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Schools required to consult parents on use of smart phones

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/05/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools required to consult parents on use of smart phones


The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. today (21st May) published a circular requiring all schools to consult parents, teachers and students on the use of smart phones and ... click to read full post & comments


Specialised Therapists for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/05/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingSpecialised Therapists for Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., and the Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris T.D. today (14th May, 2018) launched the first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services. The project will be ... click to read full post & comments


Baptism barrier in schools to be lifted

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBaptism barrier in schools to be lifted


Amendment to Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 on the role of religion in school admissions approved by government

Oversubscribed primary schools will not be allowed discriminate on the basis of religion, minority religions protected

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has today (Wednesday, 9th of May 2018) published ... click to read full post & comments


Sugar Drink Tax may Fund Fight against Childhood Obesity

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2018.
Tags: Parenting Sugar Drink Tax may Fund Fight against Childhood Obesity


The sugar sweetened drinks tax, which will lead to price increases on some fizzy drinks, came into force in Ireland on Tuesday, May 1st.

The Irish Heart Foundation has reiterated calls for a portion of the proceeds to be ringfenced to fund measures to prevent childhood obesity ... click to read full post & comments


HSE Warning - Beware of Tick Bites this Summer

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/05/2018.
Tags: ParentingHSE Warning - Beware of Tick Bites this Summer


Lyme Disease Awareness Day was yesterday and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has some practical advice on how to protect yourself against the disease.

Now that summer is finally here, people who take part in outdoor pursuits need to protect themselves against Lyme disease, which is spread by ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Public Consultations for Career Guidance Review

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2018.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPublic Consultations for Career Guidance Review


The Department of Education and Skills has committed in the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, to commence an independent review of existing career guidance tools and ... click to read full post & comments


New €23 million school in Harolds Cross on track

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/04/2018.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNew €23 million school in Harolds Cross on track


Site to accommodate 16 classroom primary school and 1000 pupil post primary school 

Minister Bruton today confirmed that contracts have been signed for the acquisition of the former Harold’s Cross stadium. 

The transaction is due to ... click to read full post & comments


It's Active School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/04/2018.
Tags: Teachers ParentingIt's Active School Week


Active School Week - 23rd - 27th April 2018 

The Department of Education and Skills and Healthy Ireland encourage all schools to organise an Active School Week (ASW) as part of ... click to read full post & comments


Extra Places on Leadership Course for Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/04/2018.
Tags: TeachersExtra Places on Leadership Course for Teachers


Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton announced that he would be increasing the number of places on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, the programme for aspiring school leaders. ... click to read full post & comments


42 New Schools to Open in Next 4 Years

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/04/2018.
Tags: Parenting Teachers 42 New Schools to Open in Next 4 Years


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022).

This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by ... click to read full post & comments


Student Grant Scheme for 2018 now open

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2018.
Tags: Parenting Student Grant Scheme for 2018 now open


The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today announced the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for ... click to read full post & comments(4)


Smart Phones in Schools - parents & students to be consulted

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/04/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSmart Phones in Schools - parents & students to be consulted


The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that he will publish a circular requiring schools to ... click to read full post & comments


Pay Inequality may lead to Industrial Action, INTO Warns

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/04/2018.
Tags: TeachersPay Inequality may lead to Industrial Action, INTO Warns


The INTO today demanded immediate and time-bound pay talks, starting this month and finishing next month, to end pay inequality.

“If that fails,” the general secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan told the Minister for Education, “the INTO will ballot members for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, ... click to read full post & comments


Major Update in Sex Education Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/04/2018.
Tags: Teachers ParentsMajor Update in Sex Education Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced a major review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in schools.

The review will cover both the content of the RSE curriculum and support ... click to read full post & comments


Second-level Teachers Report Higher Stress Levels

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2018.
Tags: TeachersSecond-level Teachers Report Higher Stress Levels


Research published today shows that new initiatives and additional demands on second-level schools has led to an unsustainable work burden and increased levels of stress for teachers.

An ASTI/ RED C survey published today has found that 97% of teachers believe ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Annual Conference to Address Pay Equality

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/03/2018.
Tags: TeachersASTI Annual Conference to Address Pay Equality


Equal pay for recently qualified teachers will dominate the ASTI’s Annual Convention in Cork next week.
 
