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Priorities to reform special education provision

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/09/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPriorities to reform special education provision


Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, today announced her key priorities for action to reform and develop special education provision in Ireland.

Minister Madigan said: “I want to be an advocate for all our students with complex ... click to read full post & comments


Class Ranking to be made available to Leaving Cert students

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/09/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersClass Ranking to be made available to Leaving Cert students


The Department of Education has said that, following legal advice, Students who received calculated grades under this year's Leaving online portal.

Up to now, this year’s students were able to access both the estimated marks provided by their school as well as the final marks awarded by the Calculated Grades office that gave rise to their published grades. However, access to the class rank information was delayed due to objections from Teacher Unions. This information will now be available from next Monday.

The TUI have issued the following statement today expression their disappointment to release the ranking data.

“While the clear preference of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) was always that the written Leaving Certificate examinations would proceed, the Union recognised that this was not possible due to the public health emergency.

The Union engaged fully and positively with the Department of Education and Skills and the other stakeholders in the common effort to devise and implement a credible and reliable process so that our students would have a mechanism to progress to the next phase of their lives.

We engaged in the Calculated Grades process on a good faith, once-off basis and sought and received certain assurances. One such assurance was that the student ranking provided by a school would only be available to a student in response to a data access request. In this regard, it is worth noting that FAQs outlining this understanding were formally endorsed by the Department before they were posted on the TUI website.

Ranking students in such a manner runs completely counter to the values of inclusive teaching and was only agreed upon on the understanding that it was to improve the accuracy of the data collected and would not be released in the manner now planned.

The departure from this agreed position is a fundamental breach of trust by the Department and is profoundly damaging to the student/teacher relationship.

Release of class rankings in such a manner also has the potential to be extremely damaging for more vulnerable students, reinforcing stereotyping and stigmatisation, embedding disadvantage and serving absolutely no useful practical or moral purpose.
The proposed manner of release could result in the personal data of many students being inferred or deduced and circulated without their knowledge”
This flagrant breach of trust by the Department is deeply disappointing and shows scant regard for vulnerable students. It will also make future trust-based collaboration extremely difficult."



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Trinity Professor launches Vaccine Rap to Save Lives

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/09/2020.
Tags: ParentingTrinity Professor launches Vaccine Rap to Save Lives


Today, 21st September 2020, one of Ireland's leading scientists in the field of immunology at Trinity College Dublin, launches a Vaccines Save Lives video-based campaign to focus the minds of parents on the importance ... click to read full post & comments


Archbishop worried about initiatives to 'get First Communions done'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/09/2020.
Tags: ParentingArchbishop worried about initiatives to 'get First Communions done'


The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has expressed concern at parishes coming under pressure to rush through First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. Read Archbishop Martin's statement below ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to ballot for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/09/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to ballot for industrial action


The ASTI Central Executive Committee met yesterday and decided to ballot its members in relation to a number of key issues which have emerged since schools re-opened.
 
The meeting heard that ASTI members have serious concerns about the ... click to read full post & comments


ISSU Launches New Website as Gaeilge

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/09/2020.
Tags: TeachersISSU Launches New Website as Gaeilge


As of Friday 18th September, the ISSU now provides its website and services in Irish as well as English. ... click to read full post & comments


Drivers urged to be extra cautious

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/09/2020.
Tags: ParentingDrivers urged to be extra cautious


The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are advising drivers to take extra care when using the roads now that national and secondary schools have reopened, following prolonged closure due to Covid-19.

There is a significant increase in school-going traffic and drivers will have noticed a rise in the number of children using ‘active modes’ of transport such as cycling or walking to get to school. Drivers need to slow down ... click to read full post & comments


Class of 2020 receive highest grades on record

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/09/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersClass of 2020 receive highest grades on record


Around 60,000 students will receive the results of their Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades today - available online from 9am this morning.

