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Parents paying for School Maintenance and Security

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/23/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teacher News

text re imageDetails of a comprehensive study which was undertaken by the ESRI of educational governance and financing across the three different sectors of second-level schools in Ireland, namely, voluntary secondary schools, vocational schools, and community/comprehensive schools, has been published today

The research shows that voluntary secondary schools, which account for the majority of the State’s second-level pupils, are far more ... click to read full post & comments


455 Additional Resource Teaching Posts Available

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/21/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teacher News

text re imageFollowing the recent budgetary announcement made by Minister Ruairí Quinn to allocate additional resource teaching posts to schools for children with special educational needs to meet the increase in demand for supports, the NCSE has announce that an additional 455 resource teaching posts over and above the original allocation of ... click to read full post & comments


Pupils may be sent home early as ASTI action bites

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/16/2013.
Tags: Secondary School News Parenting Teacher News

text re imageAs we come into Parent/Teacher meeting season, the impact of the ASTI industrial action is likely to mean that many secondary school students will be sent home early. Due to a ban on meetings outside school hours by the ASTI, Parent/Teacher meetings, which would normally have been scheduled for after school, have now to be scheduled inside the normal school day. In general, the meetings will have to start at ... click to read full post & comments


Anti Bullying Ads to appear in School Books

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/20/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teacher News Kids Health

text re imageAn initiative by the Irish Educational Publishers Association (IEPA), which publishes 90pc of school books, means that Anti-bullying awareness adverts will be inserted in a large percentage of primary and secondary school textbooks by the end of 2014. The initiative has the backing of the Department of Education, under whose direction the ads were designed.

The IEPA plans to place the adverts in up to 1,000 primary and post primary publications, both print and digital, targeting ... click to read full post & comments


Minister launches Breakfast Club Pilot Programme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/17/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teacher News

text re imageThe Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., attended at St Catherine’s Infant National School, in Cabra today, to launch a Breakfast Club Pilot Programme which has been developed by Healthy Food for All and funded by the Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund.

The Pilot Programme which started in January in four Dublin Schools – St Catherine’s Junior National School Cabra, St Eithne’s Girls School, Edenmore, Holy Trinity National School Donaghmede and Holywell Educate Together, Swords - aims to measure the impact a ... click to read full post & comments


Examinations Commission Apologises for Exam Paper Mistakes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/12/2013.
Tags: Secondary School News Teacher News

text re imageThe State Examinations Commission(SEC) has given assurances that mistakes in this year’s Junior and Leaving Certificate Examintions will be taken into account when marking papers.

The State Examinations Commission has confirmed that ... click to read full post & comments


Two Schools Benefit from Property Collapse

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/21/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Teacher News

text re imageA building which was originally part of developer Jim Mansfield's plans for a Boutqiue Golf Village at Citywest, where visitors could shop for clothes, has become classrooms for two new national schools.
The Department of Education leased the building from the receivers of Jim Mansfield's company and made them available to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


40 new schools to be established

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/27/2011.
Tags: Education And Politics Teacher News Parenting

text re imageThe Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today announced that 20 new primary schools and 20 new post-primary schools are to be established in the next six years. Of the 40 new schools, 17 will be in the Dublin area with a further twelve in the commuter belt of Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth.  There will be six new schools established in ... click to read full post & comments


School year 'could be cut short by spending reductions in Ireland'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/19/2010.
Tags: Education And Politics Teacher NewsSchool year 'could be cut short by spending reductions in Ireland'

The government's plans to reduce funding for the education system in Ireland could result in many primary schools running out of money next year.

According to the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN), if there are cuts to the capitation grant, many schools in the country could find themselves unable to pay their bills.

Deputy president of the group Gerry Murphy said that parents alone will "no longer be able to keep schools afloat".

"It is beyond belief that the government is now actively considering a reduction in the basic funding of schools," he commented.

Earlier this month, government ministers met to discuss whether 400 million euros should be taken out of the budget for primary and secondary schools in Ireland.

Mr Murphy's comments come after research carried out by international expert Jim Spinks from Melbourne University on behalf of IPPN revealed that 85 per cent of schools are dependent on fundraising and voluntary contributions in order to stay open.

It also showed that medium-sized schools spend 23,000 euros more a year than what they receive from the government.

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Irish budget cuts could result in special needs teachers axe next school year

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/09/2010.
Tags: Education And Politics Teacher NewsIrish budget cuts could result in special needs teachers axe next school year

There could be a number of special needs assistants (SNAs) who lose their job helping pupils in primary and secondary schools as a result of budget cuts in Ireland.

Up to five per cent of the 10,000 SNAs in the Irish education system could be lost in an attempt to reduce the budget by 230 million euros, the Irish Independent reports.

Trade unions and disability groups have voiced their concerns that this move will affect the country's "most vulnerable" kids.

Chief executive of Barnados Fergus Finlay told the newspaper: "It's getting to the point where it's almost an interference with the constitutional rights of children because you can't provide a proper education without them."

Earlier this month, Ireland's cabinet ministers met to discuss proposals over cutting the education budget as part of December 2010's financial plan. 

Sources revealed that in order to save money, registration fees for third-level students could double from 1,500 euros to 3,000.

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