More than 450 second-level teachers from all over Ireland will attend the conference in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork from April 3rd to 5th. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Resources launched by BAI & RTE

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2018.
Tags: TeachersJunior Cert Resources launched by BAI & RTE


The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Raidio Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) have announced the launch of a teacher’s resource guide to support the delivery of the new Junior Certificate English and Science curricula.

The materials are based around the successful TV programme ... click to read full post & comments


Extra Places on Teacher Training Courses

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2018.
Tags: TeachersExtra Places on Teacher Training Courses

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. today announced, following consultation with the Irish Universities Association, an expansion of the number of places on post primary teacher education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Minister also announced that there will be ... click to read full post & comments


Getting Animated about Children’s Rights

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/03/2018.
Tags: Teachers ParentingGetting Animated about Children’s Rights


The Ombudsman for Children’s Office is marking the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) with a year-long programme of events and activities. ... click to read full post & comments


Free Meningitis Signs & Symptoms App Available

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/03/2018.
Tags: ParentingFree Meningitis Signs & Symptoms App Available


With the worrying news that a public health investigation is under way into a meningitis outbreak that has claimed the life of a six-year-old girl and left another girl seriously ill in Navan Co Meath, the national meningitis support & awareness organisation, ACT for Meningitis, are ... click to read full post & comments


€100,000 in Grants Allocated for Music Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Neshound, on 09/03/2018.
Tags: Teachers€100,000 in Grants Allocated for Music Scheme


Minister Bruton invites applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2018 €100,000 in grants for community music initiatives.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today invited applications for ... click to read full post & comments


Young teachers to protest outside Dail

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2018.
Tags: TeachersYoung teachers to protest outside Dail


Teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI will protest outside Dáil Éireann this Wednesday, March 7th in advance of a Government report on pay equalisation.

Their message to the Government: Equal pay for equal work must be ... click to read full post & comments


Boots Ireland Bans Selling Energy Drinks to Children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2018.
Tags: ParentingBoots Ireland Bans Selling Energy Drinks to Children


Boots Ireland has become one of the first non-food retailers to join an important initiative to restrict the sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to children under the age of 16.
 
Currently, all high-caffeine energy drinks carry labelling stating they are not suitable for children, in line with ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to re-open monday 'where possible'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/03/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools to re-open monday 'where possible'


Update - Sunday 7.40pm
School bus services in in parts of the East, South and Southeast will be dependent on local conditions tomorrow, Monday. Keep an on on www.buseireann.ie for updates . Schools will also communicate with parents directly where schools are not opening. In the meantime click on the links below for updates on school closures for Monday 5th March.

Details on school closures in Kildare for Monday 5th March can be found on ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Red Alert Warning extended for Thurs & Fri

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/02/2018.
Tags: ParentingRed Alert Warning extended for Thurs & Fri


UPDATED 11PM Wednesday 28th

At 11pm tonight Met Eireann issued a nationwide Red Alert with immediate effect for the WHOLE COUNTRY until 3pm Friday.
Minister of Education has confirmed that All Schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education will be ... click to read full post & comments


Boxing clever for healthier children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/02/2018.
Tags: Parenting TeachersBoxing clever for healthier children


While childhood obesity levels in Ireland are stabilising, at least one in five children are still overweight or obese*. Now, a lunchtime initiative for primary schools from the Irish Bread Bakers Association of Ireland aims to ... click to read full post & comments


PE Now a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/02/2018.
Tags: Educaiton And Politics ParentingPE Now a Leaving Cert Subject

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today announced that schools across the country will be partaking in the first phase of the implementation of the new Physical Education for Senior Cycle programmes.

80 schools will ... click to read full post & comments


The School Expo 2018 RDS

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/02/2018.
Tags: Teachers ParentsThe School Expo 2018 RDS


The School Expo 2018 will be hosted on Saturday, March 10th at the RDS.

An exciting new event bringing all involved in Education in Ireland together. Listen to incredible Main Stage Speakers covering many of the key crucial current areas in education, attend ... click to read full post & comments


New Arrangements for opting of of Religious Instruction in Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/02/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Arrangements for opting of of Religious Instruction in Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, today announced that his Department has published a circular setting out a new approach to the arrangements that are made for religious instruction and worship in Education and Training Board (ETB) and Community Post Primary schools.

