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400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


'Unschooling' Conference to be held in Ireland

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

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

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

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


Central Bank want parents to make school payments by bank transfer

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

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

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


386 School Improvement Projects announced

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

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

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


Take-Aways near schools may be banned

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

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

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


Announcement of new multi-denominational schools to open

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


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

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


Lunchtime protests today by secondary teachers

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

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


Loreto Abbey to be converted back into secondary school

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

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

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


Record numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014

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

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

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


27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action

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


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


Over 90% of students complete Leaving Cert

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

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

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


New Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Priests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Teacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes

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

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

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


Junior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA

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

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

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


Not all Pupils receiving 28 hours a week teaching hours

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

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

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


Minister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme

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

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

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


High Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools

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

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

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


Underperforming Teachers to face new sanctions

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

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

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


Research shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister

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

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

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

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


Denominational education may be protected says Ombudsman

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

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

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


Circular on Reducing Uniform Costs issued to Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/12/2013.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCircular on Reducing Uniform Costs issued to Schools

The Department of Education has today issued a Circular Letter on reducing cost of uniforms to schools. The Circular Letter includes a ballot paper to issue to parents on school uniforms. The survey, which was developed in consultation with the education partners, asks two main questions:

* Do parents want ... click to read full post & comments


Readings Great - 'Time To Read' launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2013.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsReadings Great - 'Time To Read' launched

The 'Time to Read' programme, sponsored by ESB, twins fourteen primary schools with local businesses across Ireland to give valuable reading support to 2nd class primary school children, with participant teachers already reporting a significant impact on the children’s comprehension and fluency when reading. The community based programme is part of BITC’s ongoing work to help businesses have a more positive impact on the communities in which they do business.

Volunteers from participating businesses are assigned to a primary school, in their local community where they spend ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 03/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement

The Department of Education & Science have this afternoon released the statement below on the ASTI and Haddington Road Agreement. The ASTI have responded stating they "will respond with strong trade union action". - see ASTI statement also included below.

Department of Education & Science Statement
"The Government today discussed the outcome of the recent discussions between the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI).  The ASTI membership is currently voting on the Haddington Road agreement.

Ministers have previously said that the continued payment of the Substitution and Supervision allowance to ASTI members is unsustainable.
The Government has decided that ... click to read full post & comments


390 Additional SNA posts announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting390 Additional SNA posts announced

Education Minister, Ruari Quinn, has announced that the Cabinet has agreed to increase the cap on the number of SNAs in order to meet demands of growing school population
This will bring to almost 11,000 the number of SNA posts available to work with children who have an assessed need for an SNA in primary and post primary schools.

According to the Minister's Press Release "These extra posts will ensure that ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland's 15 year olds improve dramatically in Science

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeacherIreland's 15 year olds improve dramatically in Science

The OECD PISA results (Programme for International Student Assessment) in 2012 have been published. PISA 2012 is the programme’s 5th survey and assesses the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science (with a focus on mathematics) in 65 countries and economies.

Around 510 000 students between the ages of 15 years 3 months and 16 years 2 months participated in the assessment, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally. The students took ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers at risk of redundancy if ASTI reject Agreement

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers at risk of redundancy if ASTI reject Agreement

In a move that is likely to raise tensions between the ASTI and Government, the Department of Education has circulated a list of schools where teachers are at risk of redundancy if their union does not sign up to the Haddington Road Agreement( HRA). According to the Independent newspaper, the list covers up to 48 ... click to read full post & comments


Construction to start on 37 new school buildings next year

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction to start on 37 new school buildings next year

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairķ Quinn, T.D., has announced the 70 school projects which are scheduled for construction in 2014.

A €2 billion five-year capital investment programme, launched by Minister Quinn in March 2012, gave details of 275 new major school building projects to begin over the period 2012-2016.
The new school buildings and major extensions which are being announced today are part of the five year plan.

Some €470 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €320 million.
The 70 major projects scheduled to proceed to construction in 2014 are:

* 22 new schools at primary level

* 12 extensions at primary level

* 12 new schools at second-level

* 20 extensions at second-level

* 3 new special schools and 1 major special school extension

These school projects will deliver over 27,500 permanent school places and of these over 21,000 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.
In addition, the Minister confirmed that a total of 44 major school projects have now reached substantial completion in 2013.

