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Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

“Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


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


2016 Junior Spider Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: Teachers2016 Junior Spider Awards


The 2016 eir Junior Spiders Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin yesterday (25th April 2016).
 
Hosted by RTE’s Aidan Power, the Awards recognise and reward youths and young adults aged 4 to 19 for the innovative ways in which they use the internet, especially around ... 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


Good luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersGood luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'


Eight teams from primary-schools throughout Ireland will participate in BizWorld Ireland’s annual BizFactor competition in hopes of being awarded, 'Enterprise of the Year' tomorrow, Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 10.30am in The RDS, Dublin 4.

The eight finalists ... 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


Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersDonegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack


A national school in Donegal is planning to install security cameras and enhanced security after what is believed to be human excrement was left in ... click to read full post & comments


Take your students to places a school bus can’t

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersTake your students to places a school bus can’t


Google Expeditions’programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom.

Google have worked with teaches and content partners from around the world to create ... 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


Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Annual Conferences get underway

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers Annual Conferences get underway


Approximately 1,800 delegates are attending the three teacher trade unions annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney this week.

It is expected that unequal teacher salaries will be a major issue of the conferences. The INTO, the ASTI and the TUI are all expected to debate motions criticising ... click to read full post & comments


Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParenitngOver 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark. ... click to read full post & comments


Austerity measures hit student mental health supports

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAusterity measures hit student mental health supports


Press Release from ASTI
Austerity measures including a moratorium on school middle-management posts are undermining student pastoral care structures and mental health supports, a study has found.

In a survey of 1,749 teachers and school principals commissioned by the ASTI, 82 per cent of principals state that the ... 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


'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)


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)


INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentngINTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation


Members of the INTO have overwhelmingly backed a call from the CEC for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

Ninety seven per cent of members voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Choose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersChoose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt


The ISPCC has launched a social media public awareness campaign to draw attention to the issue of cyberbullying, advising that ‘your words can hurt, choose them wisely’.

The week long campaign runs from 7th-13th March and highlights how cyberbullying presents new challenges for children and parents. There can be a much wider ... click to read full post & comments


Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStudents mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park


Today (Monday 7th March) saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when representative groups of students, over 6,000, and teachers from every secondary school in the country,  as well as some of our finest young athletes, received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a ... 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


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


Primary Teachers Urged to Vote on Industrial Action

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics TeachersPrimary Teachers Urged to Vote on Industrial Action


The Irish National Teachers' Organistaion (INTO) is balloting it's members on industrial action which would result in non-cooperation with school self-evaluation.

The action is in response to the eight year ban on job promotions for teachers which INTO claim is ... click to read full post & comments


President Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPresident Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo


President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially launched the Green-Schools Expo 2016 at the RDS today, Thursday 25th February.

The event, Ireland’s first environmental expo for schools, will attract five thousand visitors from schools across the country.

Organised by Green-Schools, the expo will showcase exhibits across six themed zones by ... click to read full post & comments


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


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


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


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


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


Minister's address at IPPN Annual Conference

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister's address at IPPN Annual Conference


The following contains some of the more major points made by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan's address to the IPPN Conference yesterday evening:

Investment in education
"Since my appointment as Minister, I have fought for additional investment in education.
I passionately believe in education as a liberating, progressive force in society.
And I believe that everyone should have equal ... 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


Ireland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2016.
Tags: TeachersIreland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches


All the best young scientific minds in Ireland are invited to enter SciFest 2016 and put their knowledge to the test. As well as pushing the boundaries of science, the national final winner(s) of SciFest 2016 will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017 in ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met


TUI Statement on Teacher Strike Action before General Election.

"Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the second level and further/adult education sectors have voted by a margin of 89% to engage in a campaign of industrial action to secure ... 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


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)


    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)


    School secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today welcomed the recent arbitration decision which recommended significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

    A cumulative pay increase of 10% between 2016 and 2019 was recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers comprehended by the terms of the arbitration process. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go


    The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that she is to repeal ‘Rule 68’ which states that “that religious instruction is “by far the most important” part of the school curriculum. More fully it states:

    "Of all the parts of the school curriculum religious instruction is by far the most important, as its subject-matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister  welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy


    Minister encourages education partners to have their say on an important issue for schools.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today welcomed the publication by her Department of a consultation on “Advancing School Autonomy in Ireland”.

    The Department has published a comprehensive research paper on ... click to read full post & comments


    Construction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today announced that the Inspired Spaces Consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of the five new schools that have been included in Bundle 5 of the Department's Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) programme.

    The Minister stated: "It is my pleasure to announce that, subject to the conclusion of the remaining stages in the procurement process, it is anticipated that construction of these five schools will commence in Summer 2016. It is expected that construction will be completed and that the new school buildings will be available for occupation in the second half of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Bill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers


    Yesterday, the Dáil made an historic move when the Lower House passed a bill which will make it illegal to discriminatie against LGBT teachers in Irish schools and hospitals under religious run schools

    The bill has already passed the Senate and will now go to the president for ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2015

    Posted by SchoolDayse Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2015


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2015 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.
    To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments