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Irish Teens Above Average in International Study

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsIrish Teens Above Average in International Study


Irish 15 year olds have performed above average in an international assessment, carried out by the OECD, which focussed on Science, Maths and Reading.

The Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA) is carried out every three years. 6,000 Irish students took part in 2015 along with half a million other students from 72 countries, including 35 OECD countries.

This year, Irish students ranked ... click to read full post & comments


Draft Parent & Student Charter Bill published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingDraft Parent & Student Charter Bill published


The Minister, together with Deputy Jim Daly, announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a new law, which will require every school to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter.

This will fulfil a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education to improve information and complaint ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

 
The ASTI is to ballot its members on a set of proposals from the Department of Education and Skills following talks which concluded earlier this week. 
 
The decision to hold a ballot was taken by the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) today. The CEC is recommending that members ... click to read full post & comments


Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingPossible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute


Media outlets are this morning reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute.

Talks have been underway for a number of weeks to try and resolve a number of issues of contention around ... click to read full post & comments


Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications invited for patronage of 4 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in ... click to read full post & comments


New schools to get early Principal appointments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew schools to get early Principal appointments


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced improved supports to facilitate the smooth establishment of new primary and post-primary schools.

The first element of the improved supports involves new schools being permitted to appoint a school principal from ... click to read full post & comments


School Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists


Below are extracts from the Minister's recent speech on the Education (admission to Schools) Bill 2016. Among it's measures are a ban on waiting lists and fees relating to admisions along with a requirement that schools ... click to read full post & comments


Students could sit on school BOMs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingStudents could sit on school BOMs


The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to publish the new Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill over the coming weeks. According to the Irish Times, the heads of the Bill were approved by the Cabinet recently and are due to be published soon by the Minister.

When enacted, the new legislation will require schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this week announced details of a €28.5m minor works grant for primary schools throughout the country.

Minister Bruton said: “You can’t achieve a prosperous economy without a fair society, and you can’t ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the patronage of the nine new post-primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018. In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group.

These schools were announced in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAll secondary schools to re-open tomorrow


Statement from ASTI - 9.05 pm

ASTI Accepts invitation to talks 
 
Earlier today the ASTI was invited by the Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council Ms Anna Perry to enter talks to explore possibilities to ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI 'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI  'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close


Statement from ASTI - 7pm 6th November

'Update on ASTI/ Department of Education talks 
 
The ASTI tonight said it is regrettable that tomorrow’s planned withdrawal from supervision and substitution will go ahead despite ... click to read full post & comments


430 additional Resource Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting430 additional Resource Teachers


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

Resource Teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI Strike Dates Announced


The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
 
ASTI members will engage in strike action on the following dates ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2017 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/10/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2017 Education Update


Education spending within the Budget of €9.5 billion represents 16% of total spending and an increase in spending of €458 million.

Here is a summary of Budget 2017 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:  ... click to read full post & comments


Homes near secondary schools cost more

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsHomes near secondary schools cost more


Recent research, carried out by Trinity College in partnership with Daft.ie, examined whether proximity to secondary schools is reflected in the value of homes.

The research concluded that the cost of houses ... click to read full post & comments


Pay deal for newly qualified teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPay deal for newly qualified teachers


Officials from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and representatives from the INTO and TUI have had a series of meetings since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 1 February 2012.

These discussions took place within the ... click to read full post & comments


Government launches Action Plan for Education

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingGovernment launches Action Plan for Education


Hundreds of actions to be implemented with particular focus on disadvantage, skills, and continuous improvement within the education service.

New implementation structures to include quarterly progress reports and updated ... click to read full post & comments


Castelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCastelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute


The new Castlebar Educate Together School opened with 12 pupils this week in temporary classrooms amid planning objections to the proposed long term site for the school in ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/09/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to ballot on industrial action


The ASTI announced it is to conduct two separate ballots on industrial action.
 
Members will be balloted on industrial action up to and including strike action over new teachers’ pay. In a separate ballot, over measures applied to ASTI members following their rejection of the ... click to read full post & comments


New JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched


The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today launched the new Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science subject specifications. The Minister visited Adamstown Community College to mark the occasion.

This is a significant element of curriculum reform underway via the ... click to read full post & comments


New primary schools opening and amalgating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew primary schools opening and amalgating near you


There are five new primary schools opening around the country this week ! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


New Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you


There are nine new secondary schools opening around the country this week to receive a hopefully excited bunch of first year students! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/08/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsProgress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers


Progress is being reported in talks between the Department of Education & Skills and the teachers' unions aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5000 to newly qualified teachers.

The ASTI has already indicated that it would ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths


Today is an anxious day for parents and students receiving leaving certificate results. While those who applied to College won’t know until next Monday whether they have secured their preferred option, the results today will give ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 09/08/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes


The NCSE is today publishing new Guidelines for Setting up and Organising Special Classes. Special classes are for some students with special educational needs who benefit from smaller class sizes.

NCSE[1] research carried out by the ESRI and TCD found that some teachers felt ... click to read full post & comments


School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2016.
Tags: Parents Education And Politics TeachersSchool Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that Government has approved the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016. 

The Bill will be introduced to the Oireachtas this week with view to enactment as soon as possible after that. The Programme for Government targets enactment of this legislation before ... click to read full post & comments(3)


New Educate Together Primary School announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Educate Together Primary School announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the opening, from September 2016, of a new primary school under the patronage of Educate Together.

This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours


ASTI Standing Committee today decided to accept an invitation from the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to discuss “issues of concern” to the Union and the Minister.

“Teachers have experienced a significant ... click to read full post & comments


Legal Experts contradict Taoiseach on school admissions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/06/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLegal Experts contradict Taoiseach on school admissions


Three constitutional law experts from UCC, NUIG and Trinity College Dublin have published a legal opinion that conflicts with the Taoiseach's assertion that there were potentially very significant constitutional barriers to changing ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAction Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools


A new Action Plan for disadvantaged schools will be published by the end of this year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced (Monday).

Minister Bruton today visited a primary school in north Dublin to lay out his initial plans to improve opportunities for children from disadvantaged areas, as part of his first major ... click to read full post & comments


860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016


7% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need.

Government also agrees to carry out comprehensive assessment of the SNA scheme under National Council for Special Education aimed at providing better outcomes for students with special educational needs.


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the provision of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Minister announces Music Education Bursary Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/06/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister announces Music Education Bursary Awards


Minister Bruton announces organisations to share in €50,000 Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, announced the 25 successful grant recipients that have been ... click to read full post & comments


2016 State Examinations in Numbers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics2016 State Examinations in Numbers


So the Leaving and Junior Cert State Examinations have officially commenced today! Here are some interesting facts and figures concerning the enormity of the ... click to read full post & comments


Have your say on our education system

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the Croke Park hours by 68.5% to 31.5%.

Commenting on the ballot result announced today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that teachers believe the Croke Park hours are unproductive and impact negatively on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

IGC Press Release

Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIrish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

“Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) yesterday published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

Resource teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are additional to the ... click to read full post & comments


Applications sought for patronage of 9 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshoun, on 27/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications sought for patronage of 9 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of nine new post-primary schools due to be established in September 2017 & 2018.

Yesterday’s invitation follows on from ... click to read full post & comments


Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBig rise in pupils exempt from Irish


A new ESRI report, as seen by the Irish Times, shows that the number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years. The Report shows that 32,000 students were ... click to read full post & comments



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