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Huawei Shares the Magic of Story Time

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 23/09/2019.
Tags: Parenting EducationHuawei Shares the Magic of Story Time


Today (Monday 23rd September) is International Day of Sign Languages - a day to celebrate Deaf unity, raising awareness of the issues Deaf people face in their everyday lives.

Leading Global Technology company Huawei extends its StorySign campaign to improve story time for Deaf children in Ireland

At a day of storytelling and activities with Karen Koster at Dublin Zoo, Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Ireland’s Deaf community. ... click to read full post & comments


Education Partners to give Views on Proposed Guidelines on Reduced Timetables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/09/2019.
Tags: Teachers EducationEducation Partners to give Views on Proposed Guidelines on Reduced Timetables


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 23 September) announced that schools will be required to give formal notification of the use of reduced timetables.

Minister McHugh is seeking the views of education partners on proposed guidelines for the notifications.

Following consultation over recent months between officials from the Department of Education and Skills, ... click to read full post & comments


New Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/09/2019.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls


In Ireland, fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day.

Green-Schools launched its latest campaign ‘#andshecycles’ on Thursday September 19, in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. #andshecycles focuses on encouraging young women – particularly teenagers – to cycle while recognising and ... click to read full post & comments


First Intake of Student Teachers to New Irish B.Ed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/09/2019.
Tags: Teachers EducationFirst Intake of Student Teachers to New Irish B.Ed


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has welcomed 36 student teachers who have begun studying the new Irish-medium Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching - Initial Teacher Education Programme) at Marino Institute of Education.

The B.Ed. will be delivered entirely through Irish – a first for an initial teacher education degree programme for ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/09/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September


The 2019 Post-Appeal Leaving Certificate Results will be available on the Examinations Commission website from 10 am on Wednesday ... click to read full post & comments


Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/09/2019.
Tags: Education ParentingPrimary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Launched


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today launched the Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile – a fundamental change in how children learn English and Irish in school.

The new curriculum is being introduced for pupils of all abilities in all primary schools, from ... click to read full post & comments


New Initiatives to Support Creativity in Schools Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/09/2019.
Tags: Teacher Education And PoliticsNew Initiatives to Support Creativity in Schools Announced


  • The number of Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools will double to 300, with an additional 150 schools joining the initial pilot group.

  • 77 additional primary and post-primary schools will join the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters to collaborate on innovative arts and creative learning projects in their local areas.

  • Three new Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be piloted in ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister publishes Education Bill 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/09/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister publishes Education Bill 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has published the Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019.  The draft legislation reflects the ... click to read full post & comments


    CyberSafeIreland releases 4th Annual Report

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationCyberSafeIreland releases 4th Annual Report


    Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor is launching CyberSafeIreland's 4th annual report today, Tuesday 10th September 2019, with data showing that 12% of 8-year olds spend 61 full days online a year.

    Other key figures being released are ... click to read full post & comments


    New Alliance Aimed at Improving Vaccination Rates

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/09/2019.
    Tags: ParentingNew Alliance Aimed at Improving Vaccination Rates


    Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today (Tuesday) launched the Vaccine Alliance aimed at boosting the uptake of childhood vaccines and reducing vaccine hesitancy.

    The Alliance will include healthcare professionals, policy makers, patient advocates, students, ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents Urged to Take Part in Patronage Process

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationParents Urged to Take Part in Patronage Process


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 9 September) urged parents and guardians to give their views on patronage for six new schools being established next year.

    Mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in post-primary school from ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Welcomes Christian Brothers Reddress Fund

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/09/2019.
    Tags: EducationMinister Welcomes Christian Brothers Reddress Fund


    The Department of Education and Skills has been formally notified by the Congregation of Christian Brothers of its plan for the completion of the Congregation’s voluntary pledge to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.

