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Minister Humphreys launches schools choir competition

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/10/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister Humphreys launches schools choir competition


20 secondary schools from the island of Ireland to compete in live RTÉ TV show to win 2014 All Island Schools Choir competition.

The All Island Schools Choir Competition, organised by Co-operation Ireland in association with RTÉ and supported by eFlow, was launched today by the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys and students from Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.
 
The competition, which forms ... 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


    BUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families


    Here is a summary of Budget 2015 released today:

    Water charges:

  • Income tax relief will be available at the Standard Rate in respect of water charges up to a max of €500 per household per year.
  • The Water Charges Relief will be worth up to €100 per household per annum.
  • 653,000 households will see water bill reduced through special social protection measures ... click to read full post & comments


    Gaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingGaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges


    Fears are being expressed that the new water charges could damage host families' willingness to house students in the Gaeltacht next summer because of high costs in the new water bill. Irish language campaigner, Niall Mac Cafferty, spoke on Highland radio today about the problem, indicating that it could be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for some Irish language courses and colleges, and that it may ... click to read full post & comments


    80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 09/10/2014.
    Tags: Parenting80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids


    New legislation to be implemented in early 2015 will see a fine imposed on those smoking in cars where one or more of the vehicles occupants is under 18 years old.

    The legislation, which was first drafted in the Seanad, will be policed by the Gardai who can fine either the driver or passenger sitting in front or back seat who also have children in the car.

    If the person resists paying the fine, they could be ... 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


    1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/10/2014.
    Tags: Parenting1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition


    A report published today by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has found that 1 in six (15.8% ) of three-year-olds suffer from a long-term health condition, with poor children more likely to have health problems than those in better socioeconomic conditions.

    A long term health condition is described as: ... click to read full post & comments


    Cannabis now dominant drug for young Irish

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 06/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingCannabis now dominant drug for young Irish


    It was reported in the Irish Independent this morning that a report done by Aiseiri, a leading drug rehabilitation facility, found that more young people are now suffering from cannabis abuse than alcohol.

    Aiseiri - which operates treatment centres in Tipperary, Wexford and Kilkenny - treated a total of 444 people in 2013, and found that 62% of admissions of young people were ... click to read full post & comments


    Rugby Teens at Risk from Supplements

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/10/2014.
    Tags: ParentingRugby Teens at Risk from Supplements


    The Irish Sports Council has issued a warning about the amount of sports supplements being used with teenagers as young as 14 years old in school rugby.

    “Worrying and Excessive”

    The director of Anti-Doping, Dr Una May, told the Irish Independent that the sport medicine experts were seeing an ‘unusual amount’ of injuries in players at school level.

    "They are increasing their muscle bulk at a rate that's ... click to read full post & comments


    Body of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBody of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely


    Various news outlets are reporting the discovery of the body of a young teenage girl in a field near Cabinteely Community School in south Dublin. The girl is believed to be 15 years of age and initial reports suggest that the Gardai do not ... click to read full post & comments


    Website to help parents support young people

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 30/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingWebsite to help parents support young people


    Last week a new website was launched called reachout.com to provide reliable information to parents about supporting young peoples’ mental health and well-being, understanding the technology young people are using as well as ways to monitor their own mental health.

    Research carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland sought to ... click to read full post & comments


    Boy offered sweets to get into man's car

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingBoy offered sweets to get into man's car


    This morning both the Irish Independent and The Herald have reported an incident that a young boy (9) was allegedly approached by a man in a car and offered sweets to get into his vehicle. The incident happened in Swords and was reported to Gardai who have yet to establish if it was a genuine abduction attempt or if there is an innocent explanation.

    The incident happened last Sunday at 7.30pm in the Applewood area of Swords. The boy claimed ... 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


    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


    Families to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingFamilies to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work

    The Tanaiste Joan Burton is reportedly drawing up plans to introduce a ‘return-to-work dividend’ for low income families in the new budget.

    She told the Irish Times that parents who take up a low-income job will be better off than if they are existing on welfare because ... click to read full post & comments


    School boy in knife attack in West Dublin

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/09/2014.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool boy in knife attack in West Dublin


    According to reports today, an incident happened last friday at St. Phillips School, Mountview, Dublin 15, which saw a 10 year old boy allegedly ‘lunge’ at fellow classmate with a large kitchen knife.

    According to reports in the The Herald and Irish Mirror today, an incident had broken out after school because ... 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


    Nationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/09/2014.
    Tags: ParentingNationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents


    The NCSE has launched a new national initiative to provide information sessions to parents and guardians of children with special educational needs.

    The sessions will be delivered by Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) throughout the country. They will provide ... click to read full post & comments


    New website to help young kids with literacy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/09/2014.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersNew website to help young kids with literacy


    Today is International Literacy Day. To mark the date, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) have launched a new website to support their literacy programme, Doodle Den,

    Doodle Den is an innovative after school programme to improve children’s literacy. The programme targets senior infant children in a disadvantaged community and provides them with ... 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


    Teenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/09/2014.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersTeenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'


    Sexting has become such a problem in schools with young teenage girls that it has prompted The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’ (DRCC) into taking action and creating a module available for transition years students called ... 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)


    School girl gets leg trapped under Luas

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 26/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingSchool girl gets leg trapped under Luas


    A young school girl got her leg trapped between a luas tram and the foothpath at the Jervis Street shopping centre stop on the Red line before 8am this morning

    Passengers and passers-by worked to try and free the girl by pushing the tram to the side. Video footage of the incident is available on line which shows ... click to read full post & comments


    Families left waiting for School Bus Tickets

    Posted by on 26/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingFamilies left waiting for School Bus Tickets

    Although many secondary schools re-open this week after the summer holidays, thousands of families have not yet received their annual school bus ticket. Over 115,000 such tickets are issued every year. Parents who submitted the required medical card details by 1st August will receive temporary tickets by email while they wait on their full yearly transport ticket. Bus Eireann have also said in their statement (details below) that ... click to read full post & comments


    Children arriving to school hungry, finds survey.

