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Grants of €29 Million for Primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsGrants of €29 Million for Primary Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 11th November) announced €29 million in grants for primary schools for Minor Works.

The money will be paid to all primary schools in the first half of December as part of the investment in education under Project Ireland 2040.

Minister McHugh said: “I’m acutely aware that principals need sufficient time for planning to make use of Government funding. With that in mind, I have brought forward the announcement ... click to read full post & comments


Students Want Overhaul to Leaving Cert

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/11/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents Want Overhaul to Leaving Cert


New ESRI research shows a strong appetite among students, parents and teachers for changing senior cycle education, which incorporates Transition Year, 5th Year and 6th Year. A study presenting their viewpoints shows that they mainly focus on changing the approach to assessment, with the objectives of reducing ... click to read full post & comments


tess Launches Every School Day Counts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/11/2019.
Tags: Parenting Teacherstess Launches Every School Day Counts


Tusla Education Support Service or tess is launching its first national, School Attendance Drive ‘Every School Day Counts’ to promote regular school attendance.

Each school day approximately 60,000 students ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Publication of Regional Enrolment Projections

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPublication of Regional Enrolment Projections


Pupil numbers in primary schools in Dublin are projected to fall by 28% by 2036 while those in the Mid-East will fall by just 12.7%.

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 28th October 2019) welcomed the publication of a new statistical report which ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Minister Hosts First Cross-Border Schools Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Hosts First Cross-Border Schools Initiative


An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. welcomes initiative to bring up to 60 students from four schools, north and south, to an event at the Clock Tower in the Department of Education and Skills

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Wednesday October 23rd) hosted the first in a planned series of cross-border schools events at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin.

Up to 60 students from four schools took part in the session which is designed to help students ... click to read full post & comments


AbbVie's Back to School for STEM Programme launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsAbbVie's Back to School for STEM Programme launched


Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, joined students and representatives of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal today.

The visit marked the official launch of the company’s ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Better Off Students Still More Likely to Go to College

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics Better Off Students Still More Likely to Go to College


Those from Better Off Financial Backgrounds Still More Likely to Go to College

Progress has been made in delivering on the national priority of increasing access to higher education.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Monday 21st, published a detailed picture of the geographical and socio-economic make-up of Ireland’s higher education institutions and courses. All publicly funded institutions except Trinity College Dublin are included in the study. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


DCU Study on how to Improve Children’s Poor Sleep Habits

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersDCU Study on how to Improve Children’s Poor Sleep Habits


A Dublin City University study shows a notable improvement in children’s sleep behaviours by implementing a short school and home-based programme.

The link between inadequate sleep levels in children and poor engagement with school is well documented, with poor sleep duration causing excessive daytime sleepiness, which leads to problems with concentration, attention and cognitive functioning.

This study carried out at the Educational Disadvantage Centre, DCU Institute of Education, ... click to read full post & comments


Mandate for Industrial Action Over Pay Discrimination

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMandate for Industrial Action Over Pay Discrimination


Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted by a margin of 92% to 8% to endorse the Union’s mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of the campaign to end pay discrimination.

TUI has once again highlighted the damage inflicted on the education system by pay discrimination. The Union is frustrated by the Government’s inaction on this critical issue and is calling for real engagement from Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh.

The ballot result makes clear that members are united in solidarity with new ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2020 Education Update

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/10/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2020 Education Update


Over €11 billion will be provided to the Department of Education and Skills in 2020.

This will include:

  • 150 new mainstream teaching posts in schools and investment of €1.9 billion in special education. 
  • 400 additional posts to ... click to read full post & comments


    64,330 students receive Junior Cert Results

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers64,330 students receive Junior Cert Results


    64,330 students Junior Certificate students will receive the results today. The results results are being released later in the year than usual, and for the first time students will receive them on ... click to read full post & comments


    Dept of Education issues statement on Storm Lorenzo

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/10/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersDept of Education issues statement on Storm Lorenzo


    Statement from Department of Education on Storm Lorenzo

    A status orange wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick and will be in place from ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Requests History be given Special Core Status

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/10/2019.
    Tags: Parents TeachersMinister Requests History be given Special Core Status


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Tuesday October 1) announced that he has requested History to be given a special core status in the Framework for Junior Cycle.

    Minister McHugh took the decision after giving full consideration to a review of the optional status of History under the new Framework ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Supply Panel Scheme Announced by Minister

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/09/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationSupply Panel Scheme Announced by Minister


    Up to 90 schools in six areas in Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Cork and Galway targeted under a new initiative to ease supply pressure for substitute vacancies at primary level.

