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Virgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/02/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersVirgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership


To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Virgin Media and the National Parent’s Council (NPC) yesterday launched a three year partnership to provide Internet safety classes for parents of primary school children across ... click to read full post & comments


TUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/02/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingTUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools


TUI Statement 5th February 2016 re proposed Strike Action

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced that its members at second level and in the further and adult education sectors will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, 24th February, unless meaningful progress is made with the Department of Education and Skills. A meeting is set to take place between ... click to read full post & comments


Agri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingAgri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, last week launched its annual Incredible Edibles initiative – which teaches primary level students how to grow fruit and vegetables, educates them about food origin and the health benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
 
Children are on average eating less than ... click to read full post & comments


Guidelines for supporting transgender students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teachers ParentingGuidelines for supporting transgender students


Schools are set to receive practical guidelines on how to support students who identify as being transgender.

The pack, named "Being LGBT in School", has been developed from LGBT support resources supplied by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Transgender Equality Network (TENI), school management bodies, teacher unions and Tusla.

The guidelines, which were launched by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan, address issues which may arise with students transitioning gender, such as ... click to read full post & comments


Minister's address at IPPN Annual Conference

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister's address at IPPN Annual Conference


The following contains some of the more major points made by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan's address to the IPPN Conference yesterday evening:

Investment in education
"Since my appointment as Minister, I have fought for additional investment in education.
I passionately believe in education as a liberating, progressive force in society.
And I believe that everyone should have equal ... click to read full post & comments


The 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingThe 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS


The Sunday Well Boy's National School in Cork have recreated the 1916 Rising....with a twist.

"Lego 1916 The Movie", a four minute stop-frame animation, took teacher Michael O'Connor and his third class a ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2016.
Tags: TeachersIreland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches


All the best young scientific minds in Ireland are invited to enter SciFest 2016 and put their knowledge to the test. As well as pushing the boundaries of science, the national final winner(s) of SciFest 2016 will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017 in ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTeachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met


TUI Statement on Teacher Strike Action before General Election.

"Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the second level and further/adult education sectors have voted by a margin of 89% to engage in a campaign of industrial action to secure ... click to read full post & comments


INTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/01/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingINTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium


INTO Statement on ballot for industrial action on Promtion Moratorium

"The INTO will ballot members next month (February 2016) on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. The decision to ballot was ... click to read full post & comments


Extra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/01/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExtra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016


For those children (and parents!) who are struggling with the return to the school routine after christmas, they can at least get some comfort in the knowledge that not only are the Easter School Holidays due early this year, but that they will also have a full ... click to read full post & comments


RENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersRENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment


RENUA unveiled it’s party manifesto yesterday in preparation for the forthcoming election.
The main priorities set out in its manifesto for education are:

  • Lead the biggest change in early childcare since free education in the 1960’s
  • Implement strong ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Calls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingCalls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools


    As the final whistle is about to be blown on a year of sporting highs, and ahead of a spring General Election, the Federation of Irish Sport has today called on political parties to commit to a level playing field when it comes to sport in Ireland.

    The Federation is calling for 2 hours' PE in secondary schools and ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    School secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today welcomed the recent arbitration decision which recommended significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

    A cumulative pay increase of 10% between 2016 and 2019 was recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers comprehended by the terms of the arbitration process. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go


    The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that she is to repeal ‘Rule 68’ which states that “that religious instruction is “by far the most important” part of the school curriculum. More fully it states:

    "Of all the parts of the school curriculum religious instruction is by far the most important, as its subject-matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister  welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy


    Minister encourages education partners to have their say on an important issue for schools.

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today welcomed the publication by her Department of a consultation on “Advancing School Autonomy in Ireland”.

    The Department has published a comprehensive research paper on ... click to read full post & comments


    Construction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersConstruction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today announced that the Inspired Spaces Consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of the five new schools that have been included in Bundle 5 of the Department's Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) programme.

    The Minister stated: "It is my pleasure to announce that, subject to the conclusion of the remaining stages in the procurement process, it is anticipated that construction of these five schools will commence in Summer 2016. It is expected that construction will be completed and that the new school buildings will be available for occupation in the second half of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Bill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers


    Yesterday, the Dáil made an historic move when the Lower House passed a bill which will make it illegal to discriminatie against LGBT teachers in Irish schools and hospitals under religious run schools

    The bill has already passed the Senate and will now go to the president for ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2015

    Posted by SchoolDayse Newshound, on 03/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2015


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2015 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.
    To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    New online resource for developing early literacy skills launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/12/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew online resource for developing early literacy skills launched


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday launched a new on-line resource, which aims to support teachers in developing the literacy skills of young primary school pupils. The Balanced Approach to Literacy Development in the Early Years has been researched and developed by the ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIreland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries


    The OECD says that Irish teachers are among the best paid internationally, according to their report 'Education at a Glance, released this morning.

    The report found that Irish Primary and Secondary school teachers are in the top ten of the best paid teachers in the world despite ... click to read full post & comments


    Limerick school considering religion opt-out request

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersLimerick school considering religion opt-out request


    According to a report on RTE this morning, Castletroy College, a second level school in Limerick, is to consider whether a first-year pupil can be allowed to opt out of studying religion.

    A parent of a student in the school had requested that his daughter be allowed opt out of the subject but was advised by the school that ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Schools advised to cancel their tours to france

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/11/2015.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingSchools advised to cancel their tours to france


    Irish schools have been advised by the DFA and the French Government to cancel their trips to France in light of last weekend's attacks on the French capital.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister for Education and Skills launches National Anti-Bullying website

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/11/2015.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister for Education and Skills launches National Anti-Bullying website


    As part of the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Bullying, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today launched the national anti-bullying website, www.tacklebullying.ie.

