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Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

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

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

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


HPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept

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


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


36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project

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


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


17 Schools require remedial work before Sept

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


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


Leaving Cert Results 2019 are out!

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


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


New Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools

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


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


NPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019

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


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

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


Statement from Minister on Back to School Costs

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Ministers introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave

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


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


Tusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’

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


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


Free Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August

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


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

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


Education Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon

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


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

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

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


    Communion Spending Jumps to €929

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


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


    Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card

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


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


    PE through Irish Launched by Minister

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


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

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


    Increase in Back to School Clothing Allowance

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


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


    Men’s Health Week 2019

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


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


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


    Grant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20

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


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

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


    Bereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingBereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings


    Pilot scheme will allow bereaved students to sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 31 May) announced new provisions allowing Leaving Certificate students who suffer a close family bereavement during the state examinations in June to ... click to read full post & comments


    Almost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingAlmost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday 27 May) announced almost 800 new special needs assistant posts will be allocated to schools from September.

    And as the need for more additional supports in schools is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 ... click to read full post & comments(8)


    Online Leaving Cert Marking 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/05/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersOnline Leaving Cert Marking 2019


    Online marking for some Leaving Cert subjects is to be introduced this year, in a bid to make the process more accurate and faster. The SEC started a ... click to read full post & comments


    RSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingRSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards


    Two Hundred and thirty first and second class school children attended the Road Safety Authority’s annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards today in Dublin Castle to celebrate the winners of the competition.

    One of the most energetic road safety events of the year, the ... click to read full post & comments


    New project to teach Irish through other subjects

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersNew project to teach Irish through other subjects


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today, 23 April, announced a new project to support the learning of Irish through PE and other subjects.

    The three-year pilot, using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, will be developed in two phases. It will be open to 22 ... click to read full post & comments


    Can schools ban parents from taking photos

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCan schools ban parents from taking photos


    The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has issued some guidelines in response to the large number of questions it receives from parents around whether it is ok to take photos at school communions, award ceremonies and sports events or whether GDPR prevents this. The kinds of ... click to read full post & comments


    July Provision Closing Date approaches

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingJuly Provision Closing Date approaches


    July Education Programme


    The scheme provides funding for an extended school year for children with a ... click to read full post & comments(13)


    Dublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingDublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April


    The Dublin Learning City Festival which will take place across Dublin from today, Monday 8th to Friday 12th April. The Festival is an ... click to read full post & comments


    Secondary students encouraged to eat less meat -

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSecondary students encouraged to eat less meat -


    The Irish Independent is reporting today on the response of the Irish Farmers Association to a Resource Pack made available to ... click to read full post & comments


    Views sought on managing crisis student behaviour in schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersViews sought on managing crisis student behaviour in schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (2nd April) invited contributions and views from the general public including schools, parents, young people and services working with young people on the use of physical intervention in the prevention and management of crisis student behaviour in ... click to read full post & comments


    New School Inclusion Model Trial announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew School Inclusion Model Trial announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the trialling of the School Inclusion Model – a new model of support for students with special educational and additional care needs.

    The School Inclusion Model, supported by €4.75m funding allocated in Budget 2019, aims to build schools’ capacity to include children with additional needs and to ... click to read full post & comments


    Two New Primary Schools for South Dublin

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/02/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersTwo New Primary Schools for South Dublin


    The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today welcomed the announcement of the patronage of two new primary schools in ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of 12 New Primary Schools announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/02/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersPatronage of 12 New Primary Schools announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the patronage of 12 new primary schools to be established in 2019.

    In all cases, the Minister accepted the ... click to read full post & comments


    Mobile phone ownership at young age can affect academic outcomes

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/01/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Mobile phone ownership at young age can affect academic outcomes


    Children who owned a mobile phone at age 9 performed less well in tests at age 13, according to new ESRI research funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Commission on Communications Regulation (ComReg).

    The research uses data from ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Consultation on exemptions from Irish in schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/01/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingConsultation on exemptions from Irish in schools


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has announced that record numbers of submissions from the public have been received to the consultation on exemptions from the study of Irish in schools.

    Over 2,100 responses had been submitted to the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Leaving Cert Timetable extended by 2 days

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Timetable extended by 2 days


    The Leaving Cert written exam timetable has been extended by two days for 2019. The exams start as usual on Wednesday after the June Bank Holiday - Wednesday 5th June but now extend into a fourth week with the two extra days beng Monday 24 June and Tuesday June 25th with seven exam subjects being held over those two days.

    According to the ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Leaving Cert causing burnout and stress

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/12/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert causing burnout and stress


    New research by the ESRI highlights the concerns that leaving cert students have about their time in senior cycle around academic stress and having ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2018

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/12/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersFeeder Schools Lists published for 2018


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2018 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.

    To view the information on your school for the last nine years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    Government launches new early years scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/11/2018.
    Tags: ParentingGovernment launches new early years scheme


    The Government has unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families. ... click to read full post & comments


    Changes to Post-graduate Entry Process for Primary Teaching

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/11/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersChanges to Post-graduate Entry Process for Primary Teaching


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced a plan to have one oral Irish examination for students seeking to gain entry to post graduate programmes for primary teaching run by ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Reading App for students with Disabilities

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/11/2018.
    Tags: ParentingFree Reading App for students with Disabilities


    On October 18th the NCBI welcomed the launch of the EasyReader App designed by Assistive Technology Specialists, Dolphin Computer Access in collaboration with NCBI Library Access Services.

    The EasyReader App brings together the ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of 4 New Post-primary Schools Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/11/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TechersPatronage of 4 New Post-primary Schools Announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., today announced the patronage of the four new post-primary schools to be established in 2019. In all cases, the Minister accepted the ... click to read full post & comments


    Update on WBS Issues from the Department

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/10/2018.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingUpdate on WBS Issues from the Department


    Further Update from Dept of Education on evening of 31st Oct 18

    The Department of Education issued a further update on 31/10 18 on the latest situation on assessments: 'The summary position, on the basis of all assessments completed to date, is:

    11 schools cleared to ... click to read full post & comments


    Changes to Bus Routes 111, 184, 185

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/10/2018.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersChanges to Bus Routes 111, 184, 185

    Letter to schools

    Letter to Schools from Go-Ahead Ireland re changes to Bus Routes in Your Area

    On Sunday 21st October 2018, Go-Ahead Ireland takes over the operation of the following South County Dublin/Wicklow bus routes; 111, 184, 185

    These routes are ones your pupils, teachers and parents will be familiar with which is why ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2019 Education Update

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/10/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2019 Education Update


    Education budget will increase by €674 million to €10.8 billion in 2019, a 6.7% increase 

    Budget-2019-Education-Update

  • Over 1,300 additional posts in schools will be funded including ... click to read full post & comments