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Serious exam concerns must be urgently addressed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/02/2023.
Tags: TeachersSerious exam concerns must be urgently addressed


The Department of Education must act urgently to address teachers’ serious concerns regarding the moving of Leaving Certificate Exam Paper 1 in English and Irish to the end of fifth year for students entering fifth year this September, according to teacher unions and subject representatives. ... click to read full post & comments


Review of Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN)

Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 31/01/2023.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsReview of Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN)


Purpose of the public consultation

The Department of Education is undertaking a review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004.

The purpose of this review is to provide assurance that the law that governs the provision of education for children with special educational needs is adequate. This is important, in order to ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers who qualified abroad can apply for registration

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/01/2023.
Tags: TeachersTeachers who qualified abroad can apply for registration


To assist with teacher supply challenges in the context of the public health situation, the Teaching Council announced that, on a timebound basis, primary and post-primary teachers ... click to read full post & comments


Working as Substitute while Receiving a Pension

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2023.
Tags: Education And PoliticsWorking as Substitute while Receiving a Pension


Under the current rules in 2023, all retired teachers can work as a teacher for up to 50 days in any calendar year, without pension ‘abatement’ rules applying. ... click to read full post & comments


Participation of children and young people in inspection

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2023.
Tags: Education And PoliticsParticipation of children and young people in inspection


Promoting the participation of children and young people in inspection.

The Department of Education prioritises the inclusion of children and young people’s views in policy making and development. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Minister Foley Confirms Transfer of Patronage of Mullingar School

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/01/2023.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Confirms Transfer of Patronage of Mullingar School


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced that Corr Na Madadh National School (roll number 17903N), Athlone, will be transferring from Catholic patronage to the local education and training board to become a multi-denominational community national school. ... click to read full post & comments


Hundreds of Schools Join Creative Clusters & Blast Arts Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/01/2023.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHundreds of Schools Join Creative Clusters & Blast Arts Programme


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the awarding of BLAST residencies to 629 schools in 2022-2023, the second year of the BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers) programme. ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2022

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/12/2022.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsFeeder Schools Lists published for 2022


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2022 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 twelve years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


Letter to Principals Concerning Alcohol Resources

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsLetter to Principals Concerning Alcohol Resources


A circular letter, as advised by the HSE and the Department of Health, addressed alcohol resources for Principals:

Dear Principal,

This note is to confirm that, as advised by the HSE and the Department of Health, it is not appropriate to use resources or materials produced or funded by the alcohol industry for education and awareness on alcohol in schools, or for teachers to attend, in their professional capacity, associated training which may be offered by organisations funded by the alcohol industry. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Accreditation of National Online Training Programme for SNAs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAccreditation of National Online Training Programme for SNAs


The Minister for Education Norma Foley and the Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today announced that an agreement has been reached between the Department of Education and University College Dublin (UCD) to proceed with the accreditation of a pilot online training programme for special needs assistants (SNAs). ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Proposals to alleviate teacher supply crisis

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2022.
Tags: TeachersProposals to alleviate teacher supply crisis


The Government was yesterday informed by Education Minister Norma Foley of a number of measures she is proposing to action to deal with the teacher supply crisis. The actions planned or under serious consideration include ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland's Presidency of the European School System

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsIreland's Presidency of the European School System


Each academic year, a Member State assumes the Presidency of the European Schools (ES). Ireland officially became part of the Troika alongside Croatia and Italy from 1 August 2021 and has assumed the Presidency of the European Schools from Croatia in 2022-23. ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan on Bullying

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan on Bullying


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launches Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying. This landmark new Action Plan is dedicated to the prevention and addressing of bullying, cyber bullying, racism, gender identity bullying or sexual harassment, among other areas, in schools. ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Demands Radical Action on Teacher Supply

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsASTI Demands Radical Action on Teacher Supply


The ASTI was represented at a consultative forum held in Dublin today on the crisis of recruitment and retention of teachers in schools. The enormity of the challenges facing schools was fully outlined. ... click to read full post & comments


Funding of 100M to Support Increased School Running Costs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFunding of 100M to Support Increased School Running Costs


The Minister for Education Norma Foley has today announced the provision of €90 million additional funding for schools for the 2022/23 school year, as announced on Budget Day 2023. This once-off payment is to provide additional support to schools given general inflation and increasing energy prices and will be paid to schools before the end of the current school term. ... click to read full post & comments


Review of the EPSEN Act open to Public Consultation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2022.
Tags: ParentingReview of the EPSEN Act open to Public Consultation


The Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, has today announced the opening of the public consultation as part of the review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, which provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cycle Results issue today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Results issue today


67,130 Junior Cycle students will finally receive their examination results today. In previous years results would have issued in mid-September. However due to a shortage of examiners along with covid-related arrangements for the Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate results have been delayed until now.

