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School of Excellence in Creativity Award 2025

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/05/2024.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsSchool of Excellence in Creativity Award 2025


The Department of Education invites expressions of interest from post-primary schools interested in partaking in a project to review, evaluate and develop creativity in their school.

Successful schools will ... click to read full post & comments


New Anti-bullying Initiatives for Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersNew Anti-bullying Initiatives for Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced new initiatives to progress work on addressing bullying in schools from September 2024, as part of the Department of Education’s Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying. These will include the roll-out of new ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Revised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingRevised Assessment of Need Process for schools announced


Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, and Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Hildegarde Naughton, TD, have announced a revised assessment of need process for schools.

This revised process has been developed on foot of a recent High Court judgement which found that ... click to read full post & comments


Details of new school book scheme for Junior cycle

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/03/2024.
Tags: Parentin Education And PoliticsDetails of new school book scheme for Junior cycle


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced details of a new groundbreaking scheme which provides free schoolbooks to Junior Cycle students in post-primary schools in the ... click to read full post & comments


18,000 Ukrainian students in Irish schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 15/01/2024.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers18,000 Ukrainian students in Irish schools


The Department of Education can confirm that 18,003 Ukrainian pupils had been enrolled in schools across Ireland at the end of December 2023. Out of that figure, 11,165 of these pupils had ... click to read full post & comments


School STEM Grants Trebled

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/12/2023.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchool STEM Grants Trebled


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced a trebling of the budget for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grants to €4.7m. The announcement, which comes as a result of ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2024 Education & Parenting Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/10/2023.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2024 Education & Parenting Update


A total of €10.5 billion has been allocated to the Department of Education for 2024, This will include:

  • Free schoolbooks to be provided for first three years of secondary school (iPads & private schools not included)
  • Fees will be waived for school State exams next year.
  • There will be a once-off ... click to read full post & comments


    Details of My Little Library 2023 announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/06/2023.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsDetails of My Little Library 2023 announced


    Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, together with Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today launched #MyLittleLibrary2023. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Two new Special Schools announced

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/04/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingTwo new Special Schools announced


    Minister for Education and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion have announced the establishment of two new special schools as part of a comprehensive update on enhanced education provision for students with special educational needs. ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister launches Action Plan for Bullying

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/04/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersMinister launches Action Plan for Bullying


    Minister for Education Norma Foley launched the Implementation Plan for Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying on 9th April 2023. This is the Department of Education’s whole-education approach to preventing and addressing bullying in schools.

    Four key areas of the implementation plan are ... click to read full post & comments


    75% of secondary schools received no job applications

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/04/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics75% of secondary schools received no job applications


    Three quarters of school leaders reported that they received no applications for an advertised teaching post or posts in the current school year, according to a Red C/ASTI survey published today.

    The survey indicates that there are unfilled teaching vacancies in almost half of ... click to read full post & comments


    St Endas transfers from catholic patronage to a CNS

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/03/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsSt Endas transfers from catholic patronage to a CNS


    Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced that St Enda’s National School, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 8, will be transferring from Catholic patronage to the local education and training board to become a ... click to read full post & comments


    Report recommends Hot School Meals universal by 2030

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 30/03/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsReport recommends Hot School Meals universal by 2030


  • New report details hugely positive impact of School Meals on children’s education and wellbeing
  • Evaluation recommends making Hot School Meals universal by 2030
  • Hot School Meals to be extended to all DEIS primary schools from September
  • Phased roll-out to all non-DEIS Primary Schools to commence in ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Primary School Books from Sept 2023

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/03/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsFree Primary School Books from Sept 2023


    It was announced in  Budget 2023 that every primary school and special school in the country would be included in a new €50 million scheme which would cover all school books, workbooks and ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2023

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsParent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2023


    Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, today launched the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2023. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    STEM Projects get 6 Million Investment

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSTEM Projects get 6 Million Investment


