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Schools spared strike in May by ASTI

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/04/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools spared strike in May by ASTI


To the relief of parents and students, the Association of Secondary Teachers Annual Conference (ASTI) voted against a one-day strike in May which will alleviate fears of disruption to schools in the run-up to State Exams. However, the conference did vote in favour of ... click to read full post & comments


Teaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised


Press Release

Ireland should benchmark ourselves against the best English-speaking country in the world for foreign languages and aim to emulate that performance within a decade, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD said at the TUI conference in Cork today .

Minister Bruton also said that we should ... click to read full post & comments


Measures to Tackle School Costs Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/04/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsMeasures to Tackle School Costs Announced


Press Release

The Minister today announced that he will publish a circular to be adopted by schools to reduce the cost of school uniforms and other costs. The Minister believes that we have to put a greater emphasis on ... click to read full post & comments


€3M Expansion of School Meals Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 27/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€3M Expansion of School Meals Programme


Up to 245 new schools & 47,000 extra children to benefit from this year

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar & Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton have announced a €3 million expansion of the school meals programme from September.

Up to 245 schools will either join the programme or see their services ... click to read full post & comments


€2 million Fund for ICT Skills Development Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€2 million Fund for ICT Skills Development Announced


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Monday 20 March) announced additional funding of €2.25 Million to boost ICT Skills development with additional summer camps for second level students being developed, as well as up to 700 ... click to read full post & comments


New ambitious targets for Literacy and Numeracy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/03/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew ambitious targets for Literacy and Numeracy


The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD, today published new, updated ambitious targets for numeracy and literacy in our schools, as part of the drive to achieve the best education service in Europe within a decade.

The Report published today shows that ... click to read full post & comments


Arrangements for Junior Cycle Exam welcomed by ASTI

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsArrangements for Junior Cycle Exam welcomed by ASTI

ASTI Press Release:

The ASTI yesterday welcomed the decision by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to allow all Junior Cycle students to undertake an Assessment Task as part of their Junior Cycle English examination. The Assessment Task will be ... click to read full post & comments


79 schools added to DEIS Programme

Posted by Schooldays on 14/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics79 schools added to DEIS Programme


The DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools)  Plan 2017, was published by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD yesterday, Monday 13 February 2017.

Every child has to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan for Education Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/02/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan for Education Launched


The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade.

Education is central to all our ambitions as a nation. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society.

The Action Plan for Education outlines hundreds of actions and ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/02/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals


ASTI members have voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members.

Members voted by ... click to read full post & comments


Plans to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/01/2017.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPlans  to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced new plans aimed at providing more multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the ... click to read full post & comments


New system for allocating special needs resources

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew system for allocating special needs resources


Minister to implement new model for allocating resource teachers to schools, following policy advice from the NCSE and piloting of new model in 47 schools.

7.2% Increase in Resource Teachers - 900 extra teachers have been provided to support the introduction of the new model which will commence in schools from ... click to read full post & comments


'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools


Cycle Right, the National Standard for Cycle Training in Ireland, has been officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD. Through a standardised cyclist road safety training course, cycling skills and road safety awareness will be delivered to school children ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Speech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpeech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Extract from speech by Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD

Introduction

I would like to thank Michael Barron and Equate for hosting this event and for inviting me along. I have met Michael and his team on a number of occasions since taking office, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we reform our school system ... click to read full post & comments


'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications'


The use of Financial Emergency in the Public Interest legislation and other measures against members of the ASTI is profoundly disturbing and will have a long-lasting negative impact on the conduct of normal industrial relations in Ireland, ASTI President Ed Byrne said yesterday.

Speaking ahead of the ASTI’s ballot of members on proposals which emerged from recent talks Mr Byrne said: ... click to read full post & comments


ICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., yesterday announced he is investing €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Teens Above Average in International Study

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsIrish Teens Above Average in International Study


Irish 15 year olds have performed above average in an international assessment, carried out by the OECD, which focussed on Science, Maths and Reading.

The Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA) is carried out every three years. 6,000 Irish students took part in 2015 along with half a million other students from 72 countries, including 35 OECD countries.

This year, Irish students ranked ... click to read full post & comments


Draft Parent & Student Charter Bill published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingDraft Parent & Student Charter Bill published


The Minister, together with Deputy Jim Daly, announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a new law, which will require every school to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter.

This will fulfil a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education to improve information and complaint ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/12/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals

 
The ASTI is to ballot its members on a set of proposals from the Department of Education and Skills following talks which concluded earlier this week. 
 
The decision to hold a ballot was taken by the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) today. The CEC is recommending that members ... click to read full post & comments


Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingPossible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute


Media outlets are this morning reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute.