Commenting on the delay in issuing the results, the SEC has said ... click to read full post & comments


Housing Crisis Threatens Education System

Posted by Schooldays Newshoud, on 22/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHousing Crisis Threatens Education System


The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), Fórsa, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, the Irish Federation of University Teachers, SIPTU (Education) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) represent about 110,000 members working in schools, colleges, and education centres across the country. ... click to read full post & comments


First CyberChampion School in Ireland

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2022.
Tags: ParentingFirst CyberChampion School in Ireland


St. Finian's National School, Dillonstown in Co. Louth is the first school in Ireland to receive ‘CyberChampion’ status from CyberSafeKids. Created and developed by CyberSafeKids, the CyberSafe Tool for Schools enables primary schools to self-evaluate their school's level of cybersafety against best practice. ... click to read full post & comments


Upskilling Programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics Upskilling Programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced a new postgraduate programme to upskill registered post-primary teachers teaching Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE). ... click to read full post & comments


60,000 children to celebrate National Pyjama Day 2022

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting60,000 children to celebrate National Pyjama Day 2022


 
– Charity fundraiser open to public donations for the first time this year – 

60,000 children will set off to their Early Years and School Age Care settings tomorrow (18.11.22) dressed in pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns to celebrate National Pyjama Day, ... click to read full post & comments


Implementation of the First Phase of ISL Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsImplementation of the First Phase of ISL Scheme


The Minister for Education Norma Foley and the Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan have today announced further details on the implementation of the first phase of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) scheme which provides ISL in-school support for students who are Deaf and whose primary means of communication is ISL. ... click to read full post & comments


Pilot Project to Support School Leavers with Disabilities

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPilot Project to Support School Leavers with Disabilities


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan today announced a pilot programme to support the transition for young people with disabilities to improve access to, and opportunities for, post-school options. This project will help young people with disabilities to plan for their future options when leaving school. ... click to read full post & comments


School Holidays for next 3 years published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Holidays for next 3 years published


The Department of Education and Science have issued a new circular is to advise managerial authorities of the agreement that has been reached between the parties to the Teachers' Conciliation Council in relation to the standardisation of the breaks at ... click to read full post & comments


Expansion of National Council for Special Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsExpansion of National Council for Special Education


The Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, today addressed the National Council for Special Education Research Conference at Croke Park where she announced investment of nearly €13 million to support the expansion and development ... click to read full post & comments


38 Million to Address Education Disadvantage

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/11/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics38 Million to Address Education Disadvantage


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed the publication of the 2023 Dormant Accounts Action plan and announced details of the €3.8 million in funding the Department of Education will receive. ... click to read full post & comments


Extension of Bereavement Leave in Education Sector

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsExtension of Bereavement Leave in Education Sector


The Minister for Education Norma Foley has today welcomed the decision to align bereavement leave for staff in the education sector with those in other areas of the public sector. This agreement will see existing leave for staff extended to 20 days in relation to the death of a spouse/partner or child. ... click to read full post & comments


First Cross-Border Industry Insights for Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFirst Cross-Border Industry Insights for Teachers


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed the first cross-border Industry Insights session for teachers and guidance counsellors. The event, a first of its kind on this island, is taking place online today in conjunction with Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI). ... click to read full post & comments


Applications open for the Parent Peer Support Fund

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2022.
Tags: ParentingApplications open for the Parent Peer Support Fund


€50,000 will be made available for initiatives promoting parent peer support groups. Successful applicants stand to receive grants of up to €2,000 to carry out parent peer support group projects throughout Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


20 Million Summer Programme 2023 announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/10/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics20 Million Summer Programme 2023 announced


The Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today announced that a summer programme will be in place for 2023 for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Results Date Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/10/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results Date Announced


The State Examinations Commission (SEC), intends to issue the 2022 Junior Cycle examination results to candidates on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

Noting the very significant examiner shortages which affected marking at both Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle this year, the SEC has ... click to read full post & comments


Appointment of Chief Inspector of Dept. of Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAppointment of Chief Inspector of Dept. of Education


Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the appointment of Yvonne Keating as Chief Inspector at the Department of Education. This appointment is made following the completion of a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) Specialist competition held by the Public Appointments Service. ... click to read full post & comments


Dormant Accounts Funding to Support Traveller and Roma Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDormant Accounts Funding to Support Traveller and Roma Students


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced details of the 2022 Dormant Accounts Funding to provide targeted supports to tackle education disadvantage for Traveller and Roma students. ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan today launched the 2023 – 2024 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme that will evaluate and demonstrate the approach to energy retrofit and carbon reduction in the schools’ sector, testing energy efficiency solutions and renewable heat technologies. ... click to read full post & comments


INTO & TUI accept public pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/09/2022.
Tags: TeachersINTO & TUI accept public pay deal


INTO and TUI have voted in faovur of public sector pay deal - see their statements below

INTO Statement
Members of Ireland’s largest teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), have voted by a significant margin to accept the proposals in the Review of Building Momentum in an electronic ballot of ... click to read full post & comments


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


    78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2022.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the creation of 21 new 2022 Creative Clusters comprising 78 schools. Creative Clusters is an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under ... click to read full post & comments


    Reinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/09/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsReinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance


    The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) have welcomed the overdue publication of the circular letter confirming payment of the value of the Professional Masters in Education (PME) allowance (formerly HDip Allowance) - value currently €1,314 annually - to those teachers appointed since February 2012. ... 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)





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