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UNESCO Mobilizes Education Ministers in COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsUNESCO Mobilizes Education Ministers in COVID-19 Crisis


In response to a surge in school and university closures to contain the spread of COVID-19, ... click to read full post & comments


ISSU asks for immediate clarity on Exam provisions

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsISSU asks for immediate clarity on Exam provisions


The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union welcomes the decision to close schools and centres of education as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of ... click to read full post & comments


Young Social Innovators Calls on Young People

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/03/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsYoung Social Innovators Calls on Young People


More than 6,000 young people to take part in national Speak Out Tour and bring creative solutions to urgent social issues

Building a nationwide movement of creative, caring and engaged citizens among Ireland’s young people ... click to read full post & comments


From Sept 2020 all students will study history in 1st year

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/02/2020.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingFrom Sept 2020 all students will study history in 1st year


From September all post-primary schools will offer History and all students entering first year will study the subject

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced the arrangements to be put in place in order to ... click to read full post & comments


New programme launched for Safer Internet Day 2020

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/02/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew programme launched for Safer Internet Day 2020


Webwise launches free resource to support digital literacy in schools

Supporting young people to use the internet in a positive way is an integral part of empowering them to become ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Ballot Over Unequal Pay

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/01/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI Ballot  Over Unequal Pay


The ASTI Central Executive Council has voted to ballot the union’s 17,000-plus members on industrial action over the unequal pay of teachers who entered the profession since 2010.

The ASTI took industrial action, including strike action, over unequal pay in 2016. ... click to read full post & comments(1)


FÓRSA decides to defer industrial action

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/01/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsFÓRSA decides to defer industrial action


Statement by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD:

“I welcome the decision by the FÓRSA trade union to defer strike action and to re-enter ... click to read full post & comments


€50m in ICT Grant Funding for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/01/2020.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€50m in ICT Grant Funding for Schools


Minister announces fourth year of funding under Project Ireland 2040 which takes total spend on Digital Strategy for Schools ICT Infrastructure Fund to €160m

All schools will receive grants to purchase key technology such as tablets, ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Additional funding of €1 million for DEIS schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/01/2020.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdditional funding of €1 million for DEIS schools


More than 15,000 pupils across more than 100 primary schools to benefit from the increased investment

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today ... click to read full post & comments


More students to be educated through Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/12/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMore students to be educated through Irish


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has announced plans for the development of the first, comprehensive Irish-medium ... click to read full post & comments


New primary school for Rathcoole

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsNew primary school for Rathcoole


Patronage survey for four other new primary schools to be established in 2020 extended ... click to read full post & comments


HEA call to support teachers to upskill in subjects

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsHEA call to support teachers to upskill in subjects


HEA issues call to higher education institutions to develop courses for existing teachers to qualify to teach ... click to read full post & comments


Ministers Announce 3,000 New Student Places

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinisters Announce 3,000 New Student Places


€24 million Government funding under new Human Capital Initiative creates additional ... click to read full post & comments


Thomond wins €10,000 for STEM Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsThomond wins €10,000 for STEM Education


BD RCI awards €24,000 in educational funding to secondary schools across ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Christian Brothers Redress Contribution Completed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsChristian Brothers Redress Contribution Completed


The Department of Education and Skills has today (Monday 9th December) confirmed ... click to read full post & comments


36 Regional Officers elected to ISSU

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics36 Regional Officers elected to ISSU


From the 15th of October to the 29th of November the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) hosted, ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI to issue directive on SLAR meetings

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI to issue directive on SLAR meetings


ASTI members have voted to authorise the ASTI to issue a directive on the scheduling of Subject Learning and ... click to read full post & comments


Our Voices Our Schools Online Resource

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsOur Voices Our Schools Online Resource


Following two years of work, the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive today launched their toolkit Our Voices Our Schools at Collins Barracks.

Our Voices Our Schools was created as a result of young people around the ... click to read full post & comments


Ireland's 15 year olds among best in reading literacy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIreland's 15 year olds among best in reading literacy


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Tuesday 3 December 2019) welcomed the 2018 OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results which show Ireland’s 15 year-olds are among the best in - ... click to read full post & comments


€30 million Investment in 405 Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics€30 million Investment in 405 Schools


New Climate Action focus for Summer Works Scheme

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 25 November 2019) announced a €30million package for 405 schools ... click to read full post & comments


What Works Initiative announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsWhat Works Initiative announced


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, is pleased to announce funding of €1,514,000 under the What Works initiative to support the ... click to read full post & comments


Applications for Patronage of 4 New Primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsApplications for Patronage of 4 New Primary Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of new primary schools to be established in September 2020.

Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister meets Volunteers in Apple Schools Project

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister meets Volunteers in Apple Schools Project


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today visited the recently expanded Apple campus in Cork and observed the ongoing work of the Apple school engagement programme which ... click to read full post & comments


Grants of €29 Million for Primary Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsGrants of €29 Million for Primary Schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced €29 million in grants for primary schools for Minor Works.

