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Proposals to alleviate teacher supply crisis

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2022.
Tags: TeachersProposals to alleviate teacher supply crisis


The Government was yesterday informed by Education Minister Norma Foley of a number of measures she is proposing to action to deal with the teacher supply crisis. The actions planned or under serious consideration include ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan on Bullying

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAction Plan on Bullying


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launches Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying. This landmark new Action Plan is dedicated to the prevention and addressing of bullying, cyber bullying, racism, gender identity bullying or sexual harassment, among other areas, in schools. ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Demands Radical Action on Teacher Supply

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/12/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsASTI Demands Radical Action on Teacher Supply


The ASTI was represented at a consultative forum held in Dublin today on the crisis of recruitment and retention of teachers in schools. The enormity of the challenges facing schools was fully outlined. ... click to read full post & comments


Funding of 100M to Support Increased School Running Costs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFunding of 100M to Support Increased School Running Costs


The Minister for Education Norma Foley has today announced the provision of €90 million additional funding for schools for the 2022/23 school year, as announced on Budget Day 2023. This once-off payment is to provide additional support to schools given general inflation and increasing energy prices and will be paid to schools before the end of the current school term. ... click to read full post & comments


Review of the EPSEN Act open to Public Consultation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2022.
Tags: ParentingReview of the EPSEN Act open to Public Consultation


The Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, has today announced the opening of the public consultation as part of the review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, which provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cycle Results issue today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cycle Results issue today


67,130 Junior Cycle students will finally receive their examination results today. In previous years results would have issued in mid-September. However due to a shortage of examiners along with covid-related arrangements for the Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate results have been delayed until now.

Commenting on the delay in issuing the results, the SEC has said ... click to read full post & comments


Housing Crisis Threatens Education System

Posted by Schooldays Newshoud, on 22/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsHousing Crisis Threatens Education System


The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), Fórsa, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, the Irish Federation of University Teachers, SIPTU (Education) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) represent about 110,000 members working in schools, colleges, and education centres across the country. ... click to read full post & comments


First CyberChampion School in Ireland

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2022.
Tags: ParentingFirst CyberChampion School in Ireland


St. Finian's National School, Dillonstown in Co. Louth is the first school in Ireland to receive ‘CyberChampion’ status from CyberSafeKids. Created and developed by CyberSafeKids, the CyberSafe Tool for Schools enables primary schools to self-evaluate their school's level of cybersafety against best practice. ... click to read full post & comments


Upskilling Programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics Upskilling Programme for SPHE/RSE Teachers


The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced a new postgraduate programme to upskill registered post-primary teachers teaching Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE). ... click to read full post & comments


60,000 children to celebrate National Pyjama Day 2022

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting60,000 children to celebrate National Pyjama Day 2022


 
– Charity fundraiser open to public donations for the first time this year – 

60,000 children will set off to their Early Years and School Age Care settings tomorrow (18.11.22) dressed in pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns to celebrate National Pyjama Day, ... click to read full post & comments


Implementation of the First Phase of ISL Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsImplementation of the First Phase of ISL Scheme


The Minister for Education Norma Foley and the Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan have today announced further details on the implementation of the first phase of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) scheme which provides ISL in-school support for students who are Deaf and whose primary means of communication is ISL. ... click to read full post & comments


Pilot Project to Support School Leavers with Disabilities

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsPilot Project to Support School Leavers with Disabilities


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan today announced a pilot programme to support the transition for young people with disabilities to improve access to, and opportunities for, post-school options. This project will help young people with disabilities to plan for their future options when leaving school. ... click to read full post & comments


School Holidays for next 3 years published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Holidays for next 3 years published


The Department of Education and Science have issued a new circular is to advise managerial authorities of the agreement that has been reached between the parties to the Teachers' Conciliation Council in relation to the standardisation of the breaks at ... click to read full post & comments


Expansion of National Council for Special Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsExpansion of National Council for Special Education


The Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, today addressed the National Council for Special Education Research Conference at Croke Park where she announced investment of nearly €13 million to support the expansion and development ... click to read full post & comments


38 Million to Address Education Disadvantage

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/11/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics38 Million to Address Education Disadvantage


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed the publication of the 2023 Dormant Accounts Action plan and announced details of the €3.8 million in funding the Department of Education will receive. ... click to read full post & comments


