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Happy International Day of People with Disabilities!

Posted by Schooldays newshound, on 03/12/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersHappy International Day of People with Disabilities!


Sightsavers Ireland are celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3) by launching a fantastic new educational website aimed at primary school children.

2020 has been a year in which existing inequalities faced by people with disabilities ... click to read full post & comments


€50m ICT grant funding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/11/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics €50m ICT grant funding


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Monday 30 November) announced €50 million in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Grants for primary and post-primary schools to be paid in early December, 2020.

The €50 million payments involve:

  • €40m ICT Grant funding issued to all eligible schools in line with previous years, ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage of three primary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of three primary schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has invited parents to express their preference in relation to the patronage of three primary schools to be established in 2021.

    Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website. ... click to read full post & comments


    The Minister's Easel

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsThe Minister's Easel


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD invites children in primary school to submit their artwork for display in her office.

    Each week, the Minister will select several items of artwork to be placed on the easel in her office, for display. ... click to read full post & comments


    No-homework day for all children in Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNo-homework day for all children in Ireland


    Education Minister Norma Foley has announced a no-homework day for all Irish students for working so hard throughout the pandemic.

    Some good news for the children of Ireland - a no homework day has been issued for all pupils in the country!

    Education Minister Norma Foley has announced a no-homework day for all students without getting in trouble. ... click to read full post & comments


    Calls for schools to close on 18th & not 22nd December

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCalls for schools to close on 18th & not 22nd December


    The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said that serious consideration should be given to closing schools for the Christmas break on the afternoon of Friday 18th December rather than on Tuesday 22nd December.   

    The Union says the ... click to read full post & comments


    Dedicated special ed classrooms in new school builds

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsDedicated special ed classrooms in new school builds


    Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, has stated that new school building projects currently sanctioned and all new projects from 2021 onwards will include dedicated rooms and facilities for special classes where needed. Minister Madigan made her remarks as she officially opened the National Council for Special Education’s annual Research Conference.

    Officially opening the conference, Minister Madigan said: ... click to read full post & comments


    Energize STEM education programme goes online

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers EducationEnergize STEM education programme goes online


    Twenty-four sixth class pupils from Scoil Aiséirí Chríost, Farranree in Cork were excited to be the first in the country to be introduced to science through practical and engaging lessons as part of Gas Networks Ireland and Junior Achievement Ireland’s (JAI) new online format of the ‘Energize’ programme.

    Given the current Covid-19 related restrictions, JAI, which are marking 10 years in partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, ... click to read full post & comments


    Framework to support roll-out of LC Computer Science

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics Framework to support roll-out of LC Computer Science


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Monday 16 November) announced details of a new industry framework to support the implementation of the subject Leaving Certificate Computer Science.

    The framework has been developed by an industry and Department of Education partnership, ... click to read full post & comments


    Applications for patronage of 3 new primary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersApplications for patronage of 3 new primary schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of new primary schools to be established in September 2021.

    Minister Foley said: “These are uncertain times in many ways for school communities. However, I am happy to announce that the commencement of the patronage process for these schools will now proceed so that we can prepare for their opening next September. ... click to read full post & comments


    €55M Minor Works Grant Payments for schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/11/2020.
    Tags: Education & Politics Teacers€55M Minor Works Grant Payments for schools


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced €55 million in minor works grants for primary and post-primary schools to be paid in early December, 2020. ... click to read full post & comments


    78% of parents opt for Free Children's Flu Vaccine

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/11/2020.
    Tags: Parenting78% of parents opt for Free Children's Flu Vaccine


    Parents across Ireland have been surveyed to take the temperature on the uptake of the free children's nasal flu vaccine, offered for the first time this year. The results are very promising, with almost 8 in 10 parents reporting that their children have either already been vaccinated, ... click to read full post & comments


    New Upskilling Programmes for Post-primary Teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/11/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Upskilling Programmes for Post-primary Teachers


    Minister Foley and Minister Harris announce new upskilling programmes for post-primary teachers in mathematics, physics and Spanish
     
    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD ... click to read full post & comments


    Appeal from National Principal's Forum to Parents

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/10/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersAppeal from National Principal's Forum to Parents


    Appeal from National Principals' Forum to Parents

    I appeal to every parent to read the National Principals' Forum (a grassroots registered lobby group of Primary principal teachers) recent submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education.

    Please be AWARE and INFORMED of the huge issues maligning our Primary education system and ... click to read full post & comments


    ASTI secures mandate for industrial action

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/10/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersASTI secures mandate for industrial action


    ASTI members have voted to take industrial action unless the Government immediately addresses key Covid-19 issues in schools. These include the need for a comprehensive testing ... click to read full post & comments


    Dept issues hand sanitiser product recall to schools

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/10/2020.
    Tags: Parentng TeachersDept issues hand sanitiser product recall to schools


    The Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture issued a statement last night advising that an approved hand sanitiser widely used in schools was being recalled.

