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5,343 Ukrainian Pupils Currently Enrolled in Irish Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics5,343 Ukrainian Pupils Currently Enrolled in Irish Schools


The Department of Education can confirm that as of 13 May, 5,843 Ukrainian pupils have been enrolled in schools across Ireland. Out of that figure 3,968 of these pupils have been accommodated in primary schools while 1,875 pupils have enrolled in post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments


€325,000 Funding for Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€325,000 Funding for Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative


Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, is pleased to announce the details of the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2022. The Minister has secured funding of €325,000, which will be allocated to Parent and Toddler Groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). From today, Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this Initiative through their local CCC.

This year, two new funding streams are being introduced under Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative:

Firstly, funding of up to €400 is available to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups. These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and young children. The grant of up to €400 is open to any existing or new organisations or groups who wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community.

Secondly, funding of up to €400 is available for new or existing Parent and Toddler Groups to provide an additional session.

In addition to these new funding streams, Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for funding towards:


  • Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, children’s refreshments
  • Storage for equipment
  • Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses, facilitated sessions
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment
  • Commenting on the launch of the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2022, Minister O’Gorman said:


“The last two years has been challenging for all of us, not least for children and their parents. I hope this Initiative will encourage the development of new Parent and Toddler Groups, as well as support the continuation and expansion of existing Groups. Parent and Toddler Groups provide a great meeting place for parents/guardians with young children to relax and chat together in a supportive environment while their children play. I am delighted to be able to support them”.

This Initiative will be administered by local CCCs on behalf of the Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth. Further information on the application process, including detailed application guidelines are available now on local CCC websites. Parent and Toddler Groups are encouraged to contact their local CCC with any queries on the Initiative and the application process. Contact details and links to websites of all local CCCs can be found on www.myccc.ie.



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Review of Out of School Education Provision

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsReview of Out of School Education Provision


Minister for Education Norma Foley has today (12 May 2022) announced the publication of a report on the Review of Out-of-School Education Provision. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley Announces Appointment of New Board

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/05/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Announces Appointment of New Board


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the appointment of the new board of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaiochta (COGG), which she has appointed for a 4-year term until 28 February 2026. ... click to read full post & comments


Active Schools Week 2022 

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsActive Schools Week 2022 


Minister for Education Norma Foley launched details of this year’s Active School Week.

National Active School Week #ASW22 takes place from 3-6 May. All schools are encouraged to build Active School Week into their annual school calendars. It is important also that all Active School Week activities are both fun and inclusive. ... click to read full post & comments


40m Summer Programme for Pupils with Complex Needs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics40m Summer Programme for Pupils with Complex Needs


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan announced, on the 3rd of May, a summer education programme for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage for summer 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


Asthma Society Of Ireland Asks ‘is Ireland Asthma-Safe For Children?'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/05/2022.
Tags: ParentingAsthma Society Of Ireland Asks ‘is Ireland Asthma-Safe For Children?'


The Asthma Society of Ireland today released findings of a survey of Irish parents or guardians about their children’s asthma. One in ten children in Ireland have asthma. 73% of parents surveyed reported that they have experienced anxiety around managing their child's asthma – and 28% indicated they experienced this anxiety ‘always or often.’ ... click to read full post & comments


Second Level Students Union added to National Council

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSecond Level Students Union added to National Council


Minister for Education Norma Foley has signed a Statutory Instrument, updating the membership of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to include the President of the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU). ... click to read full post & comments


Proposed upskilling programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/04/2022.
Tags: TeachersProposed upskilling programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced her intention to provide funding for a new postgraduate programme to upskill registered post-primary teachers teaching social personal and health education/ relationships and sexuality education (SPHE/RSE).

This programme will provide a pathway for progression for post-primary teachers interested in ... click to read full post & comments


CyberSafeKids "Same Rules Apply" Safety Campaign

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2022.
Tags: ParentingCyberSafeKids


You wouldn’t allow it offline, so why allow it online? Remember, Same Rules Apply.

