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Main Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMain Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has welcomed the breakthrough in negotiations on junior cycle reform, following the publication today of proposals agreed between the Minister and the leadership of the two second-level teacher unions.

Underlying these proposals are Minister O’Sullivan’s five main principles which she stated must ... click to read full post & comments


Minister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching


Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD yesterday announced that a Pilot of the New Model for Allocating Resource Teachers to Schools will be put in place for September 2015.

In February of this year, ... click to read full post & comments


A proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingA proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed


The following statement has been agreed for issue by the Minister for Education and Skills, the ASTI and the TUI - 20th May, 2015

"A proposal to resolve the dispute over Junior Cycle reform has been agreed between the Department and the leadership of the second-level teaching unions. The leadership of the ASTI and the TUI, along with Minister O'Sullivan, have committed their support and strong endorsement to these clearly stated proposals, outlined in ... click to read full post & comments


Ministers launch Arts in Education Portal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinisters launch Arts in Education Portal


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, welcomed the launch of the Arts in Education Portal in Dublin Castle.

Developed by both Departments, the Arts in Education Charter was launched in 2012. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting ... click to read full post & comments


Over half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOver half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school


According to a new report issued today by Kellogg's, one third of Irish families with primary school children worry about their food costs while one in five families have had to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today announced that she is making available €7 million in grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Schools across Ireland are currently putting plans in motion to take part in National Walk to School Week, which takes place next week, from Monday May 11th to Friday, May 15th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in ... click to read full post & comments


New Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system


Changes to the Irish Leaving Certificate set to be introduced in 2017 will see a new CAO points system that will allow student to receive points for ‘Honours’ subjects, even if they drop below 40% pass mark.

It is anticipated that the changes will be introduced ... click to read full post & comments


New School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids


According to the Irish Times and the Independent this morning, the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan is to set to publish details of the new Schools’ Admissions Procedures today. All primary and post-primary schools will be ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Celebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCelebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools


Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has appealed to the masses to join his battle against the high obesity levels in children by petitioning to introduce ... click to read full post & comments


Special Needs Assistants vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSpecial Needs Assistants vote for industrial action


Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)represented by IMPACT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over the issue of the reduction of working hours and the fragmentation of SNA posts. IMPACT, which represents approximately 6,000 SNAs nationwide, said ... click to read full post & comments


Additional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingAdditional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has announced that Government has agreed that additional resources will be allocated to schools as an interim measure to support those children with Down syndrome, who are not ... click to read full post & comments


Catholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCatholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools


The Catholic Church has published guidelines titled " Catholic Primary Schools in a Changing Ireland - Sharing Good Practice on Inclusion of All Pupils" advising schools on how they can provide policies of inclusion for non-religious and non-Catholic students in the classroom.

The guidelines have been issued in response to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism on catering for the growing demand for greater choice in primary education for parents. The Catholic Schools Partnership have reacted with proposals detailing how ... click to read full post & comments


Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAfterschool childcare plan set to help working parents


Parents who are finding it difficult to pay for after-school childcare are to benefit from new proposals being drafted by the government who plan to open primary schools for longer and provide supervision for students.

A report by Fionnan Sheahan ... click to read full post & comments


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 and more jobs for leaving cert students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersLeaving Cert Numbers up and 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 and Maths

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