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Education News in Ireland : Monthly Archive


June 2021

Students’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date 10 June
Minister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021 9 June
Schools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative 8 June
Leaving Cert Results Date Announced 2 June
€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play 1 June

May 2021

Language Sampler Module Announced for Primary 31 May
Special Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published 31 May
Winners Announced in COVID Languages Competition 27 May
Registration opens for Online TAP CPD Courses 27 May
Thousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week 24 May
Dublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School 19 May
Sixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions. 18 May
Teachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour 12 May
Expanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs 11 May
Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year 7 May
Blue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary 7 May

April 2021

New RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves 27 April
Education Bill 2021 for Leaving Cert Published 26 April
€100k Fund for Grants for Music Education 26 April
Schools Commit to Promoting Positive Mental Health 21 April
Establishment of New Special School in Cork 19 April
National Action Plan for Childminding Launched 16 April
Minister Foley launches 2021 Active School Week 14 April
Diversity Inclusion & Belonging for Little Minds 13 April
Upskilling programmes for post-primary teachers 7 April
Teacher Unions to ballot for industrial action on vaccines 7 April
Development of a New Digital Strategy for Schools 6 April
Sport Ireland Keep Well Campaign 6 April

March 2021

ASTI shocked at change in vaccination programme 31 March
School Transport On-Line Application / Tickets 30 March
Additional supports for schools for Leaving Cert 2021 26 March
Hot School Meals Programme 2021 Launched 26 March
2021 Written Leaving Cert Exam adjustments 24 March
Minister O Gorman launches an online consultation 22 March
Minister Foley approves Irish-medium satellite 18 March
Leaving Cert 2021 Student Portal Opens 10 March
80% of Parents more Stressed During Home Schooling 10 March
CAO applications surge for some courses 9 March
My Mammy Knows Everything 4 March
Back to School with a difference 3 March
Measures to Tackle Educational Disadvantage 1 March

Feb 2021

Fewer questions to be answered on Leaving Cert Exams 26 Feb
Return to School Plan confirmed 23 Feb
Patronage of three new primary schools in 2021 23 Feb
Most Borrowed Books of 2020 22 Feb
Choice of calculated grade or written exams for Leaving Cert 17 Feb
Rural School Open Day going ahead - Virtually! 16 Feb
ASTI confirms it will re-enter Leaving Cert talks 13 Feb
Special Classes in Secondary Schools to resume 22nd Feb 11 Feb
ASTI withdraws from discussions on Leaving Cert 2021 11 Feb
Helping Students Manage Online Wellbeing 9 Feb
New Resource Hub Available for Students 8 Feb
Two Leaving Cert Options to be made available 5 Feb
New campaign to get Ireland reading during Covid 4 Feb
Make someone smile for mental health! 3 Feb
2,155 students receive Leaving Cert Results 2 Feb
Three Ireland to Provide 10,000 SIM Cards to Schools 2 Feb
Deal agreed for resumption of Special Education in February 1 Feb

Jan 2021

Leaving Cert Exam Results issue next Tuesday 28 Jan
Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021 27 Jan
New funding arrangements of ELC during Level 5 27 Jan
Special Needs Schools Not Re Opening 20 Jan
ISSU Survey Results: Students Want Choice & Clear Communication 20 Jan
Special Needs Schools may re-open next week 14 Jan
ASTI recommends rejetion of public service agreement 11 Jan
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2020 8 Jan
Minister's statement on extended school closures 7 Jan
ASTI directs members to teach remotely 7 Jan
Decision to re-open schools for Leaving Cert and special needs students reversed 7 Jan
Schools closed until 1st Feb with two exceptions 6 Jan

Dec 2020

Schools Re-Opening delayed until 11th January 31 Dec
INTO seeks delay in re-opening of Schools 30 Dec
Patronage of four new post-primary schools 22 Dec
TUI to Recommend Rejection of Proposal 16 Dec
Lord Mayor invites 4th class to join their local library 11 Dec
NCCA Children's School Lives 11 Dec
Irish students top maths performers in EU 9 Dec
Covid-19, Mental Health and Local Issues at BTYS 2021 8 Dec
TCD and Camara Education Tech2Students 8 Dec
Up to 5000 Students to take part in #ThinkLanguages 7 Dec
Happy International Day of People with Disabilities! 3 Dec

Nov 2020

€50m ICT grant funding 30 Nov
Patronage of three primary schools 26 Nov
The Minister's Easel 23 Nov
No-homework day for all children in Ireland 19 Nov
Calls for schools to close on 18th & not 22nd December 18 Nov
Energize STEM education programme goes online 17 Nov
Dedicated special ed classrooms in new school builds 17 Nov
Framework to support roll-out of LC Computer Science 16 Nov
Applications for patronage of 3 new primary schools 13 Nov
€55M Minor Works Grant Payments for schools 12 Nov
78% of parents opt for Free Children's Flu Vaccine 11 Nov
New Upskilling Programmes for Post-primary Teachers 4 Nov

Oct 2020

Appeal from National Principal's Forum to Parents 30 Oct
50 more sanitising products recalled from Schools 29 Oct
ASTI secures mandate for industrial action 28 Oct
Dept issues hand sanitiser product recall to schools 23 Oct
Survey highlights health and safety concerns of teachers 22 Oct
New Resources Commemorating the Decade of Centenaries 22 Oct
Operation of Schools during Level 5 20 Oct
Applications for patronage of 4 new secondary schools 19 Oct
Budget 2021 - increase in investment in education 14 Oct
Budget 2021 Education Update 13 Oct
Build a box online for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal 13 Oct
Minister Harris launches Science Week 2020 9 Oct
Coombe launches educational videos for parents 8 Oct
Ireland's National School Photography Awards are open 5 Oct
Children’s Books Ireland launches mental health reading guide 5 Oct
Healthy Eating Guidelines for 1 to 4 Year Olds 1 Oct

