Tackling gender matters at schoolThu, 23 Nov 2017 02:42:14 GMTIrish IndependentSchools face as big a job as ever in educating pupils about sexism, harassment and stereotyping, writes Katherine Donnelly The gender pay gap. Women not getting top jobs, even in the highest echelons of learning, the universities. Sex pests, and worse, whether heterosexual or homosexual, abusing positions of power. All part of a dismaying tsunami of sex and gender-related controversies at home and abroad in recent days weeks and months ...
Technology can act as a lifelineThu, 23 Nov 2017 02:41:14 GMTIrish IndependentIn the current debate about children's online lives, Lucy Hatton (15) sheds some light on what goes on behind teens' screens Whatever takes your fancy: Thiscrush is popular with teens, allowing them to anonymously post a romantic message As a young person in 2017, the sentence I hear most frequently is undoubtedly some variation of the idea: "You spend too much time on your phone." I should be used to it by now, yet every time it's said to me, my face never ceases to flush ...
It s College Awareness Week and that goes for parents as well as their childrenThu, 23 Nov 2017 02:41:14 GMTIrish IndependentResearch shows that parents, particularly mothers, can play an influential role in CAO decision-making. Many parents contact me for help with the process, often because their teenagers do not openly share information with them. These parents want to give their children independence and space to make important decisions, but also want to be informed themselves about how these choices should be made ...
Junior Certificate exam time criticisedThu, 23 Nov 2017 00:32:05 GMTIrish ExaminerStudents and teachers have rejected exam officials’ suggestions that time was not a problem in this year’s Junior Certificate paper in English. TDs and senators were told yesterday many students brought calculators into the exam to work out how much time to give each question as there was no certainty about the structure from sample papers provided by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) ...
CareersPortal Training SessionWed, 22 Nov 2017 14:43:02 GMTCareersPortal.ieWednesday, November 22, 2017 CareersPortal.ie is Ireland’s most utilised careers website, providing the most up-to-date and relevant guidance materials to those needing or providing career guidance. We are hosting a training session on Tuesday 5th December, intended as a support to all guidance professionals, tutors and trainers on the best use of the wide range of free tools and resources so that they are best equipped to support their learners, jobseekers and clients. Time: 10.00AM - 1 ...
Teenagers to make case for extra time in Junior Cert English examWed, 22 Nov 2017 06:05:53 GMTThe JournalCurrently, students have two hours to complete each paper. SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS are to appear before an Oireachtas committee this morning as they attempt to secure extra time for students sitting Junior Certificate English. The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet at 1.30pm to hear from Tara O’Sullivan, who submitted a petition on adding the 30 extra minutes to the Junior Certificate English exam ...
Submission to NCCA consultation on Junior Cycle Religious EducationWed, 22 Nov 2017 00:13:44 GMTAtheist IrelandThis is a joint submission made to the NCCA consultation process on Junior Cycle Religious Education from: Michael Nugent and Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland Imam Ibrahim Noonan, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland Pastor Nick Park, Executive Director, Evangelical Alliance of Ireland1. Introduction1.1 The course should be renamed ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs’1.2 The course does not respect parents’ philosophical convictions1.3 The course does not respect the right to privacy1 ...
Most teachers feel unequipped to teach online safetyWed, 22 Nov 2017 00:13:24 GMTIrish ExaminerMore than two-thirds of primary school teachers do not feel equipped to teach online safety to their students, according to research by CyberSafeIreland. The children’s internet safety charity also reveals one in three children have rarely, or ever, spoken to their parents about the issue although many are spending in excess of four hours a day online ...
Special needs education giving every child a chanceWed, 22 Nov 2017 00:07:03 GMTIrish TimesMost now learn in mainstream classes with vastly improved developmental and educational outcomes Gillian Duffy and her sons Joshua and William (17) at home in Ballindangan, Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Gillian’s son Joshua goes to school with the help of a special needs assistant. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision Not so long ago Government policy towards children with special needs was based on denial ...
Review of English SpecificationTue, 21 Nov 2017 10:02:10 GMTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)A review of the new Junior Cycle English Specification is being undertaken by the NCCA. ASTI members who are teachers of English are encouraged to participate. Teachers can access information about the review and fill out a feedback form here http://www.juniorcycle.ie/Curriculum/Subjects/English/English.aspx The deadline for feedback is December 20, 2017 ...
Government to examine measures to tackle online bullyingTue, 21 Nov 2017 05:06:14 GMTIrish TimesMinisters to discuss digital safety and the need for greater regulation online Katherine Zappone, the Minister for Children will meet the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to discuss digital safety. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times Government members will on Tuesday examine measures to tackle online bullying and the deliberate targeting of young people with online content promoting suicide and self-harm ...
Students speak up How schools are listening to pupilsMon, 20 Nov 2017 19:07:57 GMTIrish TimesSome schools are allowing pupils to influence decisions in a democratic, progressive way Should secondary students be able to help run their own schools? It might sounds like a recipe for anarchy to some. But at a growing number of schools, it’s giving students a greater sense of ownership of their education At North Wicklow Educate Together secondary school, two students sit on the school’s board of management ...
Many students are getting jobs straight after leaving collegeMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:09:12 GMTIrish IndependentAgri courses are in demand at UCD. The agriculture industry is one of Ireland's largest employers with opportunities across the sector in food and agriculture to business and services, according to a leading career guidance counsellor. Betty McLaughlin said employment prospects for young people who complete a Certificate or a Degree in Agricultural (Ag) Science are better than ever, with the majority of students gaining fulfilling employment in Ireland or overseas ...
Donohoe s comments over supports for special needs children dangerousMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:06:52 GMTIrish TimesMinister for Finance warned there are now ‘more special needs assistants than gardaí’ The Special Needs Parents’ Association said it is troubled by the language used given the State’s obligation to provide education to all young people. File photograph: Getty Images Parents of children with special needs have criticised “dangerous and insensitive” comments by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials over the rising cost of education ...
Data shows number of pupils completing the Leaving Cert at record levelMon, 20 Nov 2017 08:13:17 GMTIrish ExaminerRecord numbers of Irish students are completing the Leaving Cert, according to figures from the Department of Education. The numbers show the percentage of Irish 20 to 24-year olds with at least an upper secondary education is the second highest in Europe at 94%. The number of early leavers from education has dropped by more than 40% since 2011 from 10.8% to 6.3% ...
20 November 2017 Leaving Certificate retention rates highest in history Minister BrutonMon, 20 Nov 2017 05:25:56 GMTDepartment of Education and SkillsGap between DEIS and non-DEIS schools has nearly halved since 2001 Ireland 2 nd in EU28 for percentage of people aged 20-24 with at least upper-secondary education Minister Bruton will today publish a report by the Department of Education and Skills on school retention in Ireland which show that Ireland’s Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate school completion rates are among the highest in Europe ...
Record numbers stay in school until Leaving Cert finishedMon, 20 Nov 2017 01:07:12 GMTIrish TimesRetention rate between disadvantaged schools and wealthier ones narrows Ireland now has the second-highest student retention rate in the European Union, with 94% of students remaining in “upper secondary education”. File photograph: Getty Images Record numbers of students are staying in school until they complete their Leaving Cert. now has the second-highest student retention rate in the European Union, with 94 per cent of students remaining in “upper secondary education” ...
State plays catch up with spending boost for special needsMon, 20 Nov 2017 01:07:12 GMTIrish TimesFears mount that reform of special needs assistant scheme a cover for cost-cutting It is now estimated that about 25% of school-going children in Ireland have some form of physical, learning and emotional or behavioural difficulty. File photograph: Getty Images It looks alarming on paper. Spending on higher education has climbed by almost half a billion euro since 2011, an increase of about 40 per cent ...
Students in disadvantaged schools 9 more likely to drop outMon, 20 Nov 2017 01:05:52 GMTRTE NewsOverall, the figures show that the proportion of students who complete second-level education in Ireland continues to rise Students attending disadvantaged or DEIS schools are 9% more likely to drop out before their Leaving Certificate compared with their peers in non-disadvantaged schools. However, the latest data from the Department of Education shows that the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged schools has narrowed. Five years ago it stood at 13% ...
School dropout rates in poor areas twice the averageMon, 20 Nov 2017 00:12:11 GMTIrish ExaminerSchool dropout rates in disadvantaged areas is almost twice that of the national average, despite significant improvements. The latest Department of Education statistics on the retention rates of students show that 9% of the 60,300 students who started second-level in 2010 left school before reaching Leaving Certificate ...
JC maths draft specificationFri, 17 Nov 2017 12:43:00 GMTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI is encouraging teachers of maths to participate in the ongoing consultation on the Junior Cycle maths specification. The consultation period ends on November 22 nd Click below for information ...
Over 3 000 unqualified teachers employed to plug gaps in schoolsFri, 17 Nov 2017 01:45:19 GMTIrish TimesJoan Burton: Labour’s education spokeswoman says: “I talk to principals who are constantly at the end of their tether in relation to being able to access qualified staff when they need replacements for cover.” Photograph: Collins Courts Up to 3,600 unqualified people were employed as teachers in the past year as schools struggled to fill gaps for short-term absences ...
November AstirThu, 16 Nov 2017 10:22:21 GMTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The November issue of ASTIR is now available online and will be arriving in schools next week ...
Science Week offers parents a look at alternative paths for studentsThu, 16 Nov 2017 05:46:46 GMTIrish TimesIreland tends to focus on the arts but our scientists and their careers are world class Science Week 2017: In an hour-long television feature, A Robot Stole My Job, presenter Anne-Marie Tomchak took viewers on a highly engaging tour through the world of robots and artificial intelligence and how robots that can learn might change the dynamic between machine and human If you have heard the word science a lot over the past few days then it probably has something to do with Science Week 2017 ...
Arts for arts sake and so much moreThu, 16 Nov 2017 02:43:25 GMTIrish IndependentA lot is happening to traditional BAs. Meadhbh McGrath talks to a number of universities about some of what's on offer Arts students are used to being the butt of a joke. They can't make up their minds, they just want to doss at the college bar for three years, they'll end up behind the counter in a fast food chain. So the clichés go, and with the increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in recent years, arts faculties have come under further pressure ...
Going to College There are plenty of resources to help in the search for the right college courseThu, 16 Nov 2017 02:43:25 GMTIrish IndependentThe CAO application season is in full swing and, in between study sessions, students should be busily researching their options. Parents tend to want to help this process, but many teenagers are a little less than communicative. There is a wealth of easily understandable information available to guide students and parents through this process ...
Coding on way for pupils after maths revampThu, 16 Nov 2017 02:33:05 GMTIrish IndependentStock Image: Getty Images Primary pupils from infant classes up will soon be learning the foundations of computer coding as part of a new maths curriculum. It is in line with a developing international trend to introduce students at the earliest ages to the creative and logical thinking skills required in computer science. The primary maths curriculum is undergoing its first revamp since 1999, with a view to making it fit for purpose for the modern age ...
We should listen to what young people have to say about their educationWed, 15 Nov 2017 06:06:45 GMTIrish TimesOpinion: Students want to be stimulated with hands-on approaches to learning A new survey of students suggests a serious mismatch between how priority subjects on the school curriculum are being experienced by our younger citizens, says Prof Dympna Devine. Photograph: iStock The recent report of the first national survey of young people on their experiences of teaching and learning in secondary schools is important on two counts ...
Project Maths fails to lift Irish teenagers performance in subjectTue, 14 Nov 2017 11:29:15 GMTIrish TimesThere is not enough time to implement curriculum, teachers say in report Project Maths was introduced into post-primary schools on a phased basis from 2008 onwards and in other schools from 2010. Irish teenagers’ performance in maths saw no significant change between 2012 and 2015, a report evaluating the impact of Project Maths says ...
70 of young LGBT people do not feel safe at schoolTue, 14 Nov 2017 07:31:56 GMTIrish Examiner70% of young LGBT people don't feel safe at school. Support organisation 'BeLongTo' is hosting Stand Up! Week, which tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools by increasing awareness, friendship and support for students. Director of 'BeLongTo' Moninne Griffith, says some students can go through very painful and challenging times in school ...
Schools urged to open their eyes to trans pupilsTue, 14 Nov 2017 01:11:45 GMTIrish ExaminerSchools are being told to open their eyes to the presence of transgender students and to listen to their ideas on how to support them.“Even if you don’t think there isn’t a trans student in your school, believe me there is,” said Jay Pope, 18. He helped design a training programme for teachers and principals on ways to make their schools more inclusive to trans young people ...
Students should no longer need to prove Pythagoras in junior cycle mathsTue, 14 Nov 2017 01:11:45 GMTIrish ExaminerJunior Certificate students will no longer be asked in exams to prove Pythagoras’ or anybody else’s theorems under a revised junior cycle maths course. However, although many teachers consulted on the curriculum for students’ first three years of second-level found time constraints to be a problem delivering the course, this is one of very few elements being dropped ...
RADAR teaching children the skills theyll need to cope with bullies throughout lifeTue, 14 Nov 2017 01:09:24 GMTIrish NewsThis is Anti-Bullying Week and interactive safety and life skills education centre RADAR is launching a campaign to highlight the issue and showcase skills kids can learn to challenge and deal with bullying behaviour, writes Leona O'Neill Mobile phones mean that bullies, be they your local one or international troll, have access to hurt you 24/7 It is important to teach kids the tools to deal with bullies so that they can navigate their early years with a strong shield of armour BULLYING in the ...
Schools warn budget cuts creating critical situationTue, 14 Nov 2017 01:09:24 GMTIrish NewsSchool leaders are warning that financial pressures will lead to dramatic reductions in the quality of classroom provision SCHOOL governors and principals say they are facing a "critical situation" due to budget cuts. Leaders of more than 80 of the north's largest post-primary schools released a joint statement on budget allocations. Debts are soaring, with schools predicted to be millions in the red over the next three years ...
Computer science to be first Leaving Cert subject where exam completed onlineTue, 14 Nov 2017 01:06:04 GMTIrish TimesEnd of the written exam? Experts say other subjects are set to follow the same route Fifth-year students across 40 schools are due to begin learning the subject next year, with the first Leaving Cert exam in computer science set to take place in June 2019. Photograph: iStock Are the days of the written Leaving Cert exams coming to an end? A new computer science course, due to begin next year, will be the first subject where pupils will complete their final exams online ...
Education Minister exploring ways for teachers on career break to fill part time postsMon, 13 Nov 2017 18:41:44 GMTIrish ExaminerThe Education Minister Richard Bruton is hoping teachers on a career break might agree to sub in order to deal with the shortage of part-time teachers. Principals say they are finding it increasingly difficult to find substitute teachers. Minister Bruton said it was partly a result of creating more full-time teaching posts in the past few years. He also said they are employing a number of ways to deal with the shortage ...
Open days how to make the most of themMon, 13 Nov 2017 17:52:43 GMTIrish TimesFind out how to make the best use of open days and when you can visit your top choices It is a good idea to ask the same questions during each visit to get as measured an understanding of each institution as is possible. Photograph: iStock With only a few weeks left until Christmas, it won’t be long before Leaving Cert students turn their full attention to studying for what is likely to be the most important set of examinations in their lives ...
