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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

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following apply: 


Your child has:




  • a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above) - including having chills
  • a new cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • aches and pains or tiredness
  • sore throat
  • headache




A child or adult may not have all of these symptoms, or the symptoms may be mild. Symptoms may vary for different age groups or variants of the virus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show. Symptoms of Covid-19 can be similar to symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever. If your child presents with symptoms you are asked not to send them into school and to phone your GP for advice.
Children who present with symptoms of infectious diseases, must not attend school until 48 hours has elapsed since the final bout of illness. If your child has a persistent condition (e.g. an inclination to clear the throat on a continuous basis, or a cough associated with e.g. asthma) speak to your teacher explaining this. Some schools may require a GP note to support the explanation.


What to do if you need to keep your child at home


Follow the advice for children with symptoms if your child has:




  • common symptoms of COVID-19
  • other symptoms, such as sore throat or headaches
  • diarrhoea
  • an existing breathing condition that has recently become worse






Follow the advice on what to do if your child is a close contact of COVID-19 if your child has:




  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have COVID-19
  • returned from another country in the last 14 days




These are HSE guidelines from the HSE website. For more information on Covid guidelines, click here.




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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


Cost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500



Annual ILCU back to school survey shows cost of sending child to secondary school are steadily increasing each year with this years cost now averaging €1,500. At primary school level, spending has increased by ... click to read full post & comments


Event for parents addresses children’s mental health

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEvent for parents addresses children’s mental health


A recent survey has shown that almost 20% of parents of mostly primary school age have sought some form of mental health support for their child during the Covd-19 pandemic. It also showed that 55% of parents have concerns about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s mental health.

The survey, which was carried out by ... click to read full post & comments


2 year Research Project to suport small rural schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/07/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers2 year Research Project to suport small rural schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has launched a two-year action research project aimed at supporting small rural schools.

The innovative project aims to encourage small schools to cluster together in local groups, enabling them to collaborate and identify common ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2022 students to get more choice & exam time

Posted by School Newshound, on 02/07/2021.
Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert 2022 students to get more choice & exam time


The Department of Education today hosted their online the seventh meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2021 on 30th June.

The group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and ... click to read full post & comments


School Transport Refunds to be issued from today

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/06/2021.
Tags: ParentingSchool Transport Refunds to be issued from today


Families who paid a fee for school transport in 2020/21 will receive a refund for the unused portion following the public health measure of closing schools to prevent the spread of Covid19. Bus Éireann operates the ... click to read full post & comments(3)


Students’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsStudents’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date


In a letter issued to Ministers Norma Foley and Simon Harris, the Irish Second-level Students’ Union has called for a set of measures to be taken following the announcement of the Leaving Certificate results date. The measures the organisation is advocating for center around accommodation for students in Irish third-level institutions along with a fair transition for those who plan on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has sent her best wishes to students who are sitting the 2021 Leaving Certificate Examinations beginning today Wednesday 9 June.

Minister Foley said: “I would like to wish all students starting ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for a new arts in education initiative, BLAST 2021. BLAST – Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers – is a new initiative which will enable up to 400 new arts in education residencies in schools each year.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


The Department of Education have announced that this year's Leaving Certificate Results will be issued on Friday 3rd September.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that Leaving Certificate results for 2021 are expected to issue directly to candidates through ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play

Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 01/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play


Minister O’Gorman announces roll out of Summer of Play initiative with €6m in funding for outdoor play.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today announced the Summer of Play initiative to support and ... click to read full post & comments


Special Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpecial Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published


Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has welcomed the publication by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) of the list of special classes for the coming school year (2021/22). The list shows that 2,118 special classes will be established in mainstream primary and post-primary schools across the country from September, providing ... click to read full post & comments


Language Sampler Module Announced for Primary

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLanguage Sampler Module Announced for Primary


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited expressions of interest from English-medium and Irish-medium primary and special schools to participate in a new language sampler module.

The proposed language sampler allows schools identify a modern foreign language of their choice, or Irish Sign Language (ISL).   ... click to read full post & comments


Registration opens for Online TAP CPD Courses

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsRegistration opens for  Online TAP CPD Courses


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced the opening of registration for the 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership continuous professional development (CPD) Summer Course and Residency Programme (TAP) for primary school teachers under the Creative Youth programme.

The 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course and Residency programme  ... click to read full post & comments


Winners Announced in COVID Languages Competition

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsWinners Announced in COVID Languages Competition


Hundreds of Transition Year students across the country embraced the opportunity to ‘Express yourself in COVID times’ through a foreign language as part of a new competition launched by DCU’s School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.

Supported by Languages Connect, DCU organised the event to provide students with  ... click to read full post & comments


Thousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsThousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week


Ireland’s annual celebration of walking to school runs from May 24-28.

