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INTO survey on Covid infections & absences in schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/11/2021.
Tags: Teachers ParentingINTO survey on Covid infections & absences in schools


From Tuesday, 16 November 2021 to Thursday 18 November 2021, the union conducted a snapshot survey of 3,100 school principals across the country to assess the level of Covid-19 infection they were aware of in their school community and the extent of the substitution crisis. A total of ... click to read full post & comments


Antigen Testing Arrangements for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAntigen Testing Arrangements for Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD have today confirmed arrangements for a new system of antigen testing of asymptomatic close contacts in primary schools put in place by the HSE.

The Department of Education and the HSE, working in collaboration with the Department of Health, have developed a programme in which antigen tests will be made available to the children in a primary school pod, where ... 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


Ireland’s National School Photography Awards Winners

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/11/2021.
Tags: ParentingIreland’s National School Photography Awards Winners


The INSPA team would like to congratulate every school who participated in the 2020/21 National School Photography Awards. The national winner is Meabh Lowney from St. Joseph's GNS, Clonakilty who submitted the photo entitled Our Bubble into the Senior Category of the awards. The winner of the Junior Category is Katie O'Rourke from Timoleague N.S. with her entry Good Morning Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


Surge in Covid 19 infections among 5 to 12 year olds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/10/2021.
Tags: ParentingSurge in Covid 19 infections among 5 to 12 year olds


Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, has asked parents to consider cutting down on their children's activities outside school amid a worrying surge in Covid-19 infections in five to 12 year olds.

Dr Glynn said that "it's not entirely clear what's driving it (increased incidence) in that age group at the moment" but advised that "we’re watching that very closely, and we’re doing further analysis in that age group at the moment ". Dr Glynn went on to say that "parents should ask if their children need to be engaging in everything they are engaging in at a point in time”.
He added: “If your children are going on playdates or engaging in sport, think of all the other activities they are engaging in.” Parents have also been urged not to bring their kids trick-or-treating this Halloween if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19 ... 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


Record Leaving Certificate Results

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/09/2021.
Tags: Parenting Teachers NewsRecord Leaving Certificate Results


61,000+ Leaving Certificate students receive their Leaving Certificate Results today after 10am. The figure of 61,000 includes over 3,000 students who sat the alternative Leaving Certificate Applied programme. While grades this year are up an average of 2.4 % on last year's grades, there are substantially ... 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


Guidance on when to keep the kids home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2021.
Tags: ParentingGuidance on when to keep the kids home


The HSE and the Department of Health have released advice to parents about when children can attend school and when they should remain at home.

The advice is for children and teens up to the end of Secondary school. Below are some of the main points from the guidelines. The full guidelines can be viewed here ... 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


ISSU Encourages Students to get COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsISSU Encourages Students to get COVID-19 Vaccine


The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) welcomes the news of the extension of the vaccination programme 12-17 year olds. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley Confirms Plans to Reopen Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Confirms Plans to Reopen Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today brought a memo to Cabinet which confirms that plans are in place to support the full reopening of schools in time for the start of the new school year at the end of August/start of September 2021.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the reopening will be carried out in close consultation with Public Health and the education partners. ... click to read full post & comments


€250,000 Grants for Parent & Toddler Groups

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€250,000 Grants for Parent & Toddler Groups


Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman TD, today announced that €250,000 will be available in grants for Parent and Toddler Groups, as part of the Summer of Play initiative.

The grants will be allocated to Parent and Toddler groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). ... click to read full post & comments


Education biggest issue facing callers to Helpline

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEducation biggest issue facing callers to Helpline


Turbulent year for children sees Education overtake Family Law as biggest issue facing callers to Children’s Rights Alliance Helpline

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted serious concerns about the efficacy of both the family law and education systems in responding to the rights and needs of children and young people. That’s according to the ... click to read full post & comments


Cost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500



Annual ILCU back to school survey shows cost of sending child to secondary school are steadily increasing each year with this years cost now averaging €1,500. At primary school level, spending has increased by ... click to read full post & comments


Event for parents addresses children’s mental health

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEvent for parents addresses children’s mental health


A recent survey has shown that almost 20% of parents of mostly primary school age have sought some form of mental health support for their child during the Covd-19 pandemic. It also showed that 55% of parents have concerns about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s mental health.

The survey, which was carried out by ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2022 students to get more choice & exam time

Posted by School Newshound, on 02/07/2021.
Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert 2022 students to get more choice & exam time


The Department of Education today hosted their online the seventh meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2021 on 30th June.

