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Measures to Tackle Educational Disadvantage

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics Measures to Tackle Educational Disadvantage


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Monday 1 March) announced further supports to those schools catering for children and young people who are experiencing the highest levels of educational disadvantage. As part of the Budget 2021 measures to tackle educational disadvantage, the Minister announced: ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of three new primary schools in 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/02/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPatronage of three new primary schools in 2021


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced the patronage of the three new primary schools to be established in 2021.

In all cases, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). ... click to read full post & comments


Choice of calculated grade or written exams for Leaving Cert

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/02/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsChoice of calculated grade or written exams for Leaving Cert


Following a Government decision today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD confirmed that Leaving Certificate 2021 examinations will proceed and students will also have the alternative option of applying for grades accredited by the State Examinations Commission (SEC), to be known as SEC-Accredited Grades.

This decision follows intensive engagement with education stakeholders ... click to read full post & comments


New funding arrangements of ELC during Level 5

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew funding arrangements of ELC during Level 5


Following Cabinet approval yesterday (26 January) for the continuation of additional measures under full Level 5 restrictions, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has announced new funding measures to support the Early Learning and Care and School Aged Childcare (ELC and SAC) sector up to 5 March.

The Minister has also confirmed that the pre-school (ECCE) ... click to read full post & comments


Special Needs Schools Not Re Opening

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/01/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsSpecial Needs Schools Not Re Opening


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Joseph Madigan TD ... click to read full post & comments


Special Needs Schools may re-open next week

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/01/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpecial Needs Schools may re-open next week


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD today met with primary and special education stakeholders in a positive engagement. All parties are working together towards a phased return for children in special schools ... click to read full post & comments


Minister's statement on extended school closures

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 07/01/2021.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister's statement on extended school closures


Schools will be closed until 1 February 2021. Special schools, special classes and specialised settings will be fully open from Monday 11 January.

Leaving Certificate final year students will receive ... click to read full post & comments


Schools closed until 1st Feb with two exceptions

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/01/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools closed until 1st Feb with two exceptions



As part of new restrictions to tackle rising Covid-19 infections, the Government has confirmed this afternoon that Schools will remain closed until 1 February, except for the provision of special education (special schools and special classes) and specialised settings (such as ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Re-Opening delayed until 11th January

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/12/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Re-Opening delayed until 11th January


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion has announced that the school Christmas break will be extended by three days, with schools re-opening on Monday 11 January.

Minister Foley said: “It is a key objective of Government that our children and school staff can attend school safely. This has been achieved through ... click to read full post & comments


TUI to Recommend Rejection of Proposal

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/12/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsTUI to Recommend Rejection of Proposal


The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has unanimously decided to recommend rejection of the new public service agreement proposals, Building Momentum – A New Public Service Agreement 2021-2022.

The union acknowledges and welcomes the fact that these proposals provide for general ... click to read full post & comments


€50m ICT grant funding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics €50m ICT grant funding


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Monday 30 November) announced €50 million in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Grants for primary and post-primary schools to be paid in early December, 2020.

The €50 million payments involve:

  • €40m ICT Grant funding issued to all eligible schools in line with previous years, ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of three primary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of three primary schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has invited parents to express their preference in relation to the patronage of three primary schools to be established in 2021.

    Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website. ... click to read full post & comments


    The Minister's Easel

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsThe Minister's Easel


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD invites children in primary school to submit their artwork for display in her office.

    Each week, the Minister will select several items of artwork to be placed on the easel in her office, for display. ... click to read full post & comments


    No-homework day for all children in Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNo-homework day for all children in Ireland


    Education Minister Norma Foley has announced a no-homework day for all Irish students for working so hard throughout the pandemic.

    Some good news for the children of Ireland - a no homework day has been issued for all pupils in the country!

    Education Minister Norma Foley has announced a no-homework day for all students without getting in trouble. ... click to read full post & comments


    Dedicated special ed classrooms in new school builds

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsDedicated special ed classrooms in new school builds


    Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, has stated that new school building projects currently sanctioned and all new projects from 2021 onwards will include dedicated rooms and facilities for special classes where needed. Minister Madigan made her remarks as she officially opened the National Council for Special Education’s annual Research Conference.

    Officially opening the conference, Minister Madigan said: ... click to read full post & comments


    Framework to support roll-out of LC Computer Science

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics Framework to support roll-out of LC Computer Science


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Monday 16 November) announced details of a new industry framework to support the implementation of the subject Leaving Certificate Computer Science.

    The framework has been developed by an industry and Department of Education partnership, ... click to read full post & comments


    New Upskilling Programmes for Post-primary Teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Upskilling Programmes for Post-primary Teachers


    Minister Foley and Minister Harris announce new upskilling programmes for post-primary teachers in mathematics, physics and Spanish
     
    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD ... click to read full post & comments


    New Resources Commemorating the Decade of Centenaries

    Posted by Schooldayds Newshound, on 22/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics New Resources Commemorating the Decade of Centenaries


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD is delighted to announce the launch of the Junior Cycle Decade of Centenaries Research Collection, produced by the Department’s Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) initiative. This research collection was developed as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. ... click to read full post & comments


    Survey highlights health and safety concerns of teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsSurvey highlights health and safety concerns of teachers


    Findings of a new survey of over 1,500 Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the Post Primary and Further/Adult Education sectors highlight a range of concerns around health issues, resources in schools and increased workload. (Click here for full findings).

    The Union is insisting on ongoing engagement around the move to Level 5 restrictions ... click to read full post & comments


    Applications for patronage of 4 new secondary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsApplications for patronage of 4 new secondary schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new post-primary schools to be established in September 2021.

