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Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has told media outlets that new Junior Cert reforms will go ahead and the Dept of Education will ‘move forward’ on the recent proposals despite the non-co-operation of the teacher unions.

The Minister said that ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used

Posted by Sally OBrien, on 27/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents don't know how voluntary contributions are used


The government has rejected calls by Sinn Féin to make schools provide information to parents on how they spend voluntary contributions.

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the government to give parents access to information on how ... click to read full post & comments


INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersINTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has suspended membership of 16 teachers, mostly Principals, for up to five months, all in the last two years, for breaking a ban on co-operating with the Jobbridge internship scheme.

The INTO had banned their 35,000 union members from co-operating with the scheme back in 2011, and these suspensions come after complaints were made about members who were ... click to read full post & comments


Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/02/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSupreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal in a case brought against The Christian Brothers High School, Clonmel, Tipperary back in 2010 by a family who believed the school had indirectly discriminated against their son on the grounds that he was a traveller.

According to a breaking news report on RTE this afternoon, The boy’s mother, Mary Stokes, had argued that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister outlines new policy to support small schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister outlines new policy to support small schools


Press Release
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan TD, has today announced that Government has agreed the implementation of two new policies to better support the sustainability of small schools, and particularly those in isolated areas.
This policy approach involves two key elements:

- Improved changes to the staffing schedule for some small schools and
- A voluntary protocol for future sustainability for 1 teacher schools with reducing enrolments
The full details of these elements are ... click to read full post & comments


Schools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 17/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies


A study done by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) found that out of a 139 primary schools in Ireland, 133 of them had pupils with allergies. Yet despite the amount of pupils at risk of allergy attack in class and on school grounds there were no school policies to deal with allergy emergencies as school staff are not trained.

An allergy attack such as ... click to read full post & comments


4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Primary School News4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that four new multi-denominational primary schools are expected to open this September under the patronage divesting process.

Three of these schools will operate under the patronage of Educate Together. The fourth school will be a Gaelscoil operating under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta. 

The three Educate Together schools are intended to be in the following locations ... click to read full post & comments


New Junior Cert exam could be split in two

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Junior Cert exam could be split in two


According to the Irish Independent this morning, new proposals aimed at solving the Junior Certificate dispute would see exams split in two.

In the 'confidential document' obtained by the Indepedent, the Mediator Dr Travers is suggesting a new Junior Cycle Student Profile of Achievement award which would give one grade for the traditional exams and then ... click to read full post & comments


Change in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingChange in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools


The Department of Education announced this week a new ' Inclusion Support Service' for special needs students that will see a change in how resources and teachers are allocated to schools.

Schools are being asked to ... click to read full post & comments


Limerick School apologises to Muslim pupil

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick School apologises to Muslim pupil


It has been reported in the media today that a primary school in Limerick had to apologise to a Muslim pupil after a copy of the controversial ‘Charlie Hebdo magazine’ which depicts an image of Mohammed, was produced in their classroom.

The mother of a 11 year old child in fifth class of the multi denominational school, Limerick School Project in the city, told ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Numbers up & more jobs for leaving cert students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLeaving Cert Numbers up & more jobs for leaving cert students


Pupils sitting Leaving Certificate examinations now over 90%.

This positive news comes as figures released yesterday by Dept of Education show the number of pupils completing their Leaving Certificate has risen three years in a row, with now over ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPrimary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, last week launched Well-Being in Primary Schools - Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion - Press Release below

Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children. Schools can also provide a safe and ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda


A lollipop lady was verbally abused by a number of parents outside a school in Drogheda, as reported in the Irish Independent and The Irish Mirror yesterday.

The papers reported that Gardai have now been ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Humanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHumanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates


The Irish Times reported this morning that The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is calling for a ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates for new entrants. Currently Principals in state run schools under catholic patronage, can ask parents for ... click to read full post & comments(6)


288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals

Posted by SchoolDays Neshound, on 25/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals


The conferring of awards on the first graduates of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching took place at the University of Limerick on 24th of January 2015. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD attended the ceremony which saw 288 teachers graduate from the two year part-time programme, devised as a targeted initiative for ... click to read full post & comments


Fitness to teach hearings to be held in public

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 22/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFitness to teach hearings to be held in public


The Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan yesterday confirmed that the Government has approved the Teaching Council Amendment Bill which will be published in the coming days.