    The Congregation has confirmed to the Department that it will ... click to read full post & comments


    5 new primary schools designated Irish-medium education

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/09/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politcs5 new primary schools designated Irish-medium education


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced that five new primary schools being established from 2020-2022 are being ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October


    According to RTE, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed that the Junior Certificate Results will be issued this year on Friday 4th ... click to read full post & comments


    National Primary School Photography Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/08/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNational Primary School Photography Awards


    INSPA 2019/20 sees the third open call for Ireland's prestigious National School Photography Awards (INSPA). INSPA is a national children’s photography competition which is open to all ... click to read full post & comments


    New Regulations for Childminders proposed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/08/2019.
    Tags: ParentingNew Regulations for Childminders proposed


    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Immediate Action on Inequal Pay demanded by ASTI

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/08/2019.
    Tags: TeachersImmediate Action on Inequal Pay demanded by ASTI


    The Government must take immediate action to deliver on commitments made in April 2019 regarding new entrant pay in teaching. Commenting today, ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie said that ... click to read full post & comments


    'Reinstate School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/08/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Reinstate  School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland


    Children’s Books Ireland is calling on the government to reinstate the school library grant which was abolished in Budget 2008. Valued at approximately €2.2m, the grant from the Department of Education and Skills was instrumental in helping schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/08/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Parenting Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

    Primary school pupils around the country are being challenged to get creative in how they learn and think about Europe through the Blue Star Programme, coordinated by European Movement Ireland.

    The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school children about Europe through creative activities and projects that complement the national primary curriculum. Each participating class carries out projects on history, geography, the Institutions of the EU, culture ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsPatronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (19th August) invited applications for the patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established in September 2020.

    Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement in April 2018 that the Government was making a major investment in education with the establishment of 42 ... click to read full post & comments


    HPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersHPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept


    The HPV vaccine for boys will be rolled out next month with parents being urged to protect their sons from cancer.
    There are 3 vaccines offered to children in their first year of secondary school to ... click to read full post & comments


    36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And Politics36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project


    The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., announced that 36 primary schools (with over 6,600 pupils) have been selected for the Hot School Meals Pilot Project, an initiative to provide a hot meal to primary school children on a pilot basis from September. This pilot scheme for hot school dinners was ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    17 Schools require remedial work before Sept

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers17 Schools require remedial work before Sept


    Engineers have identified structural flaws in 17 school buildings (list below) that will require temporary works to be carried out in coming weeks in order to ensure that they are safe for pupils and staff to return to in September. The 17 schools are in addition to  ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Results 2019 are out!

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results 2019 are out!


    Almost 59,000 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today. Results will be available from schools or online on the State Examinations Commission website at 10 am. This is the first year the ... click to read full post & comments


    New Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday August 12) announced new criteria for schools to grant students an exemption from ... click to read full post & comments


    NPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationNPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019


    For many students, parents and guardians a new phase of life is about to begin. With the Leaving Cert results on the horizon new questions about what lies ahead are bound to arise. Help and advice is at hand.

    The National Parents Council Post Primary’s free phone (1800 265 165) and online service ... click to read full post & comments


    2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 2 August) announced the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 2 Progress Report.

    The Action Plan – Cumasú emphasises empowering through learning. It highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector. This enables the Department to respond in an agile way to the demands of today’s society at ... click to read full post & comments


    Statement from Minister on Back to School Costs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: ParentingStatement from Minister on Back to School Costs


    Minister McHugh highlights efforts being made to support parents on back to school costs

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has highlighted efforts being made by the Government to support parents and families with back to school costs.

    Minister McHugh said: “The Government is committed to tackling back to school costs. “As part of our efforts on that front I am making final preparations to publish the Student and Parent Charter Bill. It is an important piece of legislation and it will offer significant reform ... click to read full post & comments


    Students Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/07/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies


    The Irish Second-Level Student`s Union (ISSU) is calling on the Department of Education & Skills and the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to put in place a provision allowing students who are experiencing medical emergencies at the time of their Leaving Certificate exams, so that they have the option to defer the exams and sit them in July along with students who deferred exams due to bereavement.

