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School Transport On-Line Application / Tickets

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2020.
Tags: ParentingSchool Transport On-Line Application / Tickets


To use School Transport Scheme Services, pupils must be in possession of a valid ticket for travel.

School Transport Applications 2020/21



Bus Éireann’s on-line application system ... click to read full post & comments


RTE to Broadcast School on TV from Monday

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2020.
Tags: ParentingRTE to Broadcast School on TV from Monday


RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of "school on TV" to support primary school children and their parents at home.

It is part of a cross-platform teaching initiative that has been developed by RTÉ at short notice ... click to read full post & comments


School meals scheme to continue during Covid-19 outbreak

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool meals scheme to continue during Covid-19 outbreak


Government has today (Thursday 26 March 2020) issued schools with updated guidance to help them operate the School Meals Programme amid ... click to read full post & comments


Minister confirms schools not re-opening 1st April

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister confirms schools not re-opening 1st April


According to RTE, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed that schools will not be reopening in the short term. 

RTE reports that the Minister was speaking on GalwayBay FM when he said that schools will not be opening immediately after 29 March and there should be confirmation today or tomorrow of the extension of the school closures.

Speaking about State exams, he said that he and his department "really want to make those exams happen".
He said they owed it to young people to "see this through and try to have the exams this year".
He said by that he meant "the dates that are defined for this year". He said his department was working towards this

Source


Updated - statement below from Minister 24th March 2020 confirming schools wil remain closed until 19th April 2020

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.

“The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.

“Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.

“I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”





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Leaving Cert & Junior Cert Oral exams cancelled

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert & Junior Cert Oral exams cancelled


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance ... click to read full post & comments


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


All Confirmations Postponed

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/03/2020.
Tags: ParentingAll Confirmations Postponed


The Catholic Church has announced that all Confirmations have been postponed until further notice.

However Church weddings and ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to close from today until 29th March

Posted by on 12/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchools to close from today until 29th March


The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the country's schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close ... click to read full post & comments(2)


Coronavirus - No decision to close schools at this point

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 10/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCoronavirus - No decision to close schools at this point


Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills - 10th March 2020

The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis.

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is ... click to read full post & comments


Secondary School to close for 14 days due to Coronovirus link

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/03/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSecondary School to close for 14 days due to Coronovirus link


RTE is reporting this evening that a secondary school in the East of the country is to close for 14 days ... click to read full post & comments


Revised Guidelines for Schools on Coronavirus

Posted by SchooldDays Newshound on 26/02/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersRevised Guidelines for Schools on Coronavirus


Updated 1/3/2020 - Secondary school to close for 14 day incubation period - read more HERE.

Read updated article 28th February HERE



The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on ... click to read full post & comments


Most Borrowed Books of 2019 Revealed

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/02/2020.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMost Borrowed Books of 2019 Revealed


Details of the 20 books and authors borrowed most often from Irish public libraries in 2019 ... 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


Fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day!

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/01/2020.
Tags: Teachers ParentingFewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day!


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

Why are young women avoiding the bike as a means of transport? Research undertaken by ... click to read full post & comments


New School Rules on Admissions

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/01/2020.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNew School Rules on Admissions


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D has today (Wednesday 15th January 2020) announced new rules are coming into effect at the start of February in relation to admission to schools.

The Minister has signed a Commencement Order in respect ... 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


Additional Support Payment for Childcare Providers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/12/2019.
Tags: ParentingAdditional Support Payment for Childcare Providers


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today announced an additional programme ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of six new post-primary schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/12/2019.
Tags: Teachers ParentingPatronage of six new post-primary schools


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the patronage of ... click to read full post & comments


Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/12/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersReview of Relationships and Sexuality Education


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2019

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/12/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFeeder Schools Lists published for 2019


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2019 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 ten years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


Plans to move sacramental preparations away from schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/12/2019.
Tags: ParentingPlans to move sacramental preparations away from schools


The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said training must begin immediately to prepare volunteers in parishes to support families in ... 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


‘Know the Score’ launched by Ministers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers Parenting‘Know the Score’ launched by Ministers


Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion ... click to read full post & comments


Traveller Participation in Higher Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/11/2019.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTraveller Participation in Higher Education


Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, launched the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The Minister was joined at the launch, held in TU Dublin, by several third level students and recent graduates ... click to read full post & comments


Did you donate this Shoebox to the Team Hope Appeal?

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/11/2019.
Tags: ParentingDid you donate this Shoebox to the Team Hope Appeal?


Team Hope is delighted to announce that in celebrating their 10th year, they have today, Thursday, 21 November, counted their two millionth shoebox as part of their annual appeal. The gift-filled shoebox was collected in their Cherrywood distribution centre in South Dublin and will be ... click to read full post & comments(1)


South Dublin Schools Urged to Provide more Places for Special Needs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/11/2019.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSouth Dublin Schools Urged to Provide more Places for Special Needs


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today urged principals, boards of management and patrons across south Dublin to offer to increase places for children with special needs.

The Minister made the call as he ... click to read full post & comments


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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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)



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