    Minister Foley said: “This is an unusual and challenging time for school patrons and school communities. ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2021 - increase in investment in education

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2020.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2021 - increase in investment in education


  • Budget increases by €410 million to €8.9 billion as special education, DEIS schools and all primary and post-primary schools benefit from new investment.
  • This increase is additional to the ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2021 Education Update

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2020.
    Tags: Parented Education And PoliticsBudget 2021 Education Update


    The education budget across primary, secondary and third-level is set to climb above €11 billion, the highest ever on record.

    This will include:

  • An additional €2bn to support children with special education needs including ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Harris launches Science Week 2020

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Harris launches Science Week 2020


    Science Week comes to you: 13 Science Festivals and hundreds of virtual events set to take place to celebrate 25 years of Science Week

    Choosing our future – Science Week set to explore the role science will play in shaping our future

    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, today joined Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to launch Science Week 2020, ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland's National School Photography Awards are open

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsIreland's National School Photography Awards are open


    INSPA 2020/21 sees the fourth open call for Ireland's prestigious National School Photography Awards. INSPA is a national children’s photography competition and Positive Primaries Programme which introduces Creative Well-being into the lives of primary schools and their communities by engaging with the magic and art of photography.

    This year’s theme ‘Accessible Places | Safer Spaces’ is run in association with the Children’s Rights Alliance and is looking for images that focus on ... click to read full post & comments


    New Training Programme for SNAs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Training Programme for SNAs


    Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD today announced the launch of a new National Training Programme for Special Needs Assistants. This is the first dedicated national training programme for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). It will be delivered by UCD and funded by the Department of Education at no cost to the SNA.

    The new online programme for SNAs will begin in January 2021 ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary schools get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 28/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPrimary schools get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day


    The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools across the country to get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day and plant a tree on Thursday, 1st October 2020. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be a Force for Nature” to encourage primary school children around the country to become more active in sustainability and climate issues.
     
    Tetra Pak Tree Day is an opportunity for children, teachers and parents to ... click to read full post & comments


    Priorities to reform special education provision

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPriorities to reform special education provision


    Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, today announced her key priorities for action to reform and develop special education provision in Ireland.

    Minister Madigan said: “I want to be an advocate for all our students with complex ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI to ballot for industrial action

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to ballot for industrial action


    The ASTI Central Executive Committee met yesterday and decided to ballot its members in relation to a number of key issues which have emerged since schools re-opened.
     
    The meeting heard that ASTI members have serious concerns about the ... click to read full post & comments


    Update on Reopening Our Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/08/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsUpdate on Reopening Our Schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today provided an update ... click to read full post & comments


    Equal pay is key to recruiting additional Teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/08/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEqual pay is key to recruiting additional Teachers


    The Government must commit to equal pay for post 2010 entrants to teaching if it is serious about recruiting ... click to read full post & comments


    €375 million plan announced to support re-opening of schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/07/2020.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers€375 million plan announced to support re-opening of schools


    The Government has today announced a €375 plan to support the reopening of primary and secondary schools at the end of August.

    The full details of the ... click to read full post & comments


    Students with Down Syndrome eligible for July Provision

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/07/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsStudents with Down Syndrome eligible for July Provision


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD ... click to read full post & comments


    Back to School Guidelines Published

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/07/2020.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersBack to School Guidelines Published


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has welcomed the publication of interim public health advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in relation to the re-opening of schools. 

    The interim public health advice is being ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Summer Provision Programme Details announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/06/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersSummer Provision Programme Details announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath today announced Summer Provision 2020 – a significantly expanded programme for ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Minister Zappone Publishes Youth Sector Guidance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Zappone Publishes Youth Sector Guidance


    Guidance provides a pathway to assist youth organisations with the phased re-introduction of full service provision ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Exams Cancelled - Calculated Grades to be awarded

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/05/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersLeaving Cert Exams Cancelled - Calculated Grades to be awarded


    All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date 

    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    All 3rd years to receive certs for the completion of Junior Cycle

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsAll 3rd years to receive certs for the completion of Junior Cycle


    All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills

    -          Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to ... click to read full post & comments


    Suite of Resources launched for Children and Parents

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSuite of Resources launched for Children and Parents


    Parents Centre contains information for parents and provides links to a wide range of trusted and high quality online resources ... click to read full post & comments


    Digital supports announced for exam students

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsDigital supports announced for exam students


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today ) announced a special €10 million fund to support the purchase of technology and devices for ... click to read full post & comments


    UNESCO Mobilizes Education Ministers in COVID-19 Crisis

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/03/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsUNESCO Mobilizes Education Ministers in COVID-19 Crisis


    In response to a surge in school and university closures to contain the spread of COVID-19, ... click to read full post & comments


    ISSU asks for immediate clarity on Exam provisions

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/03/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsISSU asks for immediate clarity on Exam provisions


    The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union welcomes the decision to close schools and centres of education as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of ... click to read full post & comments


    Young Social Innovators Calls on Young People

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/03/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsYoung Social Innovators Calls on Young People


    More than 6,000 young people to take part in national Speak Out Tour and bring creative solutions to urgent social issues

    Building a nationwide movement of creative, caring and engaged citizens among Ireland’s young people ... click to read full post & comments


    From Sept 2020 all students will study history in 1st year

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/02/2020.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingFrom Sept 2020 all students will study history in 1st year


    From September all post-primary schools will offer History and all students entering first year will study the subject

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced the arrangements to be put in place in order to ... click to read full post & comments


    New programme launched for Safer Internet Day 2020

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/02/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew programme launched for Safer Internet Day 2020


    Webwise launches free resource to support digital literacy in schools

    Supporting young people to use the internet in a positive way is an integral part of empowering them to become ... click to read full post & comments





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