Castlecomer Community School celebrates thirty years of modern educationMon, 13 Nov 2017 16:44:41 GMTKilkenny PeopleBoard of management and staff from thirty years ago during the Castlecomer Community School Reunion PICTURE: PAT MOORE Three decades of modern education was marked at a celebration at the weekend when staff and students from Castlecomer Community School marked their 30th birthday. Former and present students and teachers attended the dinner at the Springhill Court Hotel on Saturday. Principal Séamus O'Connor told The Kilkenny People that there was a great turnout for the occasion ...
Government investing EUR 2m in scheme for disadvantaged schoolsMon, 13 Nov 2017 07:10:55 GMTIrish ExaminerThe Government is investing almost €2m to help children in disadvantaged schools. The School Excellence Fund teaches life skills alongside the usual subjects and tries to keep pupils in full-time education for as long as possible. Education Minister Richard Bruton said the Department wants to level the playing field."We have a lot of disadvantaged schools who are doing well ...
EUR 1.8m creative experiment to help disadvantaged pupilsMon, 13 Nov 2017 02:42:05 GMTIrish IndependentRichard Bruton wants schools to find out what works best. Photo: Tom Burke More than 35 schools around the country are the first to share in a new fund to experiment with creative ways to tackle educational disadvantage. The schools are grouped into 10 clusters, which will work to explore innovative approaches to improve the educational experience and learning outcomes of pupils. Education Minister Richard Bruton is launching the pilot phase of the School Excellence Fund today with €1 ...
Syllabus for maths does not add up for teachersMon, 13 Nov 2017 02:42:05 GMTIrish IndependentPupils should get 240 hours of maths over three years. Stock Image Maths teachers say they don't get enough time to deliver the Junior Cycle syllabus to pupils, according a new report. It has emerged as a key issue in a review of the affect of Project Maths on the performance of students in the subject at Junior Cycle ...
Castlecomer Community School celebrates 30th birthdayFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:24:11 GMTKilkenny PeopleGreat turnout expected at the reunion at The Springhill Hotel Former students of Castlecomer Community School Generations of secondary school students will gather at The Springhill Hotel this Saturday November 11) to celebrate the 30th year of Castlecomer Community School. For over 150 years there has been secondary education in Castlecomer. The Presentation Order moved here in 1885. In the 1950’s the Vocation School was established in the town ...
Young peoples digital rights in safe hands at industry eventFri, 10 Nov 2017 02:33:23 GMTIrish IndependentAlannah O'Leary (16) and Luca Bishop (17) from Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, Dublin, at the #DigitalYouth17 event Photo: Mark Stedman A group of 50 young people attended a special event on digital rights in Dublin. The consultation was jointly held by Unicef and as transition year students from across the country joined industry leaders at the #DigitalYouth17 gathering ...
Levelling the field for entry to collegeThu, 9 Nov 2017 02:40:13 GMTIrish IndependentThe huge growth of a scheme to support students from disadvantaged areas to enter third-level shows what can be done, writes Katherine Donnelly The CAO opened for applications this week and, in theory at least, it is open to all. But the CAO cannot offer a place to someone who hasn't applied. Among those will be people who, because of some disadvantage in their lives, are under the misconception that college is only for other people ...
ASTI to continue suspension of industrial action pending outcome of new entrant pay talksWed, 8 Nov 2017 20:02:31 GMTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI’s Central Executive Council has voted to continue the union’s suspension of industrial action while it engages in new entrant pay talks along with the other public sector unions, including the INTO and the TUI ...
Second level teachers will not resume industrial actionWed, 8 Nov 2017 18:26:21 GMTIrish TimesCentral executive council of ASTI vote to continue to suspend action People attending an ASTI protest seeking equal pay for younger teachers outside Leinster House, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Eric Luke Second level school teachers have decided not to resume their campaign of industrial action ...
Schoolbooks should be available in Irish committee saysWed, 8 Nov 2017 18:06:39 GMTIrish TimesFunding for Irish language youth groups ‘should match funding for English language groups’ The committee was told of a shortage of school textbooks in Irish. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times A public commitment should be given by the Minister for Education that school books will be made available in Irish in all subjects at junior and senior cycle level within three years, the Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands has said ...
Can parents trust a disciplinary process overseen by teachers.Wed, 8 Nov 2017 07:48:00 GMTIrish TimesParents and students finally have formal process to make complaints about teachers More than a decade after legislation was first signed into law, parents and students finally have a formal process to make complaints about the conduct of teachers. Stock photograph: Getty Images More than a decade after legislation was first signed into law, parents and students finally have a formal process to make complaints about the conduct of teachers. It is long overdue ...
First fitness to teach inquiry gets under way todayWed, 8 Nov 2017 07:46:40 GMTIrish TimesComplaints can include poor performance, being medically unfit and having convictions The teacher’s name, school and other identifying details will remain anonymous. The first public fitness-to-practise hearing for a teacher is to set to get underway later today. However, the teacher’s name, school and other identifying details will remain anonymous. This follows concerns over the potential identification of children or for other public-interest reasons ...
Teaching Council to hold first fitness to teach inquiry todayWed, 8 Nov 2017 00:11:08 GMTIrish ExaminerThe country’s first fitness-to-teach inquiry is due to commence at the Teaching Council today. The details of the teacher involved and the allegations involved are not known, but the public and media may attend the two-day hearing at the council’s offices in Maynooth, Co Kildare. It has already been decided that the identities of the teacher, their school, and any witnesses cannot be made public ...
Teachers warned on students exam stressTue, 7 Nov 2017 03:00:56 GMTIrish IndependentTeachers have been urged to review their methods in the wake of a report that found 73pc of secondary school students are stressed out about exams. Children's Minister Katherine Zappone made the remarks at the launch of a report entitled 'So How Was School Today', which was based on a survey of 3,200 young people. Education Minister Richard Bruton said the study showed areas where "we need to do better" and said there were messages for his own department as well as for teachers ...
Bruton warns against discriminationTue, 7 Nov 2017 03:00:55 GMTIrish IndependentEducation Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke Minister Richard Bruton has warned the Government "will not tolerate discrimination of any sort within our education system". His comments came after allegations emerged that individuals were denied jobs in Catholic-ethos schools, in one case because they had a child outside marriage and in another because the candidate was a Protestant ...
Recruitment of Post primary Inspectors of Construction Studies English Home Economics Religious Education and Special EducationMon, 6 Nov 2017 17:08:37 GMTEducation and Training BoardsThe Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills will be recruiting post-primary inspectors in the above subjects shortly. If you are interested in any of these positions, you can register your interest by registering with the Public Appointments Service on www.publicjobs.ie where full details of the positions will be available ...
Study finds secondary school students prefer active learningMon, 6 Nov 2017 14:11:45 GMTIrish ExaminerThe majority of secondary school students say they prefer active learning rather than studying a book. A new survey of more than 3,000 pupils has shed light on how young people feel they are taught in schools. Many students feel teachers could teach Maths, Irish and English better. The study was done by young people for young people and overwhelmingly showed that students feel they learn best through active learning and not from a book ...
The CAO has opened students can now apply for third level coursesMon, 6 Nov 2017 12:51:58 GMTIrish ExaminerStudents can start to apply for third level courses from today. The Central Applications Office has opened for prospective students, and will remain open until the 1st of February. A fee of €30 will be charged until the January 20 for registrations which will increase to €45 thereafter. Past President of the Institute of Guidance Councillors, Betty McLaughlin, says students who are unsure should register now to get their CAO number ...
Young people respond in their thousands to have their say about schoolMon, 6 Nov 2017 11:10:55 GMTDepartment of Children and Youth AffairsComhairle Na nÓg study by young people is a first Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Minister for Education and Skills Minister Katherine Zappone TD and Minister Richard Bruton TD today launched the ‘So, how was school today?’ report. A ground breaking piece of research carried out by young people for young people. More than 3,200 young voices had their say in the Comhairle na nÓg research which focused on the topic of Education ...
Exams still a major cause of stress for teenagers survey findsMon, 6 Nov 2017 00:11:18 GMTIrish ExaminerExams are still a major cause of stress for teenagers despite reforms aimed at tackling the issue, a survey has found. The study was conducted among more than 3,200 students by the national executive of Comhairle na nÓg, which represents youth councils in the country’s 31 local council areas. More than three-quarters of students felt they learn best when they take part in active learning, like project work, role plays, quizzes, and debates, and with feedback from teachers ...
School reports show mixed picture of education systemSat, 4 Nov 2017 18:05:06 GMTIrish TimesA very mixed picture of education standards in Ireland’s schools emerges in revised school inspection reports which measure the quality of schools on a sliding scale from “very good” to “weak”. While most schools are typically found to have a good standard of teaching and learning, inspection report highlight issues of concern in some high-profile schools ...
Parent guide how to find your child rsquo s school inspection reportSat, 4 Nov 2017 16:32:46 GMTIrish TimesSchool education rated from ‘very good’ to ‘poor’ under inspection regime 11 minutes ago Updated: 10 minutes ago It’s over ten years since the Department of Education published their first individual school inspection reports. It was long overdue: the move was aimed at the time at dampening demand for school league tables by providing parents with information on school performance ...
School wins praise for students who are articulate and critical thinkersSat, 4 Nov 2017 02:42:34 GMTIrish IndependentMount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf, Dublin Members of the student Council at Mount Temple school walk with deputy principal Mary Byrne and principal Liam Wedimont. From left: Grace Dunne, Lucas Peat, Joe Morley, Ogo Onafuwa, Fred Mosley, Evan Farrell, Kimberly O’Dor and Karen Mukasa. Photo: Tony Gavin Articulate, self-confident, respectful, independent and critical thinkers was how inspectors described pupils at a Dublin school ...
Irish Students Pay the Second Highest Fees in Europe says New EU ReportWed, 1 Nov 2017 18:11:57 GMTUniversity Times (Trinity College Dublin)The report by the European Commission showed the landscape for third-level fees and supports across Europe. Second only to the UK, Irish third-level students pay the second-highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. The report showed Ireland in the fee category of €1,001 to €3,000. But the second highest to Ireland was the Netherlands with €2,006, showing that Ireland is €1,000 more expensive than any other of the eight countries in the same fee bracket ...
Record number of retired teachers plugging school gapsWed, 1 Nov 2017 01:05:44 GMTIrish TimesSome schools forced to divert support teachers from special needs pupils due to shortages Many primary schools are finding it difficult to fill gaps for career breaks and maternity leave, while secondary schools report major difficulties sourcing teachers in key subjects. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire The number of retired teachers returning to the classroom is set to reach a record high as schools struggle to fill gaps for short-term absences ...
31 October 2017 4 500 on Springboard 2017 courses Minister Bruton and Minister HalliganTue, 31 Oct 2017 08:05:29 GMTDepartment of Education and Skills4,500 on Springboard+ 2017 courses – Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan First time homemakers can avail of courses Over 300 homemakers enrol in Free Higher Education Courses, including in Advanced Manufacturing, Business and Entrepreneurship and ICT The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today welcomed the strong uptake of Springboard+ courses commencing in autumn 2017 ...
Are students learning anything from school tours.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:33:29 GMTIrish TimesFrom Premiership football matches to theme parks and European capital cities, some 80 per cent of second-level schools now organise an overseas tour for students. But do they have any educational value? Watching Damien Duff flank the left wing, gazing at crocodiles through safari binoculars, sitting where the Twin Towers once stood or clinging to the edges of a 100mph rollercoaster all now form part of the increasingly popular school tour ...
School trips abroad costing parents up to EUR 1 800Tue, 31 Oct 2017 01:06:42 GMTIrish TimesFamilies question educational value of tours and ask for costs to be kept down New York is among the more expensive destinations as four out of five secondary schools now organise tours abroad. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Schools have been urged to limit the costs of tours for their pupils following concerns that some parents are being asked to pay up to €1,800 for trips abroad ...
Second Bus Service Approved For Celbridge Secondary Schools.Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:02:44 GMTKFM RadioBus Éireaan has approved a second bus to service St. Wolstans, Salesians and the Celbridge Community School in Celbridge. Parents of students from the secondary schools in the town have campaigned to secure extra school transport capacity for the area over the past few months. Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke said he has now received confirmation that the service will be expanded and says this should alleviate recent timetable and capacity issues ...
First fitness to teach public hearing to start in NovemberFri, 27 Oct 2017 22:46:28 ISTIrish TimesTeachers may be removed for serious misconduct or poor performance The first inquiry is scheduled to be heard at the offices of the Teaching Council - the regulatory body for the profession - in Maynooth on November 8th and 9th. The first public inquiry into a teacher accused of misconduct is due to be held next month ...
First fitness to teach public hearing due to get under way next monthFri, 27 Oct 2017 20:05:59 ISTIrish TimesTeachers may be banned from classroom for serious misconduct or poor performance The first inquiry is scheduled to be heard at the offices of the Teaching Council - the regulatory body for the profession - in Maynooth on November 8th and 9th. The first public inquiry into a teacher accused of misconduct is due to be held next month ...
CAO Opens for applications Monday 6th NovemberFri, 27 Oct 2017 17:02:40 ISTCareersPortal.ieThe Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility opens on Monday, 6th November from noon. Applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €30 before the 20th January at 5:15 pm. A fee of €45 applies after this time and until the normal closing date of 1st February at 5:15 pm. To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘Apply’ ...
27 October 2017 Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O Connor welcome results of first external review of fund for students with disabilitiesFri, 27 Oct 2017 08:26:18 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsMinister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcome results of first external review of fund for students with disabilities Nearly 350% increase in number of beneficiaries to the scheme in past 10 years Working Group to be established to fully implement recommendations of the Review Minister of Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the publication of the first external review of the Fund for Students with Disabilit ...
Church cannot stand by and let religion be removed from schoolsFri, 27 Oct 2017 01:02:21 ISTIrish TimesArchbishop claims State seeking to dilute right to access school with faith-based ethos Archbishop Eamon Martin: “We should not ignore the fact that increasing numbers of Catholic children are no longer attending Catholic schools.” Photograph: Eric Luke The Catholic primate has expressed concern at the prospect of “a generic model of primary education” being promoted in ...
Religion and schools time for more radical reformFri, 27 Oct 2017 00:25:40 ISTIrish TimesOur State-funded education system must be equally available to all our children Parents have a right to opt their children out of religious instruction classes in schools. The reality in the classroom can be very different. Children are regularly left to sit at the back of the class during religious instruction. They are often prohibited from studying other subjects. Some schools stipulate that wearing headphones or doing schoolwork is banned ...
Scope of fund for students with disabilities to be extendedFri, 27 Oct 2017 00:10:40 ISTIrish ExaminerThe operation of a €10m fund for college students with disabilities is to be reformed to ensure more people benefit and with fewer delays. The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) helped nearly 10,500 students last year, almost treble the number assisted in 2008, according to a report for the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Although funding has increased slightly over the last three years to €10.4m, it remains less than the €10.6m provided in 2013 when less than 8,000 students benefited ...
Parents role in study of faith in the spotlightFri, 27 Oct 2017 00:10:40 ISTIrish ExaminerCatholic parents may have to do more to help their children’s faith formation as schools’ share of the duties risks being removed, the Church’s leader in Ireland said. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin suggested this as a likely positive outcome of education policy changes that he raised concerns about, such as the preparation for sacraments being moved outside of class times at non-Catholic schools ...
