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School boy in knife attack in West Dublin

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool boy in knife attack in West Dublin


According to reports today, an incident happened last friday at St. Phillips School, Mountview, Dublin 15, which saw a 10 year old boy allegedly ‘lunge’ at fellow classmate with a large kitchen knife.

According to reports in the The Herald and Irish Mirror today, an incident had broken out after school because ... 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 website to help young kids with literacy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNew website to help young kids with literacy


Today is International Literacy Day. To mark the date, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) have launched a new website to support their literacy programme, Doodle Den,

Doodle Den is an innovative after school programme to improve children’s literacy. The programme targets senior infant children in a disadvantaged community and provides them with ... 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


Teenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/09/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersTeenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies'


Sexting has become such a problem in schools with young teenage girls that it has prompted The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’ (DRCC) into taking action and creating a module available for transition years students called ... 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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


ASTI advice to Exam Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 03/06/2014.
Tags: Parenting TeachersASTI advice to Exam Students


ASTI President Sally Maguire gave some words of advice to the country’s Leaving and Junior Cert exam students today.
 
“Remember to keep things in perspective. You are sitting exams, and that is all they are; they do not define your value as a person. We are all unique and each person’s best effort on a given day looks different from everyone else’s efforts. Try not to compare and try not to over analyse any exam. Focus on the next exam, rather than the one you have just completed”.
 

The ASTI President said a balanced routine can boost exam performance: “You will benefit from looking ... 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


End of year school prank results in 50 students suspended

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsEnd of year school prank results in 50 students suspended


The Irish Independent reports today that 50 leaving certificate students were suspended from Kilkenny College because of an end-of-term prank.

The students reportedly ... 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


Teenagers to get longer lie-in before school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/05/2014.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Secondary School NewsTeenagers to get longer lie-in before school


In an interesting experiment in the UK, sixth years students in the Hampton Court House School are to have the school hours changed to cater for teenage sleeping patterns. From September next, they will start their day at 1.30pm and finish at 7pm.

The Principal has said that the idea is based on research which indicates that teenagers have a biological predisposition to go to bed later and get up later. By changing their attendance hours, the Principal believes that they can get the students in to an ... click to read full post & comments


Safety Alert for Schools following pupil injury

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/05/2014.
Tags: Teachers ParentingSafety Alert for Schools following pupil injury

According to the Irish Independent today, the State Claims Agency, which handles personal injury and third-party property damage risks and claims for the 92 community and comprehensive schools, has issued a safety alert to schools.

The advisory notice was sent to schools by the agency after carrying out an investigation of an incident, which happened in a comprehensive secondary school in Munster. The incident concerned a teenage student who was involved in an accident while ... 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


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(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


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