    The tacklebullying.ie website, which was developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University, provides ... click to read full post & comments


    'Our Universe' science programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers'Our Universe' science  programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students


    Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), is bringing the 'Our Universe' programme to over 5,000 primary school students around Ireland. The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage primary school students to ... click to read full post & comments


    New school building projects announced to cope with baby boom

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew school building projects announced to cope with baby boom


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD today announced a new programme of capital investment in schools.  Running from 2016 to 2021 this significant investment will provide funding for 310 major school projects, resulting in an additional ... click to read full post & comments


    New language curriculum for primary schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew language curriculum for primary schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has approved a new language curriculum for primary schools.

    The new curriculum will see the same structure applied to both English and Irish for the first time. It will focus on the development of ... click to read full post & comments


    New Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16


    A new Leaving Certificate course on Politics and Society will commence in schools next September according to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD.

    This week all schools will receive a detailed specification of the new course.  Schools will be invited to ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'


    A global movement, dubbed the Hour of Code, will take place from December 7th - 13th. It aims to introduce over 100 million students around the world to ... click to read full post & comments


    €108 Million for schools Minor Work & Summer Works Schemes

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€108 Million for schools Minor Work & Summer Works Schemes


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has today officially confirmed the provision of €28.5 million for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools for the current school year and also the allocation of €80 million over 2016 and 2017 for a multi-annual Summer Works Scheme for schools. This funding was initially promised as part of ... click to read full post & comments


    New 'beliefs and ethics' subject proposed for Primary Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/11/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew 'beliefs and ethics' subject proposed for Primary Schools


    The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have launched a new consultation paper which may impact the future of ... click to read full post & comments


    School to pay €4,000 for discrimination of separated dad

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersSchool to pay €4,000 for discrimination of separated dad


    The Equality Tribunal has ruled in favour of a separated father's case against his daughter's school. The court heard how the school caused him "anxiety and distress" by treating him differently to other parents.

    The father claims that ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    iScoil - a virtual alternative to mainstream schooling

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/10/2015.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersiScoil - a virtual alternative to mainstream schooling


    An online education community called iScoil provide an alternative learning route for pupils who struggle with traditional learning and for whom attending school is near impossible.

    This accredited and certified digital learning platform is aimed at ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals


    A press statement from the ASTI today advises that it's members have rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals by 74% to 26%.

    Commenting on the result, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said the Agreement does not ... click to read full post & comments


    BUDGET 2016 - How the budget impacts the education sector

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersBUDGET 2016 - How the budget impacts the education sector


    Here is a summary of Budget 2016 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:

    Summary:

  • 2,260 additional teaching posts to be provided in 2016, including 600 new resource teachers.

  • Pupil teacher ratio will go from 28:1 to 27:1 at primary and from 19:1 to ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    €210m investment in digital technology for schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/10/2015.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€210m investment in digital technology for schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, has announced a €210m investment in digital technology in schools, the largest ever such investment.

    The funding will drive the five year Digital Strategy for Schools which the Minister launched today at the ... click to read full post & comments


    Teachers unprepared for dealing with dyslexia in classroom

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/10/2015.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersTeachers unprepared for dealing with dyslexia in classroom


    The Dyslexia Association Ireland (DAI) has released the findings of its first ever research survey into dyslexia in Ireland to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week – a week-long public awareness campaign focused on World Dyslexia Day, Thursday October 8th.

    Key findings of the 'Small Change – Big Impact' research include ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    New classroom game curbs negative behaviour and promotes calm

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 05/10/2015.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew classroom game curbs negative behaviour and promotes calm


    A new programme that was recently introduced to primary schools has seen positive response in the classroom and has reported a 43% reduction in children’s off task classroom behaviours.

    The international programme called ... click to read full post & comments


    Children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them

    Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersChildren from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them


    25% of children from poorer background feel that teachers do not understand them and that inequality between rich and poor Irish families is limiting children’s potential, according to ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI members reject Junior Cycle Proposals while TUI accepts deal

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/09/2015.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingASTI members reject Junior Cycle Proposals while TUI accepts deal


    The country’s largest second-level teachers’ union, the ASTI, has voted to reject the latest Junior Cycle proposals.
    Members of the ASTI have rejected the proposals by 55% to 45%.

    Speaking today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that, while ... click to read full post & comments


    Row over diversity poster sent to primary schools by INTO

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRow over diversity poster sent to primary schools by INTO


    Teachers' Union the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) this week launched a new resource entitled "Different families, same love" to primary schools around Ireland to promote and encourage ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    New Governance Manual for Primary Schools Published

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Governance Manual for Primary Schools Published


    Announcing the publication of a new Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015- 2019, Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, thanked the many thousands of volunteers across the country, including thousands of parents, who have served on primary school Boards of Management over the last four years.

    Elections will be arranged by individual schools over the ... click to read full post & comments


    Pilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersPilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, yesterday announced that a pilot of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools to support children with ... click to read full post & comments


    Computers do not improve school performance, says OECD

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/09/2015.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersComputers do not improve school performance, says OECD


    A global study has found that computers do not improve pupil learning and investing heavily in technology in schools has not influenced their performance.

    A global study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) called Students, Computers and Learning found that schools with prominent use of computers in the classroom did not ... click to read full post & comments


    1916 'Flags for Schools' commemoration launched today

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/09/2015.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers1916 'Flags for Schools' commemoration launched today


    A nationwide initiative which was launched today by the Taoiseach will see every primary school in the country receiving a national flag to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

    Today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan launched the ‘Flags for Schools’ initiative with the first ceremony being held ... click to read full post & comments