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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


School Yellow Flag Awards 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingSchool Yellow Flag Awards 2016


Bressie and the Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon today(26th April 2016) honoured 13 primary and secondary schools for tackling racism and achieving diversity standards resulting in them receiving Yellow Flag status at a multicultural ceremony of pupils representing 83 nationalities and cultures.

Embarking on the 8 step Yellow Flag programme each school must ... 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


School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent


Kilkenny Presentation School Choir are in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Show after they received four resounding 'yeses' on the popular talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

The choir performed a memorable rendition of ... click to read full post & comments


'Sweets out for School' campaign launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Sweets out for School' campaign launched


A crèche owner in Tralee has started a ‘Sweets out for School’ campaign to try stop sweets/sugar being used as a reward for kids in school.

Kate Guerin, who is the owner of Sunflowers Childcare in Tralee, hopes that her campaign will persuade the next Minister ... 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


Facebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: ParentingFacebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online


Facebook has launched a new tool to protect children on it's social media platfrom from harrassment and bullying.

The tool notifies users if it detects that another person may 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


Gardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teaches ParentingGardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers


New child protection legislation  (National Vetting Bureau Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012) due to come into effect this month will see over 34,000 teachers vetted by Gardai, including those who have been teaching since ... 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


Energy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingEnergy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s


A new report conducted by Safefood has found that the sale of energy drinks has soared in recent years and that these drinks are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

The report outlined that some brands contained a startling ... 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)


Gardai Investigating Fire at Galway school

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingGardai Investigating Fire at Galway school


Gardai are investigating a fire at teaching prefab which was destroyed yesterday evening at a Galway primary school.

Both the Gardia and the local fire services ... click to read full post & comments


Cork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest


Summercove National School in Kinsale must be very proud of their 12 year old student, Mia Buckley, who was this week announced as the overall winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition.

The theme for this year's Doodle 4 Google focussed on Ireland's 1916 Commemorations, called ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Au Pair wins test case as 'employee'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingAu Pair wins test case as 'employee'


A landmark case involving a spanish au pair has resulted in a host family being ordered to pay her over €9000 in back pay and compensation for a five month period she spent with the family.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), which supported the au pair to take the case, has ... 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


One Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingOne Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree


ESB Tree Week launches today with a survey of parents that reveals almost a third of children in Ireland (31%) have never climbed a tree and 1 in 10 have never even ... 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


Positivity Packs: Spreading the Joy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingPositivity Packs: Spreading the Joy


Limerick teen, James Corneille, a 17 year old entrepreneur, has developed a novel idea to brighten up someone's day. Positivity Packs are designed to be 'the perfect chill out kit after those horrible, rainy, hair-pulling, frustrating and unfortunate days.'

The pack contains little things such as ... click to read full post & comments


Special Educational Needs Conference April 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting EachersSpecial Educational Needs Conference April 2016


The Sensational Kids Special Educational Needs Conference & Expo is taking place at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on 19th & 20th of April this year.

The conference is the only dedicated, national conference with world class speakers in Ireland for people working with and caring for children and adolescents with special educational needs. 

The event is open to parents, teachers of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Confidence of Ireland's Youth in Downward Spiral

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersConfidence of Ireland's Youth in Downward Spiral


A new study of 15 to 24 year olds, released today by Electric Ireland, reveals 4 in 5 young people feel the Irish public have a negative view of them with the vast majority (71%) citing the ... 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)


Virgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersVirgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership


To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Virgin Media and the National Parent’s Council (NPC) yesterday launched a three year partnership to provide Internet safety classes for parents of primary school children across ... click to read full post & comments


Digital divide between parents and children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/02/2016.
Tags: ParentingDigital divide between parents and children


New research released by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University, ahead of Safer Internet Day (9th February), has flagged up some worrying trends in internet safety for Irish children, and has been welcomed as a “wake up call” by many of the research participants.

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre’s new survey of 900 Irish parents points to ... click to read full post & comments


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


ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2016.
Tags: ParentingISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership


 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. 

The Partnership will; ... click to read full post & comments


Agri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingAgri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, last week launched its annual Incredible Edibles initiative – which teaches primary level students how to grow fruit and vegetables, educates them about food origin and the health benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
 
Children are on average eating less than ... click to read full post & comments


Barbie Doll gets a Body Positive Makeover

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingBarbie Doll gets a Body Positive Makeover


The ever popular Barbie doll is getting a makeover to reflect a more 'true to form' body image for young children.

Mattel, the makers of the toy since 1959, have announced that the doll will now be available in three new body types.

Along with the original Barbie, whose body measurements are impossible in reality, the dolls will now also come in ... click to read full post & comments


Guidelines for supporting transgender students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teachers ParentingGuidelines for supporting transgender students


Schools are set to receive practical guidelines on how to support students who identify as being transgender.

The pack, named "Being LGBT in School", has been developed from LGBT support resources supplied by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Transgender Equality Network (TENI), school management bodies, teacher unions and Tusla.

The guidelines, which were launched by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan, address issues which may arise with students transitioning gender, such as ... click to read full post & comments


The 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingThe 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS


The Sunday Well Boy's National School in Cork have recreated the 1916 Rising....with a twist.

"Lego 1916 The Movie", a four minute stop-frame animation, took teacher Michael O'Connor and his third class a ... click to read full post & comments


Two weeks paid Paternity Leave for Fathers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingTwo weeks paid Paternity Leave for Fathers


Plans to support fathers of new borns with two weeks paid paternity leave are expected to be approved by the Cabinet this week. Fathers will receive up to €230 per week which is on par with maternity benefit.

They will be allowed to ... click to read full post & comments


INTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingINTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium


INTO Statement on ballot for industrial action on Promtion Moratorium

"The INTO will ballot members next month (February 2016) on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. The decision to ballot was ... click to read full post & comments


Extra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/01/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExtra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016


For those children (and parents!) who are struggling with the return to the school routine after christmas, they can at least get some comfort in the knowledge that not only are the Easter School Holidays due early this year, but that they will also have a full ... click to read full post & comments


Disruption to School Bus services due to flooding

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/01/2016.
Tags: ParentingDisruption to School Bus services due to flooding


Bus Eireann Statement re School Transport Services

"Parents/Guardians of children using school transport services are advised that due to flooding a small number of routes in some parts of the country may be subject to disruption, due to circumstances beyond our control. 

Where flooding is an issue most services will operate with diversions, though we envisage a ... 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)


    '17% of kids in 1st class interact with strangers online'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2016.
    Tags: Parenting'17% of kids in 1st class interact with strangers online'


    Zeeko, an Irish Start Up based at Nova UCD, works to educate parents to teach their children to stay safe online. Zeeko, today announced results of its Digital Trend Report in which 17% of children in first class report interacting with strangers online.

    Zeeko is also launching a crowdfunding campaign today, with a target of ... click to read full post & comments


    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)


    Under 16's could be banned from social Media

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: ParentingUnder 16's could be banned from social Media


    Teenagers under the age of 16 could be banned from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and email if they don't have parental permission, under last-minute changes to EU laws.

    The European Union is getting ready to push through new regulations that would raise the age of consent for websites to use ... 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


    Kids drinking & smoking less but having more sex - survey

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/12/2015.
    Tags: ParentingKids drinking & smoking less but having more sex - survey


    An Irish school children’s health survey found that the numbers of children who smoke or drink is down on previous years however there has been an increase in the number of older chldren who say they've had sex.

    The study, 'Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2014 report' was funded by the Department of Health and is conducted by the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI, Galwayin collaboration with the World Health Organisation. In 2014 the research involved ... click to read full post & comments