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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


Gaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsGaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open


The committee hoping to set up a new secondary Gaelscoil in Sligo have been disappointed by news that the Department of Education has again refused to grant permission to open their new school

The Educational Training Board as patron, applied on behalf of Coláiste Loch Gile to have an  ... click to read full post & comments


Improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingImprovements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has announced improvements to the student grant scheme for 2016/17.

The Minister’s announcement coincides with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) opening its online application system for grant applications for the 2016/17 academic year. This year’s scheme opened more than two ... click to read full post & comments


Education-focused Creche Inspections commence

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentsEducation-focused Creche Inspections commence


The Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) have announced the commencement of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.

The early-years education-focused model of inspection, which has been approved by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, will be ... click to read full post & comments


Increase in number of kids educated at home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIncrease in number of kids educated at home


According to a report in the Independent, the number of Irish parents home schooling their kids has jumped significantly to 1,090 compared with 699 in 2011.

Parents are legally entitled to Home School their children under Article 42 of the Constitution. Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, children who are educated at home or who attend a non-recognised school - that is a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills (e.g. a private primary school) - must ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Annual Conferences get underway

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers Annual Conferences get underway


Approximately 1,800 delegates are attending the three teacher trade unions annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney this week.

It is expected that unequal teacher salaries will be a major issue of the conferences. The INTO, the ASTI and the TUI are all expected to debate motions criticising ... click to read full post & comments


Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParenitngOver 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark. ... click to read full post & comments


Austerity measures hit student mental health supports

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAusterity measures hit student mental health supports


Press Release from ASTI
Austerity measures including a moratorium on school middle-management posts are undermining student pastoral care structures and mental health supports, a study has found.

In a survey of 1,749 teachers and school principals commissioned by the ASTI, 82 per cent of principals state that the ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI planning one day strikes from September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI planning one day strikes from September


Statement from ASTI

The ASTI will plan a series of strike days to take place from this autumn if the dispute over proposed changes to the Junior Cycle is not resolved.
 
The second level teachers’ union is currently engaging in ... click to read full post & comments


'Proclamation Day' across our schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Proclamation Day' across our schools


Schools and colleges across Ireland will today hold ceremonies marking the significance of the Proclamation of Independence.

Today is one of the main highlights of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme in the education sector. Events including raising the Tricolour, the reading of the 1916 Proclamation followed by a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Jump in CAO Applications for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingJump in CAO Applications for 2016


A record 76,000 people have applied to the CAO this year, with points increases likely across a range of popular courses. This number is likely to grow as late applications will be accepted up to May 1st. The increase represents a growth of ... click to read full post & comments


INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentngINTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation


Members of the INTO have overwhelmingly backed a call from the CEC for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

Ninety seven per cent of members voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStudents mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park


Today (Monday 7th March) saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when representative groups of students, over 6,000, and teachers from every secondary school in the country,  as well as some of our finest young athletes, received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a ... click to read full post & comments


Wesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsWesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival


Today, Wesley College, Dublin 16 officially launched the 40th Interschools Music Festival, which will take place this Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th March. The Interschools Music Festival is the single largest interschool music event in the country for primary and secondary level school students, established with the aim of ... click to read full post & comments


Experts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExperts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby


Over 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in Irish and UK schools. The group have written to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Children's Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby games.

In an open letter (see below), they say ... click to read full post & comments


3 days school closure for JC reform

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting3 days school closure for JC reform


A new circular letter issued by the Department of Education has indicated that schools will be allowed to close for three days in the 2016/17 school year to allow teachers and principals prepare for the new Junior Certificate programme.

Teachers will also be granted ... click to read full post & comments


President Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPresident Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo


President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially launched the Green-Schools Expo 2016 at the RDS today, Thursday 25th February.

The event, Ireland’s first environmental expo for schools, will attract five thousand visitors from schools across the country.

Organised by Green-Schools, the expo will showcase exhibits across six themed zones by ... click to read full post & comments


Reforms to mean students only need 20% to pass Junior Cert Exams

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingReforms to mean students only need 20% to pass Junior Cert Exams


The Irish Times reports today that a draft circular has been issued to teachers' unions and education partners by the Department of Education which marks some significant changes to how the Junior Cert will be graded.

According to the report, the traditional A/B/C grading system will be discarded in favour of ... click to read full post & comments


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(1)


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