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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


Revised Paternity Leave for Teachers & SNAs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/08/2016.
Tags: TeachersRevised Paternity Leave for Teachers & SNAs


With effect from the 01 September 2016, Teachers and Special Needs Assistants will be entitled to revised Paternity Leave Entitlements as follows

  • a period of two consecutive weeks paid leave will be available to a relevant parent on the birth/adoption of a child, where the date of birth/date of placement of the child falls on or after ... click to read full post & comments


    Dublin Teacher Announced as New President of ASTI

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/07/2016.
    Tags: TeachersDublin Teacher Announced as New President of ASTI

    A second-level teacher from Dublin will assume the role of President of the ASTI from this Monday, August 1st.

    Ed Byrne – a geography and business studies teacher at Coláiste Choilm, Swords – will begin his term as ASTI President as the union takes on a number of important challenges including achieving equal pay for recently qualified teachers and reversing the worst of the education cuts.

    “As ASTI President, one of my main priorities will be to ... click to read full post & comments


    Castlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCastlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16


    Good news for the new multi-denominational school scheduled to open in Castlebar in September 2016 - Mayo County Council this week gave its approval to use a council-owned building to provide accommodation for the school.

    It is being proposed that Castlebar's old ... click to read full post & comments


    School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2016.
    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 29/06/2016.
    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


    ASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours


    ASTI Standing Committee today decided to accept an invitation from the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to discuss “issues of concern” to the Union and the Minister.

    “Teachers have experienced a significant ... click to read full post & comments


    Berrings NS National Water Explorer Winners 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/06/2016.
    Tags: TeachersBerrings NS National Water Explorer Winners 2016


    Berrings National School from Berrings County Cork has been announced as the National Water Explorer Programme Winner 2016 in an innovative online water conservation initiative organised by the charity Global Action Plan.

    The Water Explorer programme focuses on ... click to read full post & comments


    On your bike for 5,000 students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingOn your bike for 5,000 students


    Schools across Ireland will be taking part in National C.O.W Day (Cycle on Wednesday/Weekdays) today, Wednesday 15th June, as part of Bike Week 2016.
     
    This is the eighth annual national celebration of cycling and, as a key partner of Bike Week, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel will be encouraging ... click to read full post & comments


    Action Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/06/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAction Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools


    A new Action Plan for disadvantaged schools will be published by the end of this year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced (Monday).

    Minister Bruton today visited a primary school in north Dublin to lay out his initial plans to improve opportunities for children from disadvantaged areas, as part of his first major ... click to read full post & comments


    Trial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingTrial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert


    An alternative, computerised marking system will be implemented for a fraction of Junior Cert Exams this year.

    The system will see thousands of exam scripts scanned and converted to digital images which examiners will be able to ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework


    In a study conducted by the National Parents Council (NPC), 58% of parents of young children in Junior and Senior infants reported that their children were stressed some or all of the time while ... click to read full post & comments


    Have your say on our education system

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


    Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

    As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

    This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


    Winners of One Good Idea competition announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: TeachersWinners of One Good Idea competition announced


    This afternoon, St. Mogue's College, Bawnboy, Cavan was named the overall winner of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition.

    The students picked up their Award for their project, “Showerlite” which encouraged teenagers to cut their ... click to read full post & comments


    Irish secondary school student wins at international science fair

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: TeachersIrish secondary school student wins at international science fair


    SciFest national champion, Louis Madden, a fifth year student from Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan, won two major awards at Intel ISEF 2016 which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Louis secured his place at Intel ISEF when he won the top award at the SciFest 2015 national final last November with his project that looked at ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
    Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


    'Show Racism the Red Card' School Awards

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: Teachers'Show Racism the Red Card' School Awards


    Show Racism the Red Card Highlight Need for Government to Combat Racism

    The new Government must prioritise integration and funding for anti-racism measures. That’s according to Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC), an anti-racism charity that use sports and the high profile of sportspeople to tackle ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours


    ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the Croke Park hours by 68.5% to 31.5%.

