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Education News in Ireland : Monthly Archive

Dec 2019

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

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
Irish Heart Foundation calls for ban on schools serving junk food 13 April
Urban DEIS students not as good at reading and maths as rural students 9 April
Tablets and Phones damaging children's eyesight 9 April
New School Admission Procedures to cap places for past pupils kids 7 April

March 2015

Celebrity Chef wants mandatory food education classes in all schools 30 March
Special Needs Assistants vote for industrial action 26 March
Additional resources announced for pupils with 'mild' Down syndrome 25 March
Power naps can boost memory for exam students 24 March
Furry Friends Treated at UL GEMS Teddy Bear Hospital 18 March
Catholic Church issues Guidelines on religious inclusion in schools 13 March
Parents not checking kid’s internet use - says survey 9 March
'Overprotective parenting is damaging kids' 6 March
Does video gaming enhance or hinder academic performance 5 March
Afterschool childcare plan set to help working parents 5 March
World Book Day 2015 4 March
Minister says Junior Cert reforms to go ahead 2 March

Feb 2015

Parents don't know how voluntary contributions are used 27 Feb
INTO suspends Principals for breaking Jobbridge ban 25 Feb
Supreme Court dismisses Traveller school admission appeal 24 Feb
House in Dublin mobbed as teen FB party invite goes viral 23 Feb
Rise in young males with Eating Disorders 23 Feb
Top college progression schools in Ulster 19 Feb
Top college progression schools in Connaught 19 Feb
US Study finds gay teens who come out have higher self esteem 19 Feb
Minister outlines new policy to support small schools 17 Feb
Schools are not equipped to deal with Allergy emergencies 17 Feb
Créche workers march for more money - can parents afford it? 17 Feb
New Junior Cert exam could be split in two 13 Feb
4 new Multi Denominational Schools to open 13 Feb
Change in how Special Needs resources to be allocated to schools 12 Feb
Student Slingshot Academy launched for TY students 12 Feb
Safer Internet Day - 10th Feb 2015 8 Feb
Limerick School apologises to Muslim pupil 6 Feb
Leaving Cert Numbers up and more jobs for leaving cert students 4 Feb
Primary School Guidelines on promoting mental health published 2 Feb

Jan 2015

Lollipop lady verbally attacked by parents In Drogheda 29 Jan
Humanists seek ban on schools asking for baptismal certificates 29 Jan
288 Secondary Teachers Advance their Maths Quals 25 Jan
Fitness to teach hearings to be held in public 22 Jan
Top college progression schools in Munster 21 Jan
Top college progression schools in Leinster 21 Jan
Secondary school teacher strike to go ahead tomorrow 22nd January 21 Jan
Dept of Education says parents must submit childrens PPSN 16 Jan
School strike set to go ahead despite talks 15 Jan
Schools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issued 14 Jan
Report shows improved results in primary Reading and Maths 13 Jan
New Schools for Louth, Clare, Tipperary and Cork 12 Jan
Parents avoid jail term for truant daughter 8 Jan
Dept of Education to share children's PPSN 7 Jan
Research shows Irish teens showing signs of heart disease 7 Jan
Philosophy to be part of new changes to Junior cycle in 2017 5 Jan

Dec 2014

Annual Fairy and Make-A-Wish Christmas Partnership Launched 22 Dec
Schools in Kerry opens for the first time on holy day 18 Dec
Teachers warn parents over smartphone dangers 17 Dec
BT Young Scientist & Technology winners to receive university entrance scholarships 16 Dec
Unions announce date for January strike day 12 Dec
Canadian Maths books more suitable for Irish pupils 10 Dec
Terenure College Junior School to close 5 Dec
School's out as teachers strike 2 Dec

Nov 2014

College Progression Data published on 27 Nov
Number of students entering college up 10,000 in a decade 27 Nov
Schools to get grant for much needed facelift 26 Nov
Minister urges Unions to cancel strike 25 Nov
Logistical Problems for Schools on Strike Day 24 Nov
Native Irish speaking kids speak better English! 20 Nov
Parents paying school heating bills 18 Nov
Second level strike on 2nd December 14 Nov
Families pay 25000 euro more to live near schools 13 Nov
Photos of school girls found on site used by paedophiles 12 Nov
Parents & Students support Minister's proposals for Junior Cert 12 Nov
Top 12 Toys for this christmas 5 Nov
Priest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacher 3 Nov

