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Improved job security for teachers on the way

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/09/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsImproved job security for teachers on the way


Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group yesterday. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security from the beginning of ... click to read full post & comments


Mixed grade classes harder on girls

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 18/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMixed grade classes harder on girls


A study done by ERSI that used data on over 8,000 9 year old children from the 'Growing Up in Ireland study' found that one in three students were in mixed grade classes and that this affected girls more than boys.

Multigrade teaching happens when two or more year groups (for example, second and third class) are taught together by one teacher in the same classroom.

According to the report ... click to read full post & comments


Seven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSeven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public


As discussions heat up over this years budget, the Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, has told the Irish Times that there will be renewed discussions on private school fundiing.

In recent budgets, private fee-paying schools had been targeted with cuts through adjustments in the pupil-teacher ratio as part of the overall cuts in education. However these changes have forced ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to inspect pre schools for education standards


Minister of Education, Jan O’Sullivan, is planning to check the quality of education being provided by creches and pre schools around the country.

Like school inspections, pre school inspectors will evaluate the standard of education for children enrolled in such facilities. The Minister who is a former pre school teacher herself, is planning to ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 10/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersJunior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths


Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has congratulated the 60,327 students who will receive their Junior Certificate results today, with results showing that more than half of all students are switching to higher maths.

The results, which will be released in the schools this morning and will also be available online at 4pm today, have seen an increase by ... click to read full post & comments


New school opens with just one pupil

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew school opens with just one pupil


According to the Irish Examiner, a new primary school opened in Tallaght this week with just one pupil, a little girl. The multi-denominational school, Scoil Aoife, was established by the Department of Education to meet a perceived need.

Another Educate Together School and an ETB-run community national school opened just over ... click to read full post & comments


Schools demand classes on cyber bullying

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchools demand classes on cyber bullying


With the number of high profile suicide cases recently, cyber bullying has become a real threat to students causing teachers and principals to call for the Department of Education to provide funding to help them tackle this issue.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is calling for ... click to read full post & comments


Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersTop 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times


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 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons and NCAD.

According to Kate Butler who compiled the data, “the work ethic of Irish-language and fee-paying schools is ... click to read full post & comments(3)


School chairs bad for kids backs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 01/09/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingSchool chairs bad for kids backs


An expert on posture from the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers has criticised the educational authorities for failing to recognise that the design of school chairs is impacting on children’s health.

The Alexander Technique is a process that teaches people how to co-ordinate body movements to minimise stress and release harmful tension, while improving posture and general health.

Richard Brennan, a spokesperson for the society claims backward-sloping chairs are used in most schools because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 20/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college


The HEA have issued an alarming report on the figures of Leaving Cert students who go on to college based on which area they come from. Highlighting the huge gap in participation and progression to third level happening between the rich and poor.

The report found that 99% of students residing in ... click to read full post & comments


CAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 18/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today

Today, the Central Applications Office (CAO) has issued nearly 75,000 CAO offers to students around the country.

74,013 round one offers have been sent to over 50,000 students this morning. The offers consist of 39,398 Level 8 course offers and 34,615 Level 7/6 course offers. 50% of students receiving level 8 course offers today will receive their first choice.

It is important for students to remember that ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board


The latest figures from the State Examinations Commission reveal that girls have outperformed boys once again in this year’s Leaving Cert results.

This year’s results breakdown shows girls receiving higher grades in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers sat at higher and ordinary level.

Girls were more likely to receive ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 13/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats


With Leaving Certificate results currently being released nationwide, and a total of 56,990 students anticipating their results this morning, there are some interesting statistics coming forward.

The State Examinations Commission have released statistical information on how results compared in the 2014 Leaving Certificate to previous years. One of the big talking points today was the ... click to read full post & comments


Report finds class still an issue in education

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 12/08/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentsReport finds class still an issue in education


The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published a report today highlighting how young working class school leavers are less likely to reach third level education than their middle class peers. The report entitled, ‘Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions’ surveyed over 750 young people who had completed their Leaving Certificate in the last four years.

According to the report, ‘This cohort of young people is of particular interest as they went through the ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 11/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure


Recent proposals suggested by an Irish Universities Association (IUA) task group suggest a number of reforms to the Leaving Certificate points system.

The reforms are suggested to take place in two phases, with the first set of changes possibly coming into place for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017.

Among the changes being discussed is ... click to read full post & comments


Students urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 07/08/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStudents urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results


With this year’s Leaving Cert results due to be released next Wednesday 13th August, tension and stress levels are understandably running high among Leaving Cert families. However, The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (ICG) has advised students and parents to stay calm ahead of next week’s results.

