to support school projects 6 June
Nearly 117k prepare for Leaving and Junior Cert exams 4 June

May 2013

RTE programme raises concerns over childcare standards 29 May
School 'does not want to reinstate excluded student' 28 May
Rejection of pay deal reaffirmed by ASTI and TUI 24 May
Preschool inspections to be introduced in Ireland 23 May
School subject choices 'may be reduced through new teacher rules' 22 May
Suicide levels among young Irish people 'is worrying' 21 May
Prize bull 'helps save Irish school' 20 May
Dept of Education criticised for approach to children with Down Syndrome 17 May
Ruairi Quinn lends support to school cost reduction campaign 16 May
Search for a Dry bed campaign launches new research 15 May
Teacher unions 'asked to hold separate talks' 15 May
Science not compulsory 'due to lack of labs' 14 May
Teacher pay issue 'to be settled in a month or two' 13 May
Effects of the economic downturn on children to be studied 10 May
Child benefit proposals 'causing upset' 9 May
Lower reading and maths test scores for children in disadvantaged schools 8 May
Thousands of school children 'failing to reach fifth year' 7 May
School uniform costs 'can be brought down' 3 May
Cutbacks 'are impacting on students' 2 May
Primary school enrolment numbers 'set to climb' 1 May
Primary school enrolment numbers 'set to climb' 1 May

April 2013

Bursary awarded to students for Irish language game 30 April
Lack of jobs 'creating primary school teacher surplus' 29 April
Forum makes post-primary schooling recommendations 26 April
Principals propose school entry shakeup 25 April
First phase of new afterschool childcare scheme launched 24 April
Minister invites applications for patronage of four new primary schools 23 April
Irish pupils take part in special Nasa broadcast 23 April
Church of Ireland voices school policy concerns 22 April
County Limerick schools getting active 22 April
School extension to accommodate greater numbers 19 April
Teenage girl 'not entitled to injunction for school place' 18 April
ASTI rejects Croke Park II deal 17 April
Debate over pace of school handovers to patrons 16 April
'Marked increase' in Junior Cert higher-level maths candidates 15 April
Waterford Schoolboy enjoys gaming success 12 April
Government confirms First Communion grant cancellation 11 April
Ireland 'among the best countries to be a child' 10 April
School pays out after blackboard duster incident 9 April
Creches 'are struggling to provide care for children with special needs' 8 April
Recession 'has had a big impact on pupils' 5 April
IMPACT urges education staff to accept new Croke Park deal 4 April
Parents 'could face school places lottery' following admissions changes 3 April
Schools losing teachers, dropping subjects, despite increased student numbers 3 April
23 Towns to see change in Patronage of Primary Schools 2 April
Rockwell College 'may be hit with student charges penalties' 2 April

March 2013

Leaving Certificate pressure 'to be reduced' 28 March
Ready, Steady, sow and grow 28 March
Monaghan 'is cheapest for childcare costs' 27 March
Croke Park changes 'could lead to school activities reduction' 26 March
Blackrock College 'received highest AIF grant in 2011' 25 March
Annual reviews to be introduced for teachers? 22 March
Facebook cyberbullying to be brought before an Oireachtas committee 21 March
Proposed cuts face opposition from school managers 20 March
Parents 'are worried about online bullying' 19 March
Figures reveal school prefab rental costs 19 March
Green light given to Educate Together school 15 March
Cyberbullying problem 'exacerbated by tablet use in schools' 14 March
Cyberbullying leads to 28 school suspensions 12 March
Time spent on preparation for sacraments 'increasing in schools' 11 March
Gay teachers 'to receive greater protection' 8 March
Hurling star speaks out against homophobic bullying 7 March
Leinster schools to benefit from faster broadband 6 March
Disposable income of private schools revealed 5 March
FREE eye exam for Kids aged 12 to 16 during March 4 March
Schools call for dedicated Facebook cyberbullying staff 4 March
Special needs pupils 'losing out' due to teaching cap 1 March