New grading and points systems have bedded in so just concentrate on doing your bestThu, 26 Oct 2017 02:40:53 ISTIrish IndependentWe saw a new Leaving Cert grading and CAO points schemes this year. Last year's exam candidates, and the current sixth years, quickly became familiar with the new grades. The new system was deemed a great success overall. As intended, the reforms seemed to take the heat out of the points race and, hopefully, this year's Leaving Cert candidates, and those following after them, will reap the benefits of a less stressful process around college entry than we have seen in the past ...
Pledge to build 70 schools was too optimistic BrutonThu, 26 Oct 2017 02:40:53 ISTIrish IndependentChallenged: Richard Bruton. Photo: Fergal Phillips Announcing that 70 school building projects would start construction in 2015 "may have been over optimistic", Education Minister Richard Bruton has said. After it was revealed in the Irish Independent that around 20 of the promised developments are not yet 'shovel ready', Mr Bruton said a number of issues have arisen which in most cases were "completely outside" the Department of Education's control ...
Parents to have a say on CharterThu, 26 Oct 2017 02:40:53 ISTIrish IndependentThere is still an opportunity for parents to share their views on what they would like to see included in the proposed Parent and Student Charter. The Charter will be underpinned by legislation and will create a framework for individual school charters. The aim is to give parents and students a much stronger voice in the running of their schools and it is expected to bring about a cultural change in relationships ...
Richard Bruton I can t solve school planning delaysThu, 26 Oct 2017 00:11:30 ISTIrish ExaminerPlanning and other delays to major school building projects are beyond Education Minister Richard Bruton’s control, he told the Dáil. He was responding to criticisms by Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne who described a December 2014 announcement of projects that were to begin building in 2015 as a “fantasy list”. The opposition education spokesperson said work had yet to start on 26 of the 70 large-scale projects, and questioned whether Mr Bruton’s department had the money to meet its commitments ...
Schools set to study up on mental healthThu, 26 Oct 2017 00:10:50 ISTIrish ExaminerThe NCCA says ‘student wellbeing is at the heart of the vision of a new junior cycle’. Richard Hogan hopes it’s true So, we recently marked the annual World Mental Health week. But, what did that really mean? The World Health Organisation’s theme for October 10 was Mental Health in the Workplace. It suggested the five ways to wellbeing are simple actions you can do in your everyday life to feel good and function well:1.Connect2.Be active3.Take notice4.Keep learning5 ...
Geography Week at Cashel Community SchoolWed, 25 Oct 2017 08:08:17 ISTThe Nationalist (South Tipp Today)Cashel Community School Geography took pride of place in Cashel Community School with the inaugural ‘Geography Week’. It is the study of patterns and processes in the physical and human environments, and during the week all students were encouraged to become involved in a range of activities to enhance their geographical knowledge and skills. During the week sixth year students travelled to Tramore, Co. Waterford where they carried out their Leaving Certificate Geographical Investigation ...
Obesity levels dropping in many schoolsTue, 24 Oct 2017 20:26:52 ISTIrish TimesSchools making progress in improving access to healthy eating, experts tell Oireachtas An Irish Heart Foundation survey indicated that over a quarter of schools had tuck shops selling sweets and soft drinks, and half had vending machines. Photograph: Getty Images Obesity levels among schoolchildren are stabilising overall and dropping in many schools, new research indicates ...
CEC to discuss PSSA ballot outcomeTue, 24 Oct 2017 12:02:12 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)Arising from the ASTI decision to reject the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-20 in a ballot of members, a Special CEC meeting will take place on November 8 th In the meantime, ASTI Standing Committee has decided that the current suspension of industrial action will be maintained ...
ASTI joins two other teacher unions to reject public pay dealTue, 24 Oct 2017 02:41:44 ISTIrish IndependentMembers of the secondary teachers union voted by a narrow 51.5pc-48.5pc margin against the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA). The turnout was 64pc. (Stock picture) The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has rejected the latest public service pay deal. Members of the secondary teachers union voted by a narrow 51.5pc-48.5pc margin against the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA). The turnout was 64pc ...
Ask Brian Will my students be able to take the Irish oral exam this year.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:07:09 ISTIrish TimesA union directive requiring schools to boycott oral exams has been suspended Schools and teachers are free to take on the oral exams in this year’s Junior Cert Question: As a second-level teacher of Gaeilge I have been administering the oral Irish component of the course for the past number of years, but ceased to do so in 2017 due to a directive from my union (the ASTI) ...
Will the teaching unions align against the Government.Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:07:44 ISTIrish TimesTwo-tier pay the sticking point as ASTI joins dissenters, but strikes are unlikely for now ballot result means all three main teaching unions have now voted to reject the new public service pay agreement, potentially leaving the door open to the establishment of a united front against the Government. Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation had previously voted to oppose the accord ...
ASTI teachers vote to reject public service pay dealMon, 23 Oct 2017 18:10:20 ISTIrish ExaminerMembers of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) have today voted to reject the latest public-service pay deal. The vote comes amid concerns over its failure to address the issue of lower pay for staff recruited since 2010. Some 51.5% of those who voted rejected the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, while 48.5% were in favour. The turnout was 64% ...
Teachers union ASTI rejects public service pay dealMon, 23 Oct 2017 16:06:45 ISTIrish IndependentASTI has rejected the latest public service pay deal (stock photo) THE ASTI has rejected the latest public service pay deal. Members of the secondary teachers union voted 51.5pc-48.5 pc against the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). The turnout was 64pc. It means that all teacher unions have rejected the agreement ...
ASTI second level teachers reject public service pay dealMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:46:22 ISTIrish TimesASTI delegates at a meeting in June. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times Second level teachers who are members of the ASTI union have voted narrowly to reject the new public service pay agreement. ASTI members opposed the new accord by 51.39 per cent to 48.38 per cent. ASTI president Ger Curtin said that by rejecting the agreement members were standing up for “their most vulnerable colleagues”.“We will not stop until the discriminatory treatment of post-2010 teachers is put to an end ...
ASTI Press Release ASTI members vote to reject Public Service Stability Agreement by 51.5 to 48.5Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:43:02 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI members have voted to reject the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020 by 51.5% to 48.5%. Commenting on the result of the ballot, ASTI President Ger Curtin said that by rejecting the Agreement, ASTI members continue to stand up for their most vulnerable colleagues – those who entered the profession since 2010 and are on inferior pay scales. Mr Curtin said the union intends to vigorously pursue equal pay for equal work along with its sister unions the INTO and the TUI ...
Joint Union Briefing Session Safety Health and Welfare at WorkMon, 23 Oct 2017 12:22:47 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The three teacher unions namely, ASTI, INTO and TUI are co-operating Briefing Sessions on a pilot project to increase awareness of health and safety legislation, including the role of Safety Representatives, in schools. Two pilot events are planned for this term, one each for interested members in the Cork and Galway areas. Each event will take place from 5p.m. to 7p.m., followed by a buffet dinner, and will include input from speakers with specialist expertise in health and safety ...
Education Minister responds to Atheist Ireland FOI documents promises new guidelines on opting out of religionMon, 23 Oct 2017 06:50:54 ISTAtheist IrelandAtheist Ireland has written to the Minister for Education seeking an input into the new guidelines that he has committed to issuing for children opting out of religion classes in State-run ETB schools. The Minister was responding to questions by RTE’s Emma O’Kelly about documents that Atheist Ireland obtained under the Freedom of Information Act ...
Dept to issue religion opt out guidelines to schoolsMon, 23 Oct 2017 06:44:54 ISTRTE NewsRichard Bruton said schools should accommodate the needs of every student in a school The Minister for Education has dismissed a claim that state-run second level schools in County Tipperary have a Catholic ethos. Richard Bruton said this was "not the case", telling journalists the multi-denominational status of all ETB schools was "very clear" ...
Pupils who opt out of religion to be taught other subjectsMon, 23 Oct 2017 01:06:29 ISTIrish TimesNew rules to ensure ‘proper timetable of beneficial work’ for those not studying topic Minister for Education Richard Bruton has confirmed that a new circular will insist on “a proper timetable of beneficial work” for children who opt out of religion. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire Pupils who opt-out of religious instruction classes in community and comprehensive secondary schools must be given access to tuition in other subjects under new rules due to come into force soon ...
Non religious students often feel like second class citizensMon, 23 Oct 2017 01:06:29 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: Modernising religion rules will – belatedly – help respect rights of all pupils Today, one in 10 of the population has no religion. More than one in three people in some parts of the State – such as Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Galway – are non-Catholic. Parents, in theory, have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion instruction classes in schools. The reality is often different ...
Staff shortages affecting time spent teaching maths at secondary schoolsSun, 22 Oct 2017 21:25:45 ISTIrish TimesSome pupils receive twice as much maths tuition as others A shortage of maths teachers is a key factor behind why students are receiving dramatically different amounts of teaching time in the subject, according to new research. The report, Time in Mathematics Education, is the first of its kind to offer insights into the allocation of maths instruction time at second level ...
Leitrim school selected to take part in new digital planSun, 22 Oct 2017 17:08:21 ISTLeitrim ObserverSt Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton St Clare's Comprehensive School in Manorhamilton has been selected as one of the 50 schools participating in the trial of the new Digital Learning Framework for schools. The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies ...
Teacher shortage in capital blamed on housing crisisSat, 21 Oct 2017 02:41:25 ISTIrish IndependentCathnia Ó Muircheartaigh Second-level schools in Dublin are being particularly badly hit by teacher shortages because of the housing crisis across the city. There is a general lack of qualified teachers in a wide range of subjects, including Irish, home economics, and maths. Science - particularly physics and chemistry - and modern languages are also being badly hit by the shortage. Rising enrolment in second-level schools is creating the demand for more teachers ...
Applying for several schools slammedSat, 21 Oct 2017 00:21:43 ISTIrish ExaminerParents who apply for places at numerous second-level schools for their children are making admissions and planning almost impossible for schools, a principals’ leader has warned. The issue was raised with Education Minister Richard Bruton ahead of the progression of his school admissions legislation that has already been discussed at committee stage in the Oireachtas ...
Ciara and Amy fondly rememberedSat, 21 Oct 2017 00:06:42 ISTIrish IndependentAnita Hughes, Gorey Community School; Anto Ryan, Ciara Ryan's father; Siofra Byrne, Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, winners of the Ciara Ryan perpetual trophy and Lynda McEvoy, deputy principal, Gorey Commnunity School Anita Hughes, Gorey Community School; Katelyn Gabbett Kehoe and Sarah Horbet, Loreto Wexford, winners of the Amy Sunderland perpetual trophy; Lynda McEvoy, deputy principal and Marie Sunderland, Amy's mother The Creagh College team at the Wexford Schools Under 16 Football Blitz at the Fe ...
Apply on time says GCS principalSat, 21 Oct 2017 00:06:42 ISTIrish IndependentDeciding on which secondary school to attend is always a big decision for any sixth class pupil, but the recent open evening at Gorey Community School no doubt helped many make up their mind. Principal Michael Finn had visited 21 primary schools in the locality in the weeks before to invite the pupils along to the open evening, and as usual, the response was overwhelming.'The place was jammed,' said Mr Finn. 'They came in droves ...
Growing shortage of qualified Subject Teachers at Second LevelFri, 20 Oct 2017 11:42:57 ISTCareersPortal.ieFriday, October 20, 2017 Increasing numbers of secondary school students are being taught by non-specialists in certain subject areas, according to school principals gathered for the annual NAPD conference taking place today. We have a growing shortage of qualified teachers and the problem is set to get worse if Department of Education officials do not take urgent action, according to the president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Cathnia Ó Muircheartaigh ...
Schools conference to call for action over teacher shortagesFri, 20 Oct 2017 07:44:26 ISTRTE NewsSchools are struggling to find qualified teachers to teach a range of subjects Secondary schools are struggling to find qualified teachers to teach a range of subjects including maths, Irish, home economics and languages, a school leaders conference will hear today. The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals is meeting in Killarney, Co Kerry today ...
Some students receiving twice as many maths classes as othersFri, 20 Oct 2017 02:44:33 ISTIrish IndependentMassive variations in the time that second-level schools devote to maths teaching is putting some pupils at a severe disadvantage. A new report calls on the Government to end the unfair treatment of students who receive less tuition in the subject than others, by laying down fixed time allocations for maths. By the time they sit the Junior Cert, some pupils have spent almost twice as long in maths classes as others ...
Shortage of teachers an urgent issue say principalsFri, 20 Oct 2017 02:43:53 ISTIrish Independent(Stock picture) A growing shortage of qualified teachers means increasing numbers of pupils are being taught by non-specialists in a subject, according to second-level school principals. The problem is going to get worse if Education Minister Richard Bruton and his officials don't take urgent action, according to National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) president Cathnia Ó Muircheartaigh ...
Not enough qualified secondary teachers in key subjects principalsFri, 20 Oct 2017 01:05:27 ISTIrish TimesPrincipals warn Government that urgent action is needed to tackle staffing ‘crisis’ Minister for Education Richard Bruton: The Minister has pledged a number of steps including using more trainee and retired teachers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins Urgent action is needed to address a growing staffing shortage in secondary schools which is depriving students of qualified teachers to teach key subjects, according to principals ...
Schools NOT required to open extra days to make up for lost time during Storm Ophelia closuresThu, 19 Oct 2017 11:46:55 ISTIrish IndependentSchools will not be required to open extra days to make up for lost time during closures for Storm Ophelia. A rumour is swirling that schools have been directed to open this weekend to make up for time lost after enforced nationwide closures on Monday and Tuesday. A Deparment of Education spokesperson has confirmed that the rumour is false and advised that schools will not be open this weekend ...
Variations in time that secondary schools devote to maths teaching putting some pupils at a severe disadvantageThu, 19 Oct 2017 11:06:31 ISTIrish IndependentOver the three years of junior cycle, the total difference in tuition time can amount to 211 hours - with the highest allocation of 439 hours, almost double the lowest, 228. (Stock image) Massive variations in the time that second-level schools devote to maths teaching is putting some pupils at a severe disadvantage ...
Simon Harris reveals he wants to see defibrillators installed in all Irish schools as The Irish Sun steps up our Show Some Heart campaignThu, 19 Oct 2017 07:10:13 ISTThe Irish SunThe Health Minister is going to instruct his officials to work with their counterparts in Education to come up with a plan so the lifesaving devices can be put in “everywhere” SIMON Harris has revealed he wants to see defibrillators installed in all schools – as The Irish Sun steps up our Show Some Heart campaign. The Health Minister is going to instruct his officials to work with their counterparts in Education to come up with a plan so the devices can be put in “everywhere” ...
New Growing Up In Ireland Research Examines How to Help Young People Adjust to Second Level EducationThu, 19 Oct 2017 01:05:26 ISTIrish Economic and Social Research InstituteStrong maths skills at primary level and positive student-teacher relationships at second level key to transition Growing Up in Ireland today (19 October 2017) publishes a new report from the study on young people’s transition from primary to second-level education: Off to a Good Start? Primary School Experiences and the Transition to Second-Level Education, by Emer Smyth, ESRI ...
Schools won t have to open for extra days after hurricane closuresThu, 19 Oct 2017 00:29:46 ISTIrish ExaminerEducation Correspondent Schools will not be directed to reopen for an extra two days after their enforced closure by the Department of Education on Monday and Tuesday. Primary schools are required to open for 183 days in each school year, and second-level schools for 167 days, but flexibility is allowed for making up time lost to unforeseen closures ...