Speaking on the topic, ICG president Betty McLaughlin put particular emphasis on ... click to read full post & comments


Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 31/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPlans for new junior cycle to go ahead


Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that plans to introduce the revised Junior Cert Syllabus for English will go ahead this September.

Despite threatened industrial action from the Teachers Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland, changes ... click to read full post & comments


Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 23/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStill No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15


According to The Journal last night, there are still no Educational Welfare Officers (EWO) for Dublin 3, 7 and 15.

EWO’s are responsible for ensuring children between 6 and 16 years old are attending school. Over a decade ago, the National Educational Welfare Board was set up under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. Tulsa, The Child and Family Agency are responsible for these officers, as their website states:
“Our job is to support families and make sure that every child receives an education. Almost all children do this through school.”

If a child misses too much school, the school will ... click to read full post & comments


Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTraining of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

One in ten teachers have not yet completed the required training course for the new Junior English cycle curriculum due to commence in September.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told the Dail “up to 4,814 English teachers attended continuing professional development during 2013 and 2014,” referring to ... click to read full post & comments


55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Posted by Schooldays NewsHound on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education

Research carried out by Bank of Ireland Life and online parent resource Schooldays.ie has found that 99% of parents want their children to progress to third level education but 55% of parents have yet to start saving for it. Parents are funding third level education in different ways with 43% using savings, 23% availing of education grants, 19% using day to day money and 15% taking out a loan to send their child to university. Of those that have started to save, 42% are only saving between €20 and €50 per month.

The research looked at the cost of education to parents over the course of primary, secondary and third level education with over 1,400 parents from across the country taking part in the online survey. The number of parents who have experienced financial challenges in putting their children through school has dropped 7% from last year’s research, with 58% in 2014 experiencing financial challenges compared to 65% in 2013.
The research also highlighted that almost 50% of third level students don’t receive ... click to read full post & comments


Drop out rates among college students reach high levels

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke, on 14/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDrop out rates among college students reach high levels

According to The Irish Independant, recent report findings have led the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to question whether students are adequately prepared for the adjustment from second to third level education.

The report, based on a study of students who made the transition into third level during the year 2010/2011, found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Education Minister announced

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsNew Education Minister announced

Government has just announced in today’s cabinet reshuffle that Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan will replace retiring Ruairi Quinn as Minister for Education.

After a few days delay, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tanaiste Joan Burton will finally reveal the official new ... click to read full post & comments


Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsUnion calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results

With the cost of accommodation to rise this September for university on-campus students, the Union of Students Ireland ( USI) is asking that the Leaving Certificate results be made available before August 13th to give students extra time to find accommodation.

Student Union president, Laura Harmon says that by bringing ... click to read full post & comments


Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 02/07/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle

Labour TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has announced his resignation from as Education Minister today. The 68 year old Labour TD for Dublin South-East has said he will resign his posts before the Labour Party reshuffle next week. His resignation comes as speculation was mounting within the party as potential new ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 27/06/2014.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years

A funding crisis in Dublin primary schools means dozens maybe be forced to close because of cuts in financial schemes for schools. Director of education secretariat at the Archdiocese of Dublin told the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, that many Dublin schools were running out of money and could be forced to close in two years.

Reported in The Irish Times today, the committee was also told that ... click to read full post & comments


Minister to block school league tables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 25/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinister to block school league tables


The Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, has secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile secondary school league tables.

The Minister has defended his decision on the basis that such league tables do not give the ... click to read full post & comments


Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Posted by SchooldaysNewshound on 24/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersOver 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has today announced that over 500 Irish primary schools will receive the esteemed Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence.

The DPSM Awards, which are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, are run through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme. Of the 517 recipients, 16 schools received their 10th Award of Science and Maths Excellence, and will be presented with a prize from Abbott Ireland.

The DPSM Award requires primary schools to ... click to read full post & comments


Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 23/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents want daily half hour of exercise in schools


Two reports that came out recently highlighting childhood obesity and public opinion are asking government to use their power to curb the soaring childhood obesity levels in Ireland. The Safefoods report asked parents what they think should be done at a government level believing that, ‘child-focused policies, informational measures, subsidies for healthy foods and co-operation between government and the food industry,’ are needed to address this issue.

Today’s Irish Independent also reported that parent’s surveyed ‘believe the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


School support system to be reformed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSchool support system to be reformed


The current special needs school support system faces reform as Minister for Education and Skills Ruarí Quinn publishes new report drawn up by a working group of The National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

Under the current system, better-off parents who can afford to pay for a private diagnosis of their child’s disability are at an advantage, as they are able to access teaching resources denied to worse off parents with the same needs. Reforms aim to remove the need for ... click to read full post & comments


Parents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert

“Parents will get lessons on the new-style Junior Cert as their children prepare for major changes in the way they are taught and assessed.” says Katherine Donnelly writing for The Irish Independant.

