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Students Want Overhaul to Leaving Cert

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/11/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudents Want Overhaul to Leaving Cert


New ESRI research shows a strong appetite among students, parents and teachers for changing senior cycle education, which incorporates Transition Year, 5th Year and 6th Year. A study presenting their viewpoints shows that they mainly focus on changing the approach to assessment, with the objectives of reducing ... click to read full post & comments


tess Launches Every School Day Counts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/11/2019.
Tags: Parenting Teacherstess Launches Every School Day Counts


Tusla Education Support Service or tess is launching its first national, School Attendance Drive ‘Every School Day Counts’ to promote regular school attendance.

Each school day approximately 60,000 students ... click to read full post & comments(1)


DCU Study on how to Improve Children’s Poor Sleep Habits

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersDCU Study on how to Improve Children’s Poor Sleep Habits


A Dublin City University study shows a notable improvement in children’s sleep behaviours by implementing a short school and home-based programme.

The link between inadequate sleep levels in children and poor engagement with school is well documented, with poor sleep duration causing excessive daytime sleepiness, which leads to problems with concentration, attention and cognitive functioning.

This study carried out at the Educational Disadvantage Centre, DCU Institute of Education, ... click to read full post & comments


Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/10/2019.
Tags: ParentingParent’s Leave and Benefit Bill


Working parents will soon be able to look forward to spending an extra two weeks leave with their new-born, or newly adopted children, thanks to a Bill published late on Friday evening by Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. and Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, T.D.

The Bill will provide for 2 weeks paid parent’s leave for each parent ... 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


    64,330 students receive Junior Cert Results

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/10/2019.
    Tags: Parenting Teachers64,330 students receive Junior Cert Results


    64,330 students Junior Certificate students will receive the results today. The results results are being released later in the year than usual, and for the first time students will receive them on ... click to read full post & comments


    Dept of Education issues statement on Storm Lorenzo

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/10/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersDept of Education issues statement on Storm Lorenzo


    Statement from Department of Education on Storm Lorenzo

    A status orange wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick and will be in place from ... click to read full post & comments


    Huawei Shares the Magic of Story Time

    Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 23/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationHuawei Shares the Magic of Story Time


    Today (Monday 23rd September) is International Day of Sign Languages - a day to celebrate Deaf unity, raising awareness of the issues Deaf people face in their everyday lives.

    Leading Global Technology company Huawei extends its StorySign campaign to improve story time for Deaf children in Ireland

    At a day of storytelling and activities with Karen Koster at Dublin Zoo, Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Ireland’s Deaf community. ... click to read full post & comments


    New Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/09/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingNew Cycling Campaign for Teenage Girls


    In Ireland, fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day.

    Green-Schools launched its latest campaign ‘#andshecycles’ on Thursday September 19, in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. #andshecycles focuses on encouraging young women – particularly teenagers – to cycle while recognising and ... click to read full post & comments


    Leaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results available 18th September


    The 2019 Post-Appeal Leaving Certificate Results will be available on the Examinations Commission website from 10 am on Wednesday ... click to read full post & comments


    Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Launched

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/09/2019.
    Tags: Education ParentingPrimary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Launched


    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today launched the Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile – a fundamental change in how children learn English and Irish in school.

    The new curriculum is being introduced for pupils of all abilities in all primary schools, from ... click to read full post & comments


    CyberSafeIreland releases 4th Annual Report

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationCyberSafeIreland releases 4th Annual Report


    Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor is launching CyberSafeIreland's 4th annual report today, Tuesday 10th September 2019, with data showing that 12% of 8-year olds spend 61 full days online a year.

    Other key figures being released are ... click to read full post & comments


    New Alliance Aimed at Improving Vaccination Rates

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/09/2019.
    Tags: ParentingNew Alliance Aimed at Improving Vaccination Rates


    Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today (Tuesday) launched the Vaccine Alliance aimed at boosting the uptake of childhood vaccines and reducing vaccine hesitancy.

