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Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan today launched the 2023 – 2024 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme that will evaluate and demonstrate the approach to energy retrofit and carbon reduction in the schools’ sector, testing energy efficiency solutions and renewable heat technologies. ... click to read full post & comments


INTO & TUI accept public pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/09/2022.
Tags: TeachersINTO & TUI accept public pay deal


INTO and TUI have voted in faovur of public sector pay deal - see their statements below

INTO Statement
Members of Ireland’s largest teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), have voted by a significant margin to accept the proposals in the Review of Building Momentum in an electronic ballot of ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2023 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/09/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersBudget 2023 Education Update


A total of €9.6 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2023, including a capital budget of €860 million.

This will include:

  • The average teacher pupil ratio in primary schools being reduced from 24:1 to 23:1 pupils providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Computer Science Week 8-15 October 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsComputer Science Week 8-15 October 2022


    Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced Ireland’s first-ever Computer Science Week taking place from 8-15 October. The week’s events will showcase the exciting benefits and cutting-edge opportunities of Computer Science for students while shining a light on the impressive developments in classrooms around Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


    78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2022.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the creation of 21 new 2022 Creative Clusters comprising 78 schools. Creative Clusters is an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under ... click to read full post & comments


    Reinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/09/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsReinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance


    The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) have welcomed the overdue publication of the circular letter confirming payment of the value of the Professional Masters in Education (PME) allowance (formerly HDip Allowance) - value currently €1,314 annually - to those teachers appointed since February 2012. ... click to read full post & comments


    Over half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers NewsOver half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated


    61,000+ Leaving Certificate students receive their Leaving Certificate Results today after 10am. The figure of 61,000 includes 3,051 students who sat the alternative Leaving Certificate Applied programme and ... click to read full post & comments


    Adjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit State examinations in 2023, to take account of the disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... click to read full post & comments


    Additional special education provision announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdditional special education provision announced


    The Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD has today provided an update on the provision of special class and special school places across Dublin and Cork for the forthcoming school year. ... click to read full post & comments


    Fixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens


    Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton has announced that she intends to double the fine for failing to stop at a school warden sign. This will see the fine increase from €80 to €160. The announcement comes as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána call on drivers to watch out for children as they return to school. ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingParents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications


    Earlier this year, the government announced it was waiving school transport fees for a year. As a result, Bus Eireann, which operates the scheme, has advised that by the closing date of 29th July, it had ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Teacher Unions to ballot for industrial action

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/08/2022.
    Tags: TeachersTeacher Unions to ballot for industrial action


    The INTO and ASTI have said they will ballot their members next month on possible industrial action to secure pay rises. Statements from both unions can be viewed below.

    ASTI Statement 10th August 2022
    ASTI begins preparations for public sector pay ballot
     
    The Standing Committee of the ASTI today decided to conduct a ballot of members this September on potential industrial action over pay, in line with other public sector unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).
     
    The ballot will form part of a coordinated campaign by public sector unions in the context of continuous high inflation and the failure of Government to make a sustainable offer at Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) discussions.
     
    ASTI President Miriam Duggan said teachers and other public sector workers are trying to cope with hefty cost of living increases.
     
    “A significant improvement in pay is essential to help offset spiralling inflation,” said Ms Duggan. “Teachers in common with other public sector workers are finding it difficult to make ends meet. It is very disappointing that the Government is showing such scant regard for public servants in light of all they contributed at the height of the pandemic.”
     
    “The Government must return to the WRC with a credible proposal for unions and their members to consider.”
     
    The ASTI is recommending that its members vote for industrial action in the ballot.

    INTO Statement 10th August 2022
    The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) today decided to initiate a September ballot of all its members (ROI) for potential industrial action, unless the Government’s irresponsible procrastination on public-sector pay talks ends quickly with a respectable pay offer put on the table.

    The decision was taken in solidarity with all workers across the public service who are battling accelerating inflation and steep increases in the cost of living, as are all Irish workers, while the Government has failed to engage in further talks with our representatives at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) over the last eight weeks.