    President of the ISSU, Ciara Fanning commented on the issue, saying “We at the ISSU want students to be able to reach their true potential in the education system. This means allowing students to be in a fit state mentally and physically, whilst sitting the exams that are the culmination of 6 years of second-level education. In no way should ... click to read full post & comments


    Ministers introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingMinisters introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave


    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has signed the Commencement Order for the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019. This has enabled working parents to apply for an additional 4 weeks of unpaid parental ... click to read full post & comments


    Tusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingTusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’


    RTE’s programme ‘Crèches behind Closed Doors’ (aired on Wednesday, 24th July) relating to standards of childcare in Hyde & Seek chain of crèches in Dublin contained distressing footage which will undoubtedly cause upset and anxiety for parents/ guardians ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingFree Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August


    Minister Eoghan Murphy has agreed to the extension of the Dublin leap card arrangements for homeless families on a once off basis, for the month of August.

    Arising from a commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government funds an initiative to provide homeless families residing in emergency accommodation in the Dublin Region with access to free public ... click to read full post & comments


    Dept Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/07/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationDept  Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers


    The Department of Education and Skills has today (Wednesday 10th of July) issued short online surveys to schools on secretaries and caretakers employed by them and paid by grant funding.

    These surveys are being undertaken in response to a pay claim that has recently been tabled by FÓRSA. As is standard practice, the full current cost of this claim to the public pay bill must be established. The Department is not the employer of the staff covered by the claim so the new surveys are needed ... click to read full post & comments


    Education Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/07/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationEducation Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon


    Easing the financial burden on parents of ever increasing school costs, is among the calls made by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills, as it launches a suite of new reports.

    The three new reports, which were launched, Thursday, 4th July in the AV Room, Leinster House are:

  • Education inequality & disadvantage and Barriers to Education;
  • Committee’s examination of School Costs, School Facilities and Teaching Principals; and
  • The Interim Report on the Committee’s Examination on the Current ... click to read full post & comments


    Kilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationKilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road


    Kilbehenny National School in Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick have danced their way to the top to take first place in the Road Safety Authority’s Safe Cross Code Dance competition.

    In a race to the top of the public poll against four other shortlisted schools, Kilbehenny National School, with just 78 pupils enrolled, emerged victorious, getting more than 45% of the public vote with 12,845 ballots cast for them alone. The school were presented with 30 electronic tablets for the school plus an engraved ... click to read full post & comments


    First Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsFirst  Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports


    The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills has today published 11 Initial Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports and 11 Final Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports on its website.

    The reports arise from the new Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model introduced by ... click to read full post & comments


    Communion Spending Jumps to €929

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingCommunion Spending Jumps to €929


    Parents are now spending an average of €929 on their child’s Communion Day, the highest spend recorded since 2011 in the annual ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card


    For the month of july, children aged 18 and under who hold a child leap card can enjoy public transportation completely Free. This is part of the Kids Go Free initiative, which ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    PE through Irish Launched by Minister

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeacherPE through Irish Launched by Minister


    Programme to use Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to teach Irish through another subject

    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has (today) Thursday 20th June, launched a project using PE classes to ... click to read full post & comments


    Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersDiscover Primary Science and Maths Awards


    620 primary schools across Ireland receive award recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) over the 2018/19 school year
    New online application system sees 1,090 fewer postal journeys, helping reduce ... click to read full post & comments


    Increase in Back to School Clothing Allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingIncrease in Back to School Clothing Allowance


    Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, T.D., is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to ... click to read full post & comments


    Men’s Health Week 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingMen’s Health Week 2019


    Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, today (Monday) welcomed the start of Men’s Health Week 2019.


    Co-ordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, and running from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day), the week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems, support men and boys to live healthier lives, and encourage them to seek help or treatment ... click to read full post & comments


    Remediation for 22 schools over summer

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersRemediation for 22 schools over summer


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Thursday 6 June) confirmed that a remediation programme for 22 schools constructed by ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Grant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingGrant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (04 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20.

    The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for ... click to read full post & comments





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