    The Alliance will include healthcare professionals, policy makers, patient advocates, students, ... click to read full post & comments


    Parents Urged to Take Part in Patronage Process

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationParents Urged to Take Part in Patronage Process


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 9 September) urged parents and guardians to give their views on patronage for six new schools being established next year.

    Mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in post-primary school from ... click to read full post & comments


    Junior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior Certificate Results to issue Friday 4th October


    According to RTE, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed that the Junior Certificate Results will be issued this year on Friday 4th ... click to read full post & comments


    New Regulations for Childminders proposed

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/08/2019.
    Tags: ParentingNew Regulations for Childminders proposed


    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/08/2019.
    Tags: Teachers Parenting Blue Star Programme Registration is now Open!

    Primary school pupils around the country are being challenged to get creative in how they learn and think about Europe through the Blue Star Programme, coordinated by European Movement Ireland.

    The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school children about Europe through creative activities and projects that complement the national primary curriculum. Each participating class carries out projects on history, geography, the Institutions of the EU, culture ... click to read full post & comments


    HPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersHPV Vaccination Programme for boys starts Sept


    The HPV vaccine for boys will be rolled out next month with parents being urged to protect their sons from cancer.
    There are 3 vaccines offered to children in their first year of secondary school to ... 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)


    Leaving Cert Results 2019 are out!

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results 2019 are out!


    Almost 59,000 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today. Results will be available from schools or online on the State Examinations Commission website at 10 am. This is the first year the ... click to read full post & comments


    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


    NPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationNPCPP Leaving Cert Helpline 2019


    For many students, parents and guardians a new phase of life is about to begin. With the Leaving Cert results on the horizon new questions about what lies ahead are bound to arise. Help and advice is at hand.

    The National Parents Council Post Primary’s free phone (1800 265 165) and online service ... click to read full post & comments


    Statement from Minister on Back to School Costs

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/08/2019.
    Tags: ParentingStatement from Minister on Back to School Costs


    Minister McHugh highlights efforts being made to support parents on back to school costs

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has highlighted efforts being made by the Government to support parents and families with back to school costs.

    Minister McHugh said: “The Government is committed to tackling back to school costs. “As part of our efforts on that front I am making final preparations to publish the Student and Parent Charter Bill. It is an important piece of legislation and it will offer significant reform ... click to read full post & comments


    Students Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/07/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents Should Not Be Forced To Sit State Exams During Medical Emergencies


    The Irish Second-Level Student`s Union (ISSU) is calling on the Department of Education & Skills and the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to put in place a provision allowing students who are experiencing medical emergencies at the time of their Leaving Certificate exams, so that they have the option to defer the exams and sit them in July along with students who deferred exams due to bereavement.

    President of the ISSU, Ciara Fanning commented on the issue, saying “We at the ISSU want students to be able to reach their true potential in the education system. This means allowing students to be in a fit state mentally and physically, whilst sitting the exams that are the culmination of 6 years of second-level education. In no way should ... click to read full post & comments


    Ministers introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingMinisters introduce phased additional unpaid Parental Leave


    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has signed the Commencement Order for the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019. This has enabled working parents to apply for an additional 4 weeks of unpaid parental ... click to read full post & comments


    Tusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingTusla Statement on RTE Investigates ‘Crèches Behind Closed Doors’


    RTE’s programme ‘Crèches behind Closed Doors’ (aired on Wednesday, 24th July) relating to standards of childcare in Hyde & Seek chain of crèches in Dublin contained distressing footage which will undoubtedly cause upset and anxiety for parents/ guardians ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/07/2019.
    Tags: ParentingFree Travel for Dublin Homeless Families in August


    Minister Eoghan Murphy has agreed to the extension of the Dublin leap card arrangements for homeless families on a once off basis, for the month of August.