Sep 2020

Errors found in Leaving Cert calculated Grades 30 Sep
New Training Programme for SNAs 29 Sep
Leaving Cert Nov 2020 Exam Timetable published 28 Sep
Primary schools get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day 28 Sep
Anna Daly & her three little wizards launch this year’s spooktacular 'Trick or Treat for Temple Street’ campaign 24 Sep
Priorities to reform special education provision 24 Sep
Class Ranking to be made available to Leaving Cert students 23 Sep
Trinity Professor launches Vaccine Rap to Save Lives 21 Sep
ASTI to ballot for industrial action 20 Sep
Archbishop worried about initiatives to 'get First Communions done' 20 Sep
ISSU Launches New Website as Gaeilge 18 Sep
Drivers urged to be extra cautious 9 Sep
Class of 2020 receive highest grades on record 7 Sep
ISSU launches Mental Health Manual for students 3 Sep
4% of predicted Leaving Cert grades increased, 17% reduced 1 Sep

Aug 2020

Children spend more time online during Covid-19 31 Aug
Open letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer 31 Aug
2020-21 Blue Star Programme is Now Open 26 Aug
Postponed Leaving Cert Exams start Mon 16 November 26 Aug
Guidance on when to keep the kids home 25 Aug
School Re-openings & School Bus Transport Update 22 Aug
Headfort School will Reopen Sept 7th 17 Aug
Update on Reopening Our Schools 10 Aug
Equal pay is key to recruiting additional Teachers 4 Aug
1,000 Back to School kits to support Autistic children as they return to the classroom 4 Aug

July 2020

Barnardos Survey 2020 31 July
€375 million plan announced to support re-opening of schools 27 July
Students & Parents Seek Supports Ahead of Schools Reopening 22 July
Leaving Cert Calculated Grades to issue thru Grades Portal 9am on 7 Sept 22 July
Kids invited to showcase local heritage with LEGO 16 July
Leaving Cert Results & CAO offers will happen in September 16 July
Students with Down Syndrome eligible for July Provision 7 July
‘Remember the Rainbow’ to support diversity 3 July
Back to School Guidelines Published 2 July
Minister Harris urges students to apply for SUSI 2 July
Minister announces National Play Day 2020 1 July

June 2020

Schools Meals Programme to be available for the summer 26 June
Guidance on Summer Provision issued to Schools 26 June
Impact of pandemic on children's mental health 24 June
Creative Clusters Closing date 26th June 17 June
New Resources for starting pre-school or primary school 16 June
Summer Provision Programme Details announced 12 June
Roadmap for re-opening of schools published 12 June
Supports for re-opening of Childcare announced 10 June
Summer Prog for kids with Special Ed needs to go ahead 5 June
Minister Zappone Publishes Youth Sector Guidance 3 June
Ireland’s National School Photography Awards 3 June

May 2020

Childcare services can resume 29th June 30 May
Ark Cultural Centre supports teachers and students 29 May
Inspirational Video Messages for 6th Class Students 25 May
All Leaving Cert students must register on new portal 25 May
ASTI secures full indemnity and will engage with Calculated Grades 22 May
Guidance published for schools on Calculated Grades System 21 May
Leaving Cert Exams Cancelled - Calculated Grades to be awarded 8 May
Class of 2020 has their Say on Leaving Certificate: ISSU Survey May 2020 7 May
Representatives meet over leaving cert exams 6 May

April 2020

Families to receive partial refunds on school transport fees 30 April
All 3rd years to receive certs for the completion of Junior Cycle 29 April
Suite of Resources launched for Children and Parents 27 April
Media Literacy In The Digital Space 27 April
A Little Breaducation - Simple, Fun Activities for Kids 27 April
Minister welcomes Deferral of HPAT Results 23 April
Digital supports announced for exam students 22 April
Cúla4 ar Scoil - for primary pupils attending Gaelscoileanna 20 April
All Gaeltacht Summer Courses Cancelled 20 April
 ASTI will work to support delayed Leaving Cert 15 April
Headfort School closes doors after 70 years 15 April
Leaving Certificate Exams Postponed, Junior Cert Cancelled 10 April
ISSU Exam Survey #ClarificationNow 6 April
Teddies in the Window - Bear Hunt for Children 6 April
New Allocation Model for SNAs deferred 3 April
Guidance on Continuity of Schooling 3 April
Temporary SNA Assignmenst Announced 1 April

March 2020

SciFest@College competition to go online 30 March
RTE to Broadcast School on TV from Monday 27 March
School meals scheme to continue during Covid-19 outbreak 27 March
School Transport On-Line Application / Tickets 27 March
School Transport On-Line Application / Tickets 27 March
Minister confirms schools not re-opening 1st April 24 March
Leaving Cert & Junior Cert Oral exams cancelled 19 March
UNESCO Mobilizes Education Ministers in COVID-19 Crisis 18 March
ISSU asks for immediate clarity on Exam provisions 13 March
Schools to close from today until 29th March 12 March
All Confirmations Postponed 12 March
Coronavirus - No decision to close schools at this point 10 March
Young Social Innovators Calls on Young People 2 March
Secondary School to close for 14 days due to Coronovirus link 1 March

