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Budget 2023 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/09/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersBudget 2023 Education Update


A total of €9.6 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2023, including a capital budget of €860 million.

This will include:

  • The average teacher pupil ratio in primary schools being reduced from 24:1 to 23:1 pupils providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Computer Science Week 8-15 October 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsComputer Science Week 8-15 October 2022


    Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced Ireland’s first-ever Computer Science Week taking place from 8-15 October. The week’s events will showcase the exciting benefits and cutting-edge opportunities of Computer Science for students while shining a light on the impressive developments in classrooms around Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


    Over half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers NewsOver half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated


    61,000+ Leaving Certificate students receive their Leaving Certificate Results today after 10am. The figure of 61,000 includes 3,051 students who sat the alternative Leaving Certificate Applied programme and ... click to read full post & comments


    Adjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit State examinations in 2023, to take account of the disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... click to read full post & comments


    Additional special education provision announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdditional special education provision announced


    The Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD has today provided an update on the provision of special class and special school places across Dublin and Cork for the forthcoming school year. ... click to read full post & comments


    Fixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens


    Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton has announced that she intends to double the fine for failing to stop at a school warden sign. This will see the fine increase from €80 to €160. The announcement comes as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána call on drivers to watch out for children as they return to school. ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingParents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications


    Earlier this year, the government announced it was waiving school transport fees for a year. As a result, Bus Eireann, which operates the scheme, has advised that by the closing date of 29th July, it had ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Students' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingStudents' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS


    In a statement released by EUNICAS on August 1st, it was confirmed that several third-level institutions across Europe will be accepting late results from Irish students, including Lithuania, Italy, Poland and universities across the Netherlands. ... click to read full post & comments


    Extension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExtension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley is pleased to announce, following today’s government decision, that Temporary Alleviation Measures at post-primary level will be continued for the 2022/2023 school year pending completion of the review of the School Transport Scheme. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Consultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsConsultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today, Monday 18 July, welcomes the opening by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) of a consultation phase on the draft Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum, including Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), for Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Back to School Allowance Increase in July

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBack to School Allowance Increase in July


    In an announcement made on the 11th of July 2022, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys stated the increase in the back-to-school allowance will be made from next week, rather than next month. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    School Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchool Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23


    On the 8th of July The Government announced welcome initiatives to assist families with children returning to school in September, including removing fees from school transport for the coming academic year. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Cork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school

    Posted by Schoolday newshound, on 01/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have confirmed that the new special school in Rochestown which was recently announced will operate under the patronage of Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB). ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/06/2022.
    Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


    The State Examinations Commission has announced that the Leaving Certificate Results will be issued to students on Friday 2nd September. This is the ... click to read full post & comments(6)


    'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'


    The Department of Education is failing children with Special Educational Needs, particularly in black spots such as Dublin and Cork, regarding the provision of suitable school places, a new report published today by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has found. ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert exams underway but still no date for results

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/06/2022.
    Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert exams underway but still no date for results


    The Junior and Leaving Certificate written examinations have gotten underway this morning marking the return to traditional written June exams after two years disruption due to Covid.

    It is anticipated that ... click to read full post & comments


    Ministers announce projects to help public understanding of STEM

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/06/2022.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingMinisters announce projects to help public understanding of STEM


    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister for Education, Norma Foley, have today announced an investment in 47 projects aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Foley invites views on the Action Plan on Bullying

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley invites views on the Action Plan on Bullying


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today encouraged all pupils and students, parents, school staff members, Education Partners and those involved in school communities to ‘have their say’ on a consultation process on preventing and tackling bullying in schools. This consultation forms part of the review of the department’s Action Plan on Bullying, which will inform the development of a new Action Plan. The Anti-bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-primary Schools are also being reviewed. ... click to read full post & comments(3)


    Fuel Contribution to School Transport Services Confirmed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFuel Contribution to School Transport Services Confirmed


    School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the current school year over 121,400 children, including over 15,500 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €289 million in 2021. ... click to read full post & comments


    Children’s Books Ireland offers Hundreds of new Books for School Libraries 

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2022.
    Tags: ParentingChildren’s Books Ireland offers Hundreds of new Books for School Libraries 


    Applications are now open for Children’s Books Ireland book-gifting projects 2022–2023, offering schools across Ireland the chance to receive hundreds of books for their school library, class sets for their students to keep, visits from authors and illustrators, and more. ... click to read full post & comments


    5,343 Ukrainian Pupils Currently Enrolled in Irish Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics5,343 Ukrainian Pupils Currently Enrolled in Irish Schools


    The Department of Education can confirm that as of 13 May, 5,843 Ukrainian pupils have been enrolled in schools across Ireland. Out of that figure 3,968 of these pupils have been accommodated in primary schools while 1,875 pupils have enrolled in post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    €325,000 Funding for Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€325,000 Funding for Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative


    Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, is pleased to announce the details of the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2022. The Minister has secured funding of €325,000, which will be allocated to Parent and Toddler Groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). From today, Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this Initiative through their local CCC.