According to information published by the Department of Education, average grades will be ... click to read full post & comments


ISSU launches Mental Health Manual for students

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/09/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersISSU launches Mental Health Manual for students


The ISSU has launched a back-to-school mental health resource “How’s Your Head”, aiming to help students to get back on track mentally on ... click to read full post & comments


4% of predicted Leaving Cert grades increased, 17% reduced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/09/2020.
Tags: Parenting Teachers4% of predicted Leaving Cert grades increased, 17% reduced


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Tuesday 1 September, announced further details of the Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and ... click to read full post & comments


Open letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/08/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersOpen letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer


To parents and guardians of school children in Ireland,

I am very aware that many of you are worried about the reopening of schools and the associated risk of COVID-19 for your children. ... click to read full post & comments


Children spend more time online during Covid-19

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/08/2020.
Tags: ParentingChildren spend more time online during Covid-19


New research carried out by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University in partnership with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission which looks at how children and parents engaged with ... click to read full post & comments


Postponed Leaving Cert Exams start Mon 16 November

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/08/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersPostponed Leaving Cert Exams start Mon 16 November


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that the 2020 postponed Leaving Certificate examinations will commence on Monday 16 November, subject to ... click to read full post & comments


2020-21 Blue Star Programme is Now Open

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/08/2020.
Tags: Teachers Parenting 2020-21 Blue Star Programme is Now Open


Primary school pupils around the country are being challenged to get creative in how they learn ... click to read full post & comments


Guidance on when to keep the kids home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2020.
Tags: ParentingGuidance on when to keep the kids home


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

The advice is for children ... click to read full post & comments


School Re-openings & School Bus Transport Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Re-openings & School Bus Transport Update


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (21/8/20) provided a further update regarding the plans to fully re-open schools. 

With some schools beginning to re-open next week, the Minister acknowledged the enormous work being undertaken in school communities and the ... click to read full post & comments


Headfort School will Reopen Sept 7th

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2020.
Tags: Teachers ParentingHeadfort School will Reopen Sept 7th


The new board of management are delighted to announce Headfort School will reopen on September 7th 2020.

As you may know Headfort School in Kells, Co. Meath closed suddenly last March ... click to read full post & comments


Update on Reopening Our Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/08/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsUpdate on Reopening Our Schools


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today provided an update ... click to read full post & comments


Equal pay is key to recruiting additional Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/08/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsEqual pay is key to recruiting additional Teachers


The Government must commit to equal pay for post 2010 entrants to teaching if it is serious about recruiting ... click to read full post & comments


Barnardos Survey 2020

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/07/2020.
Tags: ParentingBarnardos Survey 2020


Parents call for clarity; Children seek reassurance

Barnardos Back to School Survey 2020 highlights impact of school closures and suggests anxious weeks ahead

“I have no clue on what it will be like when she goes back and if she will be safe.”

(Primary School Parent, Barnardos Parents’ Back to School Survey 2020)

30th July 2020: Worry and lack of clarity about children going back to school ... click to read full post & comments


€375 million plan announced to support re-opening of schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/07/2020.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers€375 million plan announced to support re-opening of schools


The Government has today announced a €375 plan to support the reopening of primary and secondary schools at the end of August.

The full details of the ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Calculated Grades to issue thru Grades Portal 9am on 7 Sept

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Calculated Grades to issue thru Grades Portal 9am on 7 Sept


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that Calculated Grades results will issue directly to students through the student portal on 7 September at 9.00am. Results will also ... click to read full post & comments


Students & Parents Seek Supports Ahead of Schools Reopening

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents & Parents Seek Supports Ahead of Schools Reopening


The ISSU, NCPPP, IGC, and UNICEF are urgently calling on the Government to provide the additional resources students need this Autumn, as preparations continue for the safe reopening of schools after ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Results & CAO offers will happen in September

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results & CAO offers will happen in September


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that the Student Portal for the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades will open for students next Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12 o’clock.

Through this portal, all Leaving Certificate students will be able to ... click to read full post & comments


Kids invited to showcase local heritage with LEGO

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/07/2020.
Tags: ParentingKids invited to showcase local heritage with LEGO


The Heritage Council is calling on children across the country to put their imagination to good use this summer by using LEGO® bricks to recreate their favourite example of ... click to read full post & comments


Students with Down Syndrome eligible for July Provision

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsStudents with Down Syndrome eligible for July Provision


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD ... click to read full post & comments


‘Remember the Rainbow’ to support diversity

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting Teachers‘Remember the Rainbow’ to support diversity


Creative agency In the Company of Huskies, together with charity BeLonG To Youth Services, put out a message of inclusion in a new campaign aimed at primary school children.