    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and Minister for Education Norma Foley have today announced an investment of more than €6 million in 40 projects to empower diversity and inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). ... click to read full post & comments


    New Primary Curriculum framework expected

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/03/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Primary Curriculum framework expected


    The Irish Times is reporting this morning that a framework for a new primary curriculum is expected to be published soon. This will be the first major propoosed changs to the ... click to read full post & comments


    STEM Education Implementation Plan to 2026

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSTEM Education Implementation Plan to 2026


    Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, have today, launched the STEM Education Implementation Plan to 2026. This is the second implementation plan as part of the STEM Education Policy Statement 2017–2026. ... click to read full post & comments


    5th year sittings of LCert Papers in Irish and English deferred

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 28/02/2023.
    Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting5th year sittings of LCert Papers in Irish and English deferred


    Plans for Leaving Certificate candidates to sit Paper 1 of their English and Irish exams at the end of fifth year have been reversed by the Minister for Education. It is expected that the Minister will advise the cabinet this morning that ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Savings for parents of school going children

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/02/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSavings for parents of school going children


    The Government has announced a range of targeted cost-of-living measures. Among the measures which will benefit parents of school going children are ... click to read full post & comments


    Education Indicators for Ireland Report Published

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsEducation Indicators for Ireland Report Published


    Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2022 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland. ... click to read full post & comments


    Review of Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN)

    Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 31/01/2023.
    Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsReview of Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN)


    Purpose of the public consultation

    The Department of Education is undertaking a review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004.

    The purpose of this review is to provide assurance that the law that governs the provision of education for children with special educational needs is adequate. This is important, in order to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Working as Substitute while Receiving a Pension

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsWorking as Substitute while Receiving a Pension


    Under the current rules in 2023, all retired teachers can work as a teacher for up to 50 days in any calendar year, without pension ‘abatement’ rules applying. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Participation of children and young people in inspection

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsParticipation of children and young people in inspection


    Promoting the participation of children and young people in inspection.

    The Department of Education prioritises the inclusion of children and young people’s views in policy making and development. ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Minister Foley Confirms Transfer of Patronage of Mullingar School

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/01/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister Foley Confirms Transfer of Patronage of Mullingar School


    Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced that Corr Na Madadh National School (roll number 17903N), Athlone, will be transferring from Catholic patronage to the local education and training board to become a multi-denominational community national school. ... click to read full post & comments


    Hundreds of Schools Join Creative Clusters & Blast Arts Programme

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/01/2023.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsHundreds of Schools Join Creative Clusters & Blast Arts Programme


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley today announced the awarding of BLAST residencies to 629 schools in 2022-2023, the second year of the BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers) programme. ... click to read full post & comments


    Feeder Schools Lists published for 2022

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/12/2022.
    Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsFeeder Schools Lists published for 2022


    The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2022 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 twelve years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


    Letter to Principals Concerning Alcohol Resources

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/12/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsLetter to Principals Concerning Alcohol Resources


    A circular letter, as advised by the HSE and the Department of Health, addressed alcohol resources for Principals:

    Dear Principal,

    This note is to confirm that, as advised by the HSE and the Department of Health, it is not appropriate to use resources or materials produced or funded by the alcohol industry for education and awareness on alcohol in schools, or for teachers to attend, in their professional capacity, associated training which may be offered by organisations funded by the alcohol industry. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Accreditation of National Online Training Programme for SNAs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/12/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsAccreditation of National Online Training Programme for SNAs


    The Minister for Education Norma Foley and the Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan today announced that an agreement has been reached between the Department of Education and University College Dublin (UCD) to proceed with the accreditation of a pilot online training programme for special needs assistants (SNAs). ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    Ireland's Presidency of the European School System

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/12/2022.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsIreland's Presidency of the European School System


    Each academic year, a Member State assumes the Presidency of the European Schools (ES). Ireland officially became part of the Troika alongside Croatia and Italy from 1 August 2021 and has assumed the Presidency of the European Schools from Croatia in 2022-23. ... 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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





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