Online safety charity CyberSafeKids is launching its ‘Same Rules Apply’ campaign in Ireland (#samerulesapply). The campaign is an online parental awareness campaign to challenge the arbitrary and outdated separation of the ... click to read full post & comments


Half of Second-level Schools have Unfilled Vacancies

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2022.
Tags: TeachersHalf of Second-level Schools have Unfilled Vacancies


A RED C/ ASTI survey indicates that there are unfilled vacancies in more than half of all second-level schools. Principals who participated in the survey say the declining attractiveness of teaching is the main reason for this. ... click to read full post & comments


Is Féidir Linn! New Irish Language Resource

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/04/2022.
Tags: ParentingIs Féidir Linn! New Irish Language Resource


Broadcaster, writer and parent Maia Dunphy launches new digital resource, Is Féidir Linn!

Inspired by the challenges of home schooling during the pandemic, a new digital resource for parents and guardians was launched by Gael Linn, an organisation which supports schools in promoting the use of the Irish language beyond the classroom.

‘Is Féidir Linn’ aims to make the language accessible for all parents and guardians, regardless of their own Irish language skills or experience, using phrases, stories and songs for children about the daily routines of family life. The interactive resource, which is accessible on computer and mobile devices, features everyday phrases in both English and Irish, as well as a sound-recording of each to help with pronunciation.

The new resource grew from a social media resource, #GaeilgeSaBhaile, that Gael Linn created during the pandemic to support families home schooling. Useful phrases for parents include “Brostaigh ort, maith an cailín”, “Hurry up, good girl”, and inspired by the pandemic, “Ná dean dearmad do lámha a ní”, “Don’t forget to wash your hands”.

Speaking at the launch of ‘Is Féidir Linn’, Edel Ní Bhraonáin, Gaelbhratach Project Co-ordinator at Gael Linn, said: “While home schooling during the pandemic, many parents and guardians found themselves using more Irish with their children, some having not used the language themselves since school, or having never learned it at all. While it may have been a challenge at the time, we’ve heard from many who were also inspired to reignite their love and use of the language, or to begin learning Irish for the first time.

“This resource has been designed with the parent in mind, as much as the child, with accessible stories and songs that lift the language off the page and the screen, to give families the language for everyday activities at home like getting ready for school or the bedtime routine. Incorporating Irish into the everyday like this is an easy and effective way for parents to bring Irish out of the classroom and into the home.”

‘Is Féidir Linn’ was launched today by broadcaster, writer and parent, Maia Dunphy. Speaking at the launch, Ms Dunphy said: “This is such a useful resource for anyone hoping to use more Irish at home with the kids in their life. It’s interactive and gives families practical phrases they can use day-to-day, which is so important for language learning.

“I know from my own little boy, children embrace language learning with such enthusiasm, and they’re not held back by fear of making mistakes, we could learn a lot from them in that sense.”

Funded by Foras na Gaeilge, ‘Is Féidir Linn’ is available for free at: www.gaelbhratach.ie/is-feidir-linn/. Follow on social media @gaelbhratach.



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Scheme will extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingScheme will extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare


Changes to the National Childcare Scheme fast tracked to extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare for children and families ... click to read full post & comments


INTO to Use Sectoral Bargaining Fund in Primary Sector

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsINTO to Use Sectoral Bargaining Fund in Primary Sector


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed agreement on the use of the Sectoral Bargaining Fund under Building Momentum in the Primary Teaching Sector. [end into]

The Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have been engaging on the use of the fund and a circular outlining the use of the fund has issued today. Sectoral bargaining was an element of the national pay agreement, Building Momentum, and provides for the establishment of a sectoral fund amounting to 1% of basic pay to resolve outstanding issues, with a payment date of 1 February 2022.

The INTO had opted to use the fund to settle a number of outstanding claims. These are outlined in detail in the Circular but in summary relate to:

  1. An increase in Part-Time Hourly /Daily Rates – the increase to the part-time hourly rates payable to new entrants to teaching will bring them into line with rates for other teachers.


  2. The Payment of a Secure Unit Allowance (Disturbed Adult Allowance) be paid in respect of teachers who work in certain Secure Units/Secure Care settings.


  3. Implementation of the Recommendation from the 2nd Public Service Benchmarking Body Report in respect of Principals and Deputy Principals. The settlement of this recommendation provides for an increase in the allowance payable by moving up two categories on the scale of allowances for Principals and Deputy Principals in schools with 1 to 5 authorised posts. It also provides for an increase in the allowance payable by moving up one category on the scale of allowances paid to Principals and Deputy Principals in schools with between 6 and 35 authorised posts.


