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Computer Science Week Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2024.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science Week Launched



Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has launched Computer Science Week 2024, which is set to take place from 20 – 27 April.

Events set to take place during Computer Science Week 2024 will focus on the ... click to read full post & comments


Phased return to normal Leaving Certificate

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/04/2024.
Tags: Parenting TeachersPhased return to normal Leaving Certificate


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today confirmed that the gradual return to normal Leaving Certificate outcomes will begin in 2025. For students in 2024, there will be no change from last year with grades to stay at ... click to read full post & comments


New Anti-bullying Initiatives for Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Anti-bullying Initiatives for Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced new initiatives to progress work on addressing bullying in schools from September 2024, as part of the Department of Education’s Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying. These will include the roll-out of new -end intro] anti-bullying modules in primary and post-primary schools and the hosting of a Cineáltas showcase event.

The modules have been created by the Anti-Bullying Centre in DCU and build on the existing FUSE programme which addresses bullying-related topics including noticing, responding and reporting bullying, building bystander confidence and dealing with cyberbullying and online conflict. Currently 440 primary and 570 post-primary schools are delivering the FUSE anti-bullying programme which is funded by the Department of Education and has been available to all schools since 2023.

The new modules include a new first year resource which supports students in their transition from primary to post-primary, addressing bullying-related topics such as new spaces and places, new technology and new friendships and relationships both off and online.

Minister Foley has also announced that a Cineáltas showcase and awards event will be held this September to celebrate the good work school communities are doing to prevent and address bullying behaviour and promote equality, inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.

This event will include an awards ceremony to recognise individuals or groups within school communities, who, through their personal leadership, participation, or achievements, have made an outstanding contribution to preventing and addressing bullying and promoting equality, inclusion, diversity and wellbeing in their school community.

School communities will be invited to submit their nominations for the awards ceremony during the month of May.

As part of the Cinéaltas plan, work is well underway to update the anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools which were published in 2013. The updated procedures will provide guidance as to when an incident of bullying becomes a Child Protection Concern, will ensure appropriate oversight at school level, and will ensure that a school’s anti-bullying policy is developed and reviewed in consultation with the whole school community. It is intended that the procedures will be published in the coming months.

Another commitment in Cineáltas is to develop a national database to facilitate data collection on bullying behaviour, on an anonymous basis. This will be used to inform a national annual report on bullying in schools which can then be used to inform provision of continuous professional development for staff, research and anti-bullying programmes. Work on this important action has commenced.


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Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying is the Department of Education’s whole-education approach to preventing and addressing bullying in schools.

Cineáltas is dedicated to the prevention and addressing of bullying, cyber bullying, racist bullying, gender identity bullying and sexual harassment, among other areas, in schools.

Implementation of Cineáltas commenced in 2023, with a number of the 61 actions already implemented.

Cineáltas Action Plan on Bullying and its implementation plan can be found here .

The categories for the Cineáltas awards are as follows:


Student Leadership Award

Recognising an individual student or a group of students who have shown exceptional leadership in preventing and addressing bullying, promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, and/or wellbeing within their school community.


Staff Leadership Award

Acknowledging a teacher or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for all students, actively working to prevent bullying and promote diversity and inclusion.


Innovative Initiative Award

Celebrating a specific project, or initiative implemented within the school community that has shown creativity, effectiveness, and sustainability in addressing bullying, promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, or wellbeing.


Community Partnership Award

Recognising collaboration between the school and external organizations, such as local community groups or charities that have contributed significantly to preventing bullying and promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, or wellbeing within the school community.

Student Voice Empowerment Award

Highlighting a school that has effectively incorporated student input and perspectives into their efforts to prevent and address bullying. This award acknowledges schools that prioritise and value student voices in decision-making processes related to bullying prevention and inclusion initiatives.


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Revised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRevised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced


Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, and Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Hildegarde Naughton, TD, have announced a revised assessment of need process for schools.

This revised process has been developed on foot of a recent High Court judgement which found that ... click to read full post & comments


New Upskilling Programme for post-primary teachers in Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/04/2024.
Tags: TeachersNew Upskilling Programme for post-primary teachers in Irish


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced that Trinity College Dublin, alongside Marino Institute of Education, has secured a contract to offer an innovative two-year programme aimed at ... click to read full post & comments


Animal Assisted Education Programme for Neurodivergent students

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/04/2024.
Tags: Parents TeachersAnimal Assisted Education Programme for Neurodivergent students


Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) has announced the introduction of its new Animal Assisted Education Programme, which is supported by the Royal Canin Foundation in collaboration with University College Cork. The pioneering initiative aims to ... click to read full post & comments


Dept of Ed statement on Junior Cycle School Book Scheme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/03/2024.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDept of Ed statement on Junior Cycle School Book Scheme


