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400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., is announcing that all primary schools who currently operate a school book rental scheme will be able to benefit from the €15 million School Book Rental Scheme Fund which he secured as part of Budget 2014. 

Last October, the Minister announced that the €15 million fund would be targeted specifically at primary schools who did not currently operate a book rental scheme.  The Department of Education has received applications from approximately 400 such schools to date.

531 schools who previously indicated that they did not have book loan schemes were invited to apply for the funding.  Of these, three quarters of these schools have now applied. 
DEIS schools will receive €150 per child and non-DEIS schools will receive €100 per child in seed capital funding over the next two years to establish book rental schemes.  This will cost approximately €6.7 million and is expected to benefit more than 63,000 pupils and their families. 

Minister Quinn has now decided that the balance of the fund, ... click to read full post & comments


Young Driver safety initiative for schools launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/04/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersYoung Driver safety initiative for schools launched

eFlow, one of Ireland’s tolling providers, and Bressie, judge on RTÉs The Voice of Ireland, yesterday launched the ‘eFlow Young Driver Safety Week’, a national initiative to promote safe driving among young adults in Ireland.

eFlow is encouraging senior cycle students from secondary schools around the country to host an event to encourage safe and responsible driving practices among their peers and community during the eFlow Young Driver Safety Week, beginning 12 May 2014.

As part of the initiative, the company also announced details of a competition whereby students are asked to create a mock TV advert to promote safe driving practices.
The winning team will be awarded a ... click to read full post & comments


Schools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSchools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April

As part of the governments “Action plan on Bullying” which was announced last year, all 4,000 primary schools and post primary schools must have their anti-bullying policy in place by 11th April next.

Schools were provided with a template by the Department of Education. However the template can ... click to read full post & comments


Second-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Secondary School NewsSecond-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes

Second-level teachers have overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to abolish the Junior Certificate State Exam. In separate ballots, members of the ASTI and members of the TUI voted by 88% to 12% in favour of industrial action. The two unions represent approximately 27,000 second-level teachers.

Commenting on the ballot results ASTI General Secretary Pat King said: “Teachers have always been willing to modernise the Junior Certificate and Junior Cycle education. However, they are not prepared to ... click to read full post & comments


386 School Improvement Projects announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers386 School Improvement Projects announced

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced that 386 schools across every county in Ireland will be able to undertake school improvements this summer.
Almost €36 million is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills under the first round of funding for the Summer Works Scheme 2014. Use the following link to view the list of 386 school projects approved .

The successful schools will receive money to ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016

If you’re looking for an extended break over Easter with the kids, without them missing any school, Easter 2016 is the year to do it!

As Easter falls very early in 2016, this means that only one school day – Friday March 18 – separates St Patrick's Day and the start of the Easter school holidays. As a result, the relevant authorities and negotiating groups have been decided that schools will receive an extra day off on Friday 18th March (though it will have to be made up during the year.) As a result, schools will finish on ... click to read full post & comments


Lunchtime protests today by secondary teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLunchtime protests today by secondary teachers

Teachers unions are staging a lunchtime protest today outside schools to demonstrate against the Minister for Education’s proposed changes to the Junior Certificate. The protest will take the form of a short rally, with similar demonstrations outside second-level schools across the State during school lunchtime breaks. The unions have said that regular school business will ... click to read full post & comments


Record numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRecord numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014

According to the Irish Independent, a record number of Leaving Certificate students are planning to sit higher-level maths in the June exams.

Following the introduction of 25 CAO bonus points for achieving a minimum D3 grade, entries for the "honours" paper have risen for the third year in a row with 17,181 students indicating their intention to take higher level this year. This figure is up ... click to read full post & comments


2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched

This week, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) launched its annual Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign to continue to raise awareness of the issue of bullying and to highlight the positive work that has been undertaken with schools around the country. At the launch a building wrap featuring Brian O'Driscoll was unveiled on the iconic Liberty Hall with Brian holding the ISPCC Blue Shield to represent the fact that he is standing up against bullying.