Oct 2014

Concerns over babystart multi recline seat as it fails safety test 29 Oct
High levels of lead found in kid’s face make-up 28 Oct
Schools get free access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography 28 Oct
Naked man seen near Dublin school 24 Oct
36,000 teachers not yet garda vetted 22 Oct
'Digital Schools of Distinction' aim for 750 new schools 21 Oct
Minister Humphreys launches schools choir competition 17 Oct
Educate Together hit with financial uncertainty 15 Oct
Over 300 new support teachers announced 14 Oct
Gaeltacht summer courses at risk due to water charges 14 Oct
BUDGET 2015 - How it impacts parents and families 14 Oct
BUDGET 2015 - How the budget impacts the education sector. 14 Oct
80 euro fine for smoking in cars with kids 9 Oct
Mental Health Screening for Schools 8 Oct
ASTI votes to extend industrial action over Junior Cycle 7 Oct
1 in 6 three year olds have longstanding health condition 6 Oct
Cannabis now dominant drug for young Irish 6 Oct
Rugby Teens at Risk from Supplements 2 Oct

Sep 2014

Website to help parents support young people 30 Sep
Body of young teenage girl found in Cabinteely 30 Sep
Boy offered sweets to get into man's car 25 Sep
Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 24 Sep
Children with speech problems wait a year for help 22 Sep
Calls for funding to ensure kids receive healthy breakfast 22 Sep
Mixed grade classes harder on girls 18 Sep
Improved job security for teachers on the way 18 Sep
Seven Fee Paying schools seeking to go public 16 Sep
Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards 16 Sep
Families to get 30 Euro a week per child for returning to work 15 Sep
School boy in knife attack in West Dublin 11 Sep
Junior Cert 14 students switch to honours maths 10 Sep
Nationwide Meetings for Special Needs Parents 8 Sep
New website to help young kids with literacy 8 Sep
New school opens with just one pupil 5 Sep
Teenage girls bullied over sending 'sexy selfies' 4 Sep
Schools demand classes on cyber bullying 2 Sep
Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times 2 Sep
School chairs bad for kids backs 1 Sep

Aug 2014

School girl gets leg trapped under Luas 26 Aug
Families left waiting for School Bus Tickets 26 Aug
Children arriving to school hungry, finds survey. 25 Aug
Pharmacist warn not to ‘pretreat’ for head lice 25 Aug
50" School uniforms available for obese kids 25 Aug
99% of students from Dublin 6 go to college 20 Aug
App to lock down kid's phones 19 Aug
CAO issue nearly 75,000 round one offers today 18 Aug
Leaving Cert girls outperform boys across the board 15 Aug
Clever students and the not so clever Pub 13 Aug
Leaving Cert 2014 Results - The Stats 13 Aug
Report finds class still an issue in education 12 Aug
Cheap loom bands may pose cancer risk to kids 12 Aug
Free CAO Points Calc App 12 Aug
Leaving Cert Reform may allow points for failure 11 Aug
Free Travel in August on Child Leap Cards 11 Aug
American Apparel school campaign criticised 8 Aug
Students urged to stay calm ahead of Leaving Cert results 7 Aug
Flight Delayed after Girl goes into Allergic Shock 6 Aug
Teen girls hospitalised after suspected aerosol explosion 5 Aug

July 2014

Plans for new junior cycle to go ahead 31 July
New App to discourage kids and teens from sexting 25 July
Funding only for 'no smoking' playgrounds 24 July
Still No Education Welfare Officers for Dublin 3,7,15 23 July
Bus Eireann school tickets website fiasco 21 July
Asthma inhalers might stunt children's growth 18 July
Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete 17 July
Teacher jailed for sex with teenager 17 July
Price war starts on school uniforms 17 July
Parents urged to be vigilant of the potential dangers of loom bands 15 July
55% of parents yet to start saving for kids 3rd level education 14 July
Drop out rates among college students reach high levels 14 July
New Education Minister announced 11 July
Rights of au pairs to be recognised 10 July
Irish have highest childcare fees in Europe 7 July
Union calls for earlier Leaving Cert Results 3 July
Education Minister resigns before Cabinet reshuffle 2 July