Feb 2013

Newspaper prize for Dublin student 28 Feb
'Worst case of truancy' leads to fine for Dublin mother 27 Feb
New teacher pay change 'will restore losses' 26 Feb
Irish teens 'continue to receive lots of pocket money' 25 Feb
Teachers to lose supervision and substitution pay? 22 Feb
Kilkenny College to stop charging tuition fees 21 Feb
Court convictions secured for poor school attendances 20 Feb
Concerns raised over Irish level increase proposals for teachers 19 Feb
UK job offers increase for Irish teachers 18 Feb
Graduate teachers 'having difficulty finding work' 15 Feb
Enrolment of extra infant class without approval leads to board sacking 14 Feb
Bull auction to keep Galway school from closure 13 Feb
Pre-school initiative 'leads to educational achievement rise' 12 Feb
Primary school children 'to learn the importance of healthy eating' 11 Feb
Legal obligations raised to Dublin primary school transformation 8 Feb
Primary school children banned from using certain words 7 Feb
Get involved in the Freddy Fyffes Primary School Competition 6 Feb
Obese children 'experiencing severe bullying' 6 Feb
Pupils 'may not receive enough PE hours' 5 Feb
Parents 'unaware of online bullying' 4 Feb
Minister Sherlock Calls on Irish Primary Schools to ‘Spring’ into Greenwave 2013 4 Feb
Fianna Fail TD criticises govt for school counselling cuts 1 Feb

Jan 2013

Emergency food aid for school children 'is required' 31 Jan
Guidelines on promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention in post-primary schools published 31 Jan
New Action Plan on Bullying Launched 30 Jan
Training for parents to spot cyberbullying? 30 Jan
Education 'is the most important aspect of people's lives' 29 Jan
Reform initiatives 'are undermining the quality of primary education' 28 Jan
Minister Quinn launches “Guidelines for Developing Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools” 28 Jan
Paper attendance records 'are wasting teachers' time' 25 Jan
Primary school teaching 'could be improved with technology' 24 Jan
Ethos of Catholic primary schools 'should be respected after patron handovers' 23 Jan
Concerns raised over lack of school places for children with autism 22 Jan
Schools to keep formal records of bullying 21 Jan
Mother jailed for keeping kids off school 18 Jan
A third of maths teachers fear they are under-qualified 17 Jan
HEA proposes plans to merge third-level colleges 16 Jan
Teachers' union makes Croke Park agreement warning 15 Jan
Primary school patronage survey launched 14 Jan
Irish students seek further success in Young Scientist competition 11 Jan
Boys school to admit girls for first time 10 Jan
Concerns that students are being 'taught to pass tests' 9 Jan
New school exercise initiative launched 8 Jan
Retired teachers given primary school jobs over graduates 7 Jan
Digital assessments to replace traditional Junior Cert exams 4 Jan
Two-thirds of 13-year-olds enjoy their education 3 Jan
Impact of potential tax on child benefit revealed 2 Jan

Dec 2012

Irish schools 'see less bullying than most countries' 28 Dec
Brendan Howlin warns he will sack bad teachers 27 Dec
Students may not receive maintenance grants before Christmas 21 Dec
Four out of five smartphone apps for kids 'could record data' 21 Dec
Government provides grant to prevent bullying in schools 20 Dec
Parents to be allowed further leave to care for young children 19 Dec
Ruairí Quinn calls for "inclusive debate" on education in Ireland 18 Dec
Suicide prevention guidelines to be issued to schools 17 Dec
Study finds 25% of children live in jobless homes 14 Dec
School patron handovers could begin in September 2014 13 Dec
Irish pupils score above average in literacy, maths and science 12 Dec
Education Minister announces 50 new school building projects 11 Dec
Irish parents 'highest spenders in Europe' on toys 10 Dec
Racism awareness initiative launched in schools 7 Dec
Primary pupils 'should be encouraged to study science' 6 Dec
Pensioners 'risking financial stability to support adult children' 5 Dec
Summary of Education Budgetary Measures 2013 5 Dec
Schools advised to ban student pictures 4 Dec
Cyber bullying affects 17 per cent of children 3 Dec

