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Year 2 of Free Schoolbook Scheme for Primary

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/05/2024.
Tags: Parenting TeachersYear 2 of Free Schoolbook Scheme for Primary


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Hildegarde Naughton TD and Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth TD have today (Wednesday 8 May 2024) announced details of year 2 of the Primary Schoolbooks Scheme which provides free schoolbooks to ... click to read full post & comments


Computer Science Week Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2024.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science Week Launched



Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has launched Computer Science Week 2024, which is set to take place from 20 – 27 April.

Events set to take place during Computer Science Week 2024 will focus on the ... click to read full post & comments


Phased return to normal Leaving Certificate

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/04/2024.
Tags: Parenting TeachersPhased return to normal Leaving Certificate


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today confirmed that the gradual return to normal Leaving Certificate outcomes will begin in 2025. For students in 2024, there will be no change from last year with grades to stay at ... click to read full post & comments


Revised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRevised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced


Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, and Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Hildegarde Naughton, TD, have announced a revised assessment of need process for schools.

This revised process has been developed on foot of a recent High Court judgement which found that ... click to read full post & comments


Dept of Ed statement on Junior Cycle School Book Scheme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/03/2024.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDept of Ed statement on Junior Cycle School Book Scheme


Statement issued by Department of Education on the Delivery of the Junior Cycle Schoolbooks advising that additional user-friendly resources and support will be provided after Easter Break

The new Junior Cycle Schoolbooks Scheme is ... click to read full post & comments


Location of two new special schools confirmed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/03/2024.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLocation of two new special schools confirmed


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have confirmed the location of two new special schools in Limerick and Kildare. This follows their announcement on 6 December 2023 of the establishment of four new special schools for ... click to read full post & comments


Public invited to have say on new Primary Curriculum

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/03/2024.
Tags: ParentingPublic invited to have say on new Primary Curriculum


As part of the redevelopment of the Primary School Curriculum, NCCA has opened the consultation process inviting the public to have their say on the new primary school curriculum in modern Ireland.

The NCCA is consulting on ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Phased changes to School Bus Transport scheme likely

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/02/2024.
Tags: ParentingPhased changes to School Bus Transport scheme likely


It is expected that the Minister for Education, Normal Foley, will update the Government today on the review of the school transport scheme which is used by 161,000 students.

Under the current scheme, the rules require that students must choose the school nearest ... click to read full post & comments


Secondary School Immunisation Programme has started

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/02/2024.
Tags: ParentingSecondary School Immunisation Programme has started


Immunisation is one of the most effective ways of protecting your child against harmful diseases. The HSE is advising parents of first year students to make sure their child gets vaccinated through the HSE school ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations 2024

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/12/2023.
Tags: Education & Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Certificate Oral Examinations 2024


ASTI and ISSU issued statements expressing disappointment at the Examination Comission's announcement that 2024 Leaving Certificate Oral examinations will once again be held during the first week of the students Easter Break (Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th March 2024) - see statements below ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Reforms Consultation

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/12/2023.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education & PoliticsLeaving Cert Reforms Consultation


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD along with Arlene Forster, Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), today formally marked the recent launch of the open consultation on draft specifications for six Leaving ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2023

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/12/2023.
Tags: Teachers Education & Politics ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2023


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2023 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 thirteen years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Four New Special Schools for Students Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/12/2023.
Tags: Teachers ParentingFour New Special Schools for Students Announced


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today, 6 December, announced the establishment of four new special schools next year to cater for the increasing number of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN). ... click to read full post & comments


Irish students are Best Performers in Reading Literacy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/12/2023.
Tags: Teachers ParentingIrish students are Best Performers in Reading Literacy


Minister Foley welcomes the publication of PISA 2022 results, showing students significantly above average in mathematics, reading and science. ... click to read full post & comments


Students Demand Orals Examinations to Return to Pre-Pandemic Timings

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2023.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents Demand Orals Examinations to Return to Pre-Pandemic Timings


The Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU) is demanding that Oral Examination times be changed to before the Easter break, reverting back to the timetable in place pre-pandemic. ... click to read full post & comments


New Plan to Encourage no Smartphones for Children in Primary Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/11/2023.
Tags: ParentingNew Plan to Encourage no Smartphones for Children in Primary Schools


The Government has approved plans to roll out resources to support parents and parent associations who wish to develop voluntary codes regarding smartphone use among primary school children. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cycle Results 2023 issue today

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/10/2023.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Results 2023  issue today


2023 is the first time that the number of candidates taking Junior Cycle tests has surpassed 70,000 with 70,727 receiving their Junior Cycle results today. Schools will be making results available to students today at a time decided by ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2024 Education & Parenting Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/10/2023.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2024 Education & Parenting Update


A total of €10.5 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2024, This will include:

  • Free schoolbooks to be provided for first three years of secondary school (iPads & private schools not included)
  • Fees will be waived for school State exams next year.
  • There will be a once-off ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Bedtime Story Books for Children 4 years and under

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/10/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersFree Bedtime Story Books for Children 4 years and under


    Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development today announced the First 5 Little Book at Bedtime initiative, in collaboration with public libraries and the Local Government Management Agency.  ... click to read full post & comments


    Campaign to Encourage School Attendance Announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCampaign to Encourage School Attendance Announced


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today unveils €6 million in one off funding to support and promote attendance in primary, post-primary and special schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    Update to Senior Cycle Redevelopment

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersUpdate to Senior Cycle Redevelopment


    The Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, today 20 September 2023, announces an updated programme for Senior Cycle Redevelopment. ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary School Reps Call for Increased Funding of 50%