Feb 2020

Revised Guidelines for Schools on Coronavirus 26 Feb
Most Borrowed Books of 2019 Revealed 24 Feb
From Sept 2020 all students will study history in 1st year 18 Feb
New programme launched for Safer Internet Day 2020 11 Feb
Information on Novel Coronavirus nCoV-2019 3 Feb

Jan 2020

Fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day! 29 Jan
ASTI Ballot Over Unequal Pay 27 Jan
FÓRSA decides to defer industrial action 21 Jan
Secondary School Strike Action 4th February 17 Jan
New School Rules on Admissions 16 Jan
€50m in ICT Grant Funding for Schools 13 Jan
Additional funding of €1 million for DEIS schools 9 Jan

Dec 2019

More students to be educated through Irish 31 Dec
HEA call to support teachers to upskill in subjects 20 Dec
New primary school for Rathcoole 20 Dec
Additional Support Payment for Childcare Providers 19 Dec
Patronage of six new post-primary schools 17 Dec
Ministers Announce 3,000 New Student Places 16 Dec
Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education 12 Dec
Thomond wins €10,000 for STEM Education 10 Dec
Christian Brothers Redress Contribution Completed 9 Dec
36 Regional Officers elected to ISSU 5 Dec
Our Voices Our Schools Online Resource 4 Dec
ASTI to issue directive on SLAR meetings 4 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2019 3 Dec
Ireland's 15 year olds among best in reading literacy 3 Dec
Plans to move sacramental preparations away from schools 3 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2019 3 Dec

Nov 2019

‘Know the Score’ launched by Ministers 27 Nov
Traveller Participation in Higher Education 26 Nov
€30 million Investment in 405 Schools 25 Nov
What Works Initiative announced 22 Nov
Did you donate this Shoebox to the Team Hope Appeal? 21 Nov
Applications for Patronage of 4 New Primary Schools 20 Nov
Minister meets Volunteers in Apple Schools Project 18 Nov
South Dublin Schools Urged to Provide more Places for Special Needs 15 Nov
Grants of €29 Million for Primary Schools 12 Nov
Students Want Overhaul to Leaving Cert 7 Nov
tess Launches Every School Day Counts 5 Nov

Oct 2019

Publication of Regional Enrolment Projections 29 Oct
Minister Hosts First Cross-Border Schools Initiative 23 Oct
Better Off Students Still More Likely to Go to College 21 Oct
AbbVie's Back to School for STEM Programme launched 21 Oct
DCU Study on how to Improve Children’s Poor Sleep Habits 14 Oct
Mandate for Industrial Action Over Pay Discrimination 11 Oct
Budget 2020 Education Update 8 Oct
Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill 8 Oct
64,330 students receive Junior Cert Results 4 Oct
Dept of Education issues statement on Storm Lorenzo 2 Oct
Minister Requests History be given Special Core Status 1 Oct

Sep 2019

Supply Panel Scheme Announced by Minister 27 Sep
Views on Proposed Guidelines on Reduced Timetables invited 23 Sep
Huawei Shares the Magic of Story Time 23 Sep
New Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls 19 Sep
First Intake of Student Teachers to New Irish B.Ed 18 Sep
Leaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September 17 Sep
Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Launched 13 Sep
New Initiatives to Support Creativity in Schools Announced 12 Sep
Minister publishes Education Bill 2019 11 Sep
New Alliance Aimed at Improving Vaccination Rates 10 Sep
CyberSafeIreland releases 4th Annual Report 10 Sep
Parents Urged to Take Part in Patronage Process 9 Sep
Minister Welcomes Christian Brothers Reddress Fund 6 Sep
5 new primary schools designated Irish-medium education 3 Sep
Junior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October 2 Sep

Aug 2019

National Primary School Photography Awards 30 Aug
New Regulations for Childminders proposed 30 Aug
Immediate Action on Inequal Pay demanded by ASTI 28 Aug
'Reinstate School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland 27 Aug
3 Catholic primary schools re-open as multi-denominational 27 Aug
Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open! 22 Aug
Patronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools 20 Aug
HPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept 19 Aug
36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project 16 Aug
17 Schools require remedial work before Sept 15 Aug
New Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools 12 Aug
Leaving Cert Results 2019 are out! 12 Aug
Statement from Minister on Back to School Costs 6 Aug
2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019 6 Aug
NPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019 6 Aug

July 2019

Students Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies 26 July
Tusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’ 25 July
Ministers introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave 25 July
Free Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August 24 July
Dept Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers 10 July
Education Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon 9 July

June 2019

Kilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road 28 June
Communion Spending Jumps to €929 24 June
First Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports 24 June
Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card 21 June
Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards 20 June
PE through Irish Launched by Minister 20 June
Increase in Back to School Clothing Allowance 18 June
Men’s Health Week 2019 11 June
Remediation for 22 schools over summer 6 June
Grant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20 5 June

May 2019

Bereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings 31 May
Almost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019 27 May
Monaghan Students win SEAI One Good Idea National Final 15 May
Online Leaving Cert Marking 2019 14 May
RSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards 9 May
Progress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019 1 May

April 2019

New project to teach Irish through other subjects 23 April
Can schools ban parents from taking photos 18 April
July Provision Closing Date approaches 17 April
New Irish Language Maths Resource launched 11 April
School Applications invited for Creative Clusters 10 April
Dublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April 8 April
Take the ‘Mile a Day’ Challenge for Active School Week 8 April
Secondary students encouraged to eat less meat - 4 April
Views sought on managing crisis student behaviour in schools 2 April
Grants available under Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019 2 April

March 2019

New School Inclusion Model Trial announced 27 March
Action Plan for Education 2019 launched 8 March
€50m in Funding for ICT Equipment for Schools 4 March

