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All kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAll kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding


An exciting new programme initiative launched today by Taoiseach, Enda KennyCreative Ireland aims to ensure that every child has access to art, drama, music and coding lessons by the year 2022.

"The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire ... 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


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFeeder Schools Lists published for 2016


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


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


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


Schools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/11/2016.
Tags: TeachersSchools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes


Mediation talks between the Department of Education and the ASTI on the ongoing industrial disputes are continuing this week and it is expected that ... click to read full post & comments


Computer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 24th November) launched an expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools, and set out a programme to deliver on the ambition set out in the report of making Ireland a ... 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


Irish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.


Ireland's children have scored a Grade D on an international scale of physical activity levels, up from a Grade D minus in 2014.

The announcement was made at the ... click to read full post & comments


Natural asthma treatment project wins SciFest

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNatural asthma treatment project wins SciFest


Caolann Brady, a sixth year student from St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Kildare was named the overall winner of SciFest 2016, for her project ‘Hum your way to better health’ – a project which focussed on the natural treatment of asthma through humming and ... click to read full post & comments


Exam Support Reforms

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExam Support Reforms


The exam support scheme, known as RACE (Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations) has caused a lot of controversy and been the source of a lot of stress for students and their parents in recent years. It was particularly problematic because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


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 01/11/2016.
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


School refused to allow emergency medical kit

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool refused to allow emergency medical kit


A primary school student has been awarded €9,000 because his school refused to keep an emergency medical kit on the school premises over a period of nine days.

The boy in question, who was in second class in a gaelscoil in 2014/15, has anaphylaxis which means that he can have an ... click to read full post & comments


Notre Dame School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNotre Dame School to close


Notre Dame junior and secondary school located in Churchtown has announced it is to close. The junior school will close in June 2017 while the secondary school will continue until ... click to read full post & comments


Temporary Supervisors sought for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTemporary Supervisors sought for schools


Below is the text of the advertisement on the Dept of Education website for temporary supervisors in schools during the forthcoming industrial action by the ASTI

'Applications are invited for inclusion on a panel of temporary Supervisors in certain post-primary schools.

The ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution in post-primary schools with effect from 7 November next. In schools affected by this action, the Department of Education and Skills, school management bodies and local school management are putting ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2016.
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


ASTI members vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingASTI members vote for industrial action


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.
 
In a ballot on recently qualified teachers’ pay, ASTI teachers voted by ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Appeal Results are out

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results are out


The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has released the appeal results for the 2016 Leaving Certificate examination. The appeal results have also been transmitted electronically to the Central Applications Office and will be available to candidates on the ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2017 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/10/2016.
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


'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School


Staff and students at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock were distressed by an incident last week when members of a promotions company entered the school premises dressed as creepy clowns and carrying a prop that students said looked “identical” to a chainsaw.

A group of students who were leaving a PE class encountered ... click to read full post & comments


'Learning about Forests' for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/10/2016.
Tags: Teachers'Learning about Forests' for schools


Learning about Forests (LEAF) Ireland will team up with the Tree Council of Ireland during Tetra Pak Tree Day Thursday 6 October to officially launch the International LEAF programme in Ireland.

The Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce is launching the LEAF programme to approximately 30 schools in County ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers


A programme piloted in Mayo and Kildare which used Go Pro cameras on Lollipop signs has proven successful in detering dangerous driving.

The pilot was trialed in an effort to promote road safety and to catch ... click to read full post & comments


Irish School Takes Part in Global Collaboration Video

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/09/2016.
Tags: TeachersIrish School Takes Part in Global Collaboration Video


Twenty schools from around the world collaborated on a global video to promote the International Day of Peace 2016. Among them was our own ... click to read full post & comments


Caped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCaped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign


Hundreds of children arrived at their school dressed as superheroes this week as part of a nationwide campaign by Concern Worldwide to reduce hunger and food waste.

The new Hunger Heroes campaign was launched by Ireland’s largest international aid agency at Scoil na ... click to read full post & comments


SEAI calling on schools to enter One Good Idea competition

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/09/2016.
Tags: TeachersSEAI calling on schools to enter One Good Idea competition


SEAI is calling on primary and post primary students to enter One Good Idea competition

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today officially launched this year’s One Good Idea competition and is encouraging students from right across the country to ... click to read full post & comments


Pay deal for newly qualified teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/09/2016.
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 15/09/2016.
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


Junior Cert Results out today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results out today


Over 60,000 students are due to get their Junior Cert results today with the overall numbers sitting the exam up 1.2 per cent on last year. Results are usually issued in the schools late morning and are available online after 4pm on Examinations.ie

Education Minister, Richard Burton, has said that this year’s results were “generally in keeping with previous years”. 55% of students took the higher level ... click to read full post & comments


Sex Education in Schools 'out of touch'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/09/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSex Education in Schools 'out of touch'


Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol.

The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries, including Ireland, viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to acknowledge that sex is a ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot on industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/09/2016.
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 01/09/2016.
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 29/08/2016.
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 25/08/2016.
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 24/08/2016.
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


CAO Offers 2016 - The Stats

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 22/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCAO Offers 2016 - The Stats


There were 80,887 applicants to the CAO this year which was an increase of 1,673 on last year.

A record 52,289 offers will be made through the CAO today in Round One offers. 41,500 will receive a level-eight course offer, with just over half of those for ... click to read full post & comments


How did this years leaving cert students do?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersHow did this years leaving cert students do?


So how did this year's leaving cert students fair in terms of grades this year?
The number of A1s achieved this year was slightly down on last year with 6,279 receiving A1s as compared to ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/08/2016.
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


2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects


The Leaving Cert students of 2017 will be the first to receive their results under the new grading systems being introduced for the Leaving Certificate and CAO points system next year.

The changes will see traditional ABC grades being replaced by a new scale going from H1 to H7 at higher level and O1-O7 at ordinary level. The new grades will ... click to read full post & comments


Free CAOCalc App helps calculate LC points easily

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/08/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFree CAOCalc App helps calculate LC points easily


CareersPortal.ie have a FREE CAO PointsCalc App to take the stress out of calculating Leaving Certificate results. 

Students simply input all their results and the App will instantly calculate their top 6 and work out their points.

Students can then access the CAO courses database and check out what last year’s points were for ... click to read full post & comments


New Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 09/08/2016.
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