Schools across Ireland will take part in National Walk to School Week 2021, the annual celebration of walking to school, which takes place from May 24 to 28 in primary and secondary schools. Walk to School Week is an initiative of the Green-Schools Programme.  ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 19/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsDublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School


Junior and senior infants at a new Dublin gaelscoil are doing a virtual 2,500km walk of the Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for their school.

Pupils at Gaelscoil Áine on Mobhi Road, Drumcondra, will walk, run, scoot and cycle the length of the popular tourism trail by the end of May in their own neighbourhoods.  ... click to read full post & comments


Sixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingSixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.



As sixth-year students reach the milestone end of their secondary years in school, parents and students are being asked to take extra ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTeachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour


The relationship between young people and their teachers is far more impactful than the neighbourhood they grow up in, a report by the ESRI finds. ... click to read full post & comments


Expanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExpanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD today (Tuesday, 11 May) announced the provision of expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, as a Covid-19 pandemic response measure, for summer 2021.   ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Blue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary

Posted by Schooldays, Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBlue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary


The Blue Star Programme today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with schools across Ireland, Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD. Today’s celebrations also saw schools in counties Clare, Westmeath and Dublin receive awards for 10 years of participation in the programme. The programme, implemented by European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland),  ... click to read full post & comments


Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingGaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year


The Minister of State, with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, has said on RTE News that Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht have been cancelled for ... click to read full post & comments


New RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves


A new Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme called Flourish released by the Department of Education is hitting headlines over the last few days. Flourish is a programme set out to be used in all Catholic Primary schools in Ireland, which accounts for approximately 90% of schools. While opting out of Religion classes is an option that is taken by some, the question heavily debated is, should religion be featuring so heavily in children's Relationship and Sexuality Education? ... click to read full post & comments


€100k Fund for Grants for Music Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€100k Fund for Grants for Music Education


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited applications for grants under the €100,000 Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2021.

Minister Foley said: “The last year has been an extremely challenging time for our children and young people. During the periods of remote learning, they were unable to engage in many in-person group activities such as music classes in the community.  ... click to read full post & comments


Education Bill 2021 for Leaving Cert Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEducation Bill 2021 for Leaving Cert Published


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (Friday 23 April) published the Education (Leaving Certificate) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021.

The Bill provides for a system of Accredited Grades in respect of Leaving Certificate 2021 by conferring powers on the State Examinations Commission to run such a system. ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Commit to Promoting Positive Mental Health

Posted by Schooldays newshound, on 21/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Commit to Promoting Positive Mental Health


Schools showcase commitment to promoting positive mental health. Despite extraordinary challenges faced by schools over the past 12 months, students and teachers across the country have showcased their commitment and determination to promoting positive mental health, with over 50 applications across the country entering their mental health and wellbeing initiatives into the Walk in My Shoes’ annual Mission Possible School Achievement Awards. ... click to read full post & comments


Establishment of New Special School in Cork

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEstablishment of New Special School in Cork


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today (16 April, 2021) announced a significant expansion of special school provision in Cork through the establishment of a new special school and increased capacity in an existing special school to meet the needs of children in the Cork area. ... click to read full post & comments


National Action Plan for Childminding Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNational Action Plan for Childminding Launched


The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr Roderic O’Gorman T.D., has today launched the National Action Plan for Childminding. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley launches 2021 Active School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister Foley launches 2021 Active School Week


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launched details of this year’s Active School Week.

National Active School Week (#ASW21), part of the Government’s Keep Well campaign, ... click to read full post & comments


Diversity Inclusion & Belonging for Little Minds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersDiversity Inclusion & Belonging for Little Minds


All‌ ‌the‌ ‌Rainbows‌ ‌Colours‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌fourth‌ ‌book‌ ‌written‌ ‌by‌ ‌Irish‌ ‌mum‌ ‌of‌ ‌two,‌ ‌Emma‌ ‌Ledden.‌ ‌Having‌ ‌written‌ ‌two‌ ‌books‌ ‌for‌ ‌adults,‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌Emma’s‌ ‌second‌ ‌children's‌ ‌book.‌ ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions to ballot for industrial action on vaccines

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2021.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTeacher Unions to ballot for industrial action on vaccines


All three Teacher Unions, (INTO, ASTI and TUI) have today agreed to ballot for industrial action, including strike action, if the government does not meet their demands to reverse the recent changes to the priority listing for teachers within ... click to read full post & comments


Upskilling programmes for post-primary teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/04/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsUpskilling programmes for post-primary teachers


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD are delighted to announce additional places in 2022 on programmes to upskill registered post-primary teachers ... click to read full post & comments(1)





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