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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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Review of Out of School Education Provision

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsReview of Out of School Education Provision


Minister for Education Norma Foley has today (12 May 2022) announced the publication of a report on the Review of Out-of-School Education Provision. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley Announces Appointment of New Board

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/05/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Announces Appointment of New Board


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the appointment of the new board of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaiochta (COGG), which she has appointed for a 4-year term until 28 February 2026. ... click to read full post & comments


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


Second Level Students Union added to National Council

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSecond Level Students Union added to National Council


Minister for Education Norma Foley has signed a Statutory Instrument, updating the membership of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to include the President of the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU). ... click to read full post & comments


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


INTO to Use Sectoral Bargaining Fund in Primary Sector

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsINTO to Use Sectoral Bargaining Fund in Primary Sector


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed agreement on the use of the Sectoral Bargaining Fund under Building Momentum in the Primary Teaching Sector. [end into]

The Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have been engaging on the use of the fund and a circular outlining the use of the fund has issued today. Sectoral bargaining was an element of the national pay agreement, Building Momentum, and provides for the establishment of a sectoral fund amounting to 1% of basic pay to resolve outstanding issues, with a payment date of 1 February 2022.

The INTO had opted to use the fund to settle a number of outstanding claims. These are outlined in detail in the Circular but in summary relate to:

  1. An increase in Part-Time Hourly /Daily Rates – the increase to the part-time hourly rates payable to new entrants to teaching will bring them into line with rates for other teachers.


  2. The Payment of a Secure Unit Allowance (Disturbed Adult Allowance) be paid in respect of teachers who work in certain Secure Units/Secure Care settings.


  3. Implementation of the Recommendation from the 2nd Public Service Benchmarking Body Report in respect of Principals and Deputy Principals. The settlement of this recommendation provides for an increase in the allowance payable by moving up two categories on the scale of allowances for Principals and Deputy Principals in schools with 1 to 5 authorised posts. It also provides for an increase in the allowance payable by moving up one category on the scale of allowances paid to Principals and Deputy Principals in schools with between 6 and 35 authorised posts.


  4. Amendment to Principals Allowance for Large Primary Schools. The Benchmarking Body report also provided for an extension of the 11 categories of allowances at primary level for Principals/ Deputy Principals. The settlement of the matter will provide for an extension of the categories of allowance payable in Primary schools from the current cap of 36+ authorised posts to include revised categories of authorised posts of 36-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61+ posts.


  5. Implementation of an Allowance for 2nd Teacher in Two-Teacher School. The settlement of this claim provides for the second teacher in two-teacher mainstream schools (and no other authorised posts), to receive an allowance equivalent to that of a Deputy Principal.



In noting the INTO’s decisions, Minister Foley said:

“I welcome the decision of the INTO to opt to use the sectoral bargaining fund to settle outstanding priority claims. This was the intention behind the concept of sectoral bargaining agreed in the national pay talks which allows for unions to decide on how best to use the fund in terms of their member’s priorities.”

Read the circular.

Further circulars will issue outlining the agreed outcome on any remaining outstanding claims or awards which will be dealt with under the provisions of the Sectoral Bargaining Fund

Source: gov.ie



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Publication of Autism Good Practice Guidelines

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/04/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPublication of Autism Good Practice Guidelines


In advance of World Autism Month 2022, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today (Wednesday, 30 March) announced the publication of Autism Good Practice Guidance for Schools – Supporting Children and Young People. ... 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


Strengths in Irish Education System Highlighted in New Report

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsStrengths in Irish Education System Highlighted in New Report


Minister Foley welcomes publication of Chief Inspector’s Report 2016-2020, showing many strengths in Irish education system and identifying areas for development as the system emerges from COVID ... click to read full post & comments


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Offer of improved pay and conditions by Forsa

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsOffer of improved pay and conditions by Forsa


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath today welcome the overwhelming endorsement by school secretaries who voted in favour of accepting the Department of Education’s offer of improved pay and conditions. ... click to read full post & comments


Applicants invited for funding on Creative Projects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsApplicants invited for funding on Creative Projects


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invites primary and post-primary schools across Ireland to apply for Creative Clusters, an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under the Schools Excellence Fund. The Department of Education’s budget for Creative Clusters in 2022 is €595,000. ... 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)


Pilot to Increase Multi Denominational Primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/03/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPilot to Increase Multi Denominational Primary Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced that arrangements are now being put in place in a number of towns and areas of cities that have no multi-denominational primary schools to identify potential schools and to engage with school authorities, school staff and the school communities ... click to read full post & comments


€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


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


Agreement to ballot on proposals for school secretaries claim

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/02/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAgreement to ballot on proposals for school secretaries claim


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath today (24 February) welcome Fórsa’s decision to ballot members on proposals to settle a claim in relation to school secretaries ... 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


Minister Foley Announces €65m Summer Works Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/01/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Announces €65m Summer Works Programme


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (24 January 2022) announced funding of €65 million for the approval of 497 projects under the 2022 Summer Works Scheme. ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2021

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/01/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2021


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2021 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 ten years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


Education Indictors for Ireland Report 2021

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/12/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersEducation Indictors for Ireland Report 2021


The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2021 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland.