The group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and ... click to read full post & comments


School Transport Refunds to be issued from today

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/06/2021.
Tags: ParentingSchool Transport Refunds to be issued from today


Families who paid a fee for school transport in 2020/21 will receive a refund for the unused portion following the public health measure of closing schools to prevent the spread of Covid19. Bus Éireann operates the ... click to read full post & comments(3)


Students’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsStudents’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date


In a letter issued to Ministers Norma Foley and Simon Harris, the Irish Second-level Students’ Union has called for a set of measures to be taken following the announcement of the Leaving Certificate results date. The measures the organisation is advocating for center around accommodation for students in Irish third-level institutions along with a fair transition for those who plan on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has sent her best wishes to students who are sitting the 2021 Leaving Certificate Examinations beginning today Wednesday 9 June.

Minister Foley said: “I would like to wish all students starting ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for a new arts in education initiative, BLAST 2021. BLAST – Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers – is a new initiative which will enable up to 400 new arts in education residencies in schools each year.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


The Department of Education have announced that this year's Leaving Certificate Results will be issued on Friday 3rd September.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that Leaving Certificate results for 2021 are expected to issue directly to candidates through ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play

Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 01/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play


Minister O’Gorman announces roll out of Summer of Play initiative with €6m in funding for outdoor play.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today announced the Summer of Play initiative to support and ... click to read full post & comments


Special Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpecial Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published


Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has welcomed the publication by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) of the list of special classes for the coming school year (2021/22). The list shows that 2,118 special classes will be established in mainstream primary and post-primary schools across the country from September, providing ... click to read full post & comments


Language Sampler Module Announced for Primary

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLanguage Sampler Module Announced for Primary


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited expressions of interest from English-medium and Irish-medium primary and special schools to participate in a new language sampler module.

The proposed language sampler allows schools identify a modern foreign language of their choice, or Irish Sign Language (ISL).   ... click to read full post & comments


Registration opens for Online TAP CPD Courses

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsRegistration opens for  Online TAP CPD Courses


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced the opening of registration for the 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership continuous professional development (CPD) Summer Course and Residency Programme (TAP) for primary school teachers under the Creative Youth programme.

The 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course and Residency programme  ... click to read full post & comments


Winners Announced in COVID Languages Competition

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsWinners Announced in COVID Languages Competition


Hundreds of Transition Year students across the country embraced the opportunity to ‘Express yourself in COVID times’ through a foreign language as part of a new competition launched by DCU’s School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.

Supported by Languages Connect, DCU organised the event to provide students with  ... click to read full post & comments


Thousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsThousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week


Ireland’s annual celebration of walking to school runs from May 24-28.

Schools across Ireland will take part in National Walk to School Week 2021, the annual celebration of walking to school, which takes place from May 24 to 28 in primary and secondary schools. Walk to School Week is an initiative of the Green-Schools Programme.  ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 19/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsDublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School


Junior and senior infants at a new Dublin gaelscoil are doing a virtual 2,500km walk of the Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for their school.

Pupils at Gaelscoil Áine on Mobhi Road, Drumcondra, will walk, run, scoot and cycle the length of the popular tourism trail by the end of May in their own neighbourhoods.  ... click to read full post & comments


Sixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingSixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.



As sixth-year students reach the milestone end of their secondary years in school, parents and students are being asked to take extra ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTeachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour


The relationship between young people and their teachers is far more impactful than the neighbourhood they grow up in, a report by the ESRI finds. ... click to read full post & comments


Expanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExpanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD today (Tuesday, 11 May) announced the provision of expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, as a Covid-19 pandemic response measure, for summer 2021.   ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Blue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary

Posted by Schooldays, Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBlue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary


The Blue Star Programme today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with schools across Ireland, Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD. Today’s celebrations also saw schools in counties Clare, Westmeath and Dublin receive awards for 10 years of participation in the programme. The programme, implemented by European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland),  ... click to read full post & comments


Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingGaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year


The Minister of State, with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, has said on RTE News that Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht have been cancelled for ... click to read full post & comments


New RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves


A new Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme called Flourish released by the Department of Education is hitting headlines over the last few days. Flourish is a programme set out to be used in all Catholic Primary schools in Ireland, which accounts for approximately 90% of schools. While opting out of Religion classes is an option that is taken by some, the question heavily debated is, should religion be featuring so heavily in children's Relationship and Sexuality Education? ... click to read full post & comments



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