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Students call for a Hybrid State Exams Model

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/01/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents call for a Hybrid State Exams Model


ISSU Statement : Irish Students Call for a Hybrid State Exams Model by a Landslide
 
The Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) survey of school students shows that two-thirds of exam students are calling for a ... click to read full post & comments


TUI seeks full return to state exams this year

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/01/2022.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTUI seeks full return to state exams this year


It is the strong position of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) that the traditional State Examinations must take place this year. The current circumstances are radically different from previous years and there is no justification for ... click to read full post & comments(3)


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2021

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/01/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingFeeder Schools Lists published for 2021


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2021 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 ten years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


Schools will re-open Thursday

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools will re-open Thursday


Statement following meeting between Minister Foley and education stakeholders today, 4 January 2022

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD together with officials, has today met with representatives from Public Health, the HSE and education stakeholders to discuss the re-opening of schools following the Christmas break, on Thursday 6 January.

These meetings were productive, with ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI proposing a delayed & staggered reopening of schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/01/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersASTI proposing a delayed & staggered reopening of schools


The Standing Committee of the ASTI met today to assess the position regarding the reopening of schools in the context of the prevalence of Covid-19 nationwide.
 
The meeting heard of the unease of members regarding the health and safety of teachers, students and school communities.
 
The ASTI is deeply concerned that ... click to read full post & comments


Education Indictors for Ireland Report 2021

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/12/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersEducation Indictors for Ireland Report 2021


The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2021 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland.

The indicators in this report cover all levels of education starting with ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/12/2021.
Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsLeaving Cert Oral and Practical Exams Deferred until Easter 2022


The Department of Education today (Monday, 20 December 2021) and the State Examinations Commission hosted online a meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2022. ... click to read full post & comments


Review of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2021.
Tags: Parents Education And PoliticsReview of Education for Persons with Special Needs launched


Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has today announced the commencement of a full review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. The EPSEN Act provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments


Additional funds for schools to reduce covid spread

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/12/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsAdditional funds for schools to reduce covid spread


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (13 December 2021) announced the payment of a minor works grant totaling €45m for primary schools and special schools as part of additional support in the context of ... click to read full post & comments


Minister for Health announces vaccine for 5-11 year olds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/12/2021.
Tags: ParentingMinister for Health announces vaccine for 5-11 year olds


The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has accepted new recommendations in relation to Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The recommendations were made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) ... click to read full post & comments


Some schools to remain closed 8th December

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSome schools to remain closed 8th December


Updated 10pm 7/12/21 -
n a statement, the Department of Education said: "The department is advising that all schools that are currently or forecast to be in a Red or Orange alert area should remain closed tomorrow, 8 December. This will allow for assessment of the impact of Storm Barra to take place."
This includes: Dublin, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.



Previous Statement
The Department is advising that all schools that are currently or forecast to be in a Red or Orange alert area should remain closed tomorrow, 8 December. This will allow for ... click to read full post & comments


Schools in Orange & Red Alert areas to close tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools in Orange & Red Alert areas to close tomorrow


Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra and to give sufficient notice to schools and parents/guardians, the Department said it is advising that all schools covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley confirms 20 school building projects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley confirms 20 school building projects


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD confirms that 20 school building projects, being managed and delivered on a devolved basis by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) on behalf of the Department, are expected to progress to tender stage. ... click to read full post & comments


€50 million funding to primary and post-primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/12/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€50 million funding to primary and post-primary schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announces the issue of €50 million in grant funding to schools, the first of two major ICT projects supporting primary and post-primary schools. This funding was secured as part of a major investment programme for the Department of Education ... click to read full post & comments


Guidance issued on mask wearing in schools from 3rd Class

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/11/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersGuidance issued on mask wearing in schools from 3rd Class


The Department of Education has issued guidelines to schools this evening, on the wearing of face masks in primary schools for those in third class and up. The guidelines include what exemptions will apply. The new rule, which was recommended by Nphet last week,  is to take ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI dismayed at Minister's 'unfair substitution arrangements'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2021.
Tags: TeachersASTI dismayed at Minister's 'unfair substitution arrangements'


The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, has issued a circular letter to post primary schools setting out a suite of measures to alleviate the pressure schools are experiencing sourcing substitute teachers.  The purpose of the arrangements is to provide ... click to read full post & comments


Antigen Testing for School Children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/11/2021.
Tags: ParentsAntigen Testing for School Children


From the 29th of November the use of antigen testing in certain circumstances in children who are asymptomatic and part of a classroom pod, where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be introduced.

The antigen testing is only for asymptomatic children in a pod with a confirmed positive case. Symptomatic children must stay home if they display any symptoms like a new cough, shortness of breath, high temperature, sore throat – ... click to read full post & comments


INSPA National School Photography Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2021.
Tags: TeachersINSPA National School Photography Awards


The INSPA’s are once again open to all Primary Schools in the Republic of Ireland. INSPA is a national children’s photography competition and Positive Primaries Programme which introduces Creative Well-being into the lives of primary schools by engaging with the magic and art of photography.

This year’s theme ‘Me, Myself, and I’ is looking for images that explore ‘Self-Portraits’ in ... click to read full post & comments


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


€2 million funding for education disadvantage

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers€2 million funding for education disadvantage


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today welcomed the publication of the 2022 Dormant Accounts Action plan, including funding of €2 million to support learners impacted by educational disadvantage.

Money in the Dormant Accounts Fund can be used to ... click to read full post & comments


Irish & British Teaching Unions call for quality Climate Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/11/2021.
Tags: TeachersIrish & British Teaching Unions call for quality Climate Education


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) today joined voices with other teacher unions in Ireland and Britain to call for a strengthened role for educators in the fight against climate change.

An open letter signed by leaders in the British and Irish Group of Teacher Unions (BIGTU) says “it is imperative that education systems are strengthened to face the climate crisis through increased funding, improved infrastructure, and continuous professional development for teachers.” ... 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


ASTI Disappointed with CO2 Monitors Delay

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/09/2021.
Tags: TeachersASTI Disappointed with CO2 Monitors Delay


The ASTI has conveyed its disappointment and dismay with today’s confirmation that the delivery of 10,000 CO2 monitors to schools will be delayed for some weeks.

“These monitors constitute an important extra tool in the fight to ensure that ... 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


€63.5 mill for School Broadband & Digital Infrastructure

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/07/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers €63.5 mill for School Broadband & Digital Infrastructure


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, welcomed the announcement made by Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, confirming inclusion of the Department of Education’s proposal for funding under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).

The funding sanctioned the under EU/NRRP facility for the two projects in the ... click to read full post & comments





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