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Green Party Plan to Feed All School Children

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 28/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsGreen Party Plan to Feed All School Children


The Green Party have this week released a plan that aims to feed every school going child in the country at least one hot meal a day.

Their ambitious plan, which was revealed yesterday, is an attempt to ‘both deal with ... click to read full post & comments


Delay in opening school leaves families without school places

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDelay in opening school leaves families without school places


A row has broken out between Educate Together (ET) and the Department of Education after the school’s patron has refused to proceed with the opening of a school in Castlebar just a week before children were due to start there.

Educate Together announced that it was deferring the opening of the school until 2016 and has blamed ... click to read full post & comments


Parents asked to put road safety on 'Back to School' Checklist

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingParents asked to put road safety on 'Back to School' Checklist


RSA and ESB Networks encourage parents and teachers to put road safety on the ‘Back to School’ checklist and make school gateway safety a priority
 
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and ESB Networks urge parents, guardians and teachers to make road safety a priority and put in place a school gateway safety policy to ensure the safety of all children. 
 
Three children aged 14 and under have died in ... click to read full post & comments


Educate Together clash with Government over enrolment policies

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducate Together clash with Government over enrolment policies


The Irish Times reports today that the Government and Educate Together (ET) have clashed over enrolment policies in new schools. Educate Together's policy is that schools should offer places on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the Department of Education requires that any schools ... click to read full post & comments


Concern over CAO points manipulation by colleges

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsConcern over CAO points manipulation by colleges

As 52,028 students receive a first round offer from the CAO today, and with a rise in points with the number of degree courses requiring 500 points jumping by 25%, concern has been raised about ... click to read full post & comments


CAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsCAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.


There were nearly 80,000 applicants to the CAO in 2015 and today thousands of students will find out whether or not they have been accepted for courses for college. In the CAO Round One offers going out today, 52,028 applicants will receive ... click to read full post & comments


Girls outperform boys in Leaving Cert 2015

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 14/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersGirls outperform boys in Leaving Cert 2015


The 2015 Leaving Certificate once again sees girls outperform boys in their results, and according to the State Examinations Commission(SEC) there are some major ... click to read full post & comments


Milltown National School Campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/08/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMilltown National School Campaign


The Milltown School Initiative (MSI) was set up in March 2015 by a group of local parents and residents to campaign for the establishment of a new national school in Milltown. The MSI is asking the Department of Education and Skills for a new school to fulfil the needs of the local community of over ... click to read full post & comments


Irish language is supported but not actively used, report finds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/08/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsIrish language is supported but not actively used, report finds


A new research report addressing the attitudes to, and use of, the Irish language in Ireland was published today by the ERSI.

The report shows that ... click to read full post & comments


New Report proposes subsidised childcare for working parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/07/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Report proposes subsidised childcare for working parents

New childcare report, published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, is proposing major new investment in the childcare sector. The report was prepared by an interdepartmental group and has highlighted options on how to make childcare ... click to read full post & comments


Irish children's self image is worse in smaller classrooms, study finds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/07/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsIrish children's self image is worse in smaller classrooms, study finds

A new report from the ongoing Growing Up In Ireland Study by the Irish Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has revealed ... click to read full post & comments


16 days teacher training for Junior Cert changes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics16 days teacher training for Junior Cert changes

The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, yesterday announced that she has briefed Cabinet colleagues that agreement on all ... click to read full post & comments(1)


610 additional SNA posts announced for September 2015

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics610  additional SNA posts announced for September 2015

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today welcomed the Cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015 reflecting the government’s commitment to ensure that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Free public transport for kids from July 6 to19

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Family And LeisureFree public transport for kids from July 6 to19

Transport Minister Paschal Donahoe, along with Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA), have today announced ... click to read full post & comments


Delay in SNA Allocations for next school year causing concern

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/07/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingDelay in SNA Allocations for next school year causing concern


Concern has been expressed by Teacher unions and parents about the delay in advising schools of SNA (Special Need Assistant) allocations for the 2015/16 school year as it causes unnecessary ... click to read full post & comments


Education Passports are now compulsory for all 6th class pupils

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Passports are now compulsory for all 6th class pupils


The Department of Education and Skills has recently made the 'Education Passport' a compulsory requirement for all 6th class pupils in their transition from ... click to read full post & comments


School Completion Programme to be maintained

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Completion Programme to be maintained

Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has received a commitment from Government that funding levels under the School Completion Programme (SCP) are to be ... click to read full post & comments


Applications for Home Tuition Scheme 2015/16 are now open

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Applications for Home Tuition Scheme 2015/16 are now open


The Department of Education has announced that applications for the Home Tuition Scheme for children with special education or medical needs are now being accepted for the year 2015/16.

The Home Tuition Scheme provides ... click to read full post & comments(6)


Childcare is too expensive for parents on lower incomes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsChildcare is too expensive for parents on lower incomes

Early childhood care and education (ECCE), as well as after school care provision (ASC), are totally inadequate and too expensive for people on lower incomes, according to the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).
In its pre-budget submission entitled "Investing in what matters" SVP says, "This is particularly true for ... click to read full post & comments


Cork students named national final winners of Our World Irish Aid Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsCork students named national final winners of Our World Irish Aid Awards

Fifth and sixth class students from Vicarstown National School, Cork along with their teacher, Áine O'Shaughnessy, were today named overall winners of the ... click to read full post & comments


Barnardos plan to make primary education free for all children

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 15/06/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsBarnardos plan to make primary education free for all children


Children’s charity Barnardos is calling on the Irish government to make all primary education free for children, and the charity has estimated that it will take just ... click to read full post & comments