    Commenting on the ballot result announced today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that teachers believe the Croke Park hours are unproductive and impact negatively on ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


    According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


    IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

    IGC Press Release

    Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


    Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLuas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students


    The Luas strikes arrangements have been reviewed after it emerged that their original schedule would directly affect students sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams which begin at 9.30am on Wednesday, 8th June.

    The industrial action was originally scheduled for 9am - 1pm on the 8th,9th and 10th of June but the times have now been changed to ... click to read full post & comments


    Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIrish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


    Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

    A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to ... click to read full post & comments


    UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/05/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersUL launches High Value Sports Scholarships


    The University of Limerick has launched a new suite of Sports Scholarships designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

    Scholarship holders will benefit from ... click to read full post & comments


    Winners Announced for Green-Schools Water Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
    Tags: TeachersWinners Announced for Green-Schools Water Awards


    Winning schools achieve up to 67% reduction in water usage through Green-Schools Water theme

    (24/5/16): Today at the Green-Schools Water Awards schools across Ireland were recognised for reducing their water consumption, raising awareness about water issues and involving their community. The Green-Schools Water programme is operated by An Taisce Environmental Education Unit and is ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


    Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

    “Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


    One Good Idea Competition - 20 School Finalists Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
    Tags: TeachersOne Good Idea Competition - 20 School Finalists Announced


    Students from twenty schools all over Ireland have made it to the National Final of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition after running creative energy awareness campaigns in their schools and local communities.

    The One Good Idea competition, sponsored by AIB, encourages students in both primary and post primary schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced


    The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) yesterday published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

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


    Green Schools BIG Travel Challenge Winners 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/04/2016.
    Tags: TeachersGreen Schools BIG Travel Challenge Winners 2016


    Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington was awarded the title of ‘Ireland’s Travel School of the Year’ at a ceremony in Dublin today 28/4/16). An Taisce Green-Schools presented the school with their award at the event honouring the winners of this year’s Green-Schools BIG Travel Challenge 2016 in the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane. Seven other schools were also ... click to read full post & comments


    2016 Junior Spider Awards

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
    Tags: Teachers2016 Junior Spider Awards


    The 2016 eir Junior Spiders Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin yesterday (25th April 2016).
     
    Hosted by RTE’s Aidan Power, the Awards recognise and reward youths and young adults aged 4 to 19 for the innovative ways in which they use the internet, especially around ... click to read full post & comments


    School Yellow Flag Awards 2016

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingSchool Yellow Flag Awards 2016


    Bressie and the Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon today(26th April 2016) honoured 13 primary and secondary schools for tackling racism and achieving diversity standards resulting in them receiving Yellow Flag status at a multicultural ceremony of pupils representing 83 nationalities and cultures.

    Embarking on the 8 step Yellow Flag programme each school must ... click to read full post & comments


    Good luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
    Tags: TeachersGood luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'


    Eight teams from primary-schools throughout Ireland will participate in BizWorld Ireland’s annual BizFactor competition in hopes of being awarded, 'Enterprise of the Year' tomorrow, Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 10.30am in The RDS, Dublin 4.

    The eight finalists ... click to read full post & comments


    Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBig rise in pupils exempt from Irish


    A new ESRI report, as seen by the Irish Times, shows that the number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years. The Report shows that 32,000 students were ... click to read full post & comments


    School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent


    Kilkenny Presentation School Choir are in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Show after they received four resounding 'yeses' on the popular talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

    The choir performed a memorable rendition of ... click to read full post & comments


    Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2016.
    Tags: Parents TeachersDonegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack


    A national school in Donegal is planning to install security cameras and enhanced security after what is believed to be human excrement was left in ... click to read full post & comments


    Take your students to places a school bus can’t

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/04/2016.
    Tags: TeachersTake your students to places a school bus can’t


    Google Expeditions’programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom.

    Google have worked with teaches and content partners from around the world to create ... click to read full post & comments


    'Sweets out for School' campaign launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers'Sweets out for School' campaign launched


    A crèche owner in Tralee has started a ‘Sweets out for School’ campaign to try stop sweets/sugar being used as a reward for kids in school.

    Kate Guerin, who is the owner of Sunflowers Childcare in Tralee, hopes that her campaign will persuade the next Minister ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


    New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments



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