Feb 2019

Two New Primary Schools for South Dublin 22 Feb
Patronage of 12 New Primary Schools announced 21 Feb
€6m for Creative Youth announced 15 Feb
Webwise launches new resources for younger pupils 4 Feb

Jan 2019

New minimum entry requirements for Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) deferred 30 Jan
ASTI may ballot on industrial action 27 Jan
New Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education Programme 25 Jan
New Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections for Schools 22 Jan
Increase in Students Taking Higher Level Subjects 17 Jan
Mobile phone ownership at young age can affect academic outcomes 16 Jan
Consultation on exemptions from Irish in schools 11 Jan

Dec 2018

Leaving Cert Timetable extended by 2 days 20 Dec
Engagement of GAA with new Leaving Cert PE Subject welcomed 19 Dec
Leaving Cert causing burnout and stress 17 Dec
€40 Million for Summer Works Projects in 307 Schools 17 Dec
Safety Works completed in 3 Schools 13 Dec
Parents asked for patronage preference for 12 schools 10 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2018 4 Dec

Nov 2018

ASTI members reject the New Entrants’ Salary Measure 29 Nov
€29m Minor Works Grant for Primary Schools 26 Nov
Government launches new early years scheme 19 Nov
Changes to Post-graduate Entry Process for Primary Teaching 13 Nov
Applications invited for Patronage of 12 New Primary Schools 9 Nov
Free Reading App for students with Disabilities 6 Nov
Changes to Leaving Cert Results & Appeals for 2019 2 Nov
Esri makes Digital Mapping Software available to schools 1 Nov
Patronage of 4 New Post-primary Schools Announced 1 Nov

Oct 2018

Update on WBS Issues from the Department 31 Oct
INTO Memebers Reject Pay Deal 31 Oct
Two more schools closing & 42 to be assessed due to structural concerns 23 Oct
Changes to Bus Routes 111, 184, 185 18 Oct
ASTI to ballot on new salary measures 15 Oct
Budget 2019 Education Update 9 Oct
Primary schools to benefit from SFI Discover Centres 8 Oct
'Baptism barrier' on school admissions lifted 3 Oct

Sep 2018

Launch of School Excellence Fund - Step Up Project 24 Sep
Schools Network of Creative Clusters Announced 20 Sep
Campaign to Encourage Learning of Foreign Languages 17 Sep
€11.9 billion Investment in Education announced 14 Sep
An Foras Pátrúnachta to apply for patronage for 13 schools 13 Sep
Junior Cert Results are Out! 12 Sep

Aug 2018

Additional Psychologists for Schools 30 Aug
Increase in Foreign Language Assistants in Secondary Schools 23 Aug
CAO Offers are out 20 Aug
Leaving Cert Results 2018 are out! 15 Aug
Leaving Cert Fails to Prepare Students For Uni 8 Aug
New grandparents payment scheme proposed 2 Aug

July 2018

€450K in Grants to Support New Leaving Cert Subjects 23 July
Wellbeing Policy for Schools Launched 20 July
New Local School access Law 16 July
Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card 3 July

June 2018

Parents Invited to Choose School Patronage 25 June
Contractor appointed to complete schools 25 June
New School to Champion Self-Directed Learning 19 June
Extra Funding for Island Gaeltacht Schools 19 June
Schools asked to Promote Farm Safety 19 June
Childrens' Best Interests Failed by Public Bodies 13 June

May 2018

Minister welcomes SNA Scheme Review 30 May
Minister to increase Multi and Non-Denominational Schools 28 May
Schools required to consult parents on use of smart phones 21 May
20 Ways Irish Students are Tackling Climate Change 15 May
Specialised Therapists for Schools 14 May
Baptism barrier in schools to be lifted 9 May
Sugar Drink Tax may Fund Fight against Childhood Obesity 4 May
HSE Warning - Beware of Tick Bites this Summer 2 May

April 2018

Public Consultations for Career Guidance Review 27 April
New €23 million school in Harolds Cross on track 26 April
It's Active School Week 23 April
Extra Places on Leadership Course for Teachers 20 April
42 New Schools to Open in Next 4 Years 13 April
Smart Phones in Schools - parents & students to be consulted 9 April
Student Grant Scheme for 2018 now open 9 April
Major Update in Sex Education Announced 3 April
Pay Inequality may lead to Industrial Action, INTO Warns 3 April

March 2018

Second-level Teachers Report Higher Stress Levels 27 March
ASTI Annual Conference to Address Pay Equality 26 March
Junior Cert Resources launched by BAI & RTE 23 March
Extra Places on Teacher Training Courses 14 March
Getting Animated about Children’s Rights 12 March
Free Meningitis Signs & Symptoms App Available 11 March
€100,000 in Grants Allocated for Music Scheme 9 March
Boots Ireland Bans Selling Energy Drinks to Children 6 March
Young teachers to protest outside Dail 6 March
Schools to re-open monday 'where possible' 3 March

Feb 2018

Many schools to remain closed today 28 Feb
Red Alert Warning extended for Thurs & Fri 28 Feb
Boxing clever for healthier children 26 Feb
PE Now a Leaving Cert Subject 23 Feb
The School Expo 2018 RDS 21 Feb
New Arrangements for opting of of Religious Instruction in Schools 19 Feb
Creative Schools Launched 14 Feb
Fire Hazard linked with some Head Lice Treatments 8 Feb
Action Plan for Education 2018 Launched 7 Feb
New Internet Safety Resource Launched for Schools 6 Feb

