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Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStill No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15


According to The Journal last night, there are still no Educational Welfare Officers (EWO) for Dublin 3, 7 and 15.

EWO’s are responsible for ensuring children between 6 and 16 years old are attending school. Over a decade ago, the National Educational Welfare Board was set up under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. Tulsa, The Child and Family Agency are responsible for these officers, as their website states:
“Our job is to support families and make sure that every child receives an education. Almost all children do this through school.”

If a child misses too much school, the school will ... click to read full post & comments


Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTraining of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

One in ten teachers have not yet completed the required training course for the new Junior English cycle curriculum due to commence in September.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told the Dail “up to 4,814 English teachers attended continuing professional development during 2013 and 2014,” referring to ... click to read full post & comments


55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Posted by Schooldays NewsHound on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Research carried out by Bank of Ireland Life and online parent resource Schooldays.ie has found that 99% of parents want their children to progress to third level education but 55% of parents have yet to start saving for it. Parents are funding third level education in different ways with 43% using savings, 23% availing of education grants, 19% using day to day money and 15% taking out a loan to send their child to university. Of those that have started to save, 42% are only saving between €20 and €50 per month.

The research looked at the cost of education to parents over the course of primary, secondary and third level education with over 1,400 parents from across the country taking part in the online survey. The number of parents who have experienced financial challenges in putting their children through school has dropped 7% from last year’s research, with 58% in 2014 experiencing financial challenges compared to 65% in 2013.
The research also highlighted that almost 50% of third level students don’t receive ... click to read full post & comments


Drop out rates among college students reach high levels

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDrop out rates among college students reach high levels

According to The Irish Independant, recent report findings have led the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to question whether students are adequately prepared for the adjustment from second to third level education.

The report, based on a study of students who made the transition into third level during the year 2010/2011, found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Education Minister announced

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Education Minister announced

Government has just announced in today’s cabinet reshuffle that Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan will replace retiring Ruairi Quinn as Minister for Education.

After a few days delay, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tanaiste Joan Burton will finally reveal the official new ... click to read full post & comments


Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsUnion calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

With the cost of accommodation to rise this September for university on-campus students, the Union of Students Ireland ( USI) is asking that the Leaving Certificate results be made available before August 13th to give students extra time to find accommodation.

Student Union president, Laura Harmon says that by bringing ... click to read full post & comments


Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Labour TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has announced his resignation from as Education Minister today. The 68 year old Labour TD for Dublin South-East has said he will resign his posts before the Labour Party reshuffle next week. His resignation comes as speculation was mounting within the party as potential new ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/06/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

A funding crisis in Dublin primary schools means dozens maybe be forced to close because of cuts in financial schemes for schools. Director of education secretariat at the Archdiocese of Dublin told the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, that many Dublin schools were running out of money and could be forced to close in two years.

Reported in The Irish Times today, the committee was also told that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to block school league tables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to block school league tables


The Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, has secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile secondary school league tables.

The Minister has defended his decision on the basis that such league tables do not give the ... click to read full post & comments


Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Posted by SchooldaysNewshound on 24/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersOver 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has today announced that over 500 Irish primary schools will receive the esteemed Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence.

The DPSM Awards, which are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, are run through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme. Of the 517 recipients, 16 schools received their 10th Award of Science and Maths Excellence, and will be presented with a prize from Abbott Ireland.

The DPSM Award requires primary schools to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 23/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents want daily half hour of exercise in schools


Two reports that came out recently highlighting childhood obesity and public opinion are asking government to use their power to curb the soaring childhood obesity levels in Ireland. The Safefoods report asked parents what they think should be done at a government level believing that, ‘child-focused policies, informational measures, subsidies for healthy foods and co-operation between government and the food industry,’ are needed to address this issue.

Today’s Irish Independent also reported that parent’s surveyed ‘believe the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


School support system to be reformed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSchool support system to be reformed


The current special needs school support system faces reform as Minister for Education and Skills Ruarí Quinn publishes new report drawn up by a working group of The National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

Under the current system, better-off parents who can afford to pay for a private diagnosis of their child’s disability are at an advantage, as they are able to access teaching resources denied to worse off parents with the same needs. Reforms aim to remove the need for ... click to read full post & comments


Parents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

“Parents will get lessons on the new-style Junior Cert as their children prepare for major changes in the way they are taught and assessed.” says Katherine Donnelly writing for The Irish Independant.