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersPrimary School Reps Call for Increased Funding of 50%


    In last year’s budget, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD increased the primary school capitation grant to €258 per pupil to assist schools in dealing with the myriad of financial pressures facing school communities. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Cycle Exam Results Due on 18 October

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Exam Results Due on 18 October


    Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced the Junior Cycle exam results are due out on 18th October 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Primary Mathematics Curriculum Launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/09/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Primary Mathematics Curriculum Launched


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launches the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum for all primary and special schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    25% Primary & 40% Secondary experience cyberbullying

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting25% Primary & 40% Secondary experience cyberbullying


    CyberSafeKids published startling figures in the annual CyberSafeKids’ Annual Trends and Usage Report. ... click to read full post & comments


    61,736 Students Received Leaving Certificate Results Today

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2023.
    Tags: Parenting61,736 Students Received Leaving Certificate Results Today


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD and Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne TD have congratulated the X candidates across Ireland receiving the results of their Leaving Certificate examinations today. ... click to read full post & comments


    90% increase in demand for National Childcare Scheme

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/08/2023.
    Tags: Parenting90% increase in demand for National Childcare Scheme


    There has been unprecedented demand for the National Childcare Scheme in first six months since increased subsidies came into effect. ... click to read full post & comments


    Register online for free GP care for children aged 6 & 7

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/08/2023.
    Tags: ParentingRegister online for free GP care for children aged 6 & 7


    Families and guardians can register online for free GP Care for children aged 6 and 7 for the first time from today, Friday 11th August 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    The Real Cost of Free Education

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/08/2023.
    Tags: ParentingThe Real Cost of Free Education


    Barnardos Calls on the Government to: 

    1. Extend free schoolbooks to all secondary school children 
    2. Ensure all schools have an option of a low-cost uniform   
    3. Maintain back to school allowance increase 
    4. End voluntary contributions  ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Consultation Process for new Traveller & Roma Education Strategy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Consultation Process for new Traveller & Roma Education Strategy


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today opened a public consultation process to inform development of the new Traveller and Roma Education Strategy. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Leaving Cert Sex Ed Curriculum launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersNew Leaving Cert Sex Ed Curriculum launched


    According to the NCCA, arising from the review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in primary and post-primary schools, the need to update the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum was identified as ... click to read full post & comments


    Degree Programmes available outside Points System

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersDegree Programmes available outside Points System



    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today launched a landmark change to ensure undergraduate students, for the first time, can earn a university degree outside the points system. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) for Cavan & Monaghan.

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/06/2023.
    Tags: ParentingNew Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) for Cavan & Monaghan.


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD have today, 23 June, ... click to read full post & comments


    Second Strand of Counselling & Mental Health Supports

    Posted by SchoolDays newshound, on 26/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSecond Strand of Counselling & Mental Health Supports


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced details of the second strand of a landmark programme of counselling and wellbeing/mental health supports to be piloted in a number of primary schools across the country from September 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    Introduction of New Employment Rights for Parents

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/06/2023.
    Tags: ParentingIntroduction of New Employment Rights for Parents


    Minister Roderic O’Gorman has today (26th of June) announced the commencement date for new employment entitlements brought in as part of the recently passed Work Life Balance Act 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    2023 Childminding Development Grant Launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshoud, on 14/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting2023 Childminding Development Grant Launched


    Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today announced the opening of the 2023 Childminding Development Grant. ... click to read full post & comments


    Ministers wish candidates good wishes for state examinations

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersMinisters wish candidates good wishes for state examinations


    Minister for Education Norma Foley, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan and Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne have extended good luck and best wishes to all candidates ... click to read full post & comments


    Pilot programme of counselling & mental health supports

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersPilot programme of counselling & mental health supports


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Wednesday 31 May, announced the establishment of a landmark programme of counselling and mental health supports to be piloted in a series of primary schools from September 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Results Date Confirmed

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/05/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results Date Confirmed


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today confirmed that the date the State Examinations Commission intends to issue the Leaving Certificate 2023 results is Friday, 25 August 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland is a Top Performing Literacy Country

    Posted by SchooldDays Newshound, on 16/05/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersIreland is a Top Performing Literacy Country


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Tuesday 16 May launched the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2021[END INTRO], The National Assessments of Mathematics and English Reading (NAMER) 2021 and the NAMER DEIS reports. ... click to read full post & comments


    First ‘Baby Bundles’ to be Delivered to Expectant Parents

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/05/2023.
    Tags: ParentingFirst ‘Baby Bundles’ to be Delivered to Expectant Parents


    Hundreds of expectant parents will receive a new ‘baby bundle’ in the coming days as part of a pilot announced by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman. ... click to read full post & comments


    Payment of grants to eliminate the costs of schoolbooks

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/04/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingPayment of grants to eliminate the costs of schoolbooks


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD today (26 April) announced that the payment of over €50 million ... click to read full post & comments


    School transport services for the first time closing date is 28 April

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/04/2023.
    Tags: ParentingSchool transport services for the first time closing date is 28 April


    The Bus Éireann family portal is currently open for new applications for school transport services for the 2023 / 2024 school year.
    New applications are considered as: ... click to read full post & comments


    Launch of Active Schools Week 2023

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/04/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingLaunch of Active Schools Week 2023


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launched details of this year’s Active School Week, together with Ministers of State, Thomas Byrne TD and Hildegarde Naughton TD.

    National Active School Week #ASW23 takes place from 24-28 April.  ... click to read full post & comments





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