The list of those celebrities who give their support to raise awareness includes Brian O’Driscoll, ... click to read full post & comments


Free interactive online Maths resource launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFree interactive online Maths resource launched

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, yesterday launched a free, interactive online maths resource for students and teachers in Ireland, which includes an option for live one-to-one tutorials.

The lessons have been developed by Galway-based Alison a global company that offers free online learning, in partnership with tutoring company Maths Doctor from Macmillan Science & Education. The lessons, are delivered by experienced maths tutors, and are aligned with ... click to read full post & comments


Calling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/02/2014.
Tags: TeachersCalling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring!

Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme is calling on primary schools nationwide to help them track the arrival of Spring by getting involved in Greenwave 2014. This citizen science project, which sees students log their sightings of six Greenwave species by uploading images to the greenwave.ie website, is one of the five criteria necessary to achieve a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence.
 
Between the months of February and May, students are asked to capture their sightings of ... click to read full post & comments


27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/02/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action


Twenty-seven thousand second-level teachers will be balloted on non-cooperation with new Junior Cycle proposals this March.
 
The second-level teacher unions the ASTI and the TUI are objecting to aspects of Junior Cycle proposals announced by the Minister for Education and Skills which pose serious threats to education standards and to the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Campaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCampaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools

The Sunday Times has today (9/2/14) announced that it is launching a campaign to have unhealthy foods banned from vending machines and tuck shops in secondary schools in Ireland. According to the paper, the aim of their campaign is to encourage principals to “junk the junk and replace fatty, sugary and salty products with fresh and nutritious alternatives."

The Sunday Times refers to a survey carried out by the Department of Education which says that of 325 secondary schools surveyed, 30% sell fizzy drinks and confectionery through vending machines or tuck shops. One of the main reasons that secondary schools are reluctant to remove vending machines is that they cannot do without the ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Irish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/02/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space

A group of four secondary school students from Limerick are set to be the first Irish teenagers to launch their science experiment to be conducted in space. The lucky transition year students from St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick were announced as winners of ‘The Only Way is Up’ competition run by The Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) at the University of Limerick, through its partnership with NanoRacks LLC.  The competition, which is the first of it’s kind in Ireland, gave students across the country the ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 31/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools

Minister Quinn officially launched Guidelines on Managing Safety and Health in Primary Schools in the Kilkenny Education Centre yesterday. 4000 copies of the guidelines have been distributed to all primary schools.

The Guidelines were developed by Kilkenny Education Centre, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Department of Education and Skills in response to a strong demand from primary schools for guidance and clarification to enable them to better manage the existing legal obligations and responsibilities.

“These Guidelines (which can be viewed here) provide a fantastic toolkit for primary schools. They set out a ... click to read full post & comments


A New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsA New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics!

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has confirmed that ‘Politics and Society’ is to become available as a subject option for the Leaving Certificate. A date has not yet been finalised for it’s introduction but the Minister has informed the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) that he wants it to proceed.

The new subject will build on student learning at junior cycle level through Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) and has been under discussion since 2006 with a syllabus being prepared in 2011. A copy of the Consultation Document and the draft syllabus ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Priests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersPriests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools

Ruairí Quinn, T.D. Minister for Education and Skills addressed the 2014 IPPN Conference last Friday. The Minister's speech (view full speech here) covered a broad range of issues including Book Rental Schemes and Quality & Accountability. However it was the Minister’s remarks, in a response to complaints from principals who say they have difficulties covering an "overloaded curriculum", that has received most media coverage.

The recently introduced literacy and numeracy strategy requires schools to allocate 30 minutes a week to developing these skills in pupils. When asked at the Conference how teachers could find the time to deliver the programme, the Minister responded that ... click to read full post & comments


Up to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersUp to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has urged schools to complete contracts aimed at significantly reducing their energy costs as soon as possible.