Extension of Bereavement Leave in Education Sector

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsExtension of Bereavement Leave in Education Sector


The Minister for Education Norma Foley has today welcomed the decision to align bereavement leave for staff in the education sector with those in other areas of the public sector. This agreement will see existing leave for staff extended to 20 days in relation to the death of a spouse/partner or child. ... click to read full post & comments


First Cross-Border Industry Insights for Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsFirst Cross-Border Industry Insights for Teachers


Minister for Education Norma Foley today welcomed the first cross-border Industry Insights session for teachers and guidance counsellors. The event, a first of its kind on this island, is taking place online today in conjunction with Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI). ... click to read full post & comments


Applications open for the Parent Peer Support Fund

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2022.
Tags: ParentingApplications open for the Parent Peer Support Fund


€50,000 will be made available for initiatives promoting parent peer support groups. Successful applicants stand to receive grants of up to €2,000 to carry out parent peer support group projects throughout Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


20 Million Summer Programme 2023 announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/10/2022.
Tags: Education And Politics20 Million Summer Programme 2023 announced


The Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today announced that a summer programme will be in place for 2023 for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage. ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert Results Date Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/10/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Cert Results Date Announced


The State Examinations Commission (SEC), intends to issue the 2022 Junior Cycle examination results to candidates on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

Noting the very significant examiner shortages which affected marking at both Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle this year, the SEC has ... click to read full post & comments


Appointment of Chief Inspector of Dept. of Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsAppointment of Chief Inspector of Dept. of Education


Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the appointment of Yvonne Keating as Chief Inspector at the Department of Education. This appointment is made following the completion of a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) Specialist competition held by the Public Appointments Service. ... click to read full post & comments


Dormant Accounts Funding to Support Traveller and Roma Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsDormant Accounts Funding to Support Traveller and Roma Students


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced details of the 2022 Dormant Accounts Funding to provide targeted supports to tackle education disadvantage for Traveller and Roma students. ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/10/2022.
Tags: Education And PoliticsSchools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme


Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan today launched the 2023 – 2024 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme that will evaluate and demonstrate the approach to energy retrofit and carbon reduction in the schools’ sector, testing energy efficiency solutions and renewable heat technologies. ... click to read full post & comments


INTO & TUI accept public pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/09/2022.
Tags: TeachersINTO & TUI accept public pay deal


INTO and TUI have voted in faovur of public sector pay deal - see their statements below

INTO Statement
Members of Ireland’s largest teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), have voted by a significant margin to accept the proposals in the Review of Building Momentum in an electronic ballot of ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2023 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/09/2022.
Tags: Parenting TeachersBudget 2023 Education Update


A total of €9.6 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2023, including a capital budget of €860 million.

This will include:

  • The average teacher pupil ratio in primary schools being reduced from 24:1 to 23:1 pupils providing ... click to read full post & comments


    Computer Science Week 8-15 October 2022

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsComputer Science Week 8-15 October 2022


    Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced Ireland’s first-ever Computer Science Week taking place from 8-15 October. The week’s events will showcase the exciting benefits and cutting-edge opportunities of Computer Science for students while shining a light on the impressive developments in classrooms around Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


    78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/09/2022.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics78 Schools join Creative Clusters Initiative


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the creation of 21 new 2022 Creative Clusters comprising 78 schools. Creative Clusters is an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under ... click to read full post & comments


    Reinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/09/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsReinstatement Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) allowance


    The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) have welcomed the overdue publication of the circular letter confirming payment of the value of the Professional Masters in Education (PME) allowance (formerly HDip Allowance) - value currently €1,314 annually - to those teachers appointed since February 2012. ... click to read full post & comments


    Over half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers NewsOver half of 2022 Leaving Certificate Grades inflated


    61,000+ Leaving Certificate students receive their Leaving Certificate Results today after 10am. The figure of 61,000 includes 3,051 students who sat the alternative Leaving Certificate Applied programme and ... click to read full post & comments


    Adjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit State examinations in 2023, to take account of the disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... click to read full post & comments


    Additional special education provision announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdditional special education provision announced


    The Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD has today provided an update on the provision of special class and special school places across Dublin and Cork for the forthcoming school year. ... click to read full post & comments


    Fixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFixed charge doubled for ignoring School Traffic Wardens


    Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton has announced that she intends to double the fine for failing to stop at a school warden sign. This will see the fine increase from €80 to €160. The announcement comes as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána call on drivers to watch out for children as they return to school. ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 22/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingParents waiting to hear on School Bus Applications


    Earlier this year, the government announced it was waiving school transport fees for a year. As a result, Bus Eireann, which operates the scheme, has advised that by the closing date of 29th July, it had ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Teacher Unions to ballot for industrial action

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/08/2022.
    Tags: TeachersTeacher Unions to ballot for industrial action


    The INTO and ASTI have said they will ballot their members next month on possible industrial action to secure pay rises. Statements from both unions can be viewed below.

    ASTI Statement 10th August 2022
    ASTI begins preparations for public sector pay ballot
     
    The Standing Committee of the ASTI today decided to conduct a ballot of members this September on potential industrial action over pay, in line with other public sector unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).
     
    The ballot will form part of a coordinated campaign by public sector unions in the context of continuous high inflation and the failure of Government to make a sustainable offer at Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) discussions.
     
    ASTI President Miriam Duggan said teachers and other public sector workers are trying to cope with hefty cost of living increases.
     
    “A significant improvement in pay is essential to help offset spiralling inflation,” said Ms Duggan. “Teachers in common with other public sector workers are finding it difficult to make ends meet. It is very disappointing that the Government is showing such scant regard for public servants in light of all they contributed at the height of the pandemic.”
     
    “The Government must return to the WRC with a credible proposal for unions and their members to consider.”
     
    The ASTI is recommending that its members vote for industrial action in the ballot.

    INTO Statement 10th August 2022
    The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) today decided to initiate a September ballot of all its members (ROI) for potential industrial action, unless the Government’s irresponsible procrastination on public-sector pay talks ends quickly with a respectable pay offer put on the table.

    The decision was taken in solidarity with all workers across the public service who are battling accelerating inflation and steep increases in the cost of living, as are all Irish workers, while the Government has failed to engage in further talks with our representatives at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) over the last eight weeks.

    Following the decision, INTO President John Driscoll called on the Government to urgently return to negotiations with a respectable pay offer that unions could put to a ballot of their members.
    As a member of the ICTU Public Services Committee, the INTO has supported efforts under the review clause of the Building Momentum agreement to secure a necessary pay uplift for public sector workers. This uplift is essential in light of skyrocketing inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

    The union expresses its profound disappointment that the WRC talks process has stalled for the last two months, despite frequent statements from leading Government figures on the need to provide a pay increase for hard-pressed public servants.

    The union will be advocating that members respond positively, thereby mandating the union to utilise all options up to and including strike action in order to secure a fair pay rise.

    The CEC was briefed in June on the mediocre offer of an additional 2½% proposed by Government for the whole of 2021 and 2022. The CEC fully supported the position of the ICTU Public Services Committee that such an offer would not provide sufficient protection for public sector workers, whose incomes have been decimated over the last eighteen months.

    Noting that INTO members have only received a 1% increase in salary since the current agreement commenced in January 2021 – with Irish inflation rising by more than 10% in the same period – it will therefore be necessary for the union to begin the process of balloting our membership for industrial action, unless the government increases its offer significantly in short order.

    Balloting for industrial action will be preceded by a two-week consultation process with members and a full ballot of all members will take place in  early September, should the Government fail in the meantime to make a meaningful offer in respect of pay.



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    Students' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/08/2022.
    Tags: ParentingStudents' Union Welcomes News From EUNICAS


    In a statement released by EUNICAS on August 1st, it was confirmed that several third-level institutions across Europe will be accepting late results from Irish students, including Lithuania, Italy, Poland and universities across the Netherlands. ... click to read full post & comments


    Extension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/08/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExtension of temporary alleviation measures School Transport Scheme


    Minister for Education Norma Foley is pleased to announce, following today’s government decision, that Temporary Alleviation Measures at post-primary level will be continued for the 2022/2023 school year pending completion of the review of the School Transport Scheme. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Consultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsConsultation phase on draft SPHE curriculum for Junior Cycle opens


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today, Monday 18 July, welcomes the opening by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) of a consultation phase on the draft Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum, including Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), for Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Back to School Allowance Increase in July

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBack to School Allowance Increase in July