18 October 2017 Minister Bruton announces 50 schools participating in trial of the Digital Learning FrameworkWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:47:21 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsMinister Bruton Announces 50 schools Participating in Trial of the Digital Learning Framework The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton T.D. today welcomed the announcement of the 50 schools participating in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework for schools. The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies ...
Schools apply for funding to repair damageWed, 18 Oct 2017 02:36:03 ISTIrish Independent(Stock picture) Schools have applied for emergency funding to repair damage done to their buildings by Hurricane Ophelia. After a two-day closure, up to 4,000 primary and post-primary schools around the country reopen today, although some will remain shut if there is a safety concern, or because of a lack of power or water supply. As the Ophelia clear-up got underway, the Department of Education gave the OK for schools to reopen, but left the final decision to individual boards of management ...
Douglas Community School principal If the roof had struck somebody they would have had no chanceWed, 18 Oct 2017 00:29:30 ISTIrish ExaminerA school principal has spoken of his relief that nobody was killed or injured when the roof was ripped off its gym before slamming into nearby homes. Jim Long, the principal of Douglas Community School on the southside of Cork city, was speaking yesterday as he began to fully assess the scale of the damage caused by the hurricane-force winds.“If it had struck somebody, they would have had no chance,” Mr Long said.“The winds were absolutely ferocious here at midday on Monday ...
School holidays unlikely to be cut to make up for Storm Ophelia closuresTue, 17 Oct 2017 19:13:22 ISTIrish TimesOfficial guidance indicates tuition may be prioritised over extra-curricular activities Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to senior sources ...
17 October 2017 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills Storm Ophelia.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:17:01 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsSchools, VTOS and Youthreach centres will reopen tomorrow and school transport will be back in operation, subject to any damages experienced at a local level. As always, schools must ensure the safety of those in their care and give due consideration to this when making a decision to re-open ...
Department defends decision to close schools for second dayTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:01:24 ISTIrish TimesSome parents criticised move as an ‘overreaction’ on social media School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock CARL O’BRIEN, Education Editor The Department of Education has defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents. Minister for Education Richard Bruton made the announcement shortly after 4pm on Monday following “careful consideration” by the department and the National Emergency Coordination Group ...
Everything you need to know about college open daysTue, 17 Oct 2017 01:05:20 ISTIrish TimesLife on campus: Here is some of what Ireland’s universities and colleges have to offer Rebecca Kelly, left, and Breda Kenny, both from Castlecomer Community School, Co Kilkenny, at the Trinity College Open Day with a Lightening Ball which contains a mixture of gases that generate electromagnetic waves The full schedule is available on ucc.ie/opendays. For its 21,000 students, campus life outside the academic offers much more than long afternoons spent in the Main Rest (the college canteen) ...
ASTI action saves EUR 5m on teacher trainingTue, 17 Oct 2017 00:09:38 ISTIrish ExaminerThe absence of most second-level teachers from training around junior cycle reforms helped Education Minister Richard Bruton to save over €5m on teacher education last year. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) decided just this summer to instruct its members to end the industrial action which saw them refuse to take part in continuous professional development (CPD) associated with the reforms ...
Preliminary meeting on new entrant payThu, 12 Oct 2017 16:22:34 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI was represented today at an initial meeting on new entrant pay issues along with other public sector unions. The INTO and TUI were also represented. It was agreed at the meeting that detailed updated data is required. Further updates will follow in due course ...
Shaping education historyThu, 12 Oct 2017 02:42:09 ISTIrish IndependentJohn Walshe reviews two new books that trace the story from the birth of national schools in the 1800s to an era of 'lifelong learning' Prof John Coolahan (second left), Sonia O’Sullivan and Labhrás Ó Murchú, who were recently awarded honourary doctorates by DCU for outstanding contributions to education, sport, culture and music, with (on left) DCU chancellor, Dr Martin McAleese and DCU President, Prof Brian McCraith ...
Aoife Walsh It can be tough getting a place in medicine but there are plenty of routes to considerThu, 12 Oct 2017 02:42:09 ISTIrish IndependentWhile entry to medical school can be highly competitive, there are many options for those determined to pursue this area of study. CAO and HPAT The most direct route is at undergraduate level, through the CAO. Five colleges in the Republic offer it: TCD, UCD, RCSI, UCC and NUI Galway. Cut-off points in 2017 ranged from 734 and 725. Students who have only one science subject in their Leaving Cert have the option of doing a six-year programme at NUI Galway, the RCSI or UCD ...
Irish student applications to UK dropWed, 11 Oct 2017 12:41:46 ISTThe College View (DCU student newspaper)Irish student applications to UK universities have dropped 18 per cent this year according to reports by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Image Credit: The Telegraph here has been an 18 per cent drop in Irish student applications to UK universities this year according to reports by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service ...
More than 1 400 Leaving Cert results upgraded on appealWed, 11 Oct 2017 12:06:41 ISTIrish TimesAlmost 15 per cent of all rechecks were successful, with just four results downgraded More than 1,400 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded this year following appeals by students. Photo: Bryan O’Brien More than 1,400 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded this year following appeals by students. The move means students will see an increase in their CAO points, with some eligible for college courses which they narrowly missed out on ...
Rate of success drops in appeals on exam gradesWed, 11 Oct 2017 02:45:00 ISTIrish IndependentThere has been a drop in the number of successful appeals against Leaving Cert grades following major changes in the exam system this year. The overall average rate of upgrades in 2017 is 14.5pc, compared with 17.5pc in 2016. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has attributed the drop to the introduction of wider grade bands, which meant that many of those seeking an upgrade had a bigger mountain to climb in order to get their grades raised ...
Further education funding to be linked with performanceWed, 11 Oct 2017 01:05:58 ISTIrish TimesSolas says the move will help meet skills needs and deliver value for money The State’s 16 Education and Training Boards, which deliver most further education courses, currently receive more than €500m a year from Solas. Photograph: Getty Images Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly ...
Easy win on class sizes trumps hard calls over third levelTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:48:49 ISTIrish TimesBudget 2018: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both want credit for reducing pupil-teacher ratio The investment in employing more teachers will bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to the lowest ever level recorded of 26:1. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire It is not often you get a tug-of-love between the Government and the Opposition party over who is responsible for a budget ...
Budget18 Main Points Richard Bruton announces more than 2 000 new teachers and SNAsTue, 10 Oct 2017 16:45:19 ISTBreaking NewsWe will have more from the Departmental briefings this afternoon below. Spending on health to increase by €685m, bringing the total budget for the Health Department to €15.3bn. An additional 1,800 staff across the health sector; A reduction in prescription charges for all medical card holders under 70 from €2.50 to €2 per item. The monthly cap drops from €25 to €20. The excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes will rise by 50 cents. Duties on alcohol go unchanged ...
Budget18 Largest ever Education Budget brings more than 2 000 new teachers and special needs assistantsTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:52:10 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Education Budget will increase by 5.8%, which equates to a €554m increase and more than €10bn in total spend. The announcement marks a second year of major investment in the sector and is "vital to creating a Republic of Opportunity", according to the Department of Education. The announcement will bring 1,091 new special needs assistants. This reflects the Government's aim to "make the Irish Education and training service the best in Europe", according to the Department ...
Extension heralds new era for Kinsale schoolTue, 10 Oct 2017 07:27:31 ISTSouthern StarTaking centre stage in the new extension is the school’s piano that was bought after three students won the Google Science Fair in 2014. Having just moved into their €13m extension, the students and staff at Kinsale Community School have ambitious plans to make the school the healthiest and fittest in Ireland. Principal Fergal McCarthy spoke to about those plans WHEN RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy recently paid a visit to Kinsale Community School, he said it smelled ‘divine ...
Taxes on businesses to fund education budget increasesTue, 10 Oct 2017 00:11:20 ISTIrish ExaminerA significant proportion of increased education funding in Budget 2018 is expected to come from businesses rather than the general taxation system. Businesses can expect to pay a higher rate of employers’ PRSI, as the Government seeks to add close to €200m to the National Training Fund (NTF) to invest in further and higher education. A consultation this year, announced in Budget 2017 a year ago, set out the proposal to increase the amount employers pay into the fund from 0 ...
Teachers to be trained to help reduce pupils anxietyMon, 9 Oct 2017 00:05:29 ISTIrish TimesNew programme to be rolled out in more than 900 disadvantaged schools Heath National School in Portlaoise, Co Laois. It is one of a number of schools which have turned to mindfulness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Thousands of teachers in disadvantaged schools are to be offered training aimed at reducing pupils’ anxiety and boosting their resilience ...
Trinity Access 21 project to be expanded to 72 schools across IrelandSat, 7 Oct 2017 11:31:22 ISTTrinity NewsTrinity Access 21 launch new report on the impact innovative education practices have on the ambitions of second level students The Trinity Access 21 (TA21) Impact Conference was held yesterday at Trinity College. The event saw the launch of a new report on how innovative education practices have had a significant impact on young people’s decision to attend university ...
Junior Cycle FAQsFri, 6 Oct 2017 12:20:18 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)As a result of the suspension of industrial action, ASTI members must co-operate with all aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle. Reduced teaching time From September 2017, in all subject areas, full-time teachers involved in the delivery of Junior Cycle will be entitled to an annual allocation of 22 hours of professional time (40 minutes per week), with a pro-rata entitlement for part-time teachers. for FAQs on Junior Cycle ...
New innovative Driving Module programme for Students at Carndonagh Community SchoolThu, 5 Oct 2017 20:42:12 ISTDonegal DailyCarndonagh Community School has launched a new innovative driving module programme for their Leaving Applied Certificate (LAC) students. This new programme is the first of its kind in Donegal and indeed in Ireland and will be facilitated by the Pro Social Drivers Programme. This programme is about educating our young people on driving safely on the roads ...
Creating New Thinking on Schools PEThu, 5 Oct 2017 08:44:16 ISTSport for BusinessSometimes the best way to discover innovative ways of doing things is to ask the people who are doing them. in 2018 the PEXPO will be stepping up a few gears in its search to find ideas on physical education, sport and healthy lioving for young people from within the post-primary school population. Founded by Patrick O’Reilly a PE Teacher himself at Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun, next years event will be staged at and supported by DCU ...
Aoife Walsh July is right time for Leaving Cert holidayThu, 5 Oct 2017 04:01:49 ISTcampus.ieMany students report that sixth year is one of the best years of their school lives. When they make this statement they are not normally thinking of the academic side of things. Their final year in school is also a time when they enjoy some truly memorable experiences with friends and classmates with whom they have shared their educational journey over the previous six or, even, 14 years. Students are also often distracted with organising celebrations of exams that have not yet taken place ...
Our rigid education system is killing creativity in the classroomWed, 4 Oct 2017 22:27:39 ISTIrish TimesHeavily standardised curriculum at second level is failing students and teachers Our standardised exams are one-dimensional and cannot reflect the diversity of contemporary culture or prepare students for a society in a constant state of flux The structure of our second level classrooms mirrors the stifling rigidity of the curriculum at Junior and Leaving Cert. The teacher stands at the head of the classroom, prescribing information with authority to students who passively absorb it ...
Students should not be saddled with debt says MinisterWed, 4 Oct 2017 21:15:56 ISTIrish TimesThousands of students march in Dublin to oppose any plan for a student loan scheme Thousands of students marched through Dublin city to voice their opposition to a student loan scheme and the poor investment in third level institutions. Thousands of students are marching through the capital this afternoon to voice their opposition to student loan scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times ...
Schools shape up on physical education sport and fitnessWed, 4 Oct 2017 14:38:37 ISTDublin City University (DCU)A host of Irish sports stars gathered at Dublin City University to call on second level students throughout the country to get on board with PEXPO, the annual competition which aims to promote physical education, sport and fitness amongst young people. Dublin’s All-Ireland winning duo, James McCarthy and Jonny Cooper joined with pupils from Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun and Tullow Community School, Carlow to launch PEXPO, which will take place in DCU Sport on March 7th, 2018 ...
Students set for Dublin march against loan schemeWed, 4 Oct 2017 07:24:52 ISTIrish TimesUSI says colleges are being starved of resources and Government has no plan Last year’s USI student protest at Merrion Square, Dublin, over funding of higher education drew thousands of supporters. Photograph: The Irish Times Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges ...
Changes to standards for teacher degrees welcomedWed, 4 Oct 2017 00:18:06 ISTIrish ExaminerHigher Leaving Certificate standards to get into teacher training degrees should not rule out huge numbers of students, a union has said. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has welcomed Education Minister Richard Bruton’s announcement of the first significant changes to entry requirements for primary teaching in decades ...
Explainer Aspiring to be a primary school teacher. Here are the new grades you need to achieveTue, 3 Oct 2017 07:41:46 ISTIrish IndependentStudents must get 60pc in LC Irish to be primary teacher(Stock picture) New entry level requirements for primary school teaching will insist on students achieving 60pc or higher in their higher level Irish Leaving Cert exam. When are the changes happening? The changes will be introduced by the Department of Education for 2019 and 2020. The requirement changes will not affect students in the current Leaving Cert cycle ...
Students must get 60pc in LC Irish to be primary teacherTue, 3 Oct 2017 02:36:01 ISTIrish Independent(Stock picture) New entry level requirements for primary school teaching will insist on students achieving 60pc or higher in their higher level Irish Leaving Cert exam. This is 10pc higher than the minimum requirement set out for students due to sit their Leaving Cert next year. The changes, which will be introduced by the Department of Education for 2019 and 2020, will also demand higher grades for ordinary level English and maths ...
Third level in crisis We have learnt nothing from past errorsTue, 3 Oct 2017 00:17:56 ISTIrish ExaminerAfter years of cuts, consultation, reports and deliberations, politics has done nothing to stem the third-level funding crisis, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray There is a crisis in higher education funding, but you would be hard-pushed to believe it listening to Irish politicians. In the last decade — until it was reversed this year — a series of annual cuts saw State investment in higher education cut by a third ...
Aspiring primary teachers get reprieve in Leaving Cert moveTue, 3 Oct 2017 00:17:16 ISTIrish ExaminerColleges plan to offer places to around a dozen students whose applications to become primary teachers were turned down in August, thanks to the retrospective easing of entry requirements by Education Minister Richard Bruton. The move is part of a wider list of reforms that will see standards rise slightly over the next two years for those wishing to enter bachelor of education (B.Ed) programmes that qualify them to teach in primary schools ...
Still no college funding model in upcoming budgetTue, 3 Oct 2017 00:17:16 ISTIrish ExaminerEducation Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced ...
Posts of ResponsibilityMon, 2 Oct 2017 13:02:55 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI is aware that management bodies have advised schools to advertise Post of Responsibility vacancies that exist in their schools. The appointments will proceed under the terms of existing relevant Circular Letters. ASTI wishes to clarify that eligible members are free to apply for these posts as, in keeping with long standing ASTI policy, they are to be filled using normal appointment procedures and attract the appropriate Post of Responsibility pensionable allowance ...
World Teachers Day 2017Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:02:46 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)World Teachers’ Day takes place on Thursday, October 5 th Held annually, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. Teachers are encouraged to discuss the theme either as a class topic or as part of a staffroom conversation. For ideas and information, see www.ei-ie ...