The indicators in this report cover all levels of education starting with ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/12/2021.
Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022


The Department of Education today (Monday, 20 December 2021) and the State Examinations Commission hosted online a meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2022. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Review of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2021.
Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsReview of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched


Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has today announced the commencement of a full review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. The EPSEN Act provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments


Additional funds for schools to reduce covid spread

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/12/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsAdditional funds for schools to reduce covid spread


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (13 December 2021) announced the payment of a minor works grant totaling €45m for primary schools and special schools as part of additional support in the context of ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley confirms 20 school building projects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley confirms 20 school building projects


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD confirms that 20 school building projects, being managed and delivered on a devolved basis by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) on behalf of the Department, are expected to progress to tender stage. ... click to read full post & comments


€50 million funding to primary and post-primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€50 million funding to primary and post-primary schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announces the issue of €50 million in grant funding to schools, the first of two major ICT projects supporting primary and post-primary schools. This funding was secured as part of a major investment programme for the Department of Education ... click to read full post & comments


€2 million funding for education disadvantage

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€2 million funding for education disadvantage


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today welcomed the publication of the 2022 Dormant Accounts Action plan, including funding of €2 million to support learners impacted by educational disadvantage.

Money in the Dormant Accounts Fund can be used to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley meets students to mark the UNESCO International Day against violence and bullying

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/11/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley meets students to mark the UNESCO International Day against violence and bullying


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today welcomed to the Department of Education in Marlborough street students from St Patrick’s Boys National School, Drumcondra and Coláiste Bride, Clondalkin to mark the UNESCO International Day against violence and bullying at school (4 November). ... click to read full post & comments


1,700 additional special class places in 2022

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/10/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics1,700 additional special class places in 2022


Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has welcomed plans by the National Council for Special Education to create an additional 1,700 special class places in 2022. The provision of new special class places will result from engagement with schools arising from demographic planning as well as the recruitment of additional special needs assistants and special education teachers. ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2022 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/10/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersBudget 2022 Education Update


A total of €9.2 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2022, including a capital budget of €792 million.
The Government has indicated this will support a school building programme which involves over 200 projects which once completed, are expected to deliver over 30,000 school places. ... click to read full post & comments


ISSU calls for urgent reform of Leaving Cert

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/10/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsISSU calls for urgent reform of Leaving Cert



Emer Neville, Uachtarán of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU), is presenting before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science on Leaving Certificate reform, today. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Global report on undervalued teaching profession

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsGlobal report on undervalued teaching profession


The report assesses the status of teachers and the teaching profession in an era of COVID-19

On World Teachers’ Day, education unions are raising the alarm as new research shows that teachers around the world are overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. ... click to read full post & comments


Changes to Close Contacts from 27th September 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/09/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsChanges to Close Contacts from 27th September 2021


On the evening of 26th of September, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan released the following statement:
"Over the last few weeks, it has been heartening to see our young people across the island return to in-person learning in educational settings.

"The role education plays in our society is immense, and, throughout this pandemic, the necessary public health measures have been designed to protect this vital sector and the wider school community from the worst impacts of COVID-19. ... click to read full post & comments


Changes to Management of Close Contacts in Schools

Posted by Schooldays newshound, on 22/09/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsChanges to Management of Close Contacts in Schools


The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has today accepted recommendations in relation to measures for contact tracing and testing for childcare and primary schools. The new measures will come into effect from Monday and have been made following discussions with the National Public Health Emergency Team and the Chief Medical Officer.

Minister Donnelly has accepted the following recommendations, to be implemented from 27 September: ... click to read full post & comments


Programme to Spark Student Interest in Public Sector Careers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/09/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsProgramme to Spark Student Interest in Public Sector Careers


The Public Appointments Service, through its website publicjobs.ie, has today (22.09.21) launched a new programme for second-level students that aims to spark interest in the wide variety of career opportunities that are available across the public sector. ... click to read full post & comments


Covid Learning & Supports Scheme launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/09/2021.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsCovid Learning & Supports Scheme launched


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD today (8 September) welcomed the government decision to implement a new Covid Learning and Supports Scheme (CLASS) that will mitigate the impact to students’ learning and wellbeing of Covid-19 closures and restrictions.

This fund will bring to €102.6 million the additional supports put in place in 2021 to ... click to read full post & comments


New seasonal food-growing pilot in schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 30/08/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew seasonal food-growing pilot in schools


“Tomatoes do not grow all year round in Ireland,” is just one of the many educational messages aimed at primary and secondary school students participating in a new seasonal food growing project - the SeasonsPace initiative - launched by DCU researchers.

DCU has partnered with ... click to read full post & comments


No Masks in Primary Opposed by Academic Group

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 19/08/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNo Masks in Primary Opposed by Academic Group


Primary school children will not be required to wear a mask upon return to school despite the rise in COVID cases. In documentation released and sent to schools by the Department of Education on Wednesday 18th of August, the Department state It is not recommended that children attending primary school wear face-coverings as ‘it may cause ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher & SNA COVID Arrangements 2021/2022

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/08/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTeacher & SNA COVID Arrangements 2021/2022


The Department of Education has published Circular 0042/2021, titled ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arrangements for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised Primary and Post Primary schools.

The circular letter sets out ... click to read full post & comments


ACP calls for Sacraments to be Separated from Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/08/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsACP calls for Sacraments to be Separated from Schools


The Association of Catholic Priests had their say on the news that some Bishops decided to go ahead with Communion and Confirmation ceremonies despite current restrictions disallowing it. They released this statement on Sunday the 8th of August calling for the sacraments and school to be separated:

The leadership of the ACP believes that the recent disagreement between the Government and some members of the Catholic Bishops ... click to read full post & comments



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