  4. Amendment to Principals Allowance for Large Primary Schools. The Benchmarking Body report also provided for an extension of the 11 categories of allowances at primary level for Principals/ Deputy Principals. The settlement of the matter will provide for an extension of the categories of allowance payable in Primary schools from the current cap of 36+ authorised posts to include revised categories of authorised posts of 36-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61+ posts.


  5. Implementation of an Allowance for 2nd Teacher in Two-Teacher School. The settlement of this claim provides for the second teacher in two-teacher mainstream schools (and no other authorised posts), to receive an allowance equivalent to that of a Deputy Principal.



In noting the INTO’s decisions, Minister Foley said:

“I welcome the decision of the INTO to opt to use the sectoral bargaining fund to settle outstanding priority claims. This was the intention behind the concept of sectoral bargaining agreed in the national pay talks which allows for unions to decide on how best to use the fund in terms of their member’s priorities.”

Read the circular.

Further circulars will issue outlining the agreed outcome on any remaining outstanding claims or awards which will be dealt with under the provisions of the Sectoral Bargaining Fund

Source: gov.ie



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Publication of Autism Good Practice Guidelines

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPublication of Autism Good Practice Guidelines


In advance of World Autism Month 2022, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today (Wednesday, 30 March) announced the publication of Autism Good Practice Guidance for Schools – Supporting Children and Young People. ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland has little understanding of Autism

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/03/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIreland has little understanding of Autism


AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, today launched a new report highlighting the challenges autistic people experience in Ireland, the continued low levels of public understanding and the barriers that remain when accessing services. ... click to read full post & comments


Reform of Senior Cycle Education Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsReform of Senior Cycle Education Announced


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today, Tuesday 29 March, announced her ambitious plans for a reimagined Senior Cycle of education for post-primary students – Equity and Excellence for All: where the student is at the centre of their Senior Cycle experience. ... click to read full post & comments


Strengths in Irish Education System Highlighted in New Report

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStrengths in Irish Education System Highlighted in New Report


Minister Foley welcomes publication of Chief Inspector’s Report 2016-2020, showing many strengths in Irish education system and identifying areas for development as the system emerges from COVID ... click to read full post & comments


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Offer of improved pay and conditions by Forsa

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsOffer of improved pay and conditions by Forsa


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath today welcome the overwhelming endorsement by school secretaries who voted in favour of accepting the Department of Education’s offer of improved pay and conditions. ... click to read full post & comments


Applicants invited for funding on Creative Projects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsApplicants invited for funding on Creative Projects


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invites primary and post-primary schools across Ireland to apply for Creative Clusters, an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under the Schools Excellence Fund. The Department of Education’s budget for Creative Clusters in 2022 is €595,000. ... click to read full post & comments


Establishment of new special school in Cork

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEstablishment of new special school in Cork


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today, 23 March, announced a significant expansion of special school provision in Cork and Dublin. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Pilot to Increase Multi Denominational Primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPilot to Increase Multi Denominational Primary Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced that arrangements are now being put in place in a number of towns and areas of cities that have no multi-denominational primary schools to identify potential schools and to engage with school authorities, school staff and the school communities ... click to read full post & comments


€32 Million Expansion of Deis Programme 

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€32 Million Expansion of Deis Programme 


Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced a major expansion of the DEIS – Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools programme that will see the programme extended to an additional 310 schools. For the first time since 2017 the DEIS programme is being significantly ... click to read full post & comments


Recommendations on gender balance in STEM education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2022.
Tags: ParentingRecommendations on gender balance in STEM education


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today, 8 March, announced the publication of Recommendations on Gender Balance in STEM Education. The recommendations were informed by the Department of Education’s Gender Balance in STEM Advisory Group. ... click to read full post & comments


Scheme to provide Irish Sign Language Support

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2022.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsScheme to provide Irish Sign Language Support


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD today (Wednesday 2 March) announced details of a new scheme for the provision of Irish Sign Language (ISL) ... click to read full post & comments


Agreement to ballot on proposals for school secretaries claim

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/02/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAgreement to ballot on proposals for school secretaries claim


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath today (24 February) welcome Fórsa’s decision to ballot members on proposals to settle a claim in relation to school secretaries ... click to read full post & comments