    Arising from a commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government funds an initiative to provide homeless families residing in emergency accommodation in the Dublin Region with access to free public ... click to read full post & comments


    Education Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/07/2019.
    Tags: Parenting EducationEducation Committee Highlights Rising School Cost Phenomenon


    Easing the financial burden on parents of ever increasing school costs, is among the calls made by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills, as it launches a suite of new reports.

    The three new reports, which were launched, Thursday, 4th July in the AV Room, Leinster House are:

  • Education inequality & disadvantage and Barriers to Education;
  • Committee’s examination of School Costs, School Facilities and Teaching Principals; and
  • The Interim Report on the Committee’s Examination on the Current ... click to read full post & comments


    Communion Spending Jumps to €929

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 24/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingCommunion Spending Jumps to €929


    Parents are now spending an average of €929 on their child’s Communion Day, the highest spend recorded since 2011 in the annual ... click to read full post & comments


    Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Card


    For the month of july, children aged 18 and under who hold a child leap card can enjoy public transportation completely Free. This is part of the Kids Go Free initiative, which ... click to read full post & comments(1)


    PE through Irish Launched by Minister

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/06/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeacherPE through Irish Launched by Minister


    Programme to use Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to teach Irish through another subject

    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has (today) Thursday 20th June, launched a project using PE classes to ... click to read full post & comments


    Increase in Back to School Clothing Allowance

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingIncrease in Back to School Clothing Allowance


    Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, T.D., is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to ... click to read full post & comments


    Men’s Health Week 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/06/2019.
    Tags: ParentingMen’s Health Week 2019


    Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, today (Monday) welcomed the start of Men’s Health Week 2019.


    Co-ordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, and running from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day), the week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems, support men and boys to live healthier lives, and encourage them to seek help or treatment ... click to read full post & comments


    Grant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/06/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingGrant support scheme for asylum seekers for 2019/20


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (04 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20.

    The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for ... click to read full post & comments


    Bereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingBereaved students to be allowed alternative Leaving Cert sittings


    Pilot scheme will allow bereaved students to sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July

    Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Friday 31 May) announced new provisions allowing Leaving Certificate students who suffer a close family bereavement during the state examinations in June to ... click to read full post & comments


    Almost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingAlmost 800 New SNA Posts for September 2019


    The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday 27 May) announced almost 800 new special needs assistant posts will be allocated to schools from September.

    And as the need for more additional supports in schools is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 ... click to read full post & comments(10)


    Online Leaving Cert Marking 2019

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/05/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersOnline Leaving Cert Marking 2019


    Online marking for some Leaving Cert subjects is to be introduced this year, in a bid to make the process more accurate and faster. The SEC started a ... click to read full post & comments


    RSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/05/2019.
    Tags: Teachers ParentingRSA 15th Annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards


    Two Hundred and thirty first and second class school children attended the Road Safety Authority’s annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards today in Dublin Castle to celebrate the winners of the competition.

    One of the most energetic road safety events of the year, the ... 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


    Can schools ban parents from taking photos

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersCan schools ban parents from taking photos


    The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has issued some guidelines in response to the large number of questions it receives from parents around whether it is ok to take photos at school communions, award ceremonies and sports events or whether GDPR prevents this. The kinds of ... click to read full post & comments


    July Provision Closing Date approaches

    Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingJuly Provision Closing Date approaches


    July Education Programme


    The scheme provides funding for an extended school year for children with a ... click to read full post & comments(13)


    Dublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 08/04/2019.
    Tags: ParentingDublin Learning City Festival 8th to 12th April


    The Dublin Learning City Festival which will take place across Dublin from today, Monday 8th to Friday 12th April. The Festival is an ... click to read full post & comments


    Secondary students encouraged to eat less meat -

    Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/04/2019.
    Tags: Parenting TeachersSecondary students encouraged to eat less meat -


    The Irish Independent is reporting today on the response of the Irish Farmers Association to a Resource Pack made available to ... click to read full post & comments





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