    The Department of Agriculture said it was recalled as ... click to read full post & comments


    New Resources Commemorating the Decade of Centenaries

    Posted by Schooldayds Newshound, on 22/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics New Resources Commemorating the Decade of Centenaries


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD is delighted to announce the launch of the Junior Cycle Decade of Centenaries Research Collection, produced by the Department’s Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) initiative. This research collection was developed as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. ... click to read full post & comments


    Survey highlights health and safety concerns of teachers

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsSurvey highlights health and safety concerns of teachers


    Findings of a new survey of over 1,500 Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the Post Primary and Further/Adult Education sectors highlight a range of concerns around health issues, resources in schools and increased workload. (Click here for full findings).

    The Union is insisting on ongoing engagement around the move to Level 5 restrictions ... click to read full post & comments


    Operation of Schools during Level 5

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/10/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersOperation of Schools during Level 5


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has this evening reaffirmed her commitment to supporting schools to sustain the safe operation of schools following the NPHET recommendation and subsequent Government decision today to move to Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan.

    “A significant factor in the decision to move to Level 5 is that by doing so we can ... click to read full post & comments


    Applications for patronage of 4 new secondary schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsApplications for patronage of 4 new secondary schools


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new post-primary schools to be established in September 2021.

    Minister Foley said: “This is an unusual and challenging time for school patrons and school communities. ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2021 - increase in investment in education

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2020.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2021 - increase in investment in education


  • Budget increases by €410 million to €8.9 billion as special education, DEIS schools and all primary and post-primary schools benefit from new investment.
  • This increase is additional to the ... click to read full post & comments


    Budget 2021 Education Update

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2020.
    Tags: Parented Education And PoliticsBudget 2021 Education Update


    The education budget across primary, secondary and third-level is set to climb above €11 billion, the highest ever on record.

    This will include:

  • An additional €2bn to support children with special education needs including ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister Harris launches Science Week 2020

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Harris launches Science Week 2020


    Science Week comes to you: 13 Science Festivals and hundreds of virtual events set to take place to celebrate 25 years of Science Week

    Choosing our future – Science Week set to explore the role science will play in shaping our future

    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, today joined Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to launch Science Week 2020, ... click to read full post & comments


    Coombe launches educational videos for parents

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/10/2020.
    Tags: ParentingCoombe launches educational videos for parents


    The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has today launched a series of antenatal educational videos aimed at guiding parents through pregnancy, birth and parenting.

    The suite of videos has been developed by the Hospital’s multidisciplinary team ... click to read full post & comments


    Children’s Books Ireland launches mental health reading guide

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/10/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Health And Well BeingChildren’s Books Ireland launches mental health reading guide


    The Covid-19 pandemic is a considerable source of worry for children and families, and young people are having to cope with big changes at home and at school. In response, Children’s Books Ireland, in partnership with Jigsaw and ISPCC Childline, is launching Mind Yourself – the Mental Health and ... click to read full post & comments


    Ireland's National School Photography Awards are open

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/10/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsIreland's National School Photography Awards are open


    INSPA 2020/21 sees the fourth open call for Ireland's prestigious National School Photography Awards. INSPA is a national children’s photography competition and Positive Primaries Programme which introduces Creative Well-being into the lives of primary schools and their communities by engaging with the magic and art of photography.

    This year’s theme ‘Accessible Places | Safer Spaces’ is run in association with the Children’s Rights Alliance and is looking for images that focus on ... click to read full post & comments


    Healthy Eating Guidelines for 1 to 4 Year Olds

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/10/2020.
    Tags: Parenting Health And Well BeingHealthy Eating Guidelines for 1 to 4 Year Olds


    Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD, together with the Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman TD and the Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing, Frank Feighan today launched the first ever National Healthy Eating Guidelines for one to four year olds.

    The new guidelines aim to help parents and carers establish good eating habits in children. ... click to read full post & comments


    Errors found in Leaving Cert calculated Grades

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/09/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersErrors found in Leaving Cert calculated Grades


    Updated 6pm Sat 3rd Oct 2020
    The student Calculated Grades portal will open for students this evening at 6pm (sat 3rd Oct) where they can see if their grade is changing to a higher grade or not - and they will be able see their improved grade immediately. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Training Programme for SNAs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew Training Programme for SNAs


    Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD today announced the launch of a new National Training Programme for Special Needs Assistants. This is the first dedicated national training programme for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). It will be delivered by UCD and funded by the Department of Education at no cost to the SNA.

    The new online programme for SNAs will begin in January 2021 ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary schools get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 28/09/2020.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPrimary schools get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day


    The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools across the country to get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day and plant a tree on Thursday, 1st October 2020. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be a Force for Nature” to encourage primary school children around the country to become more active in sustainability and climate issues.
     
    Tetra Pak Tree Day is an opportunity for children, teachers and parents to ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Nov 2020 Exam Timetable published

    Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 28/09/2020.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Nov 2020 Exam Timetable published


    Entry for the Leaving Certificate written examinations, to be held in November, will open from 9am on Monday 28 September on the Calculated Grades Student Portal, available at www.examinations.ie and at Gov.ie/leaving certificate.

    UPDATED 2/10 2020 -The deadline for registration to sit this year's postponed Leaving Certificate exams has been extended from today 2/10/20 to next Wednesday 7th October , ... click to read full post & comments


    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 ... click to read full post & comments


    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





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