Nov 2012

Growing Up in Ireland study provides insight into teen life 30 Nov
Ireland ranks 11th in global school performance report 29 Nov
Survey-says-half-of-primary-schools-in-deficit 28 Nov
Younger people 'better educated than older counterparts' 27 Nov
High blood pressure experienced by 1 in 10 children 26 Nov
Students-Film-Reports-on-Issues-That-Matter-to-Them 26 Nov
Primary school to reopen following building dispute 23 Nov
Major developments signalled in Irish curriculum by Sean Ó Foghlú 23 Nov
How many students from your school have gone to College? 22 Nov
Advice events planned for disabled students 22 Nov
Families and students to experience payment delays this Christmas 21 Nov
Poor baby nutrition leading to adult illnesses, report finds 20 Nov
Cuts to hours forcing post-primary teachers into income poverty 19 Nov
New School Self-Evaluation Guidelines launched by Minister Quinn 19 Nov
Additional funding announced for Teaching and SNAs posts to support special needs children 16 Nov
Imaginosity recognised as Discover Science Centre 16 Nov
Speech and Language Therapy Service recommended for disadvantaged areas 15 Nov
Two-tier teacher pay rates 'may lead to resentment' 15 Nov
Patronage surveys receive low turnout 14 Nov
Maternal smoking leads to child behavioral problems, report finds 13 Nov
Parents urged to get childrens eyes tested during Bright Eyes week 12 Nov
Construction to commence on 8 new schools under PPP model 12 Nov
Quinn 'disappointed' by third-level grant delay 9 Nov
Minister Fitzgerald launches report on consultation with children and young people 8 Nov
More students than ever completing Leaving Cert 8 Nov
After-school scheme boosts literacy skills, study finds 7 Nov
TG4 launches new Irish language Apps for Pre-Schoolers 6 Nov
Greater parental involvement 'needed to tackle bullying' 5 Nov
Study finds 5-year-olds worry about being fat 2 Nov

Oct 2012

Quinn calls for crackdown on pupil absence 30 Oct
Schools 'must increase their efforts to tackle bullying' 26 Oct
Almost a third of teens sleep with mobiles under their pillows 25 Oct
Science Week 2012 launched by Minister Sherlock 25 Oct
Teachers to protest outside Dail today 24 Oct
Primary schools 'remain chiefly denominational' 24 Oct
Second-level schools to produce self-evaluation reports 23 Oct
School patronage survey launched 22 Oct
Secondary-school-students-records-at-risk-on-line 21 Oct
School children urged to invite relatives to Ireland 19 Oct
More sleep leads to better school behaviour, study finds 18 Oct
Software brings Facebook use and maths learning together 16 Oct
Teachers say pupils coming to school hungry 16 Oct
ASTI criticises proposal for teaching allowance cuts 15 Oct
Schoolgirl fight footage sparks outrage 12 Oct
Parenting more important than schools to academic achievement 12 Oct
Ireland's mothers 'must urge children to study IT' 11 Oct
Children's Ombudsman sees rise in education complaints 10 Oct
Proposed cuts to fee-paying school subsidy sparks debate 9 Oct
Almost half of young people have suicidal thoughts, study finds 8 Oct
Mixed response to the Minister's announcement of Junior Certificate overhaul 5 Oct
Quinn to announce proposals for Junior Cert overhaul 4 Oct
Govt. stands firm on child benefit cuts 3 Oct
Parents warned about online bullying 2 Oct
Major changes announced for First Communion 1 Oct

Sep 2012

New teachers overpaid by 350 euros in 2011 28 Sep
Irish Primary Schools Figure Out Science and Maths! 27 Sep
Obese children 'risk stroke and heart disease as young adults' 27 Sep
Quinn steadfast on student means test reforms 26 Sep
25th MS READaTHON launches to schools around Ireland 25 Sep
Garden trampolines 'highly dangerous for children' 25 Sep
Professional maths diploma launched 24 Sep
Two Schools Benefit from Property Collapse 21 Sep
Parents to vote on removing schools from Catholic control 21 Sep
Third-level contribution fees to rise by 250 euros 20 Sep
New teacher allowance cuts to remain 19 Sep
Extra 3,000 teachers needed to meet class size demand 18 Sep
Taoiseach 'calls for extension to teacher's working hours' 17 Sep
New 3-year social innovation programme launched 14 Sep
ETBs 'could help schools reduce running costs' 13 Sep
Good Practice Guide for School Breakfast Clubs launched 13 Sep
Junior Cert results announced today 12 Sep
Are Schools letting down our young children? 12 Sep
Minimum entry requirements increased by UCC 11 Sep
Enrolments fall at private schools due to economic pressures 10 Sep
Kids too embarrassed to read, study finds 7 Sep
New report highlights EU school calendar differences 6 Sep
Cuts to new teachers' qualification allowances proposed 5 Sep
Kids 'should be checked for head lice once a week' 4 Sep
Shine Ireland criticises autism home tuition funding cuts 3 Sep