ETB and Community Post Primary schools are ... click to read full post & comments


Creative Schools Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/02/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersCreative Schools Launched


Minister Bruton and Minister Madigan today launched Creative Schools, a central initiative of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme, which puts the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. They encouraged schools right across the State to apply to be part of the initiative. 

Up to 150 schools across the country, will participate in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Fire Hazard linked with some Head Lice Treatments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/02/2018.
Tags: ParentingFire Hazard linked with some Head Lice Treatments


The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and the Dublin Fire Brigade have issued an urgent warning to parents over potential fire risks associated with some head lice treatments available in Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan for Education 2018 Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAction Plan for Education 2018 Launched


Over 370 Actions to make Ireland’s Education and Training Service the best in Europe by 2026

Government prioritises innovation, school leadership & tackling disadvantage ... click to read full post & comments(1)


New Internet Safety Resource Launched for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/02/2018.
Tags: Teachers New Internet Safety Resource Launched for Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today launched a new internet safety resource for teenagers to mark Safer Internet Day 2018.

The new ‘Be in Ctrl’ resource has been developed in partnership with An Garda Síochana to support ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Career Breaks under scrutiny

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/01/2018.
Tags: TeachersTeacher Career Breaks under scrutiny


Minister Bruton's speech at IPPN

As part of the government’s plan to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, we have prioritized investment in education with total investment in education up by €1 Billion since I was appointed Minister.

Teachers and principals play a vital role in Irish Society. The quality of our teachers and leaders is the number one factor which will ... click to read full post & comments


Career Guidance Review Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/01/2018.
Tags: TeachersCareer Guidance Review Announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced a review of career guidance in post-primary schools, further education and training centres and higher education institutions.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that ... click to read full post & comments


Statement by Department on construction firm collapse

Posted by Schoioldays Newshound, on 17/01/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStatement by Department on construction firm collapse


The Department of Education and Skills is aware of the compulsory liquidation of Carillion, announced this morning. ... click to read full post & comments


Changes to Support Leaders in Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/01/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersChanges to Support Leaders in Schools announced


1,300 extra promotion posts for leadership in post primary schools

Minister Bruton highlights exciting leadership opportunities for teachers ... click to read full post & comments


Evaluation of Post Leaving Cert Programme Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/01/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersEvaluation of Post Leaving Cert Programme Published


The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D., today announced and responded to the publication of an independent evaluation of the Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme. ... click to read full post & comments


Digital Learning Planning Guidelines Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2018.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersDigital Learning Planning Guidelines Published


Digital Learning Planning Guidelines have been developed and are now available to both Primary and Post-Primary schools.

These Guidelines outline a step by step process of planning for ... click to read full post & comments


40 schools to sit Leaving Cert Computer Science Exam in 2020

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2018.
Tags: Teachers Parenting40 schools to sit Leaving Cert Computer Science Exam in 2020


40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September.

Minister Bruton today announced that 40 post primary schools around the country will start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September and will be the first to sit an exam in the subject in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


School Excellence Fund - Digital launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/12/2017.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics School Excellence Fund - Digital launched


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD has launched the School Excellence Fund – Digital in the Lego Education Innovation Studio in DCU.

All schools are being invited to apply to become part of ... click to read full post & comments


52% Increase in Bacterial Meningitis in 2017

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/12/2017.
Tags: Parenting52% Increase in Bacterial Meningitis in 2017


In light of recent alarming figures released by the HSPC (Health surveillance protection Centre) national support and awareness charity ACT for Meningitis
urge people to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of Meningitis especially during these winter months


CEO Siobhan Carroll states; "the worrying figures released this week from the HSPC highlights the ... click to read full post & comments


Children Paint a Bright Future with Dublin Bus

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/12/2017.
Tags: TeachersChildren Paint a Bright Future with Dublin Bus


37 pieces of colourful paintings were on display today at a special exhibition at Wood Quay Venue to launch the Dublin Bus Children’s Art Calendar 2018.

The pieces, created by primary school children from 25 schools across the Greater Dublin Area, ... click to read full post & comments


New Child Protection Procedures for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/12/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Child Protection Procedures for Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD welcomed the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015 and announced that his Department has published new child protection procedures for schools which take ... click to read full post & comments