Announcing details of the 2014 building programme Minister Quinn said, “I am delighted to confirm today the major school projects which will be built next year.”
“Not only will quality permanent school places be built for 27,500 pupils across the country, but this significant investment will support 3,200 direct jobs and 640 indirect jobs in 2014.”

A list of the projects for construction in 2014 can be viewed here



... click to read full post & comments


Urgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingUrgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Schools

Camara Ireland has issued an urgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Irish schools. There has been a surge in demand for Camara’s educational technology packages and we have not yet sourced enough used laptops to meet this demand. With the waiting list growing by the day, Camara is appealing to ... click to read full post & comments


School League Tables Published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/11/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsSchool League Tables Published

School league tables were published today by a number of national newspapers showing the progression rates from individual secondary schools around Ireland to third level. Overall there appears to be little difference between the performance of fee-paying and state schools although the lists of schools which send students to high points courses is dominated by fee-paying schools.

In general, an increasing number of students are ... click to read full post & comments(1)


School kids 'losing interest in science by age 8'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/11/2013.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool kids 'losing interest in science by age 8'

The government has announced the launch of a new review group that aims to improve engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among schoolchildren.

Chaired by Professor Brian Mac Craith, president of Dublin City University, the STEM Education Review Group will assess potential research strategies in the field of STEM education at primary and post-primary levels.

... click to read full post & comments


Raheny student Paul Clarke, picks up the top prize at SciFest 2013

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersRaheny student Paul Clarke, picks up the top prize at SciFest 2013

Paul Clarke, a student of St Paul's College, Raheny, picked up the top prize at SciFest 2013 this afternoon. Paul has solved a problem related to the Travelling Salesman Problem, which has been baffling mathematics since the 1930s. His discovery has taken us a step closer to solving the ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot on new Haddington Road proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI to ballot on new Haddington Road proposals

Statement below issued by ASTI this evening 16th November

"ASTI members are to be balloted on new Haddington Road proposals following a meeting of the union’s Central Executive Council today.
The 180-member Executive body also voted to put the proposals to a ballot of union members with a recommendation that members ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to ballot parents on school uniform policy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchools to ballot parents on school uniform policy


The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairķ Quinn T.D. has moved to tackle the cost of school uniforms by strengthening the role of parents in how schools decide their policies on uniforms.
The education partners will now be invited to engage with Department officials on how to implement this change which will include compiling a template questionnaire that schools can use to consult with parents on uniforms.
All schools that have uniform policies, or are contemplating one, will use ... click to read full post & comments


Additional €70 Million for School Improvements

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAdditional €70 Million for School Improvements

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairķ Quinn T.D., has today announced the allocation of almost €70 million for school improvements. Over €28 million is being made available as a once-off payment to primary schools as part of the Minor Works Grant scheme. Another €40 million will be allocated under the Summer Works Scheme 2014 which is being re-introduced to fund the improvement and upgrading of existing school buildings.

The Minor Works Grant will be paid to primary schools in the coming weeks and will enable schools to undertake ... click to read full post & comments


Report uncovers weakness in teaching of Irish and maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/11/2013.
Tags: Education And PoliticsReport uncovers weakness in teaching of Irish and maths

There are considerable weaknesses in the teaching of Irish and maths at schools across the country. 

This is according to the Chief Inspector's Report 2010-12, which has been compiled as a result of visits to 93 per cent of Irish primary and post-primary schools during this period.

... click to read full post & comments


Minister Quinn Launches Chief Inspector's Report 2010-2012

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers NewsMinister Quinn Launches Chief Inspector's Report 2010-2012

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The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairķ Quinn T.D., has today launched the Chief Inspector's Report on quality and standards in primary and post-primary schools and centres for education. The report, which is based on inspections carried out by the Department between 2010 and 2012, found the standards of teaching and learning were ... click to read full post & comments


Parents paying for School Maintenance and Security

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/10/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teacher News

text re imageDetails of a comprehensive study which was undertaken by the ESRI of educational governance and financing across the three different sectors of second-level schools in Ireland, namely, voluntary secondary schools, vocational schools, and community/comprehensive schools, has been published today

The research shows that voluntary secondary schools, which account for the majority of the State’s second-level pupils, are far more ... click to read full post & comments