Talks have been underway for a number of weeks to try and resolve a number of issues of contention around ... click to read full post & comments


Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications invited for patronage of 4 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


New schools to get early Principal appointments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew schools to get early Principal appointments


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced improved supports to facilitate the smooth establishment of new primary and post-primary schools.

The first element of the improved supports involves new schools being permitted to appoint a school principal from ... click to read full post & comments


School Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchool Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists


Below are extracts from the Minister's recent speech on the Education (admission to Schools) Bill 2016. Among it's measures are a ban on waiting lists and fees relating to admisions along with a requirement that schools ... click to read full post & comments


Students could sit on school BOMs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingStudents could sit on school BOMs


The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to publish the new Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill over the coming weeks. According to the Irish Times, the heads of the Bill were approved by the Cabinet recently and are due to be published soon by the Minister.

When enacted, the new legislation will require schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this week announced details of a €28.5m minor works grant for primary schools throughout the country.

Minister Bruton said: “You can’t achieve a prosperous economy without a fair society, and you can’t ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the patronage of the nine new post-primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018. In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group.

These schools were announced in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAll secondary schools to re-open tomorrow


Statement from ASTI - 9.05 pm

ASTI Accepts invitation to talks 
 
Earlier today the ASTI was invited by the Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council Ms Anna Perry to enter talks to explore possibilities to ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI 'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI  'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close


Statement from ASTI - 7pm 6th November

'Update on ASTI/ Department of Education talks 
 
The ASTI tonight said it is regrettable that tomorrow’s planned withdrawal from supervision and substitution will go ahead despite ... click to read full post & comments


430 additional Resource Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting430 additional Resource Teachers


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

Resource Teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/14/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI Strike Dates Announced


The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
 
ASTI members will engage in strike action on the following dates ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2017 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2017 Education Update


Education spending within the Budget of €9.5 billion represents 16% of total spending and an increase in spending of €458 million.

Here is a summary of Budget 2017 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:  ... click to read full post & comments


Homes near secondary schools cost more

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/20/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsHomes near secondary schools cost more


Recent research, carried out by Trinity College in partnership with Daft.ie, examined whether proximity to secondary schools is reflected in the value of homes.

The research concluded that the cost of houses ... click to read full post & comments


Pay deal for newly qualified teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/16/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPay deal for newly qualified teachers


Officials from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and representatives from the INTO and TUI have had a series of meetings since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 1 February 2012.

These discussions took place within the ... click to read full post & comments


Government launches Action Plan for Education

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/15/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingGovernment launches Action Plan for Education


Hundreds of actions to be implemented with particular focus on disadvantage, skills, and continuous improvement within the education service.

New implementation structures to include quarterly progress reports and updated ... click to read full post & comments


Castelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/08/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingCastelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute


The new Castlebar Educate Together School opened with 12 pupils this week in temporary classrooms amid planning objections to the proposed long term site for the school in ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to ballot on industrial action


The ASTI announced it is to conduct two separate ballots on industrial action.
 
Members will be balloted on industrial action up to and including strike action over new teachers’ pay. In a separate ballot, over measures applied to ASTI members following their rejection of the ... click to read full post & comments


New JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched


The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today launched the new Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science subject specifications. The Minister visited Adamstown Community College to mark the occasion.

This is a significant element of curriculum reform underway via the ... click to read full post & comments


New primary schools opening and amalgating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/29/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew primary schools opening and amalgating near you


There are five new primary schools opening around the country this week ! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


New Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/25/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you


There are nine new secondary schools opening around the country this week to receive a hopefully excited bunch of first year students! Details of the new schools are below. By clicking on the links below you will find contact details for the new schools where they are available.

There are also details below of a number of schools which are amalgamating from ... click to read full post & comments


Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/24/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsProgress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers


Progress is being reported in talks between the Department of Education & Skills and the teachers' unions aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5000 to newly qualified teachers.

The ASTI has already indicated that it would ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/17/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths


Today is an anxious day for parents and students receiving leaving certificate results. While those who applied to College won’t know until next Monday whether they have secured their preferred option, the results today will give ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 08/09/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes


The NCSE is today publishing new Guidelines for Setting up and Organising Special Classes. Special classes are for some students with special educational needs who benefit from smaller class sizes.

NCSE[1] research carried out by the ESRI and TCD found that some teachers felt ... click to read full post & comments


School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
Tags: Parents Education And Politics TeachersSchool Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that Government has approved the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016. 

The Bill will be introduced to the Oireachtas this week with view to enactment as soon as possible after that. The Programme for Government targets enactment of this legislation before ... click to read full post & comments(3)


New Educate Together Primary School announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/29/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Educate Together Primary School announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the opening, from September 2016, of a new primary school under the patronage of Educate Together.

This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows ... click to read full post & comments