Some 1,700 schools across the country have been included in this new drive to cut electricity costs by between 10-15% per school. The savings that can be made are estimated to be in the region of €1 million overall.
Schools who are involved in the centralised electricity procurement competition are eligible for the savings. This initiative is being run by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) in cooperation with the Department of Education and Skills and school management bodies.

In order for schools to make the savings they need to ... click to read full post & comments


Heads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersHeads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced the publication of the Heads of a Bill which will allow for the future establishment of Technological Universities and the mergers of Institutes of Technology.

The Bill provides the legislative underpinning for Institutes of Technology who have established partnerships and wish to merge, with ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/01/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes

According to a Press Release issued this evening by the ASTI, Teachers unions are to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes. The statement goes on to say that it's union representatives are "gravely disappointed after attending a working group on proposed Junior Cycle changes with the other education partners and Department of Education and Skills officials today. "

According to the statement, the ASTI and the TUI believe that today’s meeting did not involve genuine engagement on the issues of most concern to second-level teachers. The executive bodies of the TUI and ASTI will meet to decide on balloting members on ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsJunior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced that the new name for the reformed Junior Certificate will be the JCSA or Junior Cycle Student Award.

Minister Quinn said, “The overhaul of junior cycle is long over-due and much needed. The new JCSA will put students, rather than exams, at the centre of the three year cycle.
Minister Quinn continued, “Most parents and teachers that I meet are supportive of the need to overhaul junior cycle – for the good of students. However, I do acknowledge that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersMinister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today revealed plans to ensure that every primary school in the country has a book rental scheme in operation. These plans are aimed at reducing school expenses for parents and form part of Minister Quinn’s wider agenda to tackle high costs associated with school. As part of Budget 2014, Minister Quinn announced that he had secured €15 million to support the establishment of book rental schemes in primary schools which do not currently operate them.  This money is to be used as seed capital to allow primary schools to set up such book loan schemes. 

The Department of Education and Skills asked all primary schools ... click to read full post & comments


High Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersHigh Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. announced yesterday that every second level school in Ireland will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year.

The Ministers made this statement as they launched the final stage of the national roll-out of the 100Mbp/s broadband connectivity to all ... click to read full post & comments


Underperforming Teachers to face new sanctions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/01/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersUnderperforming Teachers to face new sanctions

Amendments to legislation will see new sanctions available to the Teaching Council

The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., is moving to significantly increase the powers available to the Teaching Council, the regulatory body for teachers. 
Under amended legislation, which is due to go to the Oireachtas, the Teaching Council will have a range of new sanctions at its disposal to deal with poor and under-performing teachers.  Up until now, a teacher had to be ... click to read full post & comments


Majority of parents help kids with homework

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/01/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMajority of parents help kids with homework

According to the Central Statistics Office, who released it’s Quarterly National Household survey this week, the majority of parents at primary level help their children with homework. The survey reveals that 4% of primary children and 28 % of post-primary children do the homework themselves without help. With over 526,000 primary school children in the country, these figures suggest that more than ... click to read full post & comments


Research shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersResearch shows DEIS is working in primary schools according to Minister

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) has released a new report on the evaluation of the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme in primary schools. The ERC has been carrying out an evaluation of DEIS in its most intensive form (i.e., the School Support Programme or SSP) since it was introduced by the Department of Education and Skills in 2007 as a response to addressing the needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The recent findings indicate that reading and mathematics levels have continued to improve significantly in participating schools since the programme began

The main findings are ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 03/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement

The Department of Education & Science have this afternoon released the statement below on the ASTI and Haddington Road Agreement. The ASTI have responded stating they "will respond with strong trade union action". - see ASTI statement also included below.

Department of Education & Science Statement
"The Government today discussed the outcome of the recent discussions between the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI).  The ASTI membership is currently voting on the Haddington Road agreement.