The rainbow is a powerful symbol of respect and equality around the world. Yet for decades, ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Harris urges students to apply for SUSI

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/07/2020.
Tags: ParentingMinister Harris urges students to apply for SUSI



Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today urged students ... click to read full post & comments


Back to School Guidelines Published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/07/2020.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersBack to School Guidelines Published


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has welcomed the publication of interim public health advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in relation to the re-opening of schools. 

The interim public health advice is being ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Minister announces National Play Day 2020

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/07/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister announces National Play Day 2020


The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., today announced National Play Day 2020 ... click to read full post & comments


Guidance on Summer Provision issued to Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/06/2020.
Tags: Teachers ParentingGuidance on Summer Provision issued to Schools


The Deprtment of Education and Skills have written to all School Principals providing public health guidelines for the running of the summer programmes due to ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Meals Programme to be available for the summer

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/06/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools Meals Programme to be available for the summer


The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty announced that she is extending the funding for the School Meals Programme for summer 2020.

The programme provides ... click to read full post & comments


Impact of pandemic on children's mental health

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/06/2020.
Tags: ParentingsImpact of pandemic on children's mental health


Close to 1,500 parents across Ireland took part in a recent survey exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children, with findings revealing that 70% of parents of young children are concerned about the impact ... click to read full post & comments


Creative Clusters Closing date 26th June

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/06/2020.
Tags: TeachersCreative Clusters Closing date 26th June


Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools ... click to read full post & comments


New Resources for starting pre-school or primary school

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/06/2020.
Tags: ParentingNew Resources for starting pre-school or primary school


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, today launched an initiative for children and families ... click to read full post & comments


Roadmap for re-opening of schools published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/06/2020.
Tags: Teachers ParentingRoadmap for re-opening of schools published


The Government today published a report on planning around the next school year and the reopening of schools. 

Minister McHugh said: “It is clear that the risks and impacts on children and society where access to education is significantly reduced are considerable particularly for ... click to read full post & comments


Summer Provision Programme Details announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/06/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersSummer Provision Programme Details announced


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath today announced Summer Provision 2020 – a significantly expanded programme for ... click to read full post & comments(3)


Supports for re-opening of Childcare announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/06/2020.
Tags: ParentingSupports for re-opening of Childcare announced


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone today announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June.  The Minister said:
Early Learning and Childcare Services are important for children and their parents, and they are essential ... click to read full post & comments


Summer Prog for kids with Special Ed needs to go ahead

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/06/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSummer Prog for kids with Special Ed needs to go ahead


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today confirmed that a Summer Education Programme will take place for children with significant special educational needs and those at greatest risk of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Ireland’s National School Photography Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIreland’s National School Photography Awards


The INSPA team would like to congratulate every school who participated in the 2019/20 National School Photography Awards. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Zappone Publishes Youth Sector Guidance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Zappone Publishes Youth Sector Guidance


Guidance provides a pathway to assist youth organisations with the phased re-introduction of full service provision ... click to read full post & comments


Childcare services can resume 29th June

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2020.
Tags: ParentingChildcare services can resume  29th June


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone announced yesterday a number of developments to assist childcare providers and parents plan for the reopening of services on June 29.

Minister Zappone welcomed expert guidance provided by the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) written specifically for the childcare ... click to read full post & comments


Ark Cultural Centre supports teachers and students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/05/2020.
Tags: TeachersArk Cultural Centre supports teachers and students


A key element of the ongoing work of The Ark over the past 25 years has been working with schools. This includes commissioning and presenting programmes and ... click to read full post & comments


All Leaving Cert students must register on new portal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/05/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAll Leaving Cert students must register on new portal

 
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced that the new online Calculated Grades Student Portal will open for registration to ... click to read full post & comments



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