Two new multi-denominational primary schools for September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTwo new multi-denominational primary schools for September


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced the outcome of the patronage determination process for two new primary schools due to open in September 2015. The schools will be located in ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions split over pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeacher Unions split over pay deal


A split has emerged between the teacher unions on the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The TUI has decided to recommend that it’s members reject the new pay agreement proposals while the INTO will be recommending it’s members ... click to read full post & comments


Students denied access to Leaving Cert Exam Supports

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/06/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingStudents denied access to Leaving Cert Exam Supports


According to figures released to Fianna Fail TD Seán Fleming, approximately 1,000 students with special needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Aspergers, have been denied access to ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland's laws on smacking breach European legislation

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingIreland's laws on smacking breach European legislation


Ireland banned corporal punishment in schools over twenty years ago but the law never extended to children being smacked at home as a form of punishment. Now, the law will be reviewed by the Irish Government following a formal complaint in February 2013 from the ... click to read full post & comments


€600K to be spent on first team of early-education inspectors

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics€600K to be spent on first team of early-education inspectors

The Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs today launched a consultation on Education-focused Inspections, in early years settings participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. Key groups and individuals working in the early years sector were ... click to read full post & comments


Main Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMain Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has welcomed the breakthrough in negotiations on junior cycle reform, following the publication today of proposals agreed between the Minister and the leadership of the two second-level teacher unions.

Underlying these proposals are Minister O’Sullivan’s five main principles which she stated must ... click to read full post & comments


Minister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching


Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD yesterday announced that a Pilot of the New Model for Allocating Resource Teachers to Schools will be put in place for September 2015.

In February of this year, ... click to read full post & comments


A proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingA proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed


The following statement has been agreed for issue by the Minister for Education and Skills, the ASTI and the TUI - 20th May, 2015

"A proposal to resolve the dispute over Junior Cycle reform has been agreed between the Department and the leadership of the second-level teaching unions. The leadership of the ASTI and the TUI, along with Minister O'Sullivan, have committed their support and strong endorsement to these clearly stated proposals, outlined in ... click to read full post & comments


Ministers launch Arts in Education Portal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinisters launch Arts in Education Portal


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, welcomed the launch of the Arts in Education Portal in Dublin Castle.

Developed by both Departments, the Arts in Education Charter was launched in 2012. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting ... click to read full post & comments


Over half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingOver half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school


According to a new report issued today by Kellogg's, one third of Irish families with primary school children worry about their food costs while one in five families have had to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today announced that she is making available €7 million in grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/05/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Schools across Ireland are currently putting plans in motion to take part in National Walk to School Week, which takes place next week, from Monday May 11th to Friday, May 15th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in ... click to read full post & comments


New Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system


Changes to the Irish Leaving Certificate set to be introduced in 2017 will see a new CAO points system that will allow student to receive points for ‘Honours’ subjects, even if they drop below 40% pass mark.

It is anticipated that the changes will be introduced ... click to read full post & comments


New School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids


According to the Irish Times and the Independent this morning, the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan is to set to publish details of the new Schools’ Admissions Procedures today. All primary and post-primary schools will be ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Celebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCelebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools


Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has appealed to the masses to join his battle against the high obesity levels in children by petitioning to introduce ... click to read full post & comments


Special Needs Assistants vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSpecial Needs Assistants vote for industrial action


Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)represented by IMPACT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over the issue of the reduction of working hours and the fragmentation of SNA posts. IMPACT, which represents approximately 6,000 SNAs nationwide, said ... click to read full post & comments


Additional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingAdditional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has announced that Government has agreed that additional resources will be allocated to schools as an interim measure to support those children with Down syndrome, who are not ... click to read full post & comments


Catholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCatholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools


The Catholic Church has published guidelines titled " Catholic Primary Schools in a Changing Ireland - Sharing Good Practice on Inclusion of All Pupils" advising schools on how they can provide policies of inclusion for non-religious and non-Catholic students in the classroom.

The guidelines have been issued in response to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism on catering for the growing demand for greater choice in primary education for parents. The Catholic Schools Partnership have reacted with proposals detailing how ... click to read full post & comments


Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/03/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAfterschool childcare plan set to help working parents


Parents who are finding it difficult to pay for after-school childcare are to benefit from new proposals being drafted by the government who plan to open primary schools for longer and provide supervision for students.

A report by Fionnan Sheahan ... click to read full post & comments


Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/03/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has told media outlets that new Junior Cert reforms will go ahead and the Dept of Education will ‘move forward’ on the recent proposals despite the non-co-operation of the teacher unions.

The Minister said that ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used

Posted by Sally OBrien, on 27/02/2015.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents don't know how voluntary contributions are used


The government has rejected calls by Sinn Féin to make schools provide information to parents on how they spend voluntary contributions.

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the government to give parents access to information on how ... click to read full post & comments


INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 25/02/2015.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersINTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has suspended membership of 16 teachers, mostly Principals, for up to five months, all in the last two years, for breaking a ban on co-operating with the Jobbridge internship scheme.

The INTO had banned their 35,000 union members from co-operating with the scheme back in 2011, and these suspensions come after complaints were made about members who were ... click to read full post & comments


Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 24/02/2015.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSupreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal in a case brought against The Christian Brothers High School, Clonmel, Tipperary back in 2010 by a family who believed the school had indirectly discriminated against their son on the grounds that he was a traveller.

According to a breaking news report on RTE this afternoon, The boy’s mother, Mary Stokes, had argued that ... click to read full post & comments



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