Aug 2012

Digital learning embraced by over 60 schools 31 Aug
Primary school enrolments at 20-year high 30 Aug
77.8% Reduction in Child Fatalities Between 1997 and 2010 29 Aug
Kildare school opts for iPads over books 29 Aug
Mouth guards 'should be worn to protect against school sport injuries' 28 Aug
Plan ahead to reduce school costs by buying secondhand 27 Aug
Walking to school 'offers mental and physical benefits' 24 Aug
First Aid Training recommended for Babysitters 23 Aug
Older mothers have healthier children, research finds 22 Aug
45% of parents have made no provision to fund their children’s education 21 Aug
Proposals put forward to reform university points system 21 Aug
Dublin’s first iPad Montessori class 21 Aug
Over 50 per cent of higher degree courses increase in points 20 Aug
New proposals for student grant system 17 Aug
Review to take place of bonus points system 16 Aug
Students receive Leaving Certificate results 15 Aug
CAO points levels rise 14 Aug
Appeal for shops and pubs to clamp down on underage alcohol sales 13 Aug
VAT rate preventing parents from saving on ebooks 10 Aug
Increase in student number projections 9 Aug
Project Maths 'will not boost exam results' 9 Aug
HEAnet confirms 202 schools to receive 100Mbit/s broadband 8 Aug
Childcare costs more expensive than mortgages, study finds 7 Aug
Parents' activity levels influence kids, study finds 3 Aug
Study finds voluntary school contributions up 50 per cent 2 Aug
Parents going without food to afford back to school costs 1 Aug

July 2012

Toy Story 'number one film all children should see' 30 July
Study shows obesity in kids 'must be tackled' 27 July
Study shows obesity in kids 'must be tackled' 27 July
Quinn supports review of costly uniform practices 26 July
Minister Quinn announces patronage of 14 new Post-Primary schools 25 July
Playground smoking ban approved 24 July
Bishop warns against rushing Catholic school secularisation 23 July
Film sex scenes 'influence teenage behaviour' 20 July
Education Minister welcomes school investment funding 19 July
Facebook 'creating gambling problems among kids' 18 July
Pre-school TV viewing linked to overweight children 17 July
New school to open in September 16 July
Tablets help promote reading, parents claim 13 July
Summer Reading Programme launched 12 July
Harmful online content viewed by 1 in 4 children 11 July
New student loan scheme announced by TCD 10 July
EIB announces €100m investment in schools 9 July
Drivers 'should be punished for car seat errors' 6 July
Math high achiever numbers lagging behind other nations 5 July
HPSC calls for vaccinations before summer camps 4 July
Proposal launched to make cycle helmets compulsory 3 July
TD donates wages to help fund rural school 2 July

June 2012

Retail guidelines launched on kids clothing 29 June
Pre-teens using fake ages to access social networking sites 28 June
Second level schools to receive 'education passports' 27 June
The Home Straight 27 June
Teachers to have a say on Children First Bill 26 June
Digital programme helps boost school performance 25 June
Parents want more time to read to kids 22 June
Second Time Around 21 June
A quarter of pre-school children found to be overweight 21 June
Minister Quinns response to the report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism 20 June
New Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers 20 June
Internet blamed for falling reading rates among children 20 June
Coca Cola Reminds Irish non-profit organisations to avail of €125K fund 19 June
Drink and drug abuse 'can affect teen brain development' 19 June
Study finds BMI tests for children may be inaccurate 18 June
Sinn Fein demands inquiry into higher-level Leaving Cert maths paper 15 June
Cuts to special needs teaching time criticised 14 June
Corrective works required after pyrite found at 3 schools 13 June
On Your Bike! 13 June
New online student grant system launched 12 June
Backup papers ensure exam goes ahead as scheduled 11 June
Dublin 8 schools report 25 per cent reduction in absenteeism 8 June
My News 7 June
Students in 'crisis' could have exams delayed 7 June
Students achieving higher exam grades than ever before, study finds 6 June
Don't Forget Dad 6 June
Is there an app for that? 1 June
Teen binge drinking rates fall, research finds 1 June