Jan 2018

Teacher Career Breaks under scrutiny 26 Jan
Career Guidance Review Announced 22 Jan
Statement by Department on construction firm collapse 17 Jan
Changes to Support Leaders in Schools announced 16 Jan
Evaluation of Post Leaving Cert Programme Published 9 Jan
40 schools to sit Leaving Cert Computer Science Exam in 2020 4 Jan
Digital Learning Planning Guidelines Published 4 Jan

Dec 2017

School Excellence Fund - Digital launched 18 Dec
Children Paint a Bright Future with Dublin Bus 14 Dec
52% Increase in Bacterial Meningitis in 2017 14 Dec
New Child Protection Procedures for Schools 12 Dec
Weather closes some schools on 11th December 11 Dec
PE to become Leaving Cert subject from next year 11 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2017 5 Dec
Irish 10 Yr Olds Best Readers in Europe 5 Dec
Teaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised 4 Dec
Under 5s to Travel Free on Public Transport 1 Dec

Nov 2017

Gaeltacht Education Spending to More Than Double in 2018 30 Nov
New Multilingual Education Initiative 23 Nov
Leaving Cert Retention Rates Highest in History 20 Nov
New primary maths curriculum open for consultation 16 Nov
€1.8 million for Innovative Programmes in DEIS schools 13 Nov
Unique assisted shaving device wins SciFest 2017 10 Nov
Funding available for standardised testing - secondary 8 Nov
Google launches Family Link Safety App in Ireland 8 Nov
So, how was school today? New research launched 7 Nov
New Five-year Public Health Campaign for Healthier Familes 1 Nov

Oct 2017

ASTI reject Public Service Stability Agreement 23 Oct
National Action by Childhood Professionals 27th October 19 Oct
The 50 schools taking part in trial Digital Learning Framework 18 Oct
Dublin International School Open for Applications 16 Oct
School Bus Services cancelled Monday in five counties 14 Oct
SNAs vote for industrial action 14 Oct
Resilience & Wellbeing Teacher Training for DEIS schools 11 Oct
Budget 2018 Education Update 10 Oct
Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching changed 4 Oct

Sep 2017

Trick or Treat for Temple Street campaign launches 29 Sep
Team HOPE Launches 2017 Shoebox Appeal 27 Sep
New nutrition standards for school meals 25 Sep
Largest Irish-Medium Post-Primary School opens 22 Sep
Food revolt at Irish school 21 Sep
An Taisce’s Climate Ambassador Programme Launched 20 Sep
New Leaving Cert holidays website launched 18 Sep
New tool to help schools improve Digital Capability 14 Sep
Junior Cert Results are out 13 Sep
ASTI recommends rejection of Agreement 10 Sep
Check your kids' phones for this App 7 Sep
Fire Safety Lapses found in some schools 3 Sep

Aug 2017

HSE campaign to boost HPV Vaccine uptake 30 Aug
ACT for Meningitis back to school warning 23 Aug
2017 Round 1 CAO Offers 21 Aug
'Kids Failing at Basic Play Activities' 18 Aug
The Leaving Cert Results are out! 16 Aug
School Costs putting Strain on Parents 2 Aug

July 2017

'Parents forced to deny kids back-to-school items' 25 July
Huge Increase in Home-Schooled Children 21 July
Children may be Exposed on SnapChat's Maps 11 July
975 Extra Special Needs Assistants by end 2017 6 July

June 2017

'Baptism barrier' coming to an end 29 June
€100,000 Music Education Bursary launched 27 June
ASTI advises rejection of Public Service Stability Agreement 27 June
New Digital Strategy Plan for Schools 19 June
Back To School Clothing Allowance Increases 14 June
Kerry School to re-open as Community National School 13 June
ASTI suspends industrial action 12 June
Children paint a bright future with Dublin Bus 9 June
'Health Homework' Programme for Schools 9 June
 ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2017 1 June
Urgent Appeal for Exam Correctors 1 June

May 2017

2018 EU Young Scientists Competition for Ireland 29 May
Forum on Religion in Primary School Admissions announced 16 May
Tipp Students win at SEAI Final 16 May
Humanism Lesson Plans for Primary Schools 12 May
Walk to School Week launched 10 May
ASTI pulls ballot on industrial action 8 May
Patronage of 4 new schools announced 5 May
Former greyhound stadium bought for new schools 3 May
438 Schools to get summer makeover 3 May
Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme Announced 2 May

April 2017

Science & Technology subjects perceived as 'too difficult' 26 April
Schools spared strike in May by ASTI 21 April
Teaching of Foreign Languages to be prioritised 19 April
Measures to Tackle School Costs Announced 18 April
New school guidelines issued on special needs resources 12 April
Maths for Mums and Dads Online Training Course 6 April

March 2017

New international school opening in Dublin 31 March
Cyber Bullying Warning Over Controversial App 'SimSimi' 27 March
€3M Expansion of School Meals Programme 27 March
Minister launches ISSU Charter for Inclusive Schools 23 March
School buses may be impacted by bus strike 23 March
€2 million Fund for ICT Skills Development Announced 20 March
Student campaign for Junior Cert English exam extension 16 March
Synge Street to go co-ed and gaelscoil ! 14 March
Type 2 Diabetes risk in kids linked to too much screentime 14 March
New ambitious targets for Literacy and Numeracy 14 March
Local Screening for Charming Boarding School Film 13 March
Arrangements for Junior Cycle Exam welcomed by ASTI 10 March
Action Plan on School Age Childcare Published 7 March
Action Group Aims to Save Top School from Closure 6 March
Junior Cert pupils may avoid lost marks in English 6 March
Minister calls for Entrepreneurship Summer Camps 3 March

