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Only 46 Catholic Schools oversubscribed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOnly 46 Catholic Schools oversubscribed


According to an article in the Irish Catholic today, the number of Catholic schools that are oversubscribed is dramatically lower than has been claimed in the media and undermines claims that one in five Catholic schools are over-subscribed and therefore forced to apply a ‘Catholics’ first’ policy.

The newspaper reports that it conducted research that shows that less than ... click to read full post & comments


TUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingTUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools


TUI Statement 5th February 2016 re proposed Strike Action

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced that its members at second level and in the further and adult education sectors will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, 24th February, unless meaningful progress is made with the Department of Education and Skills. A meeting is set to take place between ... click to read full post & comments


Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/02/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsTwenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Twenty youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland have today been announced as the finalists of the 2016 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of ... click to read full post & comments


Minister's address at IPPN Annual Conference

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister's address at IPPN Annual Conference


The following contains some of the more major points made by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan's address to the IPPN Conference yesterday evening:

Investment in education
"Since my appointment as Minister, I have fought for additional investment in education.
I passionately believe in education as a liberating, progressive force in society.
And I believe that everyone should have equal ... click to read full post & comments


School Leaving Age Set to be raised from 16

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/01/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Leaving Age Set to be raised from 16


The National Skills Strategy 2025 was officially launched by the government yesterday which outlined plans to increase the school leaving age from 16 in order to further develop skills and education over the next ten years.

A part of the strategy hopes to promote ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met


TUI Statement on Teacher Strike Action before General Election.

"Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the second level and further/adult education sectors have voted by a margin of 89% to engage in a campaign of industrial action to secure ... click to read full post & comments


RENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersRENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment


RENUA unveiled it’s party manifesto yesterday in preparation for the forthcoming election.
The main priorities set out in its manifesto for education are:

  • Lead the biggest change in early childcare since free education in the 1960’s
  • Implement strong ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Calls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCalls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools


    As the final whistle is about to be blown on a year of sporting highs, and ahead of a spring General Election, the Federation of Irish Sport has today called on political parties to commit to a level playing field when it comes to sport in Ireland.

    The Federation is calling for 2 hours' PE in secondary schools and ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    School secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today welcomed the recent arbitration decision which recommended significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

    A cumulative pay increase of 10% between 2016 and 2019 was recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers comprehended by the terms of the arbitration process. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of ... click to read full post & comments


    New campaign seeks equality for children in education system

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew campaign seeks equality for children in education system


    A new campaign group, Equate, has been launched to advocate for equality in education rights for children regardless of their faith or background. The launche coincides with ongoing coverage in the media recently over the impact of ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go


    The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that she is to repeal ‘Rule 68’ which states that “that religious instruction is “by far the most important” part of the school curriculum. More fully it states:

    "Of all the parts of the school curriculum religious instruction is by far the most important, as its subject-matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister  welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy


    Minister encourages education partners to have their say on an important issue for schools.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today welcomed the publication by her Department of a consultation on “Advancing School Autonomy in Ireland”.

    The Department has published a comprehensive research paper on ... click to read full post & comments


    Construction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today announced that the Inspired Spaces Consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of the five new schools that have been included in Bundle 5 of the Department's Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) programme.

    The Minister stated: "It is my pleasure to announce that, subject to the conclusion of the remaining stages in the procurement process, it is anticipated that construction of these five schools will commence in Summer 2016. It is expected that construction will be completed and that the new school buildings will be available for occupation in the second half of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Bill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers


    Yesterday, the Dáil made an historic move when the Lower House passed a bill which will make it illegal to discriminatie against LGBT teachers in Irish schools and hospitals under religious run schools

    The bill has already passed the Senate and will now go to the president for ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2015

    Posted by SchoolDayse Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2015


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2015 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.
    To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    New online resource for developing early literacy skills launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew online resource for developing early literacy skills launched


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday launched a new on-line resource, which aims to support teachers in developing the literacy skills of young primary school pupils. The Balanced Approach to Literacy Development in the Early Years has been researched and developed by the ... click to read full post & comments


    McDonald's outlet beside 3 wicklow schools axed

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMcDonald's outlet beside 3 wicklow schools axed


    The proposed McDonald's drive-through restaurant to be located opposite three schools at the Blacklion Centre in Greystones will not now go ahead.

    Temple Carraig secondary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow, had ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIreland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries


    The OECD says that Irish teachers are among the best paid internationally, according to their report 'Education at a Glance, released this morning.

    The report found that Irish Primary and Secondary school teachers are in the top ten of the best paid teachers in the world despite ... click to read full post & comments


    School takes legal challenge to try prevent opening of McDonalds

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchool takes legal challenge to try prevent opening of McDonalds


    A secondary school in Wicklow has taken legal action against planning approval granted for the opening of a McDonald's fast food restaurant less than ... click to read full post & comments


    Limerick school considering religion opt-out request

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick school considering religion opt-out request


    According to a report on RTE this morning, Castletroy College, a second level school in Limerick, is to consider whether a first-year pupil can be allowed to opt out of studying religion.

    A parent of a student in the school had requested that his daughter be allowed opt out of the subject but was advised by the school that ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    New supports to help kids with disabilities attend pre-school

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew supports to help kids with disabilities attend pre-school


    A major new programme aimed at providing supports to children with disabilities in free pre-school has been launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly, along with the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and ... click to read full post & comments


    'Our Universe' science programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers'Our Universe' science  programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students


    Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), is bringing the 'Our Universe' programme to over 5,000 primary school students around Ireland. The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage primary school students to ... click to read full post & comments


    New school building projects announced to cope with baby boom

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew school building projects announced to cope with baby boom


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD today announced a new programme of capital investment in schools.  Running from 2016 to 2021 this significant investment will provide funding for 310 major school projects, resulting in an additional ... click to read full post & comments


    New language curriculum for primary schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew language curriculum for primary schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has approved a new language curriculum for primary schools.