With approximately 60,000 students entering into post primary education this September, education chiefs have arranged a number of meetings for parents in the hope that they will learn about what is involved in ... click to read full post & comments


Education Passports to be introduced this September

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 16/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEducation Passports to be introduced this September

Education and Skills Minister Ruairí Quinn spoke to the National Parents Council on Saturday 14th June, regarding important changes to educational legislation in Ireland. Minister Quinn spoke of the importance of the council, praising them as “an invaluable advocate for parents and guardians of young people.”

The minister spoke to the council regarding the new Education Passport - to be introduced ... click to read full post & comments


Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsClasses on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

“A confidential report is to recommend to the cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a ‘core element’ in primary and secondary school curriculums” says Adrian Weckler, writing for the Irish Independant.

The report, written by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, states that teachers must ... click to read full post & comments


Plans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPlans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course

Plans to create a hybrid course allowing teachers to take part in both primary and secondary teaching are currently underway. Writing for The Irish Times, Joe Humphreys states that the proposal is contained in plans by TCD, UCD, Marino Institute of Education and The National College of Art and Design, who hope to merge ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsLeaving Cert sat in advance by experts


As the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Examinations get underway today, it’s reported that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) have taken extra precautions to try and avoid the embarrassing mistakes that were found on papers in previous years.

The SEC has brought in independent subject experts to sit ... click to read full post & comments


Should TY be retained - see what the students think

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting Secondary School NewsShould TY be retained - see what the students think


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has welcomed the publication of a new report on Transition Year (TY) compiled by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU).  The ISSU undertook this quantitative and qualitative study “Transition year: exploring the student experience” at the request of the Minister. 

The study shows 89% of those surveyed took part in Transition Year in their school and the same percentage were happy that they did so.  The overall consensus of students and TY co-ordinators is that the year should ... click to read full post & comments


Students may give evidence at teacher hearings

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/05/2014.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingStudents may give evidence at teacher hearings


The Teaching Council, which was established in 2006, is responsible for ensuring high professional standards within the teaching profession. One of it’s key roles will be to investigate complaints made against registered teachers and applying sanctions where appropriate – currently such complaints are dealt with at school level.

While the Council’s investigative and disciplinary functions are not yet in effect it is expected that the Minister will enact legislation this summer to provide for 'Fitness to Teach' investigations. Such investigations would be viewed as a last resort and would only be initiated after all school disciplinary processes have been exhausted.

When the new laws have been enacted, any individual may ... click to read full post & comments


Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingIs honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching


Last month, during the INTO Conference, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn sparked debate by suggesting that primary school teachers should have achieved a minimum of a pass grade in Higher Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate.

Quinn said that there was evidence that “young women who do the Junior Certificate and take Higher Level Mathematics comfortably in the Junior Certificate exam, ... click to read full post & comments


Another Private School Scraps Fees

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAnother Private School Scraps Fees

The Board of Governors of St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School has announced (16.04.14),that it will enter the Free Education Scheme in September 2014.

According the Principal, Sylvia Hick, moving into the Free Education Scheme will enable the Grammar School to maintain its high standard of education, while retaining its curriculum and current teaching staff. The school ’s entry to the scheme will offer a choice to those seeking a school with ... click to read full post & comments


Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/05/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, who is also Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Commitee, has written to all schools requesting them to observe a minute of silent reflection in their schools at midday on Friday 09th May 2014 in memory of all those who suffered loss during the Great Famine. The text of the letter from the Minister is displayed below.

Dear Principal

In May 2008, the Government decided to inaugurate an annual National Famine Commemoration Day in memory of ... click to read full post & comments


Minister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes


Speaking at the annual conference of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) this morning, Minister for Edeucation Ruairi Quinn has suggested more flexible timetabling for religious education in Primary Schools which would allow students opting out of religion classes to participate in another class. The Minister acknowledged that this arrangement would work better in larger schools.

Another option referred to by the Minister “would be to have ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/04/2014.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced


Minister Quinn publishes update on “Transitions” reform

A new model for the grading of Leaving Certificate Examinations with eight bands is likely to replace the existing model which has 14 bands.  The new model is emerging as a result of extensive discussions with practitioners, students and stakeholders, as well as both the State Exams Commission (SEC) and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. revealed the proposed new grading scheme as part of a progress report on the reform of the transition of second level students into higher education. The high number of grades that currently exist (A1, A2, B1, B2 etc.) are acknowledged to be contributing to a culture of teaching to the test and rote learning.
Further consideration of the grading bands is on-going with a view to introducing the new grading scheme for students sitting the Leaving Cert in ... click to read full post & comments


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


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(1)


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



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