More schools built by firm despite fire safety concernsMon, 2 Oct 2017 00:17:37 ISTIrish ExaminerThe company that built dozens of schools now under investigation due to fire safety concerns is currently building six more schools for the Department of Education and was given the contracts after the fears emerged. The Irish Examiner has learned Western Building Systems is still receiving department work, despite the Government being in ongoing contact with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office over safety issues uncovered at other schools ...
St. Clares student awarded prestigious scholarshipSun, 1 Oct 2017 19:44:14 ISTLeitrim ObserverNaughton Foundation award Nuala €20,000 scholarship Maths Teacher, Martina Noone, scholar Nuala Parkinson-Coombs from St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Martin Naughton, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Carmel Naughton. Since its establishment in 2008 Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth over €4 million have been presented to 175 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering and technology in publicly funded third level institutions in Ireland, north and south ...
Fifth and sixth class pupils invited to Ramsgrange open nightSat, 30 Sep 2017 00:18:15 ISTIrish IndependentRamsgrange Community School is a hive of activity as staff and students are busy preparing for their very popular open night this Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. The school will celebrate 40 years as a community school with its history stretching back to the 19th Century when the Sisters of St Louis came and set up a prestigious school in the area ...
Adult learners reap the rewards of their labourSat, 30 Sep 2017 00:16:15 ISTIrish IndependentPrincipal Michael Finn presents the 'QQI student of the year award' to, Lisa Marie Hempenstall and Fintan Kemple, adult education director presents the 'lifelong learning award' to William Stedmond Sarah O'Donohoe and Ann Marie Murphy Accounting Technician award, front: Ewa Rybak, Barbara Wojtasinska, Cathaoirleach, Cllr Joe Sullivan, David Behan and Breda Jones ...
Maths fail in old higher level will be enough for primary teachingThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:06:32 ISTIrish TimesStudents will be able to qualify on 30% at higher level, but ordinary level bar is to rise Higher level maths entry requirements for students training to be primary teachers are to be lowered from next year. Photograph: iStock Leaving Cert higher-level maths entry requirements for students hoping to become primary school teachers are to be lowered from next year ...
Richard Bruton defends pay rates for newly qualified teachersThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:06:32 ISTIrish TimesFF’s Thomas Byrne says two-tier pay system is causing ‘massive flight’ of teachers Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne: The issue was not about pay but pay scales, he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Newly qualified teachers are on competitive pay rates, Minister for Education has said, responding to criticism in the Dáil of the two-tier pay system in education ...
Education Minister tells D il there is no scope in pay deal to put teachers on equal pay The Minister for Education says there is no room in the 900 million euro public pay deal to place all teachers on equal paThu, 28 Sep 2017 16:47:34 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Minister for Education has refused to be drawn on when teachers should be put on equal pay scales. Richard Bruton has told the Dail the money to do it is not there now, and this was known by teaching unions in the public pay deal they negotiated. Starting salaries of teachers were reduced from €40,000 to €32,000 when the country went bankrupt but Minister Bruton said they will return to almost €36,000 in January ...
Going to college Leaving Cert students must make the best of their time with the guidance counsellorThu, 28 Sep 2017 02:38:08 ISTIrish IndependentIn 2012 the protected hours available for guidance and counselling in schools were removed and, as a result, school leaders had to make difficult decisions between providing guidance and counselling or subject teaching. The consequence was many schools cut their guidance hours and education professionals ceased entering the training courses. This year, there has been a partial re-introduction of previously available hours ...
Builder of fire risk schools to cooperate with safety reviewsThu, 28 Sep 2017 02:38:08 ISTIrish IndependentWestern Building Systems (WBS) is insisting it will cooperate fully with the fire safety audit of all the schools it has built in the State since 2003. Education Minister Richard Bruton this week announced 100pc of the developer's builds would be reviewed, after fire safety issues were identified in five of its school buildings ...
Absence rates for overseas children to be published for first timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 01:10:25 ISTIrish NewsDetailed attendance figures for all schools are published annually At present, figures based on management type are published ABSENCE rates for `newcomer' schoolchildren are to be included for the first time in official government statistics. Detailed attendance figures for all schools are published annually by the Department of Education. These are broken down at present into categories including school management type, free school meal entitlement and gender ...
Students were denied teaching courses due to maths anomalyThu, 28 Sep 2017 01:07:04 ISTIrish TimesUp to 13 applicants to be offered places after a review identified points inconsistency In correspondence with colleges, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has now pledged to lower the entry grade for maths to a H7 from next year. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins A group of high-achieving students who secured enough points to study primary teaching but were denied entry due to an “anomaly” in maths requirements are to be offered places in college ...
Latest apprenticeship figures show increased apprentice numbers for 2017Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:21:25 ISTCareersPortal.ieThe total number of craft apprentices hired this year across all sectors had surpassed the figures for the entire of 2016 by the end of August this year, by a total of 1,367 - a jump of some 13 per cent. A further 188 new professional apprentices are also in place this year under the consortia-led apprenticeship heading, bringing the overall increase in apprentice numbers to just over 1percent ...
World Rugby rejects call for ban on tackling in schools rugbyWed, 27 Sep 2017 08:41:51 ISTIrish TimesFather of Ben Robinson – who died on the pitch aged 14 – says tackling is not the issue Most injuries in youth rugby occur due to the collision elements of the game, say academics from Newcastle University’s Institute of Health. Photo: Inpho World Rugby has rejected “extreme and alarmist” claims made in a study that calls on scrums and tackling to be banned at school level, with a number of former international players also speaking out against the proposal ...
Second audit into school fire fearsWed, 27 Sep 2017 07:47:29 ISTIrish ExaminerIrish Examiner Political Correspondent The Government has launched a second investigation into serious fire safety concerns in Celtic Tiger-era schools amid growing fears that the scale of the crisis has been deliberately “suppressed”. Education Minister Richard Bruton confirmed the move as he said his department is continuing to “consult with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office” over what, if any, legal action it may take against builders behind the sites ...
Fire safety inspections to be held at 60 schools says BrutonWed, 27 Sep 2017 02:38:22 ISTIrish IndependentEducation Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke A total of 60 schools will now undergo fresh fire safety audits in the wake of concerns identified in a number of schools. It emerged last month that inspection reports from 2015 found fire safety concerns with five schools built by Western Building Systems (WBS) ...
Why does nobody go to the PE desk at parent teacher meetings.Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:54:42 ISTIrish TimesAll parents want good health for for their children, so why don't they care about school PE? International athletics athlete Thomas Barr with students from Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Students from Newpark, Ava Paul, Dara Rankin and Oran O’Sullivan, at the Irish Life Health launch of Schools Fitness Challenge 2017 ...
Respectful model of Education needed for a new pluralist Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid MartinTue, 26 Sep 2017 13:03:31 ISTCatholic Bishops ConferenceHomily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin at Mass for the beginning of the Academic Year 2017 Saint Patrick’s College, DCU, Drumcondra, Monday 25 th September 2017 Introduction“At the beginning of the new school year, we come to entrust to the Lord the work of education in this diocese ...
Scientists want tackling and scrums banned in school rugbyTue, 26 Sep 2017 08:06:06 ISTIrish ExaminerSchools should ban "harmful contact" from rugby games, experts have said. In a new opinion piece published in a leading medical journal, academics said that tackles and scrums should be prohibited on school playing fields. Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University argue that most injuries in youth rugby occur due to the collision elements of the game ...
Let s get physical the education we need most of allTue, 26 Sep 2017 07:06:45 ISTIrish TimesGood health is top of most parents' wishes for their children, so why is there not more interest in school PE? International athletics athlete Thomas Barr with students from Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Students from Newpark, Ava Paul, Dara Rankin and Oran O’Sullivan, at the Irish Life Health launch of Schools Fitness Challenge 2017 ...
Navigating the world of adult further education and trainingTue, 26 Sep 2017 06:12:23 ISTIrish TimesLearning and upskilling options have grown in diversity along with grants and supports Adult education: even those who go through the third-level system may return to education to upskill, change career direction, or simply to learn for the sake of learning. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Everyone is fairly familiar with the basics of the education system: primary school, secondary school, college and then maybe a postgraduate ...
Archbishop urges Catholic schools to link with other patronsTue, 26 Sep 2017 02:38:02 ISTIrish IndependentArchbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has called on Catholic schools to "enter into relationships with schools of other patronage" for a "new pluralist Ireland". In his homily at Mass for the beginning of the academic year at St Patrick's College, DCU, Drumcondra, Dr Martin said that there is a need to look at how Catholic schools could come together with schools of other patronage ...
Activists group calls on teaching unions to unite against new public service pay agreementMon, 25 Sep 2017 08:05:36 ISTIrish ExaminerThere are calls for Ireland's teaching unions to form a united front to resolve the issue of pay equalisation. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation will take part in a new Government review on the issue, despite its members voting overwhelmingly against the new public service pay agreement. Eddie Conlon is spokesperson for TUI Grassroots, a group of activists within the union ...
ASTI complains after losing members to TUI in dispute over teacher pay and reformsMon, 25 Sep 2017 02:39:13 ISTIrish IndependentEmma O’Reilly, Navan, at an ASTI protest for equal pay. Photo: Arthur Carron A teaching union is furious that its former members are joining another union after it battled against acceptance of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and Junior Cert reforms. About 1,200 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) resigned this year, and the belief is many of those are now members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) ...
Secondary teachers unions in row over poaching of membersMon, 25 Sep 2017 01:24:52 ISTIrish TimesASTI accuses TUI of recruiting a number of its members during dispute with Government ASTI delegates at their meeting in Citywest Hotel in June. More than 1,200 members of the ASTI are estimated to have left the union between January and June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne An investigation is under way into claims by the Association of Secondary Teachers,(ASTI) that the Teachers’ Union of(TUI) recruited significant numbers of its members during its dispute with Government ...
School food must be healthy for studentsMon, 25 Sep 2017 00:19:11 ISTIrish ExaminerSchools that receive funds to feed students will be barred from serving meals that are high in sugar, salt, and fat under new rules to be announced today. Health Minister Simon Harris and Education Minister Richard Bruton will outline the guidelines this morning amid growing concerns about obesity. Under plans similar to those unveiled in Britain in recent years, school meals will have to abide by strict nutritional standards ...
Geography Week at Cashel Community School Co. TipperarySat, 23 Sep 2017 09:18:08 ISTTipperary StarGeography took pride of place last week in Cashel C.S. with the inaugural ‘Geography Week’. It is the study of patterns and processes in the physical and human environments, and during the week all students were encouraged to become involved in a range of activities to enhance their geographical knowledge and skills. During the week sixth year students travelled to Tramore, Co. Waterford where they carried out their Leaving Certificate Geographical Investigation ...
Linda is appointed as the third deputy principal at Gorey CSSat, 23 Sep 2017 00:18:44 ISTIrish IndependentLinda McEvoy, pictured here with principal Michael Finn, has been appointed deputy principal of Gorey Community School Gorey Community School now has a third deputy principal. Linda McEvoy has taken up the new role and joins Frank Duke and Stella Kehoe in helping principal Michael Finn manage the running of Ireland's largest secondary school ...
Amateur detectives to join the ranks of adult learners in Gorey CS ISat, 23 Sep 2017 00:13:21 ISTIrish IndependentElisabeth Shue and Ted Danson of the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation If you've ever watched an episode of CSI, and fancied a career in crime solving, then the evening classes at Gorey Community School might point you in the right direction. Classes in 'understanding forensic criminal science' begin soon, and provide an introduction to the various aspects of crime scene analysis ...
Applications For Funding For Fire Safety Works At 3 Kildare Schools Rejected.Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:05:23 ISTKFM RadioApplications for funding for fire safety works at 3 Kildare schools have been refused since 2015. The Dept. of Education says that four applications were lodged. It notes, however, that "may have been refused for a number of reasons, including that the application had already been submitted, or that the issue was not primarily a fire safety issue." The Dept ...
60 special needs kids still need school transportFri, 22 Sep 2017 00:18:06 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent Around 60 children with special needs are waiting for transport to schools in Cork, three weeks after the start of term. Bus Éireann has been having difficulty getting taxi operators to run services for children attending special schools or schools with special classes ...
CEC urges NO vote in October ballotThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:28:11 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ballot on Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 (PSSA) will be conducted in October. The PSSA is an extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2013-2018. ASTI members voted to reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement in October 2015. ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) is urging members to vote NO to the PSSA. School stewards are being asked to distribute and collect ballot papers between Monday, October 9 th and Monday, October 16 th ...
Respecting wishes of parents should be priority in offering school choicesThu, 21 Sep 2017 00:18:46 ISTIrish ExaminerThe choice of schools that parents have for their children has become a social and political hot potato, as pressure grows to remove requirements to be baptised to guarantee entry. Richard Bruton said, quite correctly, in January that efforts have not been effective enough to divest the property of a local faith-based school to a multi-denominational patron in the dozens of areas with proven demand for choice ...
Schools bound by outdated rules around the teaching of religionWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:12:57 ISTIrish TimesState sector schools have a duty to protect the human rights of all children, conference told Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, says its schools are bound by decades-old rules around the teaching of religion. Schools are being bound by decades-old rules around the teaching of religion that no longer reflect the reality of a rapidly-changing society, according to the head of one of the biggest school management bodies ...
New Guide on Education and Training Options for Adults launchedWed, 20 Sep 2017 13:04:30 ISTactivelinkAONTAS, The National Adult Learning Organisation, has just launched its new One Step Up Information Booklet - a guide to information on education and training options for adults in Ireland. The aim of the booklet is to support adults to find lifelong learning opportunities and relevant supports required for accessing education and training. The booklet, which complements the online platform One Step Up ( www.onestepup ...
A new kind of ci nas in schoolsWed, 20 Sep 2017 02:40:32 ISTIrish IndependentA switch to longer, 60 minute, classes is slowly catching on across the second-level system, writes Katherine Donnelly iPad learning: Teacher Myrddin Davies with students at Coláiste Bhríde There's a kind of hush descending on a lot of second-level schools this year. Slowly, but, it seems, steadily, the post-primary system is moving from building timetables around class slots of 35 to 40 minutes, to lengthier, hour-long, periods ...
In my opinion Michael Moriarty General Secretary Education and Training Boards Ireland ETBIWed, 20 Sep 2017 02:40:32 ISTIrish Independent'Teachers and trainers in our schools and educational services are to be commended for their capacity to meet and take on this challenge of change.' (Stock picture) When you're in the middle of a revolution you don't always see the extent of the changes around you or appreciate what they will lead to ...
Teachers warned of wage freeze if they shut schoolsTue, 19 Sep 2017 02:38:23 ISTIrish IndependentMinister lists rules of engagement as majority of unions back pay pact Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke Anne-Marie Walsh Public servants face having their pay increments frozen and will not get wage hikes worth more than 7pc if they take industrial action after rejecting a new Government deal. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe issued the warning as teacher unions - who are out in the cold on the deal - consider industrial action ...
EUR 230m in savings from reduced pay for new teachersTue, 19 Sep 2017 00:36:20 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent The Department of Education has saved close to €230m since 2011 by putting new entrants to teaching on lower pay than their colleagues. Figures obtained by the Irish Examiner also reveal that it would add nearly €80m to Education Minister Richard Bruton’s budget to put all those who began their teaching careers since 2011 back on equal pay ...
