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Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/08/2019.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

Primary school pupils around the country are being challenged to get creative in how they learn and think about Europe through the Blue Star Programme, coordinated by European Movement Ireland.

The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school children about Europe through creative activities and projects that complement the national primary curriculum. Each participating class carries out projects on history, geography, the Institutions of the EU, culture ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/08/2019. Patronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (19th August) invited applications for the patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established in September 2020.

Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement in April 2018 that the Government was making a major investment in education with the establishment of 42 ... click to read full post & comments


HPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/08/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersHPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept


The HPV vaccine for boys will be rolled out next month with parents being urged to protect their sons from cancer.
There are 3 vaccines offered to children in their first year of secondary school to ... click to read full post & comments


36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/08/2019.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And Politics36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project


The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., announced that 36 primary schools (with over 6,600 pupils) have been selected for the Hot School Meals Pilot Project, an initiative to provide a hot meal to primary school children on a pilot basis from September. This pilot scheme for hot school dinners was ... click to read full post & comments(1)


17 Schools require remedial work before Sept

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/08/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers17 Schools require remedial work before Sept


Engineers have identified structural flaws in 17 school buildings (list below) that will require temporary works to be carried out in coming weeks in order to ensure that they are safe for pupils and staff to return to in September. The 17 schools are in addition to  ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Results 2019 are out!

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results 2019 are out!


Almost 59,000 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today. Results will be available from schools or online on the State Examinations Commission website at 10 am. This is the first year the ... click to read full post & comments


New Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday August 12) announced new criteria for schools to grant students an exemption from ... click to read full post & comments


NPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
Tags: Parenting EducationNPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019


For many students, parents and guardians a new phase of life is about to begin. With the Leaving Cert results on the horizon new questions about what lies ahead are bound to arise. Help and advice is at hand.

The National Parents Council Post Primary’s free phone (1800 265 165) and online service ... click to read full post & comments


2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 2 August) announced the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 2 Progress Report.

The Action Plan – Cumasú emphasises empowering through learning. It highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector. This enables the Department to respond in an agile way to the demands of today’s society at ... click to read full post & comments


Statement from Minister on Back to School Costs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
Tags: ParentingStatement from Minister on Back to School Costs


Minister McHugh highlights efforts being made to support parents on back to school costs

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has highlighted efforts being made by the Government to support parents and families with back to school costs.

Minister McHugh said: “The Government is committed to tackling back to school costs. “As part of our efforts on that front I am making final preparations to publish the Student and Parent Charter Bill. It is an important piece of legislation and it will offer significant reform ... click to read full post & comments


Students Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/07/2019.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies


The Irish Second-Level Student`s Union (ISSU) is calling on the Department of Education & Skills and the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to put in place a provision allowing students who are experiencing medical emergencies at the time of their Leaving Certificate exams, so that they have the option to defer the exams and sit them in July along with students who deferred exams due to bereavement.

President of the ISSU, Ciara Fanning commented on the issue, saying “We at the ISSU want students to be able to reach their true potential in the education system. This means allowing students to be in a fit state mentally and physically, whilst sitting the exams that are the culmination of 6 years of second-level education. In no way should ... click to read full post & comments


Ministers introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
Tags: ParentingMinisters introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave


The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has signed the Commencement Order for the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019. This has enabled working parents to apply for an additional 4 weeks of unpaid parental ... click to read full post & comments


Tusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
Tags: ParentingTusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’


RTE’s programme ‘Crèches behind Closed Doors’ (aired on Wednesday, 24th July) relating to standards of childcare in Hyde & Seek chain of crèches in Dublin contained distressing footage which will undoubtedly cause upset and anxiety for parents/ guardians ... click to read full post & comments


Free Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/07/2019.
Tags: ParentingFree Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August


Minister Eoghan Murphy has agreed to the extension of the Dublin leap card arrangements for homeless families on a once off basis, for the month of August.

Arising from a commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government funds an initiative to provide homeless families residing in emergency accommodation in the Dublin Region with access to free public ... click to read full post & comments


Dept Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/07/2019.
Tags: Teachers EducationDept  Issues Surveys to Schools on Secretaries and Caretakers


The Department of Education and Skills has today (Wednesday 10th of July) issued short online surveys to schools on secretaries and caretakers employed by them and paid by grant funding.

These surveys are being undertaken in response to a pay claim that has recently been tabled by FÓRSA. As is standard practice, the full current cost of this claim to the public pay bill must be established. The Department is not the employer of the staff covered by the claim so the new surveys are needed ... click to read full post & comments


Education Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/07/2019.
Tags: Parenting EducationEducation Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon


Easing the financial burden on parents of ever increasing school costs, is among the calls made by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills, as it launches a suite of new reports.

The three new reports, which were launched, Thursday, 4th July in the AV Room, Leinster House are:

  • Education inequality & disadvantage and Barriers to Education;
  • Committee’s examination of School Costs, School Facilities and Teaching Principals; and
  • The Interim Report on the Committee’s Examination on the Current ... click to read full post & comments


    Kilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers EducationKilbehenny NS know the Right Code for Crossing the Road


    Kilbehenny National School in Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick have danced their way to the top to take first place in the Road Safety Authority’s Safe Cross Code Dance competition.

    In a race to the top of the public poll against four other shortlisted schools, Kilbehenny National School, with just 78 pupils enrolled, emerged victorious, getting more than 45% of the public vote with 12,845 ballots cast for them alone. The school were presented with 30 electronic tablets for the school plus an engraved ... click to read full post & comments


    First Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsFirst  Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports


    The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills has today published 11 Initial Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports and 11 Final Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports on its website.