Ministers have previously said that the continued payment of the Substitution and Supervision allowance to ASTI members is unsustainable.
The Government has decided that ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers at risk of redundancy if ASTI reject Agreement

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/12/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers at risk of redundancy if ASTI reject Agreement

In a move that is likely to raise tensions between the ASTI and Government, the Department of Education has circulated a list of schools where teachers are at risk of redundancy if their union does not sign up to the Haddington Road Agreement( HRA). According to the Independent newspaper, the list covers up to 48 ... click to read full post & comments


Construction to start on 37 new school buildings next year

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction to start on 37 new school buildings next year

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., has announced the 70 school projects which are scheduled for construction in 2014.

A €2 billion five-year capital investment programme, launched by Minister Quinn in March 2012, gave details of 275 new major school building projects to begin over the period 2012-2016.
The new school buildings and major extensions which are being announced today are part of the five year plan.

Some €470 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €320 million.
The 70 major projects scheduled to proceed to construction in 2014 are:

* 22 new schools at primary level

* 12 extensions at primary level

* 12 new schools at second-level

* 20 extensions at second-level

* 3 new special schools and 1 major special school extension

These school projects will deliver over 27,500 permanent school places and of these over 21,000 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.
In addition, the Minister confirmed that a total of 44 major school projects have now reached substantial completion in 2013.

Announcing details of the 2014 building programme Minister Quinn said, “I am delighted to confirm today the major school projects which will be built next year.”
“Not only will quality permanent school places be built for 27,500 pupils across the country, but this significant investment will support 3,200 direct jobs and 640 indirect jobs in 2014.”

A list of the projects for construction in 2014 can be viewed here



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Urgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingUrgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Schools

Camara Ireland has issued an urgent appeal for donations of laptops for use in Irish schools. There has been a surge in demand for Camara’s educational technology packages and we have not yet sourced enough used laptops to meet this demand. With the waiting list growing by the day, Camara is appealing to ... click to read full post & comments


School League Tables Published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/11/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsSchool League Tables Published

School league tables were published today by a number of national newspapers showing the progression rates from individual secondary schools around Ireland to third level. Overall there appears to be little difference between the performance of fee-paying and state schools although the lists of schools which send students to high points courses is dominated by fee-paying schools.

In general, an increasing number of students are ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Raheny student Paul Clarke, picks up the top prize at SciFest 2013

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersRaheny student Paul Clarke, picks up the top prize at SciFest 2013

Paul Clarke, a student of St Paul's College, Raheny, picked up the top prize at SciFest 2013 this afternoon. Paul has solved a problem related to the Travelling Salesman Problem, which has been baffling mathematics since the 1930s. His discovery has taken us a step closer to solving the ... click to read full post & comments


Introduction of Tablets a "disaster" for Mountrath Community College

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/11/2013.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIntroduction of Tablets a

The Principal of Mountrath Community College in Laois has called the school’s move from books to tablets “an unmitigated disaster” according to the Independent. It’s reported that technical difficulties with the majority of HPElite Pad tablet devices meant that students ... click to read full post & comments(3)


ASTI to ballot on new Haddington Road proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI to ballot on new Haddington Road proposals

Statement below issued by ASTI this evening 16th November

"ASTI members are to be balloted on new Haddington Road proposals following a meeting of the union’s Central Executive Council today.
The 180-member Executive body also voted to put the proposals to a ballot of union members with a recommendation that members ... click to read full post & comments


Additional €70 Million for School Improvements

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAdditional €70 Million for School Improvements

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced the allocation of almost €70 million for school improvements. Over €28 million is being made available as a once-off payment to primary schools as part of the Minor Works Grant scheme. Another €40 million will be allocated under the Summer Works Scheme 2014 which is being re-introduced to fund the improvement and upgrading of existing school buildings.

The Minor Works Grant will be paid to primary schools in the coming weeks and will enable schools to undertake ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Vote for Industrial Action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/09/2013.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics

text re imageThe ASTI – which represents 17,000 second-level teachers – has voted to reject the Haddington Road Agreement by 63% to 37% per cent. 
 