Disadvantaged schools remain in limbo on potential DEIS status ByrneMon, 18 Sep 2017 17:54:05 ISTFianna FáilFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called on Minister Richard Bruton to address concerns that have been raised over the selection process for DEIS schools. Deputy Byrne has previously raised the issue with the Minister in the Dáil on a number of occasions and highlighted that there were significant errors with its DEIS selection process announced earlier this year ...
Paschal Donohoe issues warning to public service groups who do not back new accordMon, 18 Sep 2017 17:32:42 ISTIrish Timesabout 5 hours ago Updated: 9 minutes ago Ictu general secretary Patricia King. Teachers and other public service groups who reject the new public pay agreement will not receive salary increases set out in the accord, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has signalled. He said the benefits of the new deal would only be made available to those who were inside the agreement ...
Call for financial support for trainee teacher placementSat, 16 Sep 2017 00:17:55 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent Prospective teachers should be given financial support to cover travel and other costs of undertaking work placements to earn degrees, unions have claimed. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is backing teacher unions in the campaign to eliminate the costs for teachers on class placements that form a crucial part of their qualifications ...
Two Gorey students feature on commemorative stampSat, 16 Sep 2017 00:16:15 ISTIrish IndependentLauren Dench and Michael Duke, pupils of Gorey Community School who feature on a stamp The stamp featuring the students Two Gorey Community School students are the face of the new €1 commemorative stamp from An Post celebrating 50 years of second level education in Ireland ...
Supervision and Substitution Scheme Opt outFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:21:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The Department of Education and Skills have issued details of the implementation of the extension of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme opt-out scheme for teachers. The following text was issued to school management bodies this week.“As you are aware, under the terms of Circular 0047/2017, eligible teachers were offered the opportunity to opt-out from compulsory participation in the S&S scheme ...
TUI president Too soon to say if schools will closeFri, 15 Sep 2017 07:28:53 ISTIrish ExaminerIrish secondary schools could be facing industrial action. Almost nine out of ten members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland have rejected the new public service pay agreement. The union has said the result reflects anger at pay inequality in the profession. They have also voted by 81% for industrial action, up to and including strike action. TUI President Joanne Irwin believes it is too soon to say if we can expect school closures ...
TUI rejects pay deal and backs industrial actionFri, 15 Sep 2017 07:24:13 ISTIrish Independent(Stock picture) Members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) have voted to reject the new public service pay deal and are backing industrial action in opposition to unequal pay. The union said its members rejected the deal by a margin of 87pc, with a 52pc turnout for the vote. TUI officials had recommended against supporting the deal and the result of the ballot was in line with that recommendation. It has opposed the inequality of pay for teachers who qualified after 2011 ...
Girls make grade again in Junior Cert resultsFri, 15 Sep 2017 02:47:54 ISTIrish Independent(stock image) The girls once again led the way with top grades in this year's Junior Cert. A gender breakdown of the results in higher level papers shows that female candidates had more A grades in all subjects, except maths, metalwork and environmental and social studies. Across the wider spectrum of ABC results, the girls were also to the front in all subjects, except for environmental and social studies. The pattern was the same with the new-style English assessment, with 2 ...
Students teachers and parents to be interviewed on new Leaving Cert grade systemFri, 15 Sep 2017 00:16:48 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent Teachers, students, and parents are to interviewed to see if changes to Leaving Certificate grades and college entry point scales are affecting what happens in classrooms. The Leaving Certificate is no longer marked using 14 different grades, with most grades separated by just 5%, like it was from the early 1990s ...
Teachers lecturers vote for industrial action over pay gapThu, 14 Sep 2017 23:32:22 ISTIrish TimesTeachers Union of Ireland rejects the new public service agreement by 87% to 13% Teachers and lecturers have voted to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Picture Nick Bradshaw Teachers and lecturers have voted decisively to reject the new public service agreement and to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools ...
Teachers strike vote not an immediate threat of shut schoolsThu, 14 Sep 2017 22:01:48 ISTIrish TimesNew public pay deal will be ratified by Ictu on Monday despite rejection by TUI The executive of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland will have to determine whether it will accept the majority decision of the other public service unions to support the new pay deal ...
Pay deal will be ratified by Ictu on Monday despite rejection by TUIThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:33:07 ISTIrish Times10 minutes ago The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says it is its policy that the union will not be bound by an aggregate vote in matters affecting terms and conditions of employment The decision by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to reject overwhelmingly the proposed new public service pay deal and to back industrial action does not necessarily mean there will be strikes in schools in the weeks ahead ...
Teachers lecturers vote for industrial action over two tier payThu, 14 Sep 2017 20:55:46 ISTIrish TimesTeachers Union of Ireland rejects the new public service agreement by 87% to 13% Teachers and lecturers have voted to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Picture Nick Bradshaw Teachers and lecturers have voted decisively to reject the new public service agreement and to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools ...
School resources would have to be cut if teachers want equal pay for equal work MinisterThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:06:43 ISTIrish IndependentEducation Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke SCHOOL resources would have to be cut if teachers were to get equal pay, Education Minster Richard Bruton has said. The minister repeatedly refused to say whether he believes in the principle of 'equal pay for equal work', arguing the situation is not that straight forward ...
Ireland is failing in duty to protect children online as research shows rise in cyber bullying incidentsThu, 14 Sep 2017 06:30:04 ISTIrish IndependentConcerns over online safety continue to grow. Stock Image Schools across Ireland have had to deal with more than 200 incidents of cyberbullying over the past year, new research has found. As concerns over online safety continue to grow, newly-released data also shows that 22% of children are in contact with strangers on the internet. While seven in 10 teachers report not feeling well enough equipped to teach pupils about keeping safe online ...
Minister Bruton congratulates over 61 000 students on their Junior Certificate ResultsThu, 14 Sep 2017 05:31:45 ISTMerrion StreetEducation Minister Richard Bruton congratulated over 61,000 students on receiving their provisional Junior Certificate results today. 2017 marks the first year that English was examined under the new Framework for Junior Cycle. The grading system for English is different to other subjects this year in that, rather than the old ‘A, B, C’ grade format, students will be awarded one of six grade descriptors, from ‘Distinction’ to ‘Not Graded’ ...
Teachers feel ill equipped to teach online safetyThu, 14 Sep 2017 00:16:54 ISTIrish ExaminerThe vast majority of school teachers feel ill-equipped to teach children about online safety. According to research by CyberSafeIreland, 69% of teachers do not feel well enough equipped to teach on the subject. The research, which is published today, also found that 16% of children under the age of 13 are spending more than four hours online every day. Other findings showed that there was a low level of engagement between parents and children, about online activity ...
Four pupils get highest possible results in Junior CertWed, 13 Sep 2017 19:19:44 ISTIrish TimesMary Mitchell-O’Connor praises results, despite fewer students performing at top level Sean Parnell and Dara Clancy receive their Junior Cert results at St Kevin’s College, Ballygall Road, Finglas, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor congratulated students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday, advising them to now consider carefully what route they wish to take ...
Hard work pays off for Cashel students on Junior Cert results dayWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:42:35 ISTTipperary StarAaron Moloney with his mother Elaine, John Marnane with his mother Lisa and Tomás Bourke and his father Martin Months of study, hard work and determination certainly paid off for the students of Cashel Community School today after the high achieving pupils gathered to collect their Junior Certificate results. PIC: Jennifer Fogarty, Jack Currivan, Kate Bourke, Fiona McGrath, Alma Casey, Aoife Linehan, Eoin Foley with Ms ...
It was a shock meet the high achievers who scored top marks in their Junior CertWed, 13 Sep 2017 13:42:20 ISTIrish IndependentThe wait is over for more than 61,500 students receiving the results of the June exams today Eimear Kennedy from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare is now in 5th class in St Caimin's Community School Alice Keenan from St.Mary's College in Arklow who got 10 straight A's in her Junior Cert results Kinga Kalinowska is estatic as she gets her Junior Cert results at St.Mary's college in Arklow Allana Collier, Grace Harper and Kayla Ried celebate their Junior Cert Results at St ...
Four students achieve 12 As in Junior Cert despite overall drop in top resultsWed, 13 Sep 2017 08:36:44 ISTIrish IndependentHowever, new Junior Cert reforms pay off as students score higher in new-style English assessment(stock image) A total of four students achieved got 12 top grades this year - despite results for the Junior Certificate examinations showing a significant drop in the number of students achieving top marks. More than 61,500 students receiving the results of the June exams today are the first to experience changes in the junior cycle experience, including a broader assessment process ...
More students take higher level in new Junior Cert EnglishWed, 13 Sep 2017 07:28:41 ISTIrish ExaminerThe first Junior Certificate results for English in a reformed junior cycle show some interesting trends in relation to participation and performance. Although foundation-level Junior Certificate exams are now no longer set for weaker students, the proportion taking ordinary-level English fell from 23% to 21%. This was because of a big jump in the numbers taking higher level in the new-format examination ...
62 000 students collect Junior Cert results todayWed, 13 Sep 2017 07:28:41 ISTIrish ExaminerThe results of almost 62,000 Junior Certificate students are being collected today as part of what is a historic change to Irish education, Most of the students will also receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) later this year from their schools, combining their exam results with the outcome of classroom-based assessments in English done under supervision of their teachers. Those assessments were only undertaken in English as the reforms are being introduced on a phased basis ...
New Junior Cert reforms pay off as students score higher in new style English assessmentWed, 13 Sep 2017 06:12:58 ISTIrish Independent(stock image) The junior cycle reforms got off to a good start for pupils, with a higher number than usual scoring above 55pc in the new-style English written assessment, at both higher and ordinary level. More than 61,500 students receiving the results of the June exams today are the first to experience changes in the junior cycle experience, including a broader assessment process ...
Badly taught mindfulness classes may harm pupilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 02:37:34 ISTIrish IndependentMany teachers feel ill-equipped to teach wellbeing programmes to students, without adequate training. Stock Image Mindfulness teaching in schools could be damaging to children if taught incorrectly, an Oireachtas report warns. The advice to Education Minister Richard Bruton was among a number of recommendations in the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education report into positive mental health in schools ...
Ireland has second highest completion rate for boys at upper second level report findsTue, 12 Sep 2017 17:32:48 ISTIrish Timesabout 8 hours ago Updated: about 7 hours ago A new OECD report says “a relatively large share of the Irish population” has attained tertiary, or third-level education. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire Ireland has one of the highest completion rates of upper second-level education, according to the latest OECD report ...
Teachers must be allocated time training resources to promote positive mental health Education CommitteeTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:06:54 ISTHouses of the Oireachtas (Press Releases)Teachers should be allocated sufficient time, training and resources to enable them to promote positive mental health amongst students, according to a report on Positive Mental Health in Schools which was launched by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills today, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 ...
25 000 students set to attend The Irish Times Higher Options expoTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:11:39 ISTIrish TimesEvent offer students opportunity to meet representatives from over 160 college, universities and institutes of higher education The Student Hub at the Higher Options conference at the RDS in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke The ink might barely be dry on the class of 2017’s Leaving Cert results but for the class of 2018 that key decision on what to do with their lives after completing school is already looming large ...
Survey finds Irish teachers spend more time teachingTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:35:35 ISTCork IndependentIreland has a higher rate of transfer of students from second to tertiary level. Photo: Ingimage Ireland is performing well when it comes to second level education, despite investment being below the OECD average. That's according to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) who commented on a new education report, published this morning by the OECD. Called 'Education at a Glance 2017', it revealed that Ireland’s school completion rate is the third highest out of countries surveyed ...
The programme helping to ease the primary to secondary school transitionTue, 12 Sep 2017 00:13:33 ISTIrish TimesSecond level is a big change in a student’s life and preventing regression is key to success Alex and Dylan along with Solas Project co-ordinator Derek Murphy in Dublin’s south-west inner city engaged in an after-school project. This September around 70,000 children are embarking on one of life’s significant changes: the start of secondary school ...
Bus ireann invites Tipp students to share stories about school journeyMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:41:39 ISTTipperary StarBus Eireann is calling on Tipperary students to get creative and document their school journeys for it’s 50th year on the road as part of a nationwide “Go Places” schools competition. School days are often said to be ‘the best days of your lives’, so Bus Éireann is inviting TY students to get creative in documenting their journey to school ...
Teachers threaten industrial action over two tier paySun, 10 Sep 2017 02:46:22 ISTIrish IndependentAn ASTI spokesperson said strike action cannot be 'ruled out' (stock photo) Union chiefs have warned they could take industrial action if the two-tier pay structure in teaching is not eliminated. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland yesterday recommended that its 18,000 members should reject the new public service pay agreement. The union's 23-strong Standing Committee had already decided to recommend rejection of the pay proposals ...
ASTI to recommend that its members reject new public service pay agreementSat, 9 Sep 2017 19:11:34 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland is to recommend that its 18,000 members reject the proposed new public service pay agreement. The ASTI Central Executive Council met in Dublin today to consider the proposed Agreement. Members of the Executive expressed the view that one of the key failures of the proposed Agreement is that it does not resolve the issue of equal pay for recently qualified teachers. The decision to recommend a No vote was a close margin of 63 to 59 votes ...
ASTI to recommend members reject new public service pay agreementSat, 9 Sep 2017 18:38:13 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland is to recommend that its 18,000 members reject the proposed new public service pay agreement. The ASTI Central Executive Council met in Dublin today to consider the proposed Agreement. Members of the Executive expressed the view that one of the key failures of the proposed Agreement is that it does not resolve the issue of equal pay for recently qualified teachers. The decision to recommend a No vote was a close margin of 63 to 59 votes ...
Real prospect of teachers going their own way on public pay agreementSat, 9 Sep 2017 17:01:51 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: Retention of two-tier pay structure remains an issue for teaching unions Kieran Christie, general secretary, and Ger Curtin, president, at Saturday’s central executive meeting of ASTI which recommended to its members that they should reject the public service pay agreement ...
Teachers call for clarity on HPV jabSat, 9 Sep 2017 02:40:58 ISTIrish IndependentThe Teachers' Union of Ireland is seeking clarity on what is required of its members when complying with the requirements of the scheme offering the HPV vaccine to teenage girls. The HPV jab, which helps prevent cervical cancer, is administered to teenage girls by public health staff at school. There has been a fall in uptake following unfounded reports linking it to side- effects such as chronic fatigue syndrome ...
800 000 people have literacy and numeracy problemsSat, 9 Sep 2017 00:15:37 ISTIrish ExaminerApproximately 800,000 people in Ireland have problems with basic tasks which involve reading and interpreting information, according to an international think tank. Senior policy analyst with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Dr Anthony Mann, was a guest speaker at a conference organised by the National Adult Literacy Agency to encourage people to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital skills ...
Commemorative stamp marking 50 years of free education in IrelandFri, 8 Sep 2017 14:54:25 ISTThe Irish WorldLauren Dench and Michael Duke, two pupils of Gorey Community School in Wexford who feature on a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of free second level education. An Post has launched a commemorative stamp marking 50 years of free secondary education across Ireland. A hugely significant milestone in Irish life, it was the then Minister for Education, Donogh O’Malley who announced plans for second-level education throughout Ireland in 1967 ...
People of working age lack basic skills in literacy and numeracy Anthony Mann OECD Senior Policy AnalystFri, 8 Sep 2017 07:57:55 ISTNALAMinister launches new campaign to encourage adults to 'Take the first step' to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital skills.“Too many people of working age lack the basic skills in literacy and numeracy to participate fully in both work and society,” Dr Anthony Mann, OECD Senior Policy Analyst New campaign launched to encourage adults to ‘Take the first step’ to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital skills ...