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Thursday 26 September) announced six panels to be created around the country to help answer demand for substitute teachers.

    As part of the pilot programme up to 18 teachers will be hired on full-time contracts to work ... click to read full post & comments


    Views on Proposed Guidelines on Reduced Timetables invited

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/09/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationViews on Proposed Guidelines on Reduced Timetables invited


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 23 September) announced that schools will be required to give formal notification of the use of reduced timetables.

    Minister McHugh is seeking the views of education partners on proposed guidelines for the notifications.

    Following consultation over recent months between officials from the Department of Education and Skills, ... click to read full post & comments


    New Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/09/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls


    In Ireland, fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day.

    Green-Schools launched its latest campaign ‘#andshecycles’ on Thursday September 19, in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. #andshecycles focuses on encouraging young women – particularly teenagers – to cycle while recognising and ... click to read full post & comments


    First Intake of Student Teachers to New Irish B.Ed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/09/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationFirst Intake of Student Teachers to New Irish B.Ed


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has welcomed 36 student teachers who have begun studying the new Irish-medium Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching - Initial Teacher Education Programme) at Marino Institute of Education.

    The B.Ed. will be delivered entirely through Irish – a first for an initial teacher education degree programme for ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September


    The 2019 Post-Appeal Leaving Certificate Results will be available on the Examinations Commission website from 10 am on Wednesday ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October


    According to RTE, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed that the Junior Certificate Results will be issued this year on Friday 4th ... click to read full post & comments


    National Primary School Photography Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/08/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNational Primary School Photography Awards


    INSPA 2019/20 sees the third open call for Ireland's prestigious National School Photography Awards (INSPA). INSPA is a national children’s photography competition which is open to all ... click to read full post & comments


    Immediate Action on Inequal Pay demanded by ASTI

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/08/2019.
    Tags: TeachersImmediate Action on Inequal Pay demanded by ASTI


    The Government must take immediate action to deliver on commitments made in April 2019 regarding new entrant pay in teaching. Commenting today, ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie said that ... click to read full post & comments


    'Reinstate School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/08/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Reinstate  School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland


    Children’s Books Ireland is calling on the government to reinstate the school library grant which was abolished in Budget 2008. Valued at approximately €2.2m, the grant from the Department of Education and Skills was instrumental in helping schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    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(2)


    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


    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


    Dept Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/07/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationDept  Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers


    The Department of Education and Skills has today (Wednesday 10th of July) issued short online surveys to schools on secretaries and caretakers employed by them and paid by grant funding.

    These surveys are being undertaken in response to a pay claim that has recently been tabled by FÓRSA. As is standard practice, the full current cost of this claim to the public pay bill must be established. The Department is not the employer of the staff covered by the claim so the new surveys are needed ... click to read full post & comments


    Kilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationKilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road


    Kilbehenny National School in Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick have danced their way to the top to take first place in the Road Safety Authority’s Safe Cross Code Dance competition.

    In a race to the top of the public poll against four other shortlisted schools, Kilbehenny National School, with just 78 pupils enrolled, emerged victorious, getting more than 45% of the public vote with 12,845 ballots cast for them alone. The school were presented with 30 electronic tablets for the school plus an engraved ... click to read full post & comments


    First Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsFirst  Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports


    The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills has today published 11 Initial Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports and 11 Final Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports on its website.

    The reports arise from the new Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model introduced by ... click to read full post & comments


    Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersDiscover Primary Science and Maths Awards


    620 primary schools across Ireland receive award recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) over the 2018/19 school year
    New online application system sees 1,090 fewer postal journeys, helping reduce ... click to read full post & comments


    Remediation for 22 schools over summer

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersRemediation for 22 schools over summer


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Thursday 6 June) confirmed that a remediation programme for 22 schools constructed by ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    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(10)


    Monaghan Students win SEAI One Good Idea National Final

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/05/2019.
    Tags: TeachersMonaghan Students win SEAI One Good Idea National Final


    Beech Hill College from Monaghan has been named the winner of the 2019 SEAI One Good Idea Competition for their campaign ‘Practical Plastics’. The campaign aims to make ... click to read full post & comments


    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


    New Irish Language Maths Resource launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/04/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNew Irish Language Maths Resource launched


    Foras na Gaeilge funds ‘Izak9 as Gaeilge’ teaching and learning tool

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has officially launched a new Irish medium resource which improves ... click to read full post & comments


    School Applications invited for Creative Clusters

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/04/2019.
    Tags: TeachersSchool Applications invited for Creative Clusters


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today invited applications for Creative Clusters, an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under the Schools Excellence Fund.

    Each school will enjoy access to ... click to read full post & comments





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