The money will be paid to all primary schools in the first half of ... click to read full post & comments


Publication of Regional Enrolment Projections

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsPublication of Regional Enrolment Projections


Pupil numbers in primary schools in Dublin are projected to fall by 28% by 2036 while those in the Mid-East will fall by just 12.7%.

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 28th October 2019) welcomed the publication of a new statistical report which ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Minister Hosts First Cross-Border Schools Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMinister Hosts First Cross-Border Schools Initiative


An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. welcomes initiative to bring up to 60 students from four schools, north and south, to an event at the Clock Tower in the ... click to read full post & comments


AbbVie's Back to School for STEM Programme launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsAbbVie's Back to School for STEM Programme launched


Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, joined students and representatives of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Better Off Students Still More Likely to Go to College

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics Better Off Students Still More Likely to Go to College


Those from Better Off Financial Backgrounds Still More Likely to Go to College

Progress has been made in delivering on the national priority of increasing access to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Mandate for Industrial Action Over Pay Discrimination

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/10/2019.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsMandate for Industrial Action Over Pay Discrimination


Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted by a margin of 92% to 8% to endorse the Union’s mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of the campaign to end ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2020 Education Update

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/10/2019.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2020 Education Update


Over €11 billion will be provided to the Department of Education and Skills in 2020.

This will include:

  • 150 new mainstream teaching posts in schools and investment of €1.9 billion in special education. 
  • 400 additional posts to ... click to read full post & comments


    New Initiatives to Support Creativity in Schools Announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/09/2019.
    Tags: Teacher Education And PoliticsNew Initiatives to Support Creativity in Schools Announced


  • The number of Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools will double to 300, with an additional 150 schools joining the initial pilot group.

  • 77 additional primary and post-primary schools will join the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters to collaborate on innovative arts and creative learning projects in their local areas.

  • Three new Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be piloted in ... click to read full post & comments


    Minister publishes Education Bill 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/09/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsMinister publishes Education Bill 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has published the Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019.  The draft legislation reflects the ... click to read full post & comments


    3 Catholic primary schools re-open as multi-denominational

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics3 Catholic primary schools re-open as multi-denominational


    Education and Training Boards Ireland have said that three formerly Catholic schools are among ten primary schools that will open for the first time, or reopen, as Community National Schools for this new academic year. These three schools will ... click to read full post & comments


    'Reinstate School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/08/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And Politics'Reinstate  School Library Grant' - Children's Books Ireland


    Children’s Books Ireland is calling on the government to reinstate the school library grant which was abolished in Budget 2008. Valued at approximately €2.2m, the grant from the Department of Education and Skills was instrumental in helping schools to ... click to read full post & comments


    Patronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsPatronage applications invited for 6 New Post-primary Schools


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (19th August) invited applications for the patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established in September 2020.

    Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement in April 2018 that the Government was making a major investment in education with the establishment of 42 ... click to read full post & comments


    36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And Politics36 Schools Selected for Hot School Meals Pilot Project


    The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., announced that 36 primary schools (with over 6,600 pupils) have been selected for the Hot School Meals Pilot Project, an initiative to provide a hot meal to primary school children on a pilot basis from September. This pilot scheme for hot school dinners was ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    17 Schools require remedial work before Sept

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers17 Schools require remedial work before Sept


    Engineers have identified structural flaws in 17 school buildings (list below) that will require temporary works to be carried out in coming weeks in order to ensure that they are safe for pupils and staff to return to in September. The 17 schools are in addition to  ... click to read full post & comments(2)


    New Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersNew Criteria for Irish Exemption in Schools


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday August 12) announced new criteria for schools to grant students an exemption from ... click to read full post & comments


    2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics2nd Progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 2 August) announced the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 2 Progress Report.

    The Action Plan – Cumasú emphasises empowering through learning. It highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector. This enables the Department to respond in an agile way to the demands of today’s society at ... click to read full post & comments


    First Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsFirst  Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection Reports


    The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills has today published 11 Initial Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports and 11 Final Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports on its website.

    The reports arise from the new Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model introduced by ... click to read full post & comments


    Progress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/05/2019.
    Tags: Education And PoliticsProgress Report on the Action Plan for Education 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Tuesday 30 April) welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 1 progress report.

    The Action Plan – Cumasú is based on the idea of empowering through learning. The Plan highlights the significant strategic ... click to read full post & comments


    New project to teach Irish through other subjects

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Education And Politics TeachersNew project to teach Irish through other subjects


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today, 23 April, announced a new project to support the learning of Irish through PE and other subjects.

    The three-year pilot, using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, will be developed in two phases. It will be open to 22 ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Grants available under Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/04/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsGrants available  under  Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has invited applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019.

    The purpose of the scheme is to provide support by way of a cash grant to established, smaller-scale, non-mainstream music education/community music initiatives with limited or no access to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    New School Inclusion Model Trial announced

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2019.
    Tags: Education And Politics ParentingNew School Inclusion Model Trial announced


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the trialling of the School Inclusion Model – a new model of support for students with special educational and additional care needs.

    The School Inclusion Model, supported by €4.75m funding allocated in Budget 2019, aims to build schools’ capacity to include children with additional needs and to ... click to read full post & comments



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