Statement issued by Department of Education on the Delivery of the Junior Cycle Schoolbooks advising that additional user-friendly resources and support will be provided after Easter Break

The new Junior Cycle Schoolbooks Scheme is ... click to read full post & comments


Location of two new special schools confirmed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/03/2024.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLocation of two new special schools confirmed


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have confirmed the location of two new special schools in Limerick and Kildare. This follows their announcement on 6 December 2023 of the establishment of four new special schools for ... click to read full post & comments


Pilot Voluntary Redeployment Scheme for Post Primary

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/02/2024.
Tags: TeachersPilot Voluntary Redeployment Scheme for Post Primary


The Pilot Voluntary Redeployment Scheme 2024 is available to permanent/CID teachers who are employed in a post primary school:

  • In counties Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan and ... click to read full post & comments


    Schools invited to take part in Creative Clusters

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/02/2024.
    Tags: TeachersSchools invited to take part in Creative Clusters


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today invited schools and YouthReach centres across Ireland to apply to take part in Creative Clusters for the two years commencing ... click to read full post & comments


    18,000 Ukrainian students in Irish schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/01/2024.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers18,000 Ukrainian students in Irish schools


    The Department of Education can confirm that 18,003 Ukrainian pupils had been enrolled in schools across Ireland at the end of December 2023. Out of that figure, 11,165 of these pupils had ... click to read full post & comments


    School STEM Grants Trebled

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/12/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool STEM Grants Trebled


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced a trebling of the budget for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grants to €4.7m. The announcement, which comes as a result of ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations 2024

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/12/2023.
    Tags: Education & Politics Teachers ParentingLeaving Certificate Oral Examinations 2024


    ASTI and ISSU issued statements expressing disappointment at the Examination Comission's announcement that 2024 Leaving Certificate Oral examinations will once again be held during the first week of the students Easter Break (Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th March 2024) - see statements below ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Reforms Consultation

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/12/2023.
    Tags: Teachers Parenting Education & PoliticsLeaving Cert Reforms Consultation


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD along with Arlene Forster, Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), today formally marked the recent launch of the open consultation on draft specifications for six Leaving ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2023

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/12/2023.
    Tags: Teachers Education & Politics ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2023


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2023 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 thirteen years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Four New Special Schools for Students Announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/12/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingFour New Special Schools for Students Announced


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today, 6 December, announced the establishment of four new special schools next year to cater for the increasing number of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN). ... click to read full post & comments


    Irish students are Best Performers in Reading Literacy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/12/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingIrish students are Best Performers in Reading Literacy


    Minister Foley welcomes the publication of PISA 2022 results, showing students significantly above average in mathematics, reading and science. ... click to read full post & comments


    The Solar for Schools Programme has Commenced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2023.
    Tags: TeachersThe Solar for Schools Programme has Commenced


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ossian Smyth, today launched the commencement of the first phase of the Solar for Schools Programme. ... click to read full post & comments


    Cineáltas Flag issued to all Schools during Anti-Bullying Week

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2023.
    Tags: TeachersCineáltas Flag issued to all Schools during Anti-Bullying Week


    Minister Foley issues Cineáltas Flag to all primary, post-primary and special schools during Anti-Bullying Week 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    Students Demand Orals Examinations to Return to Pre-Pandemic Timings

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/11/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents Demand Orals Examinations to Return to Pre-Pandemic Timings


    The Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU) is demanding that Oral Examination times be changed to before the Easter break, reverting back to the timetable in place pre-pandemic. ... click to read full post & comments


    HSE Encourages Schools to Catch It Bin It Kill It

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/11/2023.
    Tags: TeachersHSE Encourages Schools to Catch It Bin It Kill It


     

  • Hand washing and cough etiquette can improve respiratory hygiene

  • Posters for schools NOW available to order from HSE’s Health Promotion website
  • ... click to read full post & comments


    One and Half Million Euro Funding in STEM Learning Grant

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/11/2023.
    Tags: TeachersOne and Half Million Euro Funding in STEM Learning Grant


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Learning Grant for Schools. The grant scheme realises the commitment, under the STEM Education Implementation Plan to 2026, to the development of a scheme which includes the provision of funding to enhance, develop or re-establish STEM education projects that engage learners in STEM in primary and/or post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    Creation of 425 new BLAST Arts in Education Residencies

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/10/2023.
    Tags: TeachersCreation of 425 new BLAST Arts in Education Residencies


    Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has today announced the latest updates to BLAST and Creative Clusters as part of the Creative Youth Plan 2023 – 2027. ... click to read full post & comments


    €250 million investment of large-scale school building projects

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/10/2023.
    Tags: Teachers€250 million investment of large-scale school building projects

    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced the commencement of construction on Project Nore, a bundle of seven large-scale school building projects that are being delivered by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for the Department of Education across schools in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Kildare. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Cycle Results 2023 issue today