New EUR 1 stamp to commemorate 50 years of free second level education in IrelandThu, 7 Sep 2017 18:07:34 ISTIrish IndependentA new €1 stamp has gone on sale to commemorate 50 years of free second-level education in Ireland. The stamp features Lauren Dench and Michael Duke two students of Gorey Community school, Co Wexford, one of the largest second-level schools in the country. A First day Cover, designed to accompany the stamp, includes a portrait of Education Minister Donogh O’Malley who introduced the reform that changed the face of Irish education ...
An Post stamp marks 50th anniversary of free secondary educationThu, 7 Sep 2017 14:30:08 ISTAn Post7/09/2017 - Fifty years ago, in 1967, the then Minister for Education, Donogh O’Malley, announced plans for second-level education throughout Ireland. Now, a commemorative stamp from An Post, issued today (Thursday) marks that significant milestone in Irish life. The stamp, designed by leading designer Ger Garland with photography by Alan Betson, features Lauren Dench and Michael Duke two students of Gorey Community school in North Wexford, the largest second level school in the country ...
Bus ireann launch competition for Transition Year studentsThu, 7 Sep 2017 13:38:21 ISTBus ÉireannTY students invited to document their journey to school and share their memories Bus Éireann celebrating its 50 th year operating the School Transport Scheme Marking its 50 year operating the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills*, Bus Éireann is launching its competition for Transition Year students today, in which they are inviting TY students from all over the country to get creative in making memories about their journey to school ...
Choosing Leaving Cert SubjectsThu, 7 Sep 2017 13:02:37 ISTCareersPortal.ieJunior Cycle and Transition Year students in Ireland make important decisions about Senior Cycle Subjects this year - decisions that may influence the options open to them after school. Here is some advice for students and their parents, and all those making subject choice decisions. Choose subjects that interest you First of all, it is important that you choose subjects that are appropriate to your interests, skills, and abilities. Do some research ...
Happier days ahead for pupilsThu, 7 Sep 2017 04:06:12 ISTcampus.ieA new word has entered the Irish education dictionary. Wellbeing may already be part of day-to-day vocabulary, and indeed, enthusiastically espoused by many schools, but, from this month it is officially on the second-level curriculum. The 60,000 incoming first years have wellbeing written into their timetable for three years of junior cycle, in the same way as traditional subjects such as English and maths ...
In my opinion Peace at last but other goals to reachThu, 7 Sep 2017 02:37:31 ISTIrish IndependentThis year in particular, our education system has shown itself to be diverse and inclusive, as well as amenable and even eager to change. Coming from a fast-paced enterprise background, Education Minister Richard Bruton's results-oriented approach to policy is shaking up the established order ...
Wellbeing six words that help to understand what it meansThu, 7 Sep 2017 02:37:31 ISTIrish IndependentSix indicators have been developed to make explicit what is important for students in their wellbeing and learning. JCT wellbeing team leader, Betty McLaughlin, a former president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, says the indicators provide a common language, essential to providing a shared vision of wellbeing. She says it will make it easier for everyone to have conversations about it and to help identify where a student is in need of support ...
Happy 45th Birthday to Tallaght Community School.Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:59:01 ISTInTallaghtOn Wednesday 6th September 1972 Tallaght Community School opened it’s doors for the first time and RTE were on hand to cover the story. The new school, which was the first community school to open in Ireland and hence the big media interest, was located at the time in what was the Vocational School at Main Road. The launch of community schools came six years after the introduction of free post primary education when second level schools experienced an unprecedented demand for places ...
TUI says new pay deal will lead to further teacher shortagesWed, 6 Sep 2017 08:52:50 ISTRTE NewsThe TUI is recommending rejection of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 The Teachers Union of Ireland say a proposed new pay deal, drawn up between unions and Government earlier this year, will lead to an even greater shortage of teachers than is currently the case. The TUI is recommending rejection of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, which allows for further phased restoration of the pay cuts imposed during the financial crisis ...
Department blocked seven bids to get school fire safety reports says groupWed, 6 Sep 2017 07:45:10 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Department of Education allegedly blocked seven separate attempts by officials from schools affected by the fire safety scandal to access inspection reports into the facilities between 2015 and this year, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith. Educate Together made the claim as it backed calls from parents and teachers for a comprehensive review of fire safety standards in all school buildings amid growing concern over Celtic Tiger-era built facilities ...
Parents and teachers influence girls when it comes to choosing Stem subjects and careersWed, 6 Sep 2017 05:33:30 ISTIrish Times33 minutes ago Photograph: iStock The gender stereotypes of parents and teachers play a large role in putting young girls off careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers, a study has found. The study found 53 per cent of girls in secondary school drop Stem subjects due to pressure from parents. Two thirds of girls surveyed (65 per cent) said their parents and teachers were the main influence over what subjects and career choices they made ...
Harris seeks reassurances from McGrath on vaccineTue, 5 Sep 2017 07:10:01 ISTIrish ExaminerHealth Minister Simon Harris has again sought reassurances from his junior health minster over his stance on the HPV vaccine, writes Elaine Loughlin and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith. Finian McGrath caused controversy after standing over comments he made last year during which he raised concerns around the cervical cancer vaccine. The HSE has launched a campaign to encourage parents to get their teenage daughters vaccinated after levels of uptake dropped ...
September ASTIRTue, 5 Sep 2017 05:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The September issue of ASTIR is now available online and will be arriving in schools next week ...
Rush to build as enrolments soaredTue, 5 Sep 2017 02:50:58 ISTIrish IndependentEducation Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke The education system was ill-prepared for a massive surge in enrolments that became evident in primary schools about a decade ago, which came on top of decades of under-investment in school buildings. Pressure for places grew in the face of high-birth rates and the influx of immigrants since the late 1990s ...
New school term will highlight effects of homelessnessTue, 5 Sep 2017 01:01:36 ISTIrish TimesAdverse psychological and educational outcomes may affect those in B&Bs and hotels INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan refers to international evidence which shows that schoolchildren who are homeless struggle to do well in school and the experience can undermine their entire education ...
Every junior cycle student to take formal oral test in IrishTue, 5 Sep 2017 00:33:55 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray - Education Correspondent Every student will take a formal oral test in Irish as part of a new junior cycle programme being taught from this term. It is one of three subject areas in which a new curriculum is being introduced, following the rollout since 2014 of the revised English course and similar changes for junior cycle science and business studies from last year ...
Government to decide on action over school fire safety revelationsTue, 5 Sep 2017 00:32:56 ISTIrish ExaminerIrish Examiner Political Correspondent The Government is receiving legal advice on what action to take over revelations six Celtic Tiger-era schools have been found to have serious fire safety fears. Education Minister Richard Bruton confirmed his department is seeking advice in the wake of Friday’s decision to launch an urgent review of 25 more schools built during the same period ...
Harris seeks reassurances from McGrath on vaccineTue, 5 Sep 2017 00:32:56 ISTIrish ExaminerElaine Loughlin and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith Health Minister Simon Harris has again sought reassurances from his junior health minster over his stance on the HPV vaccine. Finian McGrath caused controversy after standing over comments he made last year during which he raised concerns around the cervical cancer vaccine. The HSE has launched a campaign to encourage parents to get their teenage daughters vaccinated after levels of uptake dropped ...
Learning modern languages Redundant.Tue, 5 Sep 2017 00:14:35 ISTIrish ExaminerIrish Examiner editorial THE latest programme to encourage junior cycle students to realise fluency in Irish and modern languages was launched by Education Minister Richard Bruton yesterday. This, in our scheme of things, seems entirely praiseworthy. It is part of our culture’s great store of received wisdom that the ability to speak several languages, especially European ones, is a good thing and it is hard to suggest otherwise ...
Irish Times Higher Options 2017 event brings 160 colleges to one venueTue, 5 Sep 2017 00:10:55 ISTIrish TimesOver 25,000 students to get chance to speak directly with higher-education institutions Irish Times education editor Carl O’Brien, Minister for Education Richard Bruton, vice president Institute of Guidance Counsellors Beatrice Dooley and Irish Times education journalist Eanna Ó Caollai at the launch of the Irish Times Higher Options event which begins on September 13th ...
Teachers union backs campaign demanding more supports for homelessness childrenMon, 4 Sep 2017 11:02:55 ISTIrish ExaminerHomelessness is having a significant impact on children’s schooling, the Education Minister has been warned today. Around 1,800 homeless children are going back to school this month, and are being heavily impacted by the lack of a proper home. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and Focus Ireland are calling on the public to contact the Minister with their concerns. Teachers say children are struggling in class due to poor sleep, poor nutrition and no place to do their homework ...
ADULTS UPSKILLING Cork Institute of Technology taking enrollments for Evening ClassesMon, 4 Sep 2017 08:50:13 ISTTheCork.ieon ADULTS UPSKILLING: Cork Institute of Technology taking enrollments for Evening Classes4 September 2017 Cork Institute of Technology, which incorporates CIT Cork School of Music, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), will hold its Registration and Open Evenings for Continuing Education Programmes (Weekend & Evening Courses) from September 5 th ...
Time for us to change the negative view of apprenticeshipsMon, 4 Sep 2017 00:14:51 ISTIrish ExaminerThe word ‘apprentice’ prompts negative connotations in Irish minds, but our EU neighbours consider this trainee structure equal to academic qualifications.“With so many chasing masters and PhDs, who will be available to fix my TV set or service my car”? an old professor of mine often remarked at the start of the new academic year. While Ireland has 27 craft apprenticeships, in areas such as construction, engineering, and car mechanics, it lags behind other countries ...
Remaining applications for school bus places halvedMon, 4 Sep 2017 00:14:51 ISTIrish ExaminerBus Éireann has said that in the past week it has halved the number of applicants waiting to see if they have a concessionary school bus place. Despite this, the company said 957 applications have yet to be processed, as late submissions are still being made by parents. This figure is down, however, on the 2,070 applications yet to be processed on August 25. Children who live more than 3.2km from their nearest primary school, or 4 ...
Are smartphones destroying a generation. How iGen could be facing a crisis in teenage mental healthSun, 3 Sep 2017 14:43:10 ISTIrish IndependentThousands of children went back to school this week with a mobile phone. At the same time, we are facing into a crisis in teenage mental health. Is there a link? Clamping down: Andrea Mara with her children Elissa (9) Nia (8) and Matthew (5). Photo: Mark Condren Dr Harry Barry is concerned that children using phones are now only two clicks away from an Islamic State beheading or a clip of violent porn. Thousands of kids returned to school this week with a shiny new phone in their pocket ...
Taoiseach meets with representatives of the Catholic ChurchFri, 1 Sep 2017 05:31:49 ISTMerrion StreetTaoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with representatives of the Catholic Church The Taoiseach today met with representatives of the Catholic Church as part of the process of structured dialogue between the Government and the churches and faith communities. This was the first in a series of bilateral meetings which will be held with dialogue partners ...
Bullyproof kids How to protect your child against school bulliesFri, 1 Sep 2017 01:04:55 ISTIrish ExaminerHelen O’Callaghan speaks to psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley on how best to tackle bullying at school and the misery it can bring IT’S a devastating picture: children eating their lunch in toilet cubicles or spending entire mornings in class silently agonising about who’ll hang out with them at lunchtime or panicking when they hear their mobile phone ping, announcing another ‘friend’ has posted spiteful words about them on social media ...
Degrees of difficulty Growing numbers of students seek help for stress and anxietyFri, 1 Sep 2017 01:04:55 ISTIrish ExaminerA growing number of freshers experience stress and anxiety. They are encouraged to seek help early and to attend welfare events such puppy cuddling, writes Helen O’Callaghan WHEN the class of 2017 arrive on campuses countrywide over the next weeks, they’ll face one of the biggest transitions of their lives ...
Law Society of Ireland launches Street Law programme for 2016Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:38:44 ISTThe Law Society of IrelandThe Law Society of Ireland launched this year’s Street Law programme on Friday 30 September. Street Law prepares trainee solicitors to teach secondary school students about the law in a practical way. Originally developed in Georgetown University in the United States, the Law Society set up Street Law in Ireland in 2013. Professor of Law at Georgetown University Richard Roe, a renowned pioneer of Street Law, attended the launch and weekend-long orientation in Blackhall Place ...
More than 3 000 students set to be offered third level places by CAOThu, 31 Aug 2017 07:32:10 ISTIrish ExaminerMore than 3,000 students are being offered third-level college places by the Central Applications Office (CAO) today. The offers are being issued to 3,087 applicants, up from 2,446 at the same stage last year, and can be accepted up to next Wednesday evening ...
Peter McGuire examines the opportunities offered by apprenticeships and plcsThu, 31 Aug 2017 05:33:38 ISTIrish Timesabout 6 hours ago Peter McGuire Eoin Corbett: ‘I prefer to learn by doing than by sitting down with a book’ Aaron Fitzpatrick: After school, he signed up to a four-year apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance Apprenticeships can be both a fall-back option for people who didn’t get their CAO course choice and a first choice for people looking for a specific qualification. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images Previous Image Next Image The drums are banging loudly for college ...
INTO says roughly half of teachers on long term sick leave dealing with cancerThu, 31 Aug 2017 05:33:38 ISTIrish Timesabout 5 hours ago In 2012/2013, teachers were off for 440,572 days on sick leave. This decreased to 408,875 days last year. Photograph: David Sleator The cost of teachers’ sick leave has dropped over the past five years, according to new figures. The fall in the number of sick days taken by teachers is set out in figures released to under the Freedom of Information Act. In 2012/2013, teachers were off for 440,572 days on sick leave. This decreased to 408,875 days last year ...
The history is stark Talk of equality among teachers is nonsenseWed, 30 Aug 2017 05:34:05 ISTIrish ExaminerServices are shortchanged to retrofit post-crash public servants with boom-time expectations. MOST schools are back today and for some it’s a first day in Big School. A lot to learn and a way to go for sure. Schools are vexed places, however. Teachers aren’t happy and issues about pay were ratcheted up the agenda in curious statements from Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Thomas Byrne ...
Parents are still finding out they have no bus placeTue, 29 Aug 2017 02:35:43 ISTIrish IndependentFront from left, students Rory Howley, Ciara Walsh, Abi Frisby, Sadhbh McDonnell, Killian Dungan, Darragh Davis, Chris O’Keeffe, Cian McCormack and Evian McCormack pictured with their disgruntled parents (back row) where the school bus to New Ross used to stop in Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan The parents of 16 children in two Co Kilkenny communities discovered their children had not been allocated seats on a school bus to New Ross just weeks before term commenced ...
School bus scheme to expand but not in time for this yearTue, 29 Aug 2017 02:34:24 ISTIrish IndependentJunior Minister John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke Changes to the school transport scheme could be made in future years to try to help more students, Junior Minister John Halligan has said. However, in spite of a backlash over the inability to provide a seat for every pupil this year, Mr Halligan reiterated he must work within the existing guidelines this year ...