Speaking about the outcome of the ballot today, ASTI General Secretary Pat King said: “Teachers’ message today is that they have given enough. All second-level teachers are delivering more with far less resources at a time when their pay has been cut significantly and their working conditions have greatly disimproved. The Haddington Road Agreement is a step too far. Second-level schools are at the tipping point, having been ... click to read full post & comments


New Consumer Classroom website for teachers!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/06/2013.
Tags: Teachers

text re imageConsumer Classroom is a new collaborative website for teachers from across the EU providing quality resources and interactive tools to equip 12-18 year olds with practical consumer skills. Why not sign up to the website to learn from others and access helpful teaching resources? Joining is free and it’s quick to create an account.

The Consumer Classroom website aims to promote consumer education and in particular to encourage its teaching in European secondary schools. It is a multilingual pan European website financed by ... click to read full post & comments


Get involved in the Freddy Fyffes Primary School Competition

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers Parenting

text re imageFreddy Fyffes is calling on 1st to 6th class primary students to get involved in their Freddy Fyffes Primary School Competition. Not only is it a fun, educational way to support children’s knowledge of where food comes from,  the students could also win a VIP trip to Dublin Zoo for their class!

As part of the competition students are encouraged to research and learn about the ... click to read full post & comments


Summary of Education Budgetary Measures 2013

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2012.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teachers

text re image Summary of Education Budgetary Measures

* Class sizes in primary and free second level schools to remain unchanged

* A 2 point increase in the pupil teacher ratio in fee charging second level schools will be introduced in September 2013.

* No changes to DEIS scheme

* The sick leave referral arrangement for ... click to read full post & comments


Survey-says-half-of-primary-schools-in-deficit

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/11/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers

text re imageA new survey of Irish schools reveals almost half of primary schools are in arrears. 46% of schools surveyed have experienced a deficit for their last financial year. 22% of schools are barely breaking even.  The survey, undertaken by Amárach Research, under the auspices of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) was carried out among 540 primary schools over a period between October and November.  

The survey also found that there were reductions in ... click to read full post & comments


How many students from your school have gone to College?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/11/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers

text re imageSecondary school records on Schooldays.ie have been updated this week to include details of the numbers of students from each school admitted to the different Universities and Colleges around Ireland in September 2012. By visiting any individual school profile on Schooldays.ie you can now view the ‘data on college progression for the school for the last seven years.

Commenting on the data displayed on Schooldays.ie, Annemarie Wade, Managing Director of Schooldays stated that Schooldays.ie chooses not to ... click to read full post & comments


New School Self-Evaluation Guidelines launched by Minister Quinn

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/11/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers

text re imageThe Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., launched new school self-evaluation guidelines at Sion Hill College, Blackrock in Dublin today.

The School Self-Evaluation Guidelines will support schools to evaluate their own work and to set targets to improve teaching and learning. This will help to achieve the targets set out in the Programme for Government and in the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, launched by the Minister last year.
Launching the Guidelines, Minister Quinn said, “We need a ... click to read full post & comments


TG4 launches new Irish language Apps for Pre-Schoolers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/11/2012.
Tags: Parenting Teachers

text re imageTG4’s younger viewers (and their parents) received a timely and free Halloween treat with the launch last weekend of two brand-new and fun Irish language Apps for pre-school kids. The two new releases, Cúlacaint2 and OLLY an Veain Bheag Bhán are being officially launched at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2012 festival in Letterkenny. They are available to download for free to ... click to read full post & comments


Science Week 2012 launched by Minister Sherlock

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/10/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers

text re imageSean Sherlock, T.D., the Minister for Research and Innovation today launched Science Week 2012 and announced that it will be celebrating ‘Everyday Experimenting!’  This year’s theme aims to demonstrate that science plays a key role in our everyday lives and that we are all constantly experimenting.  From tying our shoe laces to attempting a new level on a game, or trialing a new recipe and even embarking on ... click to read full post & comments