With approximately 60,000 students entering into post primary education this September, education chiefs have arranged a number of meetings for parents in the hope that they will learn about what is involved in ... click to read full post & comments


Education Passports to be introduced this September

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEducation Passports to be introduced this September

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 ... click to read full post & comments


Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsClasses on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

“A confidential report is to recommend to the cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a ‘core element’ in primary and secondary school curriculums” says Adrian Weckler, writing for the Irish Independant.

The report, written by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, states that teachers must ... click to read full post & comments


Plans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPlans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Plans to create a hybrid course allowing teachers to take part in both primary and secondary teaching are currently underway. Writing for The Irish Times, Joe Humphreys states that the proposal is contained in plans by TCD, UCD, Marino Institute of Education and The National College of Art and Design, who hope to merge ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsLeaving Cert sat in advance by experts


As the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Examinations get underway today, it’s reported that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) have taken extra precautions to try and avoid the embarrassing mistakes that were found on papers in previous years.

The SEC has brought in independent subject experts to sit ... click to read full post & comments


Should TY be retained - see what the students think

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting Secondary School NewsShould TY be retained - see what the students think


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has welcomed the publication of a new report on Transition Year (TY) compiled by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU).  The ISSU undertook this quantitative and qualitative study “Transition year: exploring the student experience” at the request of the Minister. 

The study shows 89% of those surveyed took part in Transition Year in their school and the same percentage were happy that they did so.  The overall consensus of students and TY co-ordinators is that the year should ... click to read full post & comments


Students may give evidence at teacher hearings

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/05/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingStudents may give evidence at teacher hearings


The Teaching Council, which was established in 2006, is responsible for ensuring high professional standards within the teaching profession. One of it’s key roles will be to investigate complaints made against registered teachers and applying sanctions where appropriate – currently such complaints are dealt with at school level.

While the Council’s investigative and disciplinary functions are not yet in effect it is expected that the Minister will enact legislation this summer to provide for 'Fitness to Teach' investigations. Such investigations would be viewed as a last resort and would only be initiated after all school disciplinary processes have been exhausted.

When the new laws have been enacted, any individual may ... click to read full post & comments


Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingIs honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching


Last month, during the INTO Conference, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn sparked debate by suggesting that primary school teachers should have achieved a minimum of a pass grade in Higher Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate.

Quinn said that there was evidence that “young women who do the Junior Certificate and take Higher Level Mathematics comfortably in the Junior Certificate exam, ... click to read full post & comments


Another Private School Scraps Fees

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAnother Private School Scraps Fees

The Board of Governors of St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School has announced (16.04.14),that it will enter the Free Education Scheme in September 2014.

According the Principal, Sylvia Hick, moving into the Free Education Scheme will enable the Grammar School to maintain its high standard of education, while retaining its curriculum and current teaching staff. The school ’s entry to the scheme will offer a choice to those seeking a school with ... click to read full post & comments


Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, who is also Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Commitee, has written to all schools requesting them to observe a minute of silent reflection in their schools at midday on Friday 09th May 2014 in memory of all those who suffered loss during the Great Famine. The text of the letter from the Minister is displayed below.

Dear Principal

In May 2008, the Government decided to inaugurate an annual National Famine Commemoration Day in memory of ... click to read full post & comments


Minister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes


Speaking at the annual conference of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) this morning, Minister for Edeucation Ruairi Quinn has suggested more flexible timetabling for religious education in Primary Schools which would allow students opting out of religion classes to participate in another class. The Minister acknowledged that this arrangement would work better in larger schools.

Another option referred to by the Minister “would be to have ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced


Minister Quinn publishes update on “Transitions” reform

A new model for the grading of Leaving Certificate Examinations with eight bands is likely to replace the existing model which has 14 bands.  The new model is emerging as a result of extensive discussions with practitioners, students and stakeholders, as well as both the State Exams Commission (SEC) and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. revealed the proposed new grading scheme as part of a progress report on the reform of the transition of second level students into higher education. The high number of grades that currently exist (A1, A2, B1, B2 etc.) are acknowledged to be contributing to a culture of teaching to the test and rote learning.
Further consideration of the grading bands is on-going with a view to introducing the new grading scheme for students sitting the Leaving Cert in ... click to read full post & comments


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, Ruairí 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(1)


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, Ruairí 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, Ruairí 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, Ruairí 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

Ruairí 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, Ruairí 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, Ruairí 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



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