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingChildren arriving to school hungry, finds survey.

    A survey carried out by Kellogg’s has found that children are coming to school with empty bellies, with almost one in five teachers reporting that they have seen an increase in children arriving hungry to school this past year.

    The problem is said to be so bad that ... click to read full post & comments


    Pharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingPharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice


    The Irish Pharmacy Union have published advice to parents on treating head lice for this year’s back to school students.

    Head lice are a tiny wingless parasite that only affect humans. They do not carry diseases nor are they dangerous but they can be annoying and very irritable, especially for children.

    However, pharmacists are warning parents not to treat their children with head lice medication in a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    50" School uniforms available for obese kids

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/08/2014.
    Tags: Parenting50


    According to The Irish Independent this morning, extra large school uniforms are now being made available for students across Ireland to cater for those suffering from obesity.

    Obesity levels among children in Ireland and in Europe are at ‘epidemic proportions’ according to reports done by the Department of Health, with Ireland one of the countries worst affected. The Growing Up in Ireland survey, 2011 found that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    App to lock down kid's phones

    Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 19/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingApp to lock down kid's phones


    Houston mother of two, Sharon Stanford, has created an app which allows parents to disable their child’s phone from afar. Stanford was so frustrated with her son repeatedly not answering her calls, that she came up with the genius idea behind the app, ‘Ignore No more.’

    The app allows parents to disable their child’s phone after they fail to respond to texts and calls. The phone is ... 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


    Clever students and the not so clever Pub

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingClever students and the not so clever Pub


    A Dublin student got a staggering nine A1s all at higher level at this year's Leaving Certificate exams while disability rights campaigner Joanne O'Riordan is on her way to UCC.

    Student Conor Gallagher, of St Michael’s College in Dublin, achieved the highest results in this years Leaving Cert result with ... 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)


    Free CAO Points Calc App

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingFree CAO Points Calc App


    CareersPortal.ie have just launched a FREE CAO PointsCalc App to take the stress out of tomorrow morning's Leaving Certificate results.

    Students simply input all their results and the App will instantly calculate their top 6 and work out their points. Students can then access the CAO courses database and check out what last year’s points were for their preferred course. 

    The clever app uniquely provides easy access to ... click to read full post & comments


    Cheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2014.
    Tags: Family And Leisure ParentingCheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids


    Children’s biggest summer craze, Loom Bands, are thought to be posing a cancer risk as some cheaper plastic varieties have been found to contain harmful chemicals. Rainbow Loom © is a plastic loom that is used to weave colorful bands into bracelets and charms. The original inventor, Cheong Choon Ng, from Michigan in US, is warning parents of counterfeit products that are ‘unsafe for children’ and have not been tested by either US, Japan or EU toy regulators.

    The Assay Laboratory in the UK, who were asked by independent an toy dealer to test loom products found that ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Travel in August on Child Leap Cards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/08/2014.
    Tags: Family And Leisure ParentingFree Travel in August on Child Leap Cards

    The National Transport Authority has announced free travel, from today (August 11) to August 24 inclusive, for all Child Leap Card holders aged between the ages of 4 and 18.

    This free travel will be available on Dublin Bus, Luas, Swords Express, DART and short-hop Irish Rail in Dublin, and on Bus Éireann services in the Greater Dublin Area and in Cork.

    The free travel promotion will encourage families and children to use public transport for their leisure activities in the final weeks of their school holidays. It also highlights ... click to read full post & comments


    American Apparel school campaign criticised

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 08/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingAmerican Apparel school campaign criticised


    US clothing retailer, American Apparel is famous for its controversial advertising, often including half naked female models in its ad campaigns. The brand has received complaints in the past for its ‘offensive’ and ‘overtly sexual’ advertising, with ads being banned for their ‘objectifying’ portrayals of women.

    This time around, the US retailer has fuelled outrage among the masses through the ... click to read full post & comments


    Flight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock

    Posted by Sally O'Brien on 06/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingFlight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock


    A United Airlines flight bound for New York had to return to Dublin Airport yesterday after a young girls fell ill after a suspected anaphylactic shock. According to the Irish Examiner yesterday, passengers on-board the flight said that a nine-year-old girl from the US became anaphylactic after a suspected nut allergy.

    The Irish Examiner writes: ‘It is believed the girl had never shown any signs of an allergy before.
    One passenger said the pilot announced that ... click to read full post & comments


    Teen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion

    Posted by Schooldays Newhound on 05/08/2014.
    Tags: ParentingTeen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion


    After a mysterious explosion in a house in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon, four teenage girls received shocking burns and are being described as in ‘critical condition’ in Our Lady's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

    One of the girls is thought to be in a coma after the incident while the other three have serious burns on face, neck and back. The cause of the blast is ... click to read full post & comments



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