May 2012

Research planned to assess benefits of free preschool places 31 May
Peer pressure helps encourage kids to exercise, study finds 29 May
Education Minister announces book grants protected 28 May
Next year's school books now available as e-books 25 May
Rehiring of retired primary school teachers to be examined 24 May
Excessive use of technology 'damaging for mental development' 23 May
National CareerSkills awards ceremony 22 May
Rainy Days - Go Away! 22 May
Cheese adverts 'important' as children need calcium 22 May
Academic claims bright kids should start school aged 6 21 May
Half of all parents have raised concerns about bullying, study finds 18 May
School expels 4 pupils for 'disparaging Facebook comments' 17 May
DES issues Circular on implementation of new Literacy & Numeracy Strategy 16 May
Measles outbreak sparks vaccination warning 16 May
Anti-bullying week initiative planned for Limerick schools 15 May
Disability funding cuts 'will leave school leavers stranded' 14 May
Sex education improving, study finds 11 May
Schools to hold 1 minute silence in memory of the Great Famine 10 May
Vetting of over 42,000 teachers expected to be delayed 9 May
Preparing for school – whose job is it anyway? 9 May
PE lessons putting girls off exercise for life, research reveals 8 May
Inspections highlight failing schools 4 May
New Chinese module launched in secondary schools 3 May
Breast feeding 'helps fight obesity in children' 2 May
Are we nearly there yet? 2 May
Schools urged to join global anti-bullying event 1 May

April 2012

Very Special Books 30 April
Church-run schools favoured by less than a third of parents 30 April
Many Irish children 'hit by deprivation' 27 April
Children 'should avoid excessive use of mobile phones' 26 April
School eBooks launch 'heralds digital learning' 25 April
Study finds 25 per cent of teens bullied 24 April
Quinn announces funding of €14m allowing almost 80 schools to replace prefabs with permanent classrooms 24 April
Sleep – who needs it? 24 April
RSA ‘Check it Fits’ Roadshow Coming Up - Free Demos for parents 24 April
Govt looking to use schools for cheap childcare 23 April
Paralympic Ireland launches campaign to educate kids 20 April
Former athletes to discuss tackling childhood obesity 19 April
Financial pressures fail to reduce Communion spending 18 April
Survey reveals 1 in 5 kids go to school hungry 17 April
Report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector 16 April
Minister announces Anti-Bullying forum 16 April
Kids to be weighed on first day of primary school 16 April
Fee-paying students lead the way in reading skills 13 April
Cuts to guidance support 'will lead to more school dropouts' 12 April
Study finds 1 in 5 secondary school kids hear voices 12 April
Teachers union slams Quinn's claims austerity gravity overlooked 11 April
Big Mother 11 April
School performance 'not linked to size' 10 April
Quinn raises concerns over religious education 5 April
Up to 64% of second-level schools may drop Leaving Cert subjects in 2012  4 April
Pupils 'perform better if pre-school learning is encouraged' 4 April
Exam fatigue blamed for poor test results 3 April
Consultation planned for cross-border education proposals 2 April

March 2012

Anti-bullying campaign 'needs to be stepped up' 30 March
Segregated religious lessons were proposed by State, report finds 29 March
No chocolate please, Mr Bunny 27 March
Violent video games 'can damage young minds' 27 March
Schools see rise in sleep deprived children 26 March
Music 'may help children understand maths' 23 March
Your views sought on new childrens protection legislation 22 March
Schools push for more pupils to avoid cuts 22 March
Teachers 'need to come from diverse backgrounds' 21 March
The unexpected outcome of Lent 20 March
School patronage report 'reveals strong differences' 20 March
Maths teacher upskilling course 'will be delayed' 19 March
Church of Ireland schools 'to be hit by budget' 16 March
No Irish universities make top 100 list 15 March
Heavy school bags 'cause irreversible back deformities' 13 March
Govt to create 80,000 new school places 12 March
Strict discipline 'can cause behavioural issues in kids' 9 March
Initiative tackles racism in the classroom 8 March
Junk Food - time to ditch the ads 7 March
ADHD diagnosis most likely in youngest classroom pupils 7 March
After-school activities to be cut by stretched parents 6 March
Patronage of new schools announced by Quinn 6 March
Study finds 45 per cent of kids cannot tie shoelaces 5 March
Secondary teaching cuts 'will cause long-term damage' 2 March
Quinn Announces €35m to replace school prefabs 1 March
Catholic pupils 'make up a quarter of Protestant school students' 1 March