    The reports arise from the new Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model introduced by ... click to read full post & comments


    Communion Spending Jumps to €929

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingCommunion Spending Jumps to €929


    Parents are now spending an average of €929 on their child’s Communion Day, the highest spend recorded since 2011 in the annual ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card


    For the month of july, children aged 18 and under who hold a child leap card can enjoy public transportation completely Free. This is part of the Kids Go Free initiative, which ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    PE through Irish Launched by Minister

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeacherPE through Irish Launched by Minister


    Programme to use Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to teach Irish through another subject

    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has (today) Thursday 20th June, launched a project using PE classes to ... click to read full post & comments


    Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersDiscover Primary Science and Maths Awards


    620 primary schools across Ireland receive award recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) over the 2018/19 school year
    New online application system sees 1,090 fewer postal journeys, helping reduce ... click to read full post & comments


    Increase in Back to School Clothing Allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingIncrease in Back to School Clothing Allowance


    Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, T.D., is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to ... click to read full post & comments


    Men’s Health Week 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingMen’s Health Week 2019


    Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, today (Monday) welcomed the start of Men’s Health Week 2019.


    Co-ordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, and running from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day), the week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems, support men and boys to live healthier lives, and encourage them to seek help or treatment ... click to read full post & comments


    Remediation for 22 schools over summer

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/06/2019.
    Tags: TeachersRemediation for 22 schools over summer


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Thursday 6 June) confirmed that a remediation programme for 22 schools constructed by ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Grant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingGrant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (04 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20.

    The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for ... click to read full post & comments


    Bereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingBereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings


    Pilot scheme will allow bereaved students to sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 31 May) announced new provisions allowing Leaving Certificate students who suffer a close family bereavement during the state examinations in June to ... click to read full post & comments


    Almost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingAlmost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday 27 May) announced almost 800 new special needs assistant posts will be allocated to schools from September.

    And as the need for more additional supports in schools is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 ... click to read full post & comments(8)


    Monaghan Students win SEAI One Good Idea National Final

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/05/2019.
    Tags: TeachersMonaghan Students win SEAI One Good Idea National Final


    Beech Hill College from Monaghan has been named the winner of the 2019 SEAI One Good Idea Competition for their campaign ‘Practical Plastics’. The campaign aims to make ... click to read full post & comments


    Online Leaving Cert Marking 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/05/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersOnline Leaving Cert Marking 2019


    Online marking for some Leaving Cert subjects is to be introduced this year, in a bid to make the process more accurate and faster. The SEC started a ... click to read full post & comments


    RSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingRSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards


    Two Hundred and thirty first and second class school children attended the Road Safety Authority’s annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards today in Dublin Castle to celebrate the winners of the competition.

    One of the most energetic road safety events of the year, the ... click to read full post & comments


    Progress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

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


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

    The Action Plan – Cumasú is based on the idea of empowering through learning. The Plan highlights the significant strategic ... click to read full post & comments


    New project to teach Irish through other subjects

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersNew project to teach Irish through other subjects


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today, 23 April, announced a new project to support the learning of Irish through PE and other subjects.

    The three-year pilot, using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, will be developed in two phases. It will be open to 22 ... click to read full post & comments


    Can schools ban parents from taking photos

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCan schools ban parents from taking photos


    The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has issued some guidelines in response to the large number of questions it receives from parents around whether it is ok to take photos at school communions, award ceremonies and sports events or whether GDPR prevents this. The kinds of ... click to read full post & comments


    July Provision Closing Date approaches

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingJuly Provision Closing Date approaches


    July Education Programme


    The scheme provides funding for an extended school year for children with a ... click to read full post & comments(13)


    New Irish Language Maths Resource launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/04/2019.
    Tags: TeachersNew Irish Language Maths Resource launched


    Foras na Gaeilge funds ‘Izak9 as Gaeilge’ teaching and learning tool

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has officially launched a new Irish medium resource which improves ... click to read full post & comments


    School Applications invited for Creative Clusters

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/04/2019.
    Tags: TeachersSchool Applications invited for Creative Clusters


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today invited applications for Creative Clusters, an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under the Schools Excellence Fund.

    Each school will enjoy access to ... click to read full post & comments


    Dublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingDublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April


    The Dublin Learning City Festival which will take place across Dublin from today, Monday 8th to Friday 12th April. The Festival is an ... click to read full post & comments


    Secondary students encouraged to eat less meat -

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSecondary students encouraged to eat less meat -


    The Irish Independent is reporting today on the response of the Irish Farmers Association to a Resource Pack made available to ... click to read full post & comments


    Grants available under Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019

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


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

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


    Views sought on managing crisis student behaviour in schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersViews sought on managing crisis student behaviour in schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (2nd April) invited contributions and views from the general public including schools, parents, young people and services working with young people on the use of physical intervention in the prevention and management of crisis student behaviour in ... click to read full post & comments


    New School Inclusion Model Trial announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew School Inclusion Model Trial announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the trialling of the School Inclusion Model – a new model of support for students with special educational and additional care needs.

    The School Inclusion Model, supported by €4.75m funding allocated in Budget 2019, aims to build schools’ capacity to include children with additional needs and to ... click to read full post & comments


    Action Plan for Education 2019 launched

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


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

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


    €50m in Funding for ICT Equipment for Schools

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


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

    All schools will receive grants to purchase ... click to read full post & comments