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Education Passports to be introduced this September


Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014. Education Passports to be introduced this SeptemberTags: Teachers Education And Politics

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

The minister spoke to the council regarding the new Education Passport - to be introduced this coming September. The document is to aid the transition of children from primary to post primary education, and is to “provide valuable and necessary information to the post-primary school where the child is enrolled.”

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have produced a number of template documents that will make up the Education Passport. Included in these documents is the sixth class report card, which will detail each child’s academic performance, personality and attendance, as well as any information on special educational needs that may be present. Two other documents will accompany this report card and will comprise of one completed by the child and a second completed by the parents or guardians of the child.

The documents contained within the Education Passport will allow young students and their parents to “identify areas which they enjoy, detail their extracurricular interests, and also mention areas where the child sometimes needs additional help.”

Minister Quinn stressed the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education and spoke of the need for changes to legislation. The minister plans to introduce a Parents’ and Students’ Charter which is set to “strengthen the position of parents within the school system, and to bring about a culture change in how schools involve parents and students”

To read the entire speech made by the minister click here.


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