The Minister went onto advise that during the passage of the Bill through the Oireachtas, she intends to introduce an amendment to the Bill to provide for ... click to read full post & comments


Secondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSecondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January


After talks failed to reach a positive conclusion last week when teacher unions met the Department of Education, post-primary school teachers are to strike tomorrow. Forcing over 350,000 secondary school students to stay at home.

The Dept of Education issued a a circular letter to schools outlining ... click to read full post & comments


Dept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN


The controversial request by the Dept of Education asking that all parents submit their child’s PPS numbers to schools and the department, unfolded this week as media stations reacted to the news.

Last week, the department issued an information note informing parents ... click to read full post & comments


School strike set to go ahead despite talks

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchool strike set to go ahead despite talks


A joint statement from the ASTI/TUI yesterday has said that despite talks between the teacher unions and the Dept of Education, schools will be closed on Thursday, the 22nd of January, because of strike action.

The statement outlines ... click to read full post & comments


Report shows improved results in primary Reading & Maths

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsReport shows improved results in primary Reading & Maths


The Educational Research Centre has published a report showing how well Irish Primary school students are performing in English reading and Maths, with the first significant improvement in standards in over 30 years.

The 2014 National Assessments of English reading and Mathematics prepared by the ERC, assessed ... click to read full post & comments


New Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/01/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork

Building has commenced this week on four new post-primary schools under Schools Bundle 4 of the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme. The schools and sports pitches will be built by ... click to read full post & comments


Parents avoid jail term for truant daughter

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 08/01/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents avoid jail term for truant daughter


The parents of a truant daughter who missed 381 days of school since 2012 have avoided jail time but Judge says they will face prison if girl (14) does not improve attendance.

According to court reporter and Irish Independent’s Tom Tuite, Judge John O’Neill of Dublin District Court heard that parents of girl, who in 2013 - 2014 had missed 152 days out of 167 and since ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Research shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingResearch shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease


According to Aviva Health, new research shows that overweight teens as young as fifteen years old are displaying signs of heart disease and that obesity in teen girls can affect fertility.

Because of poor levels of fitness with Irish teens, health experts say that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Dept of Education to share children's PPSN

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 07/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDept of Education to share children's PPSN


A new Primary Online Database, which is being developed by the Dept of Education to collect information on students, including their PPS numbers, will be shared with other agencies including the HSE, Dept of Social Protection and other bodies.

An 'Information Note' by the Dept of Education to parents states that the database is being developed to ... click to read full post & comments


Philosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/01/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingPhilosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017


The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has signalled that the subject of Philosophy will be brought in as part of the new changes for the Junior cycle that will be implemented in 2017.

The Minister has said ... click to read full post & comments


Schools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/12/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day


Primary schools in Kerry under the Catholic diocese will make history next year by opening its doors to students for the first time on a holy day. To align with the Dept of Education school calendar year, the Catholic school will open ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Unions announce date for January strike day

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/12/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingUnions announce date for January strike day


Statement issued by Teacher Unions 12/12/2014

"The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced.
Both unions – which represent 27,000 second level teachers – have a strong mandate for industrial action following ballots of membership. A first day’s strike action took place on December 2nd.

The executive bodies of both unions also agreed that they are prepared to ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Terenure College Junior School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/12/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTerenure College Junior School to close


According to a report in the Irish Times, the fee-paying Junior School of Terenure College is set to close in 2018.

The Irish Times reports that the Principal, Fr Michael Troy O.Carm wrote to parents advising that the number of students in the junior school had almost halved since 2009 and that “a small school with this decreased number cannot survive either educationally or economically”.

Annual fees for students in the primary school are set at ... click to read full post & comments


School's out as teachers strike

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/12/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool's out as teachers strike


Secondary schools will be without students this morning as the teachers’ strike goes ahead despite last minute appeals, leaving nearly 350,000 students without tuition as the 27,000 teachers take industrial action.

The proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, which would see an end to traditional type exams and a move over to continuous assessment in the classroom, has resulted in strike action.

According to the Irish Independent: ‘Union leaders are opposed to the proposal that ... click to read full post & comments


Number of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade

Posted by Sally O Brien, on 27/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNumber of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade


According to the Irish Examiner, figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show a leap in students now entering third-level honors courses in colleges, which is up by 10,000 in a decade. This leap shows that entry into honour degree level in Irish universities is now growing for the first time since 2008.