    Following the decision, INTO President John Driscoll called on the Government to urgently return to negotiations with a respectable pay offer that unions could put to a ballot of their members.
    As a member of the ICTU Public Services Committee, the INTO has supported efforts under the review clause of the Building Momentum agreement to secure a necessary pay uplift for public sector workers. This uplift is essential in light of skyrocketing inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

    The union expresses its profound disappointment that the WRC talks process has stalled for the last two months, despite frequent statements from leading Government figures on the need to provide a pay increase for hard-pressed public servants.

    The union will be advocating that members respond positively, thereby mandating the union to utilise all options up to and including strike action in order to secure a fair pay rise.

    The CEC was briefed in June on the mediocre offer of an additional 2½% proposed by Government for the whole of 2021 and 2022. The CEC fully supported the position of the ICTU Public Services Committee that such an offer would not provide sufficient protection for public sector workers, whose incomes have been decimated over the last eighteen months.

    Noting that INTO members have only received a 1% increase in salary since the current agreement commenced in January 2021 – with Irish inflation rising by more than 10% in the same period – it will therefore be necessary for the union to begin the process of balloting our membership for industrial action, unless the government increases its offer significantly in short order.

    Balloting for industrial action will be preceded by a two-week consultation process with members and a full ballot of all members will take place in  early September, should the Government fail in the meantime to make a meaningful offer in respect of pay.



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    Students' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingStudents' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS


    In a statement released by EUNICAS on August 1st, it was confirmed that several third-level institutions across Europe will be accepting late results from Irish students, including Lithuania, Italy, Poland and universities across the Netherlands. ... click to read full post & comments


    Extension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExtension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley is pleased to announce, following today’s government decision, that Temporary Alleviation Measures at post-primary level will be continued for the 2022/2023 school year pending completion of the review of the School Transport Scheme. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Consultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsConsultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today, Monday 18 July, welcomes the opening by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) of a consultation phase on the draft Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum, including Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), for Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Back to School Allowance Increase in July

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBack to School Allowance Increase in July


    In an announcement made on the 11th of July 2022, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys stated the increase in the back-to-school allowance will be made from next week, rather than next month. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    School Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchool Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23


    On the 8th of July The Government announced welcome initiatives to assist families with children returning to school in September, including removing fees from school transport for the coming academic year. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Cork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school

    Posted by Schoolday newshound, on 01/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have confirmed that the new special school in Rochestown which was recently announced will operate under the patronage of Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB). ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/06/2022.
    Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


    The State Examinations Commission has announced that the Leaving Certificate Results will be issued to students on Friday 2nd September. This is the ... click to read full post & comments(6)


    16,000 books delivered to 21 schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2022.
    Tags: Teachers16,000 books delivered to 21 schools


    Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn, today marked the final stage of the An Bosca Leabharlainne Artist in Residence scheme with the delivery of over 16,000 books to 21 schools across the country. In partnership with Foras na Gaeilge, this represents the culmination of the most ambitious children’s literature project ever undertaken in the Irish language. ... click to read full post & comments


    'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'


    The Department of Education is failing children with Special Educational Needs, particularly in black spots such as Dublin and Cork, regarding the provision of suitable school places, a new report published today by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has found. ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary Schools across Ireland Receive STEM Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/06/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsPrimary Schools across Ireland Receive STEM Awards


    The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, announced today that 372 primary schools across the country will be awarded the Discover Science and Maths Award. Led by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students, parents, and teachers, nationwide in a fun and engaging way. [end_intro]

    Commenting on the awards, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, said: “I want to congratulate all the students and the teachers that have been successful in winning an SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Award. The projects this year covered several important topics that will inevitably impact every one of us including climate change, plastics and technology.

    “I know the last few years haven’t been easy for children but yet again, we have seen their imaginations remain alive and they are working together to help us solve the big challenges we all face.

    “I really hope students and their teachers will keep engaging with programmes such as this one and developing science, technology and maths within the school. Because we need so many big ideas and bright people to help us navigate our way through the big problems we are all dealing with.”


    The awards celebrate and recognise the participation of schools in hands-on, inquiry-based learning in the areas of STEM. This year, students focused on issues such as climate change, plastics, technology, and using STEM to solve everyday problems.