Schools in these counties to close 18th February

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools in these counties to close 18th February


According to RTE, Schools are to close tomorrow 18th February in the following seven counties due to a red weather warning:

  • Cork,
  • Kerry,
  • Donegal,
  • Mayo ,
  • Sligo,
  • Leitrim
  • Roscommon.
    (update: This now includes Clare and Waterford who have been issued with Status Red wind warnings. )

    In all other counties, schools will be told they can open subject to ... click to read full post & comments


    New Steering Committee to Develop Action Plan on Bullying

    Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 17/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew Steering Committee to Develop Action Plan on Bullying


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced the Steering Committee established to review the Department of Education’s Action Plan on Bullying which was published in 2013 and develop a new Action Plan. ... click to read full post & comments


    Exam timetables 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/02/2022.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingExam timetables 2022


    On 1 February 2022, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced extensive changes to the Leaving Certificate written examinations.

    On 8 February, The State Examinations Commission released the timetables for the 2022 certificate examinations which will ... click to read full post & comments


    Fees waived for 2022 Exams

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2022.
    Tags: ParentingFees waived for 2022 Exams


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (Thursday 3 February) confirmed the waiving of the fees for the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior & Leaving Certificate Arrangements 2022

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Leaving Certificate Arrangements 2022



    Following a Government decision today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced extensive changes to the state examinations for 2022.

    To take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, extensive changes will be ... click to read full post & comments


    Traditional Leaving Cert Exams Proposals to go to Cabinet today

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersTraditional Leaving Cert Exams Proposals to go to Cabinet today


    The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, is expected to bring proposals to the Cabinet this morning which recommend against providing a hybrid examination option for this year's Leaving Certificate students. It is believed that what is being proposed is ... click to read full post & comments


    Ryan Plans for Acceleration in Active Travel Post-COVID

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/01/2022.
    Tags: ParentingRyan Plans for Acceleration in Active Travel Post-COVID


    The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan today confirmed that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funds to Ireland's local authorities with a view to spending €289 million on walking and cycling infrastructure in 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Foley Announces €65m Summer Works Programme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/01/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Announces €65m Summer Works Programme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (24 January 2022) announced funding of €65 million for the approval of 497 projects under the 2022 Summer Works Scheme. ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Foley Invites Views on the School Transport Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2022.
    Tags: ParentingMinister Foley Invites Views on the School Transport Scheme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today opened a consultation process with stakeholders, as part of the review of the school transport scheme.

    The review currently being conducted by the Department of Education encompasses the school transport scheme ... click to read full post & comments


    Students call for a Hybrid State Exams Model

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/01/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents call for a Hybrid State Exams Model


    ISSU Statement : Irish Students Call for a Hybrid State Exams Model by a Landslide
     
    The Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) survey of school students shows that two-thirds of exam students are calling for a ... click to read full post & comments


    TUI seeks full return to state exams this year

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/01/2022.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingTUI seeks full return to state exams this year


    It is the strong position of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) that the traditional State Examinations must take place this year. The current circumstances are radically different from previous years and there is no justification for ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2021

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/01/2022.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2021


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2021 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 ten years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools will re-open Thursday

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools will re-open Thursday


    Statement following meeting between Minister Foley and education stakeholders today, 4 January 2022

    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD together with officials, has today met with representatives from Public Health, the HSE and education stakeholders to discuss the re-opening of schools following the Christmas break, on Thursday 6 January.

    These meetings were productive, with ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI proposing a delayed & staggered reopening of schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/01/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersASTI proposing a delayed & staggered reopening of schools


    The Standing Committee of the ASTI met today to assess the position regarding the reopening of schools in the context of the prevalence of Covid-19 nationwide.
     
    The meeting heard of the unease of members regarding the health and safety of teachers, students and school communities.
     
    The ASTI is deeply concerned that ... click to read full post & comments


    Education Indictors for Ireland Report 2021

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/12/2021.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersEducation Indictors for Ireland Report 2021


    The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2021 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland.

    The indicators in this report cover all levels of education starting with ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/12/2021.
    Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022


    The Department of Education today (Monday, 20 December 2021) and the State Examinations Commission hosted online a meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2022. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Review of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2021.
    Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsReview of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched


    Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has today announced the commencement of a full review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. The EPSEN Act provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments





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