Suspension of LRA Junior Cycle industrial actionMon, 28 Aug 2017 15:30:05 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)On Saturday, June 10th, an ASTI Special Convention passed a motion to suspend the ASTI’s industrial action on the Lansdowne Road Agreement and Junior Cycle reform. That the ASTI pending the outcome of the upcoming public service pay negotiations suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Cert reform, provided that ASTI members are treated equally to other public servants who have signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) ...
Increments and S S moiety paymentsMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:30:05 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The Department has informed the ASTI that it has implemented the release of increments to ASTI members with effect from June 10 th , 2017. Arrears due from June 10 th will be paid in the pay issue of Thursday, August 31 st . The payment of the second annual S&S moiety of €796, as outlined in Circular 54/2017 , will commence from September 1 st 2017. The pay issue of September 14 th will include payment of the moiety from September 1 st to 11 th inclusive ...
8216 Time for Government to pay debt 8217 to teachersFri, 25 Aug 2017 05:34:20 ISTIrish ExaminerTeacher unions have welcomed the highlighting of unequal pay by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, even if her view is not supported by others at Cabinet. The union, to which the higher education minister was affiliated, said teachers have suffered most because of the €500m saved by taxpayers since pay for new entrants to the public service was cut from 2011 ...
CEC to consider draft pay agreementFri, 25 Aug 2017 05:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI participated in the National Pay Talks that concluded in the early hours of Thursday 8 th June and led to a proposed extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The full text of the proposals is available here . Under the terms of the ASTI Rules and Constitution, the proposals will be considered by the ASTI Central Executive Council on 9 th September, 2017. Standing Committee has already decided to recommend to CEC to recommend to ASTI members that they reject the proposals ...
ASTI calls for end to teacher pay disparity after Mary Mitchell OConnor commentsThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:01:37 ISTIrish ExaminerThe ASTI union has said that pay disparity in the profession has been allowed continue for far too long. The union has welcomed comments from Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor saying she believes in equal pay for equal work - including for teachers. The former school teacher is missing out on €16,000 for her super junior ministry because current legislation only allows for it to be paid to two people ...
Nearly half of children suffering in education due to poor school broadband surveyThu, 24 Aug 2017 08:34:01 ISTIrish IndependentPaul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom, with Klara Keating and Tadhg Higgins Almost half of parents believe that their children's education is being negatively impacted by substandard internet at their school. Some 46pc of primary or secondary school children are suffering as a result of unsatisfactory broadband, according to a recent Pure Telecoms parents survey ...
Broadband plan Going backwardThu, 24 Aug 2017 05:34:21 ISTIrish ExaminerThe National Broadband Plan was launched to much fanfare in 2012. The scheme promised to bring internet speeds in Ireland up to the best international standards. Instead, we have been going backwards, lagging behind most of our EU neighbours, a technological tortoise trying to chase the hare. Poor broadband infrastructure is most acute in rural areas ...
Minister breaks ranks in new row over teachers payThu, 24 Aug 2017 02:34:27 ISTIrish IndependentMitchell O'Connor says 'everybody that does the same job deserves the same pay' Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said all teachers doing the same work deserve equal pay. Photo: Tom Burke Teachers are set to ramp up their campaign to end two-tier salaries after a minister broke ranks to back 'equal pay for equal work'. Mary Mitchell O'Connor has created a major headache for the Government by reigniting the debate over pay just as schools prepare to reopen after the summer break ...
Political row over pay for teachersThu, 24 Aug 2017 01:07:43 ISTIrish ExaminerEducation Minister Richard Bruton has slapped down a controversial suggestion by his junior minister that new and existing teachers should be on equal pay.‘Super’ junior education minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor says newly qualified teachers should get the same as colleagues who entered the sector before the financial crash. The differing views come as CAO figures this week showed a drop in points for teaching, which was cited on a reduction in the number applying ...
CAO 2017 Still time to apply for some courses beginning next monthTue, 22 Aug 2017 19:04:22 ISTIrish TimesCAO’s ‘vacant places’ list shows dozens of courses which may still accept applicants Caoimhe Andrews and Evie Byrne, Rathdown students celebrating Leaving Certificate results in Glenageary, Co Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke More than 30,000, or 60 per cent, of the students offered places by the CAO on Monday have accepted and are in the process of securing accommodation as they await their registration envelope ...
Many Leaving Certs gain high points in Mountrath CSTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:36:09 ISTLeinster ExpressMountrath Community School principal delighted with a great showing While Mountrath Community School Leaving Cert student Domhnall O’Farrell is the toast of Laois with the highest possible score of 625 points, many more at the school had high results. There were 123 Leaving Cert students in Mountrath CS this year, and 14 percent of them, or more than one in eight, got over 500 points. Principal Siobhán McCarthy is delighted with not just the top achievers but all students who did their best ...
Smoothing the way into secondaryTue, 22 Aug 2017 07:06:40 ISTIrish TimesMoving to secondary school is one of the biggest changes in a child’s life. How can parents help? Moving on up? “It is one of the first times you are going to have your beautiful child going into a situation that you can’t really control,” says teacher Ray Silke.“Walking school bags” is one name for them ...
Answers to the most common questions on the CAO systemTue, 22 Aug 2017 02:35:07 ISTIrish IndependentQ: I didn't get enough points for the first round offers. Should I wait until the second round before accepting a course? A: Accept the course you have been offered if it suits your career plan and interests. There is no guarantee points will come down in subsequent rounds. Accepting your offer does not eliminate you. Q: I didn't get any offers in the first round. All my choices required more points than I achieved ...
College place offers being snapped up by studentsTue, 22 Aug 2017 02:35:07 ISTIrish IndependentCollege places were snapped up yesterday with about half of the record 52,374 CAO round one offers accepted by 5pm. Those who received an offer have until next Monday to decide whether to accept it, before the CAO issues the second round on Thursday, August 31. Meanwhile, college courses on the CAO that have vacancies because they have not attracted sufficient numbers of qualified applicants are to be advertised on the CAO website from noon today ...
Anger as maths anomaly means some pupils fail to make CAO gradeMon, 21 Aug 2017 09:28:05 ISTIrish IndependentNew grading system affects aspiring primary teachers' eligibility for entry Mixed message to aspiring teachers with grade requirements This year’s changes led to a number of revisions in entry requirements Aspiring primary teachers with high points will be angry over how the new grading system affects their eligibility for entry to their dream courses ...
Are schools ready to look after children s wellbeing .Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:56:20 ISTIrish TimesParents must ensure the department’s new wellbeing programmes are implemented Hitting the wall: are young people prepared for scaling the heights of the education system? Children return to school next week. Most will feel excited about going back, others will dread it. Either way, children and teachers will face old and new challenges such as dealing with bullies effectively and ensuring homeless children living in hotel rooms have space to do homework ...
Call for review of Leaving Cert maths bonus over third level fearsFri, 18 Aug 2017 01:03:07 ISTIrish TimesUniversity president says significant number of students struggling to cope with step up“There is very clear evidence from the State Examinations Commission that some students are taking a risk to get bonus points, and they are at the bottom end of maths standards.” Photograph: Getty Images There are concerns over the basic skills of Leaving Cert maths students who are passing the higher-level paper but struggling to cope at third level, according to a university president ...
Explainer How the new Leaving Cert grading system worksWed, 16 Aug 2017 08:52:35 ISTIrish IndependentGuidance counsellor Aoife Walsh Here's a complete breakdown of the new Leaving Cert grading system. Every year I enjoy watching my students collect their results. Students arrive, nervously accept their envelope, and slink off to a corner to scan the page and take in the list of grades ...
Leaving Cert Results Day 2017 Everything you need to knowWed, 16 Aug 2017 08:14:55 ISTCareersPortal.ieThe wait is over and those hard-earned Leaving Cert results are revealed today for almost 60,000 Leaving Cert students! A Big Congratulations to all from the team here at CareersPortal, on achieving this fantastic milestone - we hope you are thrilled when you open that envelope! For anyone who is disappointed, don't panic - there is lots of help and support available. Accessing your results Results are issued to your school (or directly to external candidates) ...
Leaving Cert results Major shift in CAO points unlikelyWed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:53 ISTIrish ExaminerThe effects of new Leaving Certificate grades and college entry points will be assessed before further reforms are undertaken, one of the key figures behind the changes has assured students and parents, writes Professor Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, said he does not expect any major changes in CAO points on large numbers of the 1,300 courses due to be filled through the system ...
Leaving Cert results Students reap the rewards of exam reformWed, 16 Aug 2017 07:32:16 ISTIrish ExaminerReforms to the college entry system that reward students for attempting tougher exams have led to a spike in numbers taking higher level in most Leaving Certificate subjects. The move reduced the risk of losing out on vital Central Applications Office points for college entry, and thousands of the 58,500 students getting their results today appear to have reaped rewards. This year, for the first time, students who get 30%-40% in a higher-level subject receive a H7 grade and 37 CAO points ...
Leaving Cert 2017 How the new grading system worksWed, 16 Aug 2017 07:04:10 ISTIrish TimesReforms to Leaving Cert grade names and bands aim to take heat out of points race New Leaving Cert grading system: one of the biggest changes is an old E grade is no longer an automatic fail: under the new system students get 37 points for grades between 30-39 per cent (a H7 under the new system). Photograph: David Davies/PA There are sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert grading system for the 58,550 students who receive their results on Wednesday ...
Leaving Cert Results Record 13 students achieve new top H1 grade after CAO revampWed, 16 Aug 2017 06:27:41 ISTIrish IndependentGreater uptake in higher level papers and a rise in students achieving the new top grade of H1 Leaving Certificate results today show a leap in the number of students aiming for honours, attracted by the first overhaul of grading and CAO points in 25 years. Almost all subjects saw an increase in the uptake of higher level papers, where for the first time, points are available for a grade of between 30pc-49pc. There was a 3.2pc rise in the proportion of papers taken at higher level ...
16 August 2017 Ministers Bruton Halligan and Mitchell O Connor Congratulate students receiving their Leaving Certificate ResultsWed, 16 Aug 2017 06:14:40 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsThe Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State John Halligan TD, today (Wednesday 16 th August) send their warm congratulations to the 58,543 Leaving Certificate students and adult learners who received their Leaving Certificate examination results.“Today is a watershed moment for the class of 2017 as their school lives draw to a close ...
New grading system sees dramatic drop in failure ratesWed, 16 Aug 2017 06:09:17 ISTIrish TimesLeaving Cert 2017: Authorities deny higher level exams are being ‘dumbed down’ The State Examinations Commission insists there has been no change in the exam standards of the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Failure rates among students sitting higher level Leaving Cert subjects have dropped dramatically as thousands of candidates benefit from a more generous grading system ...
Congratulations Class of 2017Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:46:23 ISTIrish IndependentCongratulations to the class of 2017. It's Leaving Cert results day and no matter what the outcome, it represents a milestone in life's journey. But a staging post is all that it is. Whatever the results, whatever the experience of the education system, they do not define a school-leaver. Many will be sure of what they want to do. Others will be uncertain. Others won't have a clue. About four in five Leaving Cert candidates have applied to the CAO, and some will be doubting their choices ...
Choices All change but no need for panicWed, 16 Aug 2017 02:46:23 ISTIrish IndependentThis year, more than ever, it's futile to guess the points, says Aoife Walsh Guidance counsellor Aoife Walsh Every year I enjoy watching my students collect their results. Students arrive, nervously accept their envelope, and slink off to a corner to scan the page and take in the list of grades ...
Teen Turn gives a taste of life working at a career in technologyTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:43:57 ISTThe Echo (Dublin)TEENAGE girls from Pobalscoil Iosolde in Palmerstown and Kylemore College in Ballyfermot got to get a glimpse of life working in technology as part of the Teen Turn programme. The Teen Turn programme helps teenage girls who are studying in DEIS schools to get practical experience and mentorship for a career working in technology. Over 30 companies participate in the national programme, which sees schools identifying candidates from their school to be selected for the programme ...
THE GOING TO COLLEGE PODCAST EP 1 Coping with Leaving Cert Results TimeTue, 15 Aug 2017 06:27:23 ISTIrish IndependentCelebrating the launch of the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) freephone Exam 2017 helpline are: Ruby Mc Alister, Louis Maxwell, Harry Gill, Bróna Harte, Robert McCormack and Clara Sinclair. The helpline – 1800 265-165 – opens on Wednesday and will run for six days over the period of the release of the Leaving Cert results and the publication of CAO Round 1 offers. The helpline is sponsored by the Irish Independent, the Department of Education and Skills, and eir ...
Leaving Cert assessment must change university headTue, 15 Aug 2017 02:34:32 ISTIrish IndependentProf Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University pictured at the Launch of the NPCpp Leaving Certificate Exam Helpline. Photo: Frank McGrath The way students are assessed in the Leaving Certificate needs to change, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan. Prof Nolan said the reliance on the traditional written exams in June was too narrow ...
Raise a badly needed smile with a Leaving Cert cardTue, 15 Aug 2017 01:25:24 ISTIrish ExaminerThe summer is drawing to a close but things could still be worse ... You could be one of thousands of Irish teenagers awaiting their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday. The state exams are still the subject of most adult’s nightmares so spare a thought for the poor souls in the hot seat this year. To lighten the mood an Irish based online graphic design software company have created some Leaving Results cards that reflect the Irish sense of humour. From Nana lighting a candle .. ...
Helpline for Leaving Cert students to provide guidance with resultsMon, 14 Aug 2017 06:30:43 ISTIrish ExaminerAn annual exam helpline will be up and running from Wednesday as over 70,000 students will receive their Leaving Cert results. The freephone helpline is set up by the National Parents Council Post Primary. It will open for a total of six days, three days the week of the results and a further three days the following week, after the release of CAO round one offers ...
Far reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO points raceMon, 14 Aug 2017 02:34:12 ISTIrish IndependentCelebrating the launch of the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) freephone Exam 2017 helpline are: Ruby Mc Alister, Louis Maxwell, Harry Gill, Bróna Harte, Robert McCormack and Clara Sinclair. The helpline – 1800 265-165 – opens on Wednesday and will run for six days over the period of the release of the Leaving Cert results and the publication of CAO Round 1 offers. The helpline is sponsored by the Irish Independent, the Department of Education and Skills, and eir ...
Brian Mooney Waiting almost over for Leaving Cert studentsMon, 14 Aug 2017 01:02:07 ISTIrish TimesNew grading system and CAO points structure may cause confusion Most schools announce in advance what time they will be distributing the Leaving Cert results, in individual envelopes to each candidate. Photograph: Getty Images The Leaving Cert results are available on Wednesday, online, by post or in schools. External candidates who registered individually with the State Examinations Commission(SEC) had the option of receiving their results by post on Wednesday at their home address ...
Number of teachers on a career break up a third in five yearsSun, 13 Aug 2017 22:03:27 ISTIrish TimesINTO says some teachers making the move overseas to save for house deposit More than 200 teachers are set to travel to the United Arab Emirates next month after finding work through an overseas recruitment company. Photograph: Getty Images The number of primary and secondary school teachers on a career break has increased by a third over the last five years, according to the Department of Education ...
School wins legal right to reject boy who does fit its biased selection processSat, 12 Aug 2017 06:46:05 ISTIrish IndependentGalway school wins court appeal over right to reject student A secondary school has succeeded in quashing a decision of the Education Minister compelling it to accept a pupil who does not fit its biased selection process. The Co Galway school favours children of staff and past pupils or siblings of current pupils in its enrolment procedure ...
Get Results Ready.Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:12:27 ISTIrