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Caped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCaped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign


Hundreds of children arrived at their school dressed as superheroes this week as part of a nationwide campaign by Concern Worldwide to reduce hunger and food waste.

The new Hunger Heroes campaign was launched by Ireland’s largest international aid agency at Scoil na ... click to read full post & comments


National children's Science Centre get go ahead

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingNational children's Science Centre get go ahead


A multi-million euro project to bring a National Children's Science Centre to Ireland's capital has just received planning permission to begin work on the old north wing of ... click to read full post & comments


Parents of LGBT kids encouraged to contact Helpline

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents of LGBT kids encouraged to contact Helpline


 The LGBT Helpline – the national support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – is calling on parents of LBGT children to avail of their support services.  The call comes as part of this year’s ... click to read full post & comments


Homes near secondary schools cost more

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsHomes near secondary schools cost more


Recent research, carried out by Trinity College in partnership with Daft.ie, examined whether proximity to secondary schools is reflected in the value of homes.

The research concluded that the cost of houses ... click to read full post & comments


Government launches Action Plan for Education

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingGovernment launches Action Plan for Education


Hundreds of actions to be implemented with particular focus on disadvantage, skills, and continuous improvement within the education service.

New implementation structures to include quarterly progress reports and updated ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Results out today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results out today


Over 60,000 students are due to get their Junior Cert results today with the overall numbers sitting the exam up 1.2 per cent on last year. Results are usually issued in the schools late morning and are available online after 4pm on Examinations.ie

Education Minister, Richard Burton, has said that this year’s results were “generally in keeping with previous years”. 55% of students took the higher level ... click to read full post & comments


Sex Education in Schools 'out of touch'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSex Education in Schools 'out of touch'


Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol.

The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries, including Ireland, viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to acknowledge that sex is a ... click to read full post & comments


Castelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCastelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute


The new Castlebar Educate Together School opened with 12 pupils this week in temporary classrooms amid planning objections to the proposed long term site for the school in ... click to read full post & comments


New JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/09/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched


The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today launched the new Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science subject specifications. The Minister visited Adamstown Community College to mark the occasion.

This is a significant element of curriculum reform underway via the ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to give kids child-sized portions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/09/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to give kids child-sized portions


As part of its campaign to take on childhood obesity, safefood has identified portion size as a key issue in preventing children becoming overweight and is urging parents to give children child-sized portions.

The message is clear that how much children eat as well as what they eat is very important; recent studies have found that children aged over two ate up to 40% more food when bigger ... click to read full post & comments


Sunday Times Schools Guide 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingSunday Times Schools Guide 2016


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 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons, two Northern Ireland Universities and ... click to read full post & comments


New primary schools opening and amalgating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew primary schools opening and amalgating near you


There are five new primary schools opening around the country this week ! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


New Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you


There are nine new secondary schools opening around the country this week to receive a hopefully excited bunch of first year students! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


Homemade lunches better for teens than school lunches

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingHomemade lunches better for teens than school lunches


Researchers at Dublin City University have found that shop-bought and school lunches were of a lower nutritional value than home-made lunches in new research which surveyed the nutritional quality of school day lunches among Irish teenagers.

It found that lunches provided by schools or purchased in outlets near schools contained higher levels of ... click to read full post & comments


EPA calls on famlies to 'Live Green' during back to school rush

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingEPA calls on famlies to 'Live Green' during back to school rush


As Irish children get ready to return to school this September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on families and schools to encourage simple sustainable habits in the back-to-school period that support our environment in the long term.

To help, families can find friendly advice, awareness and education on sustainability at home, at school and in the ... click to read full post & comments


CAO Offers 2016 - The Stats

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 22/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCAO Offers 2016 - The Stats


There were 80,887 applicants to the CAO this year which was an increase of 1,673 on last year.

A record 52,289 offers will be made through the CAO today in Round One offers. 41,500 will receive a level-eight course offer, with just over half of those for ... click to read full post & comments


How did this years leaving cert students do?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersHow did this years leaving cert students do?


So how did this year's leaving cert students fair in terms of grades this year?
The number of A1s achieved this year was slightly down on last year with 6,279 receiving A1s as compared to ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths


Today is an anxious day for parents and students receiving leaving certificate results. While those who applied to College won’t know until next Monday whether they have secured their preferred option, the results today will give ... click to read full post & comments


2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects


The Leaving Cert students of 2017 will be the first to receive their results under the new grading systems being introduced for the Leaving Certificate and CAO points system next year.

The changes will see traditional ABC grades being replaced by a new scale going from H1 to H7 at higher level and O1-O7 at ordinary level. The new grades will ... click to read full post & comments


Free CAOCalc App helps calculate LC points easily

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFree CAOCalc App helps calculate LC points easily


CareersPortal.ie have a FREE CAO PointsCalc App to take the stress out of calculating 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 ... click to read full post & comments


National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health set up

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingNational Taskforce on Youth Mental Health set up


Minister McEntee establishes a community-led taskforce to take action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Ireland

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today announced the membership of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, a key priority in the first 100 days of Partnership Government. The Minister confirmed “This is a ... click to read full post & comments


Preschools express concern over free childcare places

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/08/2016.
Tags: ParentingPreschools express concern over free childcare places


Childcare centres and preschools around Ireland are voicing their concerns over imminent changes which extend the free preschool year initiative under the ECCE scheme.

The main worry is that they will not be ready in time to offer more places under the scheme due to a ... click to read full post & comments


Castlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCastlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16


Good news for the new multi-denominational school scheduled to open in Castlebar in September 2016 - Mayo County Council this week gave its approval to use a council-owned building to provide accommodation for the school.

It is being proposed that Castlebar's old ... click to read full post & comments


Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2016.
Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards


Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, have today announced that children in possession of Child Leap Cards will enjoy free transportation from Monday, July 25th until Sunday, August 7th.

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 can look forward to ... click to read full post & comments


New Educate Together Primary School announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Educate Together Primary School announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the opening, from September 2016, of a new primary school under the patronage of Educate Together.

This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows ... click to read full post & comments


Majority of adults feel our sense of community is declining

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/06/2016.
Tags: Parenting Majority of adults  feel our sense of community is declining


Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

Seven in 10 (71%) of adults feel that children today feel a lesser sense of community than they themselves did growing up in Ireland. This rises to three quarters (75%) of adults living in ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now


While many parents and families are turning their minds to summer holidays, school transport tickets for the new term will issue in the coming weeks.

In some cases, these may be restricted availability of seats on vehicles, so Bus Éireann is ... click to read full post & comments


On your bike for 5,000 students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingOn your bike for 5,000 students


Schools across Ireland will be taking part in National C.O.W Day (Cycle on Wednesday/Weekdays) today, Wednesday 15th June, as part of Bike Week 2016.
 
This is the eighth annual national celebration of cycling and, as a key partner of Bike Week, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel will be encouraging ... click to read full post & comments


860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016


7% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need.

Government also agrees to carry out comprehensive assessment of the SNA scheme under National Council for Special Education aimed at providing better outcomes for students with special educational needs.


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the provision of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Trial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTrial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert


An alternative, computerised marking system will be implemented for a fraction of Junior Cert Exams this year.

The system will see thousands of exam scripts scanned and converted to digital images which examiners will be able to ... click to read full post & comments


Back to School Allowance Applications

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2016.
Tags: ParentingBack to School Allowance Applications


New Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, is urging families to get their back to school Allowance applications in early this year ahead of the August deadline.

Last year, over 153,000 families ... click to read full post & comments(4)


Junior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework


In a study conducted by the National Parents Council (NPC), 58% of parents of young children in Junior and Senior infants reported that their children were stressed some or all of the time while ... click to read full post & comments


Have your say on our education system

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

IGC Press Release

Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


Mentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingMentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour


Parenting intervention causes a 10 point increase in IQ by age four.

A major parent and family intervention programme trialled in North Dublin has had a dramatic impact in improving outcomes for children and families.

The first in a series of results from the Preparing for Life early childhood programme were announced today and show dramatic impacts on children’s IQ, obesity levels and ... click to read full post & comments


Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLuas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students


The Luas strikes arrangements have been reviewed after it emerged that their original schedule would directly affect students sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams which begin at 9.30am on Wednesday, 8th June.

The industrial action was originally scheduled for 9am - 1pm on the 8th,9th and 10th of June but the times have now been changed to ... click to read full post & comments


HSE cuts eye exams for school kids

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting EachersHSE cuts eye exams for school kids


The HSE have discontinued the routine eye screenings of school children in fifth and sixth class with immediate effect.

In letters sent to primary school Principals around the country, the HSE stated that the service will be stopped as there was a ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'


safefood is urging parents to redouble their efforts to reduce unhealthy treat foods in their children’s diets as new research¹ indicates over 40% of parents routinely give their children treats like crisps, chocolates and sweets at least once a ... click to read full post & comments


UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersUL launches High Value Sports Scholarships


The University of Limerick has launched a new suite of Sports Scholarships designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

Scholarship holders will benefit from ... click to read full post & comments


Things Irish Mammies Say: True or False?

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingThings Irish Mammies Say: True or False?


Kicking off health month, Science Foundation Ireland is looking into the science behind the things Irish mammies say.

We’ve all been told at one stage or another to bundle up in winter to avoid catching a cold, as well as the magical powers of ... click to read full post & comments


200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study


Sports Surgery Clinic last week launched a pilot study to assess the effects of rehabilitation post concussion in adolescent rugby players and the development of a Concussion Passport screening service.  The aim of the study is to collect data using a comprehensive range of computerised, exercise and physiological tests before and ... click to read full post & comments


Irish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingIrish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly


More than 1.5 million (1,851430) days of school are missed each year by children with asthma, according to the latest figures from the Asthma Society of Ireland ahead of World Asthma Day, today, 3rd May.

The Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting the first ever Bubble Day to ... click to read full post & comments