    In an announcement made on the 11th of July 2022, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys stated the increase in the back-to-school allowance will be made from next week, rather than next month. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    School Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchool Transport Scheme Fees Waived for 2022/23


    On the 8th of July The Government announced welcome initiatives to assist families with children returning to school in September, including removing fees from school transport for the coming academic year. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Cork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school

    Posted by Schoolday newshound, on 01/07/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCork ETB announced as patrons of new Rochestown special school


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have confirmed that the new special school in Rochestown which was recently announced will operate under the patronage of Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB). ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/06/2022.
    Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


    The State Examinations Commission has announced that the Leaving Certificate Results will be issued to students on Friday 2nd September. This is the ... click to read full post & comments(6)


    16,000 books delivered to 21 schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2022.
    Tags: Teachers16,000 books delivered to 21 schools


    Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn, today marked the final stage of the An Bosca Leabharlainne Artist in Residence scheme with the delivery of over 16,000 books to 21 schools across the country. In partnership with Foras na Gaeilge, this represents the culmination of the most ambitious children’s literature project ever undertaken in the Irish language. ... click to read full post & comments


    'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/06/2022.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers'State is failing children with Special Educational Needs'


    The Department of Education is failing children with Special Educational Needs, particularly in black spots such as Dublin and Cork, regarding the provision of suitable school places, a new report published today by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has found. ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary Schools across Ireland Receive STEM Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/06/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsPrimary Schools across Ireland Receive STEM Awards


    The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, announced today that 372 primary schools across the country will be awarded the Discover Science and Maths Award. Led by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students, parents, and teachers, nationwide in a fun and engaging way. [end_intro]

    Commenting on the awards, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, said: “I want to congratulate all the students and the teachers that have been successful in winning an SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Award. The projects this year covered several important topics that will inevitably impact every one of us including climate change, plastics and technology.

    “I know the last few years haven’t been easy for children but yet again, we have seen their imaginations remain alive and they are working together to help us solve the big challenges we all face.

    “I really hope students and their teachers will keep engaging with programmes such as this one and developing science, technology and maths within the school. Because we need so many big ideas and bright people to help us navigate our way through the big problems we are all dealing with.”


    The awards celebrate and recognise the participation of schools in hands-on, inquiry-based learning in the areas of STEM. This year, students focused on issues such as climate change, plastics, technology, and using STEM to solve everyday problems.

    Congratulating the schools, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “It is great to again get the opportunity to celebrate and reward so many primary school students, and their teachers, for their excellent contributions to the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. We are committed to breaking down barriers and finding ways to make learning both accessible and engaging. I hope that dated, stereotypical views of the types of people who work in STEM will soon be a thing of the past; as we look forward to the next generation of STEM workers and enthusiasts, we need to ensure that the full diversity of our society is reflected. There already is evidence of increasing levels of diversity amongst our research community, but more can still be done. Engaging with primary school students and their families is a key component to achieving this.”

    The awards offer three categories for applicants: The Certificate of STEM, is aimed at schools starting out on the STEM journey and involves a minimum of two classes. The Plaque of STEM, which is for schools further along their STEM journey, involves at least half of the classes in the school. The Badge of Excellence is for schools that have already achieved the Plaque and have continued to demonstrate excellence in raising awareness of STEM in their communities. This year, 15 schools received the Certificate, 332 schools achieved the Plaque, and 25 schools accomplished the Badge.

    The virtual award ceremony was attended by teachers and students from over 200 schools and included a live science show marking the close of this year’s programme.

    SFI, in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), offers free continuous professional development (CPD) in STEM for primary school teachers. The programme explores the topics of biodiversity, insulation, and space through inquiry-based learning. The three workshops will provide teachers with a framework and planning tools to deliver hands-on STEM learning in the classroom. This CPD can be carried out virtually via Zoom.

    Registration for the 2022/2023 Academic Year Awards and the DPSM/ESERO CPD will open in September 2022. For more information about the DPSM programme, the Awards and CPD, please visit www.primaryscience.ie or contact the team on primaryscience@sfi.ie.

    • Total Awards: 372 awarded

    • Certificate of STEM: 15 awarded

    • Plaque of STEM: 332 awarded

    • Badge of STEM: 25 awarded

    • DEIS Schools: 80 awardees for 2022/2023

    • Gaelscoil: 16 awardees for 2022/2023




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