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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


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


    Mental Health Screening for Schools

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 08/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMental Health Screening for Schools


    A study carried out by Dr Mina Fazel, and published in medical journal The Lancet, found that schools could be the optimal place for identifying, preventing and treating children with mental health issues.

    The study found that mental health problems affect 10—20% of children and adolescents worldwide and account for a large portion of the worldwide burden of disease. The findings showed that a staggering 75% of adults who have accessed mental health services had ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/10/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle


    (ASTI Press Release below)
    ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to extend the union’s industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to implement the Framework for the Junior Cycle. ASTI members have voted by 84% to 16% in favour of extending industrial action, to include a ... click to read full post & comments


    Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsKids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards


    Children’s charity Make-A-Wish® Ireland has come up with a brand new  fundraising initiative to engage secondary school students - Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2014.

    Open to all secondary school students nationwide, the competition will run from Monday September 1st to Monday 22nd December, and will be judged by a well-known judging panel of experts including Norah Casey, The winners will then be invited to ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCalls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast


    Just €1.8m extra from Government could ensure that the most vulnerable children in the country could start the day with a good breakfast at school, said the authors of a new evaluation report on Breakfast Clubs.

    Healthy Food For All – a charity focusing on reducing food poverty - called for this money to be prioritized in Budget 2015 as a sure-fire investment in children’s futures. The additional funding, which amounts to a 5% increase in the current School Meals Programme of €37m, should be targeted at providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Children with speech problems wait a year for help

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 22/09/2014.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsChildren with speech problems wait a year for help


    According to a report in the Irish Independent today, over 3000 children in Ireland with speech and language problems do not have proper access to speech therapists.

    The Irish Independent cites an on going report done by Inclusion Ireland, who argue that ... click to read full post & comments


    Improved job security for teachers on the way

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/09/2014.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsImproved job security for teachers on the way


    Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group yesterday. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security from the beginning of ... click to read full post & comments


    Mixed grade classes harder on girls

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMixed grade classes harder on girls


    A study done by ERSI that used data on over 8,000 9 year old children from the 'Growing Up in Ireland study' found that one in three students were in mixed grade classes and that this affected girls more than boys.

    Multigrade teaching happens when two or more year groups (for example, second and third class) are taught together by one teacher in the same classroom.

    According to the report ... click to read full post & comments


    Seven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSeven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public


    As discussions heat up over this years budget, the Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, has told the Irish Times that there will be renewed discussions on private school fundiing.

    In recent budgets, private fee-paying schools had been targeted with cuts through adjustments in the pupil-teacher ratio as part of the overall cuts in education. However these changes have forced ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to inspect pre schools for education standards


    Minister of Education, Jan O’Sullivan, is planning to check the quality of education being provided by creches and pre schools around the country.

    Like school inspections, pre school inspectors will evaluate the standard of education for children enrolled in such facilities. The Minister who is a former pre school teacher herself, is planning to ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 10/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersJunior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths


    Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has congratulated the 60,327 students who will receive their Junior Certificate results today, with results showing that more than half of all students are switching to higher maths.

    The results, which will be released in the schools this morning and will also be available online at 4pm today, have seen an increase by ... click to read full post & comments


    New school opens with just one pupil

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew school opens with just one pupil


    According to the Irish Examiner, a new primary school opened in Tallaght this week with just one pupil, a little girl. The multi-denominational school, Scoil Aoife, was established by the Department of Education to meet a perceived need.

    Another Educate Together School and an ETB-run community national school opened just over ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools demand classes on cyber bullying

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchools demand classes on cyber bullying


    With the number of high profile suicide cases recently, cyber bullying has become a real threat to students causing teachers and principals to call for the Department of Education to provide funding to help them tackle this issue.

    The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is calling for ... click to read full post & comments


    Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersTop 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times


    The Sunday Times published it’s annual ‘Schools Guide’ last weekend. The guide lists the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland ranked by the average proportion of pupils gaining places in autumn 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons and NCAD.

    According to Kate Butler who compiled the data, “the work ethic of Irish-language and fee-paying schools is ... click to read full post & comments(4)


    School chairs bad for kids backs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 01/09/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchool chairs bad for kids backs


    An expert on posture from the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers has criticised the educational authorities for failing to recognise that the design of school chairs is impacting on children’s health.

    The Alexander Technique is a process that teaches people how to co-ordinate body movements to minimise stress and release harmful tension, while improving posture and general health.

    Richard Brennan, a spokesperson for the society claims backward-sloping chairs are used in most schools because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 20/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college


    The HEA have issued an alarming report on the figures of Leaving Cert students who go on to college based on which area they come from. Highlighting the huge gap in participation and progression to third level happening between the rich and poor.

    The report found that 99% of students residing in ... click to read full post & comments


    CAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

    Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 18/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

    Today, the Central Applications Office (CAO) has issued nearly 75,000 CAO offers to students around the country.

    74,013 round one offers have been sent to over 50,000 students this morning. The offers consist of 39,398 Level 8 course offers and 34,615 Level 7/6 course offers. 50% of students receiving level 8 course offers today will receive their first choice.

    It is important for students to remember that ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board


    The latest figures from the State Examinations Commission reveal that girls have outperformed boys once again in this year’s Leaving Cert results.

    This year’s results breakdown shows girls receiving higher grades in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers sat at higher and ordinary level.

    Girls were more likely to receive ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats


    With Leaving Certificate results currently being released nationwide, and a total of 56,990 students anticipating their results this morning, there are some interesting statistics coming forward.

    The State Examinations Commission have released statistical information on how results compared in the 2014 Leaving Certificate to previous years. One of the big talking points today was the ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Report finds class still an issue in education

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsReport finds class still an issue in education


    The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published a report today highlighting how young working class school leavers are less likely to reach third level education than their middle class peers. The report entitled, ‘Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions’ surveyed over 750 young people who had completed their Leaving Certificate in the last four years.

    According to the report, ‘This cohort of young people is of particular interest as they went through the ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure

    Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 11/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure


    Recent proposals suggested by an Irish Universities Association (IUA) task group suggest a number of reforms to the Leaving Certificate points system.

    The reforms are suggested to take place in two phases, with the first set of changes possibly coming into place for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017.

    Among the changes being discussed is ... click to read full post & comments


    Students urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results

    Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 07/08/2014.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsStudents urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results


    With this year’s Leaving Cert results due to be released next Wednesday 13th August, tension and stress levels are understandably running high among Leaving Cert families. However, The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (ICG) has advised students and parents to stay calm ahead of next week’s results.

    Speaking on the topic, ICG president Betty McLaughlin put particular emphasis on ... click to read full post & comments


    Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 31/07/2014.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPlans for new junior cycle to go ahead


    Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that plans to introduce the revised Junior Cert Syllabus for English will go ahead this September.

    Despite threatened industrial action from the Teachers Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland, changes ... click to read full post & comments


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

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


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

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

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


    Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


    Drop out rates among college students reach high levels

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

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

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


    New Education Minister announced

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

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

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


    Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

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

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

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


    Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

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

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


    Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

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

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

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


    Minister to block school league tables

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


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

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


    Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

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

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

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

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


    Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools

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


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

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


    School support system to be reformed

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


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

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



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