June 2014

Dublin Primary Schools to Close Within Two Years 27 June
Pornography no longer biggest worry for parents 25 June
Sunbeds ban to take effect in July for under 18s 25 June
Minister to block school league tables 25 June
Toymaster ‘Toby’ puppies go on sale to raise funds for Jack & Jill 25 June
Over 500 schools receive Maths & Science awards 24 June
Irish couple's calpol hell in Portugal 24 June
Parents want daily half hour of exercise in schools 23 June
Mother discovers teacher hiding under teen's bed 20 June
School support system to be reformed 19 June
Education Passports to be introduced this September 16 June
Parents to get lessons on the new Junior Cert 16 June
Plans put in place to create a hybrid teacher training course 11 June
Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report 11 June
Internet forcing parents to have sex talk with kids 4 June
Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts 4 June
ASTI advice to Exam Students 3 June

May 2014

Minister puts a stop to Medical Card review process 29 May
Cheaper Leap Fares for Teenagers 28 May
Should TY be retained - see what the students think 27 May
Students may give evidence at teacher hearings 26 May
End of year school prank results in 50 students suspended 22 May
Tesco to remove sweets at checkouts 22 May
Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching 20 May
Another Private School Scraps Fees 18 May
Bouncy Castle blown away with kids inside 15 May
Teenagers to get longer lie-in before school 11 May
Safety Alert for Schools following pupil injury 8 May
Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May 1 May

April 2014

Leaving Cert Grading Bands to be reduced 22 April
Minister suggests more flexible timetabling of religion classes 22 April
400 schools to get funding to establish book rental schemes 17 April
Young Driver safety initiative for schools launched 10 April
World Autism Day 2014 2 April
Schools must have anti-bullying polices in place by 11th April 1 April

March 2014

Silence on the sidelines - Quiet pushy parents! 29 March
Cork Hospital treats children for e-cigarette poisoning 27 March
Second-level teachers vote for industrial action over Junior Cert changes 27 March
'Unschooling' Conference to be held in Ireland 25 March
Central Bank want parents to make school payments by bank transfer 21 March
Take-Aways near schools may be banned 20 March
386 School Improvement Projects announced 20 March
Schools to get nearly 3 week break over Easter 2016 18 March
Announcement of new multi-denominational schools to open 12 March
Lunchtime protests today by secondary teachers 11 March
Loreto Abbey to be converted back into secondary school 8 March
Childminders reminded of their tax obligations by Revenue 8 March
RSA award school kids for their contribution to road safety 7 March
Cork Survey shows school kids increasingly unhealthy and overweight 4 March
Record numbers to sit higher level maths in 2014 3 March

Feb 2014

2014 Anti-Bullying Shield Campaign Launched 27 Feb
Free interactive online Maths resource launched 22 Feb
Calling on all primary students to track the arrival of Spring! 18 Feb
€750 awarded to school boy over religious bias 18 Feb
27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action 14 Feb
40pc of children 9-16 in Ireland have smartphones 11 Feb
Campaign to ban unhealthy foods from vending machines in Secondary Schools 9 Feb
Irish Teenagers to launch Science Experiment in Space 4 Feb
Over 90% of students complete Leaving Cert 3 Feb

Jan 2014

New Guidelines on Managing Health & Safety in Schools 31 Jan
A New Subject for the Leaving Cert.... Politics! 30 Jan
Priests tell Quinn he is undermining religion in Schools 27 Jan
Up to €1 million available in savings to schools for electricity 23 Jan
Heads-of-Bill-for-Technological-Universities-published 22 Jan
Fears grow that drugs feud may close Dublin school 20 Jan
Another €6000-a-year school to go into the 'free' scheme 18 Jan
Teacher Unions to consider balloting on proposed Junior Cycle changes 17 Jan
Junior Certificate to be renamed as JCSA 15 Jan
Not all Pupils receiving 28 hours a week teaching hours 14 Jan
Minister to ensure every primary school has Book Rental Scheme 9 Jan
High Speed Broadband for all Secondary Schools 7 Jan
Underperforming Teachers to face new sanctions 3 Jan
Majority of parents help kids with homework 3 Jan

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