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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 aprt of the KIds Go Free initiative, which is active from the 1st to the 28th of June!

What services are included in Kids Go Free?

Child Leap Card holders can travel free on any of the following TFI Leap Card enabled services from Monday 1st until Sunday 28th July (inclusive):
  • All Dublin Bus scheduled services (excluding Airlink and Nitelink)
  • All Go Ahead scheduled services
  • All Luas services
  • All DART services
  • All Commuter Rail services in Dublin’s “Short Hop Zone” and on the Cork to Cobh/Midleton train lines
  • Ashbourne Connect
  • Bus Éireann services where TFI Leap Card Validators are available. This includes Bus Éireann Services in Cork city, Limerick city, Galway city, Waterford city, Sligo and Athlone towns and Bus Éireann services in Dublin and surrounding counties (Excluding Expressway).

    How does it work?

    Simply use your Child Leap Card as normal and you won’t be charged. Any Child Leap Card (4-15 or 16-18) can be used to get free travel from Monday 1st July until Sunday 28th July (inclusive) provided it has at least 1 cent Travel Credit.

    What if I don’t have a Child Leap Card yet?

    For those who don’t yet have a Child Leap Card, click “buy” in the menu above and follow the steps on screen. We will also have a limited stock of free Child Leap Cards for 5-15 year olds available at the following locations (from 26th June):
  • Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1
  • Connolly, Heuston and Pearse Train Stations
  • Bus Station, Parnell Place, Cork
  • Bus Station, Ceannt Station, Eyre Square, Galway
  • Bus Station, Parnell St, Limerick
  • Bus Station, The Quay, Waterford
    We hope you have a great time using your Child Leap Card this summer!

    source: Leap.ie

    Check out our Family Fun Days Out Guide to take full advantage of the free travel! 



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    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


    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


    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


    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(3)


    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


    Progress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/05/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsProgress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Tuesday 30 April) welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 1 progress report.

    The Action Plan – Cumasú is based on the idea of empowering through learning. The Plan highlights the significant strategic ... 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)


    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


    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


    Grants available under Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/04/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsGrants available  under  Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has invited applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019.

    The purpose of the scheme is to provide support by way of a cash grant to established, smaller-scale, non-mainstream music education/community music initiatives with limited or no access to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    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


    Action Plan for Education 2019 launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan for Education 2019 launched


    An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. today (Thursday, 7 March) launched the Action Plan for Education 2019 in the National College of Art and Design.

    The Action Plan sets out more than 280 deliverable actions for this year with the ambition to ... click to read full post & comments


    €50m in Funding for ICT Equipment for Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/03/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€50m in Funding for ICT Equipment for Schools


    Minister McHugh has announce the third year of funding under Project Ireland 2040 takes total spend on
    Digital Strategy for Schools ICT Infrastructure Fund to €110m.

    All schools will receive grants to purchase ... 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


    €6m for Creative Youth announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/02/2019.
    Tags: Teachers€6m for Creative Youth announced


  • Doubling the number of Creative Schools from 150 to 300, registration for new applicants now open with applications accepted online from 19th February.
  • Over 140,000 children and young people will be participating in ... click to read full post & comments


    Webwise launches new resources for younger pupils

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/02/2019.
    Tags: TeachersWebwise launches new resources for younger pupils


    Html Heroes – An Introduction to the Internet launched to mark Safer Internet Day

    Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), a support service of the Department of Education and Skills, has seen a 25% rise in the use of its resources and supports since publication of the Action Plan for Online Safety by Government last July.

    Its newest resource HTML Heroes introduces 3rd and 4th class pupils to the internet with the help of ... click to read full post & comments


    New minimum entry requirements for Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) deferred

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 30/01/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNew minimum entry requirements for Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) deferred


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced that changes to the minimum entry requirements for the Professional Master of Education (PME) for primary teaching will come in to place in ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI may ballot on industrial action

    Posted by SchoolDays, on 27/01/2019.
    Tags: TeachersASTI may ballot on industrial action


    At its meeting in Dublin (26 Jan 29), the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) considered the continuation of discriminatory pay arrangements for teachers who entered the profession since 2010.
     
    The CEC adopted a motion signalling its intention to ... click to read full post & comments


    New Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education Programme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/01/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNew Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education Programme


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to ... click to read full post & comments


    New Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections for Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/01/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections for Schools


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has announced additional safeguards for child protection in schools with the introduction ... click to read full post & comments


    Increase in Students Taking Higher Level Subjects

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/01/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIncrease in Students Taking Higher Level Subjects


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was ... 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)


    Engagement of GAA with new Leaving Cert PE Subject welcomed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/12/2018.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEngagement of GAA with new Leaving Cert PE Subject welcomed


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today welcomed the engagement of the GAA with the new Leaving Certificate Physical Education subject.

    Today, the GAA announced the launch of a new web-based resource which it developed in ... click to read full post & comments


    €40 Million for Summer Works Projects in 307 Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/12/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers €40 Million for Summer Works Projects in 307 Schools


    “Funding of more than €40 million for Summer Works projects in 2019 will see major improvements in primary and post-primary schools across the country,” says Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D.

    Announcing the list of ... click to read full post & comments


    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


    Safety Works completed in 3 Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/12/2018.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSafety Works completed in 3 Schools


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has confirmed that precautionary measures at classrooms in Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School, St Luke’s National School Tyrrelstown and ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents asked for patronage preference for 12 schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/12/2018. Parents asked for patronage preference for 12 schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D., has invited parents to express their preference in relation to the patronage of 12 primary schools to be established in 2019.

    Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s new Online ... 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