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/10/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Results 2023  issue today


    2023 is the first time that the number of candidates taking Junior Cycle tests has surpassed 70,000 with 70,727 receiving their Junior Cycle results today. Schools will be making results available to students today at a time decided by ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2024 Education & Parenting Update

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/10/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2024 Education & Parenting Update


    A total of €10.5 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2024, This will include:

  • Free schoolbooks to be provided for first three years of secondary school (iPads & private schools not included)
  • Fees will be waived for school State exams next year.
  • There will be a once-off ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Bedtime Story Books for Children 4 years and under

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/10/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersFree Bedtime Story Books for Children 4 years and under


    Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development today announced the First 5 Little Book at Bedtime initiative, in collaboration with public libraries and the Local Government Management Agency.  ... click to read full post & comments


    First Special Needs Assistant Workforce Development

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/10/2023.
    Tags: TeachersFirst Special Needs Assistant Workforce Development


    The Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD, has today announced that the Department of Education will establish the first Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Workforce Development Plan. ... click to read full post & comments


    Campaign to Encourage School Attendance Announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCampaign to Encourage School Attendance Announced


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today unveils €6 million in one off funding to support and promote attendance in primary, post-primary and special schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    Report published on use of reduced school days

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/09/2023.
    Tags: TeachersReport published on use of reduced school days


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today ( 21 September 2023) published 2 reports on the data received from Tusla Education Support Services on the use of reduced school days (RSD) since the guidelines were introduced on January 1st 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


    Update to Senior Cycle Redevelopment

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersUpdate to Senior Cycle Redevelopment


    The Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, today 20 September 2023, announces an updated programme for Senior Cycle Redevelopment. ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary School Reps Call for Increased Funding of 50%

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersPrimary School Reps Call for Increased Funding of 50%


    In last year’s budget, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD increased the primary school capitation grant to €258 per pupil to assist schools in dealing with the myriad of financial pressures facing school communities. ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Cycle Exam Results Due on 18 October

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/09/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Exam Results Due on 18 October


    Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced the Junior Cycle exam results are due out on 18th October 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Primary Mathematics Curriculum Launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/09/2023.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Primary Mathematics Curriculum Launched


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launches the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum for all primary and special schools. ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI on failure to address teacher recruitment & retention crisis

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/08/2023.
    Tags: TeachersASTI on failure to address teacher recruitment & retention crisis


    The teacher recruitment and retention crisis means that schools are under enormous strain and are at a critical point. ... click to read full post & comments


    Consultation Process for new Traveller & Roma Education Strategy

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Consultation Process for new Traveller & Roma Education Strategy


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today opened a public consultation process to inform development of the new Traveller and Roma Education Strategy. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Leaving Cert Sex Ed Curriculum launched

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersNew Leaving Cert Sex Ed Curriculum launched


    According to the NCCA, arising from the review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in primary and post-primary schools, the need to update the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum was identified as ... click to read full post & comments


    OECD review to address educational disadvantage

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/07/2023.
    Tags: TeachersOECD review to address educational disadvantage


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, 10 July, announced that she has invited the OECD to conduct a review of Ireland’s Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) resource allocation policy. ... click to read full post & comments


    Degree Programmes available outside Points System

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/07/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersDegree Programmes available outside Points System



    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today launched a landmark change to ensure undergraduate students, for the first time, can earn a university degree outside the points system. ... click to read full post & comments


    Second Strand of Counselling & Mental Health Supports

    Posted by SchoolDays newshound, on 26/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSecond Strand of Counselling & Mental Health Supports


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced details of the second strand of a landmark programme of counselling and wellbeing/mental health supports to be piloted in a number of primary schools across the country from September 2023. ... click to read full post & comments


    Details of My Little Library 2023 announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/06/2023.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsDetails of My Little Library 2023 announced


    Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, together with Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today launched #MyLittleLibrary2023. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    New contracts for Irish-medium teacher education programmes

    Posted by SchoolDays NewsHound on 07/06/2023.
    Tags: TeachersNew contracts for Irish-medium teacher education programmes


  • up to 60 places for teacher education through Irish to be delivered annually ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Ministers wish candidates good wishes for state examinations

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/06/2023.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersMinisters wish candidates good wishes for state examinations


    Minister for Education Norma Foley, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan and Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne have extended good luck and best wishes to all candidates ... click to read full post & comments


    Winners of the Good Friday Agreement Schools’ Competition

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/06/2023.
    Tags: TeachersWinners of the Good Friday Agreement Schools’ Competition


    In February, Minister for Education, Norma Foley launched a competition to encourage students to reflect on the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement by submitting artwork, poetry, or visual and digital works, exploring the theme of ‘The Gift of Peace and the responsibility that comes with it’ ... click to read full post & comments





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