    This year, two new funding streams are being introduced under Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative:

    Firstly, funding of up to €400 is available to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups. These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and young children. The grant of up to €400 is open to any existing or new organisations or groups who wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community.

    Secondly, funding of up to €400 is available for new or existing Parent and Toddler Groups to provide an additional session.

    In addition to these new funding streams, Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for funding towards:


    • Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, children’s refreshments
    • Storage for equipment
    • Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses, facilitated sessions
    • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
    • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment
    • Commenting on the launch of the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2022, Minister O’Gorman said:


    “The last two years has been challenging for all of us, not least for children and their parents. I hope this Initiative will encourage the development of new Parent and Toddler Groups, as well as support the continuation and expansion of existing Groups. Parent and Toddler Groups provide a great meeting place for parents/guardians with young children to relax and chat together in a supportive environment while their children play. I am delighted to be able to support them”.

    This Initiative will be administered by local CCCs on behalf of the Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth. Further information on the application process, including detailed application guidelines are available now on local CCC websites. Parent and Toddler Groups are encouraged to contact their local CCC with any queries on the Initiative and the application process. Contact details and links to websites of all local CCCs can be found on www.myccc.ie.



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    Active Schools Week 2022 

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsActive Schools Week 2022 


    Minister for Education Norma Foley launched details of this year’s Active School Week.

    National Active School Week #ASW22 takes place from 3-6 May. All schools are encouraged to build Active School Week into their annual school calendars. It is important also that all Active School Week activities are both fun and inclusive. ... click to read full post & comments


    40m Summer Programme for Pupils with Complex Needs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics40m Summer Programme for Pupils with Complex Needs


    Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan announced, on the 3rd of May, a summer education programme for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage for summer 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


    Asthma Society Of Ireland Asks ‘is Ireland Asthma-Safe For Children?'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/05/2022.
    Tags: ParentingAsthma Society Of Ireland Asks ‘is Ireland Asthma-Safe For Children?'


    The Asthma Society of Ireland today released findings of a survey of Irish parents or guardians about their children’s asthma. One in ten children in Ireland have asthma. 73% of parents surveyed reported that they have experienced anxiety around managing their child's asthma – and 28% indicated they experienced this anxiety ‘always or often.’ ... click to read full post & comments


    CyberSafeKids "Same Rules Apply" Safety Campaign

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2022.
    Tags: ParentingCyberSafeKids


    You wouldn’t allow it offline, so why allow it online? Remember, Same Rules Apply.

    Online safety charity CyberSafeKids is launching its ‘Same Rules Apply’ campaign in Ireland (#samerulesapply). The campaign is an online parental awareness campaign to challenge the arbitrary and outdated separation of the ... click to read full post & comments


    Is Féidir Linn! New Irish Language Resource

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/04/2022.
    Tags: ParentingIs Féidir Linn! New Irish Language Resource


    Broadcaster, writer and parent Maia Dunphy launches new digital resource, Is Féidir Linn!

    Inspired by the challenges of home schooling during the pandemic, a new digital resource for parents and guardians was launched by Gael Linn, an organisation which supports schools in promoting the use of the Irish language beyond the classroom.

    ‘Is Féidir Linn’ aims to make the language accessible for all parents and guardians, regardless of their own Irish language skills or experience, using phrases, stories and songs for children about the daily routines of family life. The interactive resource, which is accessible on computer and mobile devices, features everyday phrases in both English and Irish, as well as a sound-recording of each to help with pronunciation.

    The new resource grew from a social media resource, #GaeilgeSaBhaile, that Gael Linn created during the pandemic to support families home schooling. Useful phrases for parents include “Brostaigh ort, maith an cailín”, “Hurry up, good girl”, and inspired by the pandemic, “Ná dean dearmad do lámha a ní”, “Don’t forget to wash your hands”.

    Speaking at the launch of ‘Is Féidir Linn’, Edel Ní Bhraonáin, Gaelbhratach Project Co-ordinator at Gael Linn, said: “While home schooling during the pandemic, many parents and guardians found themselves using more Irish with their children, some having not used the language themselves since school, or having never learned it at all. While it may have been a challenge at the time, we’ve heard from many who were also inspired to reignite their love and use of the language, or to begin learning Irish for the first time.

    “This resource has been designed with the parent in mind, as much as the child, with accessible stories and songs that lift the language off the page and the screen, to give families the language for everyday activities at home like getting ready for school or the bedtime routine. Incorporating Irish into the everyday like this is an easy and effective way for parents to bring Irish out of the classroom and into the home.”

    ‘Is Féidir Linn’ was launched today by broadcaster, writer and parent, Maia Dunphy. Speaking at the launch, Ms Dunphy said: “This is such a useful resource for anyone hoping to use more Irish at home with the kids in their life. It’s interactive and gives families practical phrases they can use day-to-day, which is so important for language learning.