Feb 2012

Books, Books, Books ! 29 Feb
Report finds just half of Travellers in secondary education 29 Feb
Disabled teens to see 5 per cent reduction in teaching support 28 Feb
Secondary schools move towards ebook learning 27 Feb
Quinn announces plans to reform teacher training 24 Feb
Quinn accused of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' 23 Feb
Teaching philosophy to kids 'helps boost IQ levels' 21 Feb
DOE to retain 235 DEIS posts 21 Feb
Giving up? 21 Feb
Fianna Fail announces support for LGB teachers 20 Feb
ASTI responds to DES Circular letter on Staffing Arrangements 17 Feb
Report finds teaching salaries directly linked to pupil performance 17 Feb
First year pupils score in top 30% for European fitness 16 Feb
Report finds 1 in 7 school pupils skip lunch 15 Feb
3,000 people to march in school budget cut protest 14 Feb
Majority of Co Donegal protestant schools 'face closure' 13 Feb
Secondary school completion rates above average, report finds 10 Feb
EU teaching launched through Blue Star Programme 9 Feb
Teachers unions advise on allowance freezes 8 Feb
Safer Internet Day to educate youngsters 7 Feb
New study finds deaf children 'failed by schools' 6 Feb
From the classroom to the streets 6 Feb
Guidance counsellor cuts 'could lead to lawsuits' 3 Feb
Cuts announced for Communion and Confirmation ENPs 2 Feb
Unions criticise government suspension of teaching allowances 1 Feb
All second level schools to get high speed broadband 1 Feb

Jan 2012

And They Call It Puppy Love 31 Jan
Children to be taught about internet safety 31 Jan
Education Minister defends primary school policy 30 Jan
Irish Primary Schools urged to ‘Spring’ into Science 30 Jan
Study reveals impact of hobbies on learning 27 Jan
Three-fifths of schools 'worse off financially' 26 Jan
How much does the earth weigh? 24 Jan
Govt 'improving its record' on children's rights 24 Jan
Up to 1,600 teachers set for retirement from next month 23 Jan
Science and maths 'most feared questions' by parents 20 Jan
Study highlights variation in primary school experiences 19 Jan
Teachers 'cannot be exempted' from cuts 18 Jan
Thinking outside the lunchbox 18 Jan
Small schools could be forced to share resources 17 Jan
DEIS 'having positive effect' on disadvantaged schools 16 Jan
Quinn: Cuts to DEIS schools a mistake 13 Jan
Report calls for shakeup of education system 12 Jan
Sinn Fein calls on govt to reverse education cuts 11 Jan
New bill to ensure teachers are qualified 10 Jan
Back to life – back to reality 10 Jan
Irish colleges to see record number of applications 9 Jan
Changes to learning support 'will harm pupils' 6 Jan
UL marks 40th Anniversary with €2,000 Scholarships for 40 Incoming Students 6 Jan
Govt 'cannot force schools' to offer healthy food 5 Jan
Minister to audit private school spending 4 Jan
Guidance Counsellors meet to discuss budget cuts 4 Jan
Single-sex schools 'to be targeted' for cuts 3 Jan

Dec 2011

Students 'should be encouraged' towards science subjects 30 Dec
Record numbers apply for Back to School payments 29 Dec
Christmas Day Childline calls rise by 38% 28 Dec
Junior Cycle reforms 'should be put on hold' 23 Dec
Leaving Certificate set for reforms 22 Dec
Children's rights group welcomes referendum pledge 21 Dec
Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative 21 Dec
Minister announces new school building projects 20 Dec
Class sizes 'set to rise' in small schools 19 Dec
Cuts 'could squeeze small schools out of existence' 16 Dec
Quinn 'to press ahead' with teaching post cuts 15 Dec
The gift of giving 14 Dec
Report highlights "clear lessons" for education system 14 Dec
Disadvantaged schools 'to be hit hard' by Budget 13 Dec
Private schools 'suing parents' over non-payment of fees 12 Dec
Schools 'could be left without heating' due to budget cuts 9 Dec
Send the gift of Education this christmas with Irish Charity Camara 9 Dec
Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative Abolished 8 Dec
Many teachers set for early retirement 8 Dec
Budget cuts will 'negatively affect' quality of education 7 Dec
In search of Santa 6 Dec
Education Sector Cuts Announced 6 Dec
Pupil-teacher ratio increase plans postponed 5 Dec
Axing Guidance Counsellors Would Have Serious Consequences 2 Dec
'One in four' three-year-olds overweight 2 Dec
Education cuts 'could harm key subjects' 1 Dec