    The new curriculum will see the same structure applied to both English and Irish for the first time. It will focus on the development of ... click to read full post & comments


    New Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16


    A new Leaving Certificate course on Politics and Society will commence in schools next September according to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD.

    This week all schools will receive a detailed specification of the new course.  Schools will be invited to ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'


    A global movement, dubbed the Hour of Code, will take place from December 7th - 13th. It aims to introduce over 100 million students around the world to ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for 'No Fry Zone' near schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCalls for 'No Fry Zone' near schools


    Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called on the four Dublin Councils to adopt a ‘no fry zone’ of 500m around schools and playgrounds.

    Senator Noone states that this move would, in effect, mean that no ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    €108 Million for schools Minor Work & Summer Works Schemes

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€108 Million for schools Minor Work & Summer Works Schemes


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has today officially confirmed the provision of €28.5 million for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools for the current school year and also the allocation of €80 million over 2016 and 2017 for a multi-annual Summer Works Scheme for schools. This funding was initially promised as part of ... click to read full post & comments


    New 'beliefs and ethics' subject proposed for Primary Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew 'beliefs and ethics' subject proposed for Primary Schools


    The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have launched a new consultation paper which may impact the future of ... click to read full post & comments


    School to pay €4,000 for discrimination of separated dad

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool to pay €4,000 for discrimination of separated dad


    The Equality Tribunal has ruled in favour of a separated father's case against his daughter's school. The court heard how the school caused him "anxiety and distress" by treating him differently to other parents.

    The father claims that ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Primary Schools need more diverse Religious Ed, says research

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ReligionPrimary Schools need more diverse Religious Ed, says research


    A research paper by sociologists at Trinity College Dublin have found that religious education in state run primary schools in Ireland should include teachings about different faiths outside christianity to correspond with our ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals


    A press statement from the ASTI today advises that it's members have rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals by 74% to 26%.

    Commenting on the result, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said the Agreement does not ... click to read full post & comments


    BUDGET 2016 - How the budget impacts the education sector

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBUDGET 2016 - How the budget impacts the education sector


    Here is a summary of Budget 2016 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:

    Summary:

  • 2,260 additional teaching posts to be provided in 2016, including 600 new resource teachers.

  • Pupil teacher ratio will go from 28:1 to 27:1 at primary and from 19:1 to ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Five schools to be inspected over fire safety concerns

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingFive schools to be inspected over fire safety concerns


    The Irish Examiner, who broke the story this week about fire safety issues at a Dublin school, has today revealed that the firm that built the Educate Together school in North County Dublin also constructed at least ... click to read full post & comments


    €210m investment in digital technology for schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/10/2015.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€210m investment in digital technology for schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, has announced a €210m investment in digital technology in schools, the largest ever such investment.

    The funding will drive the five year Digital Strategy for Schools which the Minister launched today at the ... click to read full post & comments


    Jan O'Sullivan welcomes increase in Education Investment

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsJan O'Sullivan welcomes increase in Education Investment

    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today welcomed the significant capital funding that will be invested in our education system through the Government’s €27bn capital programme.

    Over the next six years some €3.8bn ... click to read full post & comments


    Children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersChildren from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them


    25% of children from poorer background feel that teachers do not understand them and that inequality between rich and poor Irish families is limiting children’s potential, according to ... click to read full post & comments


    First ever Primary religious curriculum launched by Bishops

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ReligionFirst ever Primary religious curriculum launched by Bishops


    Bishops in Ireland are asking parents to get more involved with religious education and help kids learn about Catholic teachings. They have launched their own education programme entitled 'Grow In Love' for junior and senior infant pupils in ... click to read full post & comments


    Row over diversity poster sent to primary schools by INTO

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRow over diversity poster sent to primary schools by INTO


    Teachers' Union the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) this week launched a new resource entitled "Different families, same love" to primary schools around Ireland to promote and encourage ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Global Action Plan launches "Water Explorer" Initiative for Schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingGlobal Action Plan launches


    Leading environmentalist Duncan Stewart, Olympic pentathlete, Natalya Coyle, and high performance swimmer Bethany Carson, this week launched Global Action Plan's innovative Water Explorer 2016 programme in the fitting surroundings of Dublin's National Aquatic Centre.

    Schools around the country are being ... click to read full post & comments


    Enrollment for Private Schools booming once more

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/09/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEnrollment for Private Schools booming once more


    Many private schools around Ireland are experiencing a boom as parents are once again putting their children’s names down for enrollment for classes that won’t begin until 2027 - a sure sign that the sector has turned a corner since the recession. During the recession a signifcant number of the fee paying schools ... click to read full post & comments


    New Governance Manual for Primary Schools Published

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Governance Manual for Primary Schools Published


    Announcing the publication of a new Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015- 2019, Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, thanked the many thousands of volunteers across the country, including thousands of parents, who have served on primary school Boards of Management over the last four years.

    Elections will be arranged by individual schools over the ... click to read full post & comments


    Pilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, yesterday announced that a pilot of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools to support children with ... click to read full post & comments


    Computers do not improve school performance, says OECD

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/09/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersComputers do not improve school performance, says OECD


    A global study has found that computers do not improve pupil learning and investing heavily in technology in schools has not influenced their performance.

    A global study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) called Students, Computers and Learning found that schools with prominent use of computers in the classroom did not ... click to read full post & comments