    “I know from my own little boy, children embrace language learning with such enthusiasm, and they’re not held back by fear of making mistakes, we could learn a lot from them in that sense.”

    Funded by Foras na Gaeilge, ‘Is Féidir Linn’ is available for free at: www.gaelbhratach.ie/is-feidir-linn/. Follow on social media @gaelbhratach.



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    Scheme will extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2022.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingScheme will extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare


    Changes to the National Childcare Scheme fast tracked to extend access to subsidised early learning and childcare for children and families ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland has little understanding of Autism

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/03/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIreland has little understanding of Autism


    AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, today launched a new report highlighting the challenges autistic people experience in Ireland, the continued low levels of public understanding and the barriers that remain when accessing services. ... click to read full post & comments


    Reform of Senior Cycle Education Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsReform of Senior Cycle Education Announced


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today, Tuesday 29 March, announced her ambitious plans for a reimagined Senior Cycle of education for post-primary students – Equity and Excellence for All: where the student is at the centre of their Senior Cycle experience. ... click to read full post & comments


    Establishment of new special school in Cork

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEstablishment of new special school in Cork


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today, 23 March, announced a significant expansion of special school provision in Cork and Dublin. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    €32 Million Expansion of Deis Programme 

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€32 Million Expansion of Deis Programme 


    Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced a major expansion of the DEIS – Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools programme that will see the programme extended to an additional 310 schools. For the first time since 2017 the DEIS programme is being significantly ... click to read full post & comments


    Recommendations on gender balance in STEM education

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2022.
    Tags: ParentingRecommendations on gender balance in STEM education


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today, 8 March, announced the publication of Recommendations on Gender Balance in STEM Education. The recommendations were informed by the Department of Education’s Gender Balance in STEM Advisory Group. ... click to read full post & comments


    Scheme to provide Irish Sign Language Support

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsScheme to provide Irish Sign Language Support


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD today (Wednesday 2 March) announced details of a new scheme for the provision of Irish Sign Language (ISL) ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools in these counties to close 18th February

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools in these counties to close 18th February


    According to RTE, Schools are to close tomorrow 18th February in the following seven counties due to a red weather warning:

  • Cork,
  • Kerry,
  • Donegal,
  • Mayo ,
  • Sligo,
  • Leitrim
  • Roscommon.
    (update: This now includes Clare and Waterford who have been issued with Status Red wind warnings. )

    In all other counties, schools will be told they can open subject to ... click to read full post & comments


    New Steering Committee to Develop Action Plan on Bullying

    Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 17/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew Steering Committee to Develop Action Plan on Bullying


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced the Steering Committee established to review the Department of Education’s Action Plan on Bullying which was published in 2013 and develop a new Action Plan. ... click to read full post & comments


    Exam timetables 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/02/2022.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingExam timetables 2022


    On 1 February 2022, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced extensive changes to the Leaving Certificate written examinations.

    On 8 February, The State Examinations Commission released the timetables for the 2022 certificate examinations which will ... click to read full post & comments


    Fees waived for 2022 Exams

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2022.
    Tags: ParentingFees waived for 2022 Exams


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (Thursday 3 February) confirmed the waiving of the fees for the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior & Leaving Certificate Arrangements 2022

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Leaving Certificate Arrangements 2022



    Following a Government decision today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced extensive changes to the state examinations for 2022.

    To take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, extensive changes will be ... click to read full post & comments


    Traditional Leaving Cert Exams Proposals to go to Cabinet today

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/02/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersTraditional Leaving Cert Exams Proposals to go to Cabinet today


    The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, is expected to bring proposals to the Cabinet this morning which recommend against providing a hybrid examination option for this year's Leaving Certificate students. It is believed that what is being proposed is ... click to read full post & comments


    Ryan Plans for Acceleration in Active Travel Post-COVID

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/01/2022.
    Tags: ParentingRyan Plans for Acceleration in Active Travel Post-COVID


    The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan today confirmed that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funds to Ireland's local authorities with a view to spending €289 million on walking and cycling infrastructure in 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Foley Invites Views on the School Transport Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2022.
    Tags: ParentingMinister Foley Invites Views on the School Transport Scheme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today opened a consultation process with stakeholders, as part of the review of the school transport scheme.

    The review currently being conducted by the Department of Education encompasses the school transport scheme ... click to read full post & comments


    Students call for a Hybrid State Exams Model

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/01/2022.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents call for a Hybrid State Exams Model


    ISSU Statement : Irish Students Call for a Hybrid State Exams Model by a Landslide
     
    The Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) survey of school students shows that two-thirds of exam students are calling for a ... click to read full post & comments


    TUI seeks full return to state exams this year

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/01/2022.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingTUI seeks full return to state exams this year


    It is the strong position of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) that the traditional State Examinations must take place this year. The current circumstances are radically different from previous years and there is no justification for ... click to read full post & comments(3)





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