    Congratulating the schools, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “It is great to again get the opportunity to celebrate and reward so many primary school students, and their teachers, for their excellent contributions to the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. We are committed to breaking down barriers and finding ways to make learning both accessible and engaging. I hope that dated, stereotypical views of the types of people who work in STEM will soon be a thing of the past; as we look forward to the next generation of STEM workers and enthusiasts, we need to ensure that the full diversity of our society is reflected. There already is evidence of increasing levels of diversity amongst our research community, but more can still be done. Engaging with primary school students and their families is a key component to achieving this.”

    The awards offer three categories for applicants: The Certificate of STEM, is aimed at schools starting out on the STEM journey and involves a minimum of two classes. The Plaque of STEM, which is for schools further along their STEM journey, involves at least half of the classes in the school. The Badge of Excellence is for schools that have already achieved the Plaque and have continued to demonstrate excellence in raising awareness of STEM in their communities. This year, 15 schools received the Certificate, 332 schools achieved the Plaque, and 25 schools accomplished the Badge.

    The virtual award ceremony was attended by teachers and students from over 200 schools and included a live science show marking the close of this year’s programme.

    SFI, in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), offers free continuous professional development (CPD) in STEM for primary school teachers. The programme explores the topics of biodiversity, insulation, and space through inquiry-based learning. The three workshops will provide teachers with a framework and planning tools to deliver hands-on STEM learning in the classroom. This CPD can be carried out virtually via Zoom.

    Registration for the 2022/2023 Academic Year Awards and the DPSM/ESERO CPD will open in September 2022. For more information about the DPSM programme, the Awards and CPD, please visit www.primaryscience.ie or contact the team on primaryscience@sfi.ie.

    • Total Awards: 372 awarded

    • Certificate of STEM: 15 awarded

    • Plaque of STEM: 332 awarded

    • Badge of STEM: 25 awarded

    • DEIS Schools: 80 awardees for 2022/2023

    • Gaelscoil: 16 awardees for 2022/2023




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    Leaving Cert exams underway but still no date for results

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/06/2022.
    Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert exams underway but still no date for results


    The Junior and Leaving Certificate written examinations have gotten underway this morning marking the return to traditional written June exams after two years disruption due to Covid.

    It is anticipated that ... click to read full post & comments


    Ministers announce projects to help public understanding of STEM

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/06/2022.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinisters announce projects to help public understanding of STEM


    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister for Education, Norma Foley, have today announced an investment in 47 projects aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). ... click to read full post & comments


    Book grants 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2022.
    Tags: Educations And PoliticsBook grants 2022



    Once-off funding of €20 million is available to enable all recognised primary and post-primary schools in the Free Education Scheme to purchase books, audio books and other media for the purposes of improving their existing literacy-resource banks. ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Foley invites views on the Action Plan on Bullying

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley invites views on the Action Plan on Bullying


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today encouraged all pupils and students, parents, school staff members, Education Partners and those involved in school communities to ‘have their say’ on a consultation process on preventing and tackling bullying in schools. This consultation forms part of the review of the department’s Action Plan on Bullying, which will inform the development of a new Action Plan. The Anti-bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-primary Schools are also being reviewed. ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Applications Open for Education Initiative Blast 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/05/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsApplications Open for Education Initiative Blast 2022


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for the arts-in-education initiative, BLAST 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


    Fuel Contribution to School Transport Services Confirmed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFuel Contribution to School Transport Services Confirmed


    School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the current school year over 121,400 children, including over 15,500 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €289 million in 2021. ... click to read full post & comments


    Children’s Books Ireland offers Hundreds of new Books for School Libraries 

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2022.
    Tags: ParentingChildren’s Books Ireland offers Hundreds of new Books for School Libraries 


    Applications are now open for Children’s Books Ireland book-gifting projects 2022–2023, offering schools across Ireland the chance to receive hundreds of books for their school library, class sets for their students to keep, visits from authors and illustrators, and more. ... click to read full post & comments


    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).

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    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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    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





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