Feb 2017

‘Dead Interesting’ Tour  28 Feb
Sightsavers Junior Painter Winners 2017 28 Feb
ASTI responds to redundancy threat 28 Feb
Midlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme 23 Feb
79 schools added to DEIS Programme 14 Feb
Challenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming 7 Feb
Action Plan for Education Launched 6 Feb
ASTI members reject ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals 3 Feb
10th Annual SciFest Officially Launched 2017 2 Feb

Jan 2017

Plans to Transfer Patronage of Catholic Schools 31 Jan
Committee to hear submissions on weight of school bags 25 Jan
Students make live video call the Space Station 24 Jan
Primary School in south dublin closed after fire 23 Jan
New system for allocating special needs resources 18 Jan
'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools 17 Jan
Speech by Minister on School Admissions Policy 16 Jan
Dublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017 16 Jan
'Threats made to ASTI members will have implications' 13 Jan
Students Descend on 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition 10 Jan
Enhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched 10 Jan
ICT Infrastructure Grants for Schools Announced 4 Jan

Dec 2016

Dept publishes new pay scale for teachers 14 Dec
Green Schools Marine Conference 13 Dec
All kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding 8 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2016 6 Dec
Irish Teens Above Average in International Study 6 Dec
Draft Parent & Student Charter Bill published 5 Dec
ASTI recommend rejection of Department proposals 3 Dec
Meningitis Cases Peaking during Winter months 2 Dec

Nov 2016

Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute 29 Nov
Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools 28 Nov
New schools to get early Principal appointments 28 Nov
Schools less likely to close if ASTI action resumes 25 Nov
Computer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject 24 Nov
Students could sit on school BOMs 21 Nov
School Admissions Bill proposes ban on waiting lists 21 Nov
€28.5m minor works grant for primary schools 18 Nov
Irish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E. 17 Nov
Natural asthma treatment project wins SciFest 14 Nov
Exam Support Reforms 9 Nov
Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced 8 Nov
All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow 8 Nov
ASTI 'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close 6 Nov
Non-Parental Childcare Benefits Children 2 Nov
430 additional Resource Teachers 1 Nov

Oct 2016

School refused to allow emergency medical kit 25 Oct
Notre Dame School to close 20 Oct
Temporary Supervisors sought for schools 19 Oct
ASTI Strike Dates Announced 14 Oct
ASTI members vote for industrial action 13 Oct
Sligo School wins 'Something Fishy' Competition 13 Oct
Leaving Cert Appeal Results are out 12 Oct
Budget 2017 Education Update 11 Oct
'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School 11 Oct
'Learning about Forests' for schools 5 Oct
School Kids Benefit from Cultural Participation 5 Oct
Lollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers 4 Oct

Sep 2016

Proposal to Gift 18 yr olds Free Interrail tickets 30 Sep
Kids with SmartPhones worse at Reading & Maths 29 Sep
Irish School Takes Part in Global Collaboration Video 27 Sep
Caped crusaders go to school for new Hunger Heroes campaign 22 Sep
National children's Science Centre get go ahead 21 Sep
Parents of LGBT kids encouraged to contact Helpline 21 Sep
SEAI calling on schools to enter One Good Idea competition 21 Sep
Homes near secondary schools cost more 20 Sep
Pay deal for newly qualified teachers 16 Sep
Government launches Action Plan for Education 15 Sep
6 students receive 12 As in Junior Cert 2016 15 Sep
Junior Cert Results out today 14 Sep
Sex Education in Schools 'out of touch' 13 Sep
Castelbar ET opens amidst planning dispute 8 Sep
ASTI to ballot on industrial action 5 Sep
Parents urged to give kids child-sized portions 1 Sep
New JC Business Studies & Science subject specs launched 1 Sep

Aug 2016

Sunday Times Schools Guide 2016 30 Aug
Need Assistance with your Child Care Costs? 30 Aug
New primary schools opening and amalgating near you 29 Aug
New Secondary schools opening and amalgamating near you 25 Aug
Homemade lunches better for teens than school lunches 25 Aug
Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers 24 Aug
EPA calls on famlies to 'Live Green' during back to school rush 22 Aug
CAO Offers 2016 - The Stats 22 Aug
How did this years leaving cert students do? 17 Aug
Leaving Cert results - 4000+ fail Maths 17 Aug
2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects 16 Aug
Free CAOCalc App helps calculate LC points easily 11 Aug
New Guidelines for Setting up & Organising Special Classes 9 Aug
National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health set up 8 Aug
Revised Paternity Leave for Teachers & SNAs 8 Aug
Preschools express concern over free childcare places 8 Aug

July 2016

Dublin Teacher Announced as New President of ASTI 29 July
Castlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16 20 July
Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards 11 July
School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned 6 July

June 2016

Sherpa Kids provide onsite afterschool and holiday care 30 June
New Educate Together Primary School announced 29 June
ASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours 28 June
Majority of adults feel our sense of community is declining 27 June
Legal Experts contradict Taoiseach on school admissions 22 June
Parents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now 21 June
Berrings NS National Water Explorer Winners 2016 16 June
On your bike for 5,000 students 15 June
860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016 14 June
Action Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools 14 June
Minister announces Music Education Bursary Awards 13 June
2016 State Examinations in Numbers 7 June
Trial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert 7 June
Back to School Allowance Applications 3 June

May 2016

Junior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework 30 May
Have your say on our education system 23 May
Winners of One Good Idea competition announced 20 May
Irish secondary school student wins at international science fair 20 May
Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced 20 May
ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours 20 May
'Show Racism the Red Card' School Awards 20 May
Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages 19 May
Mentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour 17 May
IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts 17 May
Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students 13 May
Winners announced in 'One Good Idea' schools' competition 13 May
Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies 13 May
HSE cuts eye exams for school kids 10 May
Parents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats' 9 May
UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships 5 May
Things Irish Mammies Say: True or False? 4 May
Winners Announced for Green-Schools Water Awards 4 May
Irish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly 3 May
200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study 3 May