Among 47,000 college entrants this year, 35,248 are ... click to read full post & comments


College Progression Data published on Schooldays.ie

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCollege Progression Data published on Schooldays.ie


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2014 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 'Find a secondary school' and when you locate your school click on 'College Progression Stats' on the left of the page.

Schooldays.ie does not provide 'league table' ranking of schools. However a ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to get grant for much needed facelift

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 26/11/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchools to get grant for much needed facelift


Minister for Education announces funding of 28 million euro to go towards primary schools’ physical infrastructure and investing in building maintenance and equipment.

The Minor Works Grant will be ... click to read full post & comments


Minister urges Unions to cancel strike

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 25/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister urges Unions to cancel strike


Statement issued by Minister O'Sullivan 25th November

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, TD, today called on the second-level teacher unions to cancel their planned strike which is due to take place a week from today.

According to the Minister, "There is now a fair and reasonable offer on the table in relation to Junior Cycle reform. I have moved a significant distance to ... click to read full post & comments


Logistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLogistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day


The Dept of Education has issued a letter to school management bodies advising that "It is a matter for school management to decide whether their school(s) should open for pupils on Tuesday 2 December 2014. In reaching this decision, account should be taken of the ... click to read full post & comments


Native Irish speaking kids speak better English!

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 20/11/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNative Irish speaking kids speak better English!


According to RTE today, a report carried out by an Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), an agency of the Department of Education which provides supports to Irish schools around the country, has found ... click to read full post & comments


Parents paying school heating bills

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingParents paying school heating bills


A survey published by the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has found that Parent Associations are now paying school heating bills as many schools cannot meet the cost of the next oil fill.

The survey also found that because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Second level strike on 2nd December

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsSecond level strike on 2nd December


Statement from ASTI & TUI
The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today voted to take a day’s strike action on Tuesday December 2nd and a further day of strike action in ... click to read full post & comments


Families pay 25000 euro more to live near schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/11/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFamilies pay 25000 euro more to live near schools


Researchers and economists from Trinity College and Daft.ie have found that the cost of housing near primary schools is up to 25,000 euro more, with families paying more to live near schools with smaller class sizes.

The research report called The Cost of Living Near Schools has a number of findings relating to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/11/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingParents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert


The National Parents' Council post-primary (NPCpp) and the Irish Second-level Students’ Union(ISSU) have issued a joint statement in support of the Minister's latest proposals on the proposed Junior Cert Reform.

It was reported yesterday that the second level teachers unions had rejected a compromise on Junior Cert reform put forward by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. One of the main objections by ... click to read full post & comments


Schools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, have welcomed the initiative by the Royal Irish Academy, to make the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) accessible online free of charge to all primary and post-primary schools.

The DIB is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary ... click to read full post & comments


'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD yesterday launched the second year of Digital Schools of Distinction’ and highlighted ambitious plans to grow the number of schools participating in the flagship award programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools.

The programme is supported by HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland who have confirmed that they will support the programme with €200,000 in funding for its second year.
More than one in ... click to read full post & comments


Educate Together hit with financial uncertainty

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingEducate Together hit with financial uncertainty


The multi-denominational Educate Together organisation that run schools in both primary, and now secondary, has been hit with a ‘financial crisis’ on funding for it’s new developments.

The schooling organisation has set up an appeal for financial help to continue with school services. It says without proper funding and ‘unless resolved, this may force [it] to significantly reduce services to schools - and it may dramatically reduce [their] ability to transform the Irish education system.’

The organisation has already opened ... click to read full post & comments


BUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector.

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector.


Here is a summary of Budget 2015 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:

Summary:

  • Next year will see more than 1,700 additional new education full time posts. 920 mainstream teachers, 480* resource teachers and 365 SNAs.
  • No increases in class sizes. There will be no reduction in the numbers of teachers or SNAs.
  • Allocating €8.3 billion to Education for current expenditure in 2015.
  • Allocating €530 million to Education for capital expenditure.
  • Public service employment: Hiring to begin immediately and in 2015 to include teachers and Gardai. ... click to read full post & comments


    Over 300 new support teachers announced

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsOver 300 new support teachers announced


    Over 300 new support teachers have been announced for special needs students, it was announced today by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

    The teachers, who will start immediately, will represent a 15% increase in teachers in the last two years and will bring the number of resource teacher posts allocated to ... click to read full post & comments



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