Nov 2011

Gifts for the teacher 30 Nov
Gifted youngsters 'need to be challenged' 29 Nov
Education cuts - Parents’ deepest fears 28 Nov
Schools 'still employing unqualified teachers' 28 Nov
Public opposed to education cutbacks, survey finds 25 Nov
League tables criticised by teaching union 24 Nov
Duvet Days for the kids? 22 Nov
Teachers told to refuse intern jobs 22 Nov
Private schools to face rise in pupil-teacher ratio 21 Nov
Could school religion rule be scrapped? 18 Nov
Public sector reform plans to merge VECs 17 Nov
"Whole school approach" needed to tackle bullying 16 Nov
Board Games - teaching us all a lesson 16 Nov
Schools benefiting from donations tax break 15 Nov
Verbal bullying affects 25% of children, research shows 14 Nov
IVEA Welcomes Provision for 100,000 Permanent School Places 10 Nov
School building to be prioritised under new capital spending plans 10 Nov
Childhood obesity presents 'a significant challenge' 10 Nov
Minister welcomes 14 new school builds 9 Nov
A simple thank you 8 Nov
Govt cuts 'could result in loss of 2,000 teaching posts' 8 Nov
Costs for school transport 'could double' 7 Nov
Quinn approves plans to scrap Junior Certificate 4 Nov
Minister unveils new devolved school building projects 3 Nov
Summer-born children 'often lower achievers' 2 Nov
Students union pressures govt on fees 1 Nov

Oct 2011

Bus operators to challenge school transport management 28 Oct
'Most SNAs' now in schools 27 Oct
The Trouble With Halloween 26 Oct
'Half of remote area grants' going to parents at exclusive girls school 26 Oct
Teachers 'will challenge' pay rules for new entrants 25 Oct
Retiring teachers 'to be allowed to remain in the classroom' 24 Oct
Less than one in ten students read newspapers, study claims 21 Oct
Cap on Junior Cert Exam subjects not for 2012 states Minister 21 Oct
Annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal by Charity Team Hope 20 Oct
Switching Off 20 Oct
Under-2s 'get no benefit' from educational TV 20 Oct
Kids encouraged to embrace 'the joy of maths' 19 Oct
Many children 'at risk of back pain from school bags' 18 Oct
Financial pressures lead to rise in calls to parenting line 17 Oct
Junior Certificate reforms 'must be carefully considered' 14 Oct
Secondary school inspections to start this month 13 Oct
Many young people 'at risk' though internet activities 12 Oct
Optometrists urge Children’s Eye Test during Bright Eyes week 12 Oct
Give me a break - from the ads 12 Oct
Minister Quinn meets with Educational Book Publishers to Reduce School Book Costs 11 Oct
School patronage 'not a priority' for parents 11 Oct
Autistic students still without school places 10 Oct
Irish universities drop in world rankings 7 Oct
Is social networking becoming too social? 5 Oct
Ireland 'needs clear strategy' for foreign language education 5 Oct
Many pupils 'would rather squint' than wear glasses 4 Oct
Children 'main cause of anger among motorists' 3 Oct

Sep 2011

Publication of updated Child Protection Procedures for schools 30 Sep
Teaching unions criticise changes to pensions 30 Sep
A third of maths teachers are under-qualified, survey finds 29 Sep
Free Family Fun National Trails Day Sun 2nd Ocober 29 Sep
Irish class sizes 'among largest in Europe' 28 Sep
Television advertising of unhealthy food to children – have your say! 27 Sep
Feeling Crafty 27 Sep
NCCA approves Junior Certificate replacement plans 26 Sep
Seat belts now the law on private buses for kids transport. 26 Sep