April 2016

Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools 29 April
566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced 29 April
One Good Idea Competition - 20 School Finalists Announced 29 April
Green Schools BIG Travel Challenge Winners 2016 29 April
School Yellow Flag Awards 2016 28 April
2016 Junior Spider Awards 28 April
Good luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year' 28 April
Applications sought for patronage of 9 new schools 27 April
School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent 25 April
Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish 25 April
Perception Deception: Mothers and Obesity 22 April
Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack 22 April
Take your students to places a school bus can’t 20 April
'Sweets out for School' campaign launched 19 April
Gaelscoil in Sligo refused permission to open 19 April
Improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016 15 April
Facebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online 14 April
Education-focused Creche Inspections commence 14 April
Increase in number of kids educated at home 11 April
Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance 8 April
Gardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers 5 April

March 2016

Reduced Pay & Low Hours Deters Future Teaching Graduates 29 March
Teachers Annual Conferences get underway 29 March
Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents 29 March
Austerity measures hit student mental health supports 22 March
ASTI planning one day strikes from September 18 March
'Proclamation Day' across our schools 15 March
Energy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s 15 March
Gardai Investigating Fire at Galway school 14 March
Cork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest 10 March
Jump in CAO Applications for 2016 9 March
Au Pair wins test case as 'employee' 9 March
Choose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt 8 March
INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation 8 March
Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park 7 March
3 days school closure for JC reform 3 March
Experts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby 3 March
Wesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival 3 March
One Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree 3 March
Positivity Packs: Spreading the Joy 1 March
Primary Teachers Urged to Vote on Industrial Action 1 March

Feb 2016

President Higgins launches Green-Schools Expo 25 Feb
Special Educational Needs Conference April 2016 17 Feb
Confidence of Ireland's Youth in Downward Spiral 17 Feb
Reforms to mean students only need 20% to pass Junior Cert Exams 16 Feb
Only 46 Catholic Schools oversubscribed 11 Feb
Virgin Media and NPC begin 3 Year Internet Safety Partnership 10 Feb
Digital divide between parents and children 9 Feb
TUI strike action on 24th Feb to impact 350 secondary schools 6 Feb
ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership 4 Feb
Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards 1 Feb

Jan 2016

Barbie Doll gets a Body Positive Makeover 29 Jan
Guidelines for supporting transgender students 29 Jan
Minister's address at IPPN Annual Conference 29 Jan
Agri Aware's Incredible Edibles - Eat a rainbow everyday 29 Jan
School Leaving Age Set to be raised from 16 28 Jan
The 1916 Lego Rising created by Sunday Well Boys NS 27 Jan
Two weeks paid Paternity Leave for Fathers 26 Jan
Ireland’s largest 2nd level science competition launches 21 Jan
Teachers to Strike before General Election unless Demand for Talks Met 18 Jan
INTO to ballot for industrial action on Promotion Moratorium 12 Jan
Disruption to School Bus services due to flooding 6 Jan
Extra Long Easter School Holidays for 2016 6 Jan
RENUA want to replace Leaving Cert exam with assessment 5 Jan
'17% of kids in 1st class interact with strangers online' 4 Jan

Dec 2015

Calls for mandatory 2 hrs of PE in secondary schools 18 Dec
School secretaries and caretakers to get pay increase 15 Dec
Under 16's could be banned from social Media 15 Dec
New campaign seeks equality for children in education system 14 Dec
Kids drinking & smoking less but having more sex - survey 10 Dec
School Admissions changes delayed but Rule 68 on religion to go 9 Dec
Minister welcomes Consultation on School Autonomy 7 Dec
Construction on these new schools to commence Mid 2016 4 Dec
Bill passed making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT teachers 3 Dec
Feeder Schools Lists published for 2015 3 Dec
Early childcare does not impede children's progress, says study 3 Dec
New online resource for developing early literacy skills launched 1 Dec

Nov 2015

McDonald's outlet beside 3 wicklow schools axed 26 Nov
Ireland is tops for school completion & teachers' salaries 24 Nov
School takes legal challenge to try prevent opening of McDonalds 24 Nov
Limerick school considering religion opt-out request 23 Nov
Schools advised to cancel their tours to france 20 Nov
Word Vision Launches Toys Appeal 2015 20 Nov
New supports to help kids with disabilities attend pre-school 19 Nov
Minister for Education and Skills launches National Anti-Bullying website 19 Nov
'Our Universe' science programme rolling out to 5,000 primary students 18 Nov
Google launches YouTube Kids service in Ireland 18 Nov
New school building projects announced to cope with baby boom 17 Nov
New language curriculum for primary schools 16 Nov
Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code' 12 Nov
New Leaving Cert 'Politics & Society' Course to start Sept 16 12 Nov
Calls for 'No Fry Zone' near schools 11 Nov
€108 Million for schools Minor Work & Summer Works Schemes 6 Nov
No link between HPV vaccine and abnormal symptoms 6 Nov
New 'beliefs and ethics' subject proposed for Primary Schools 3 Nov
Alarming rise in short-sightedness in kids - get them outdoors! 2 Nov

Oct 2015

Don't get tricked by Asthma this Halloween 29 Oct
School to pay €4,000 for discrimination of separated dad 28 Oct
iScoil - a virtual alternative to mainstream schooling 21 Oct
Primary Schools need more diverse Religious Ed, says research 15 Oct
School Transport Safety Campaign launched by Bus Eireann 15 Oct
ASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals 14 Oct
BUDGET 2016 - How it impacts parents and families 13 Oct
BUDGET 2016 - How the budget impacts the education sector 13 Oct
Video Games may cause lower grades, says report 12 Oct
Five schools to be inspected over fire safety concerns 8 Oct
€210m investment in digital technology for schools 7 Oct
Teachers unprepared for dealing with dyslexia in classroom 6 Oct
New classroom game curbs negative behaviour and promotes calm 5 Oct

Sep 2015

Jan O'Sullivan welcomes increase in Education Investment 30 Sep
First ever Primary religious curriculum launched by Bishops 29 Sep
Children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them 29 Sep
Row over diversity poster sent to primary schools by INTO 24 Sep
ASTI members reject Junior Cycle Proposals while TUI accepts deal 24 Sep
Global Action Plan launches "Water Explorer" Initiative for Schools 22 Sep
Enrollment for Private Schools booming once more 21 Sep
New Governance Manual for Primary Schools Published 18 Sep
3rd place in world for St. Muredach's College F1 team 17 Sep
Pilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations 16 Sep
Computers do not improve school performance, says OECD 15 Sep
1916 'Flags for Schools' commemoration launched today 14 Sep
Are selfies or over-cautious parents to blame for head lice epidemic? 14 Sep
Student group keeping teens safe on results night 9 Sep
Junior Cert 2015 results released today 9 Sep
Not enough being done to tackle hunger in the classroom 8 Sep
Introducing Facebook's education platform for schools 7 Sep
Cash Please! PTA's new fundraising technique goes viral 4 Sep
Minister launches new CAO points scale 3 Sep
Sunday Times School league tables - who comes out top this year? 2 Sep
HPV Vaccine in Schools: Concern over side effects being raised 1 Sep

Aug 2015

Teachers to ballot on Junior Cert Reforms in September 31 Aug
Green Party Plan to Feed All School Children 28 Aug
Donegal School Teacher goes Viral with Youtube lessons 27 Aug
Delay in opening school leaves families without school places 27 Aug
Educate Together clash with Government over enrolment policies 25 Aug
Parents asked to put road safety on 'Back to School' Checklist 25 Aug
Charity says parents being ‘bullied’ into buying expensive uniforms 24 Aug
No back-to-school allowance until mid September says Dept 24 Aug
Spike in Emergency Admissions Expected for Kids with Asthma 21 Aug
Success all round for Cistercian College Leaving Cert Students 17 Aug
Concern over CAO points manipulation by colleges 17 Aug
CAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats. 17 Aug
Girls outperform boys in Leaving Cert 2015 14 Aug
CAO offers for Leaving Cert 2015 - Get all the info here 14 Aug
Leaving Certificate 2015: Students show mixed results 12 Aug
Parents warned about alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert results 11 Aug
Milltown National School Campaign 11 Aug
Free CAOCalc App helps students calculate LC points easily 10 Aug
Irish language is supported but not actively used, report finds 7 Aug

July 2015

New Report proposes subsidised childcare for working parents 23 July
Irish children's self image is worse in smaller classrooms, study finds 16 July
16 days teacher training for Junior Cert changes 15 July
Young boy critical after swimming accident in Youghal 14 July
610 additional SNA posts announced for September 2015 7 July
Overweight children pay VAT on adult size school uniforms 2 July
Teacher spotted correcting Leaving Cert Paper on train 2 July
Free public transport for kids from July 6 to19 1 July
Delay in SNA Allocations for next school year causing concern 1 July

June 2015

Education Passports are now compulsory for all 6th class pupils 30 June
Cork school commended for stellar performance at European rocket science competition 30 June
School Completion Programme to be maintained 26 June
Applications for Home Tuition Scheme 2015/16 are now open 24 June
Childcare is too expensive for parents on lower incomes 22 June
Cork students named national final winners of Our World Irish Aid Awards 18 June
Barnardos plan to make primary education free for all children 15 June
Two new multi-denominational primary schools for September 10 June
Student prepares for Junior Cert exam while living in car 9 June
Irish students come first in the world for award winning LED lightbulb 8 June
Teacher Unions split over pay deal 4 June
Students denied access to Leaving Cert Exam Supports 1 June

May 2015

"Your whole life depends on it" - Leaving Cert Stress 28 May
Parents warned against sharing images of their kids online 27 May
Ireland's laws on smacking breach European legislation 27 May
€600K to be spent on first team of early-education inspectors 26 May
Main Elements of New Junior Cycle Reform Announced 22 May
Minister announces pilot project for Resource Teaching 22 May
Ministers launch Arts in Education Portal 20 May
A proposal to resolve the Junior Cycle dispute has been agreed 20 May
Over half of teachers surveyed see kids arriving hungry at school 18 May
Minister O'Sullivan awards 7 million euros in grants to 450 post primary schools 13 May
Pupils who take part in sport more likely to go to college 7 May
Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week 6 May
New Water Safety website for parents and teachers 5 May

April 2015

Leaving Cert Exam Questions are not predictable 30 April
Kids' health suffers if parents separate, finds survey 29 April
Mental health effects of peer bullying similar to child abuse study finds 29 April
Just one hour of TV daily can lead to child obesity 28 April
New Leaving Cert reforms see changes in CAO points system 27 April
300 children called charity threatening suicide in 2014 21 April
Images of young Irish school girls found on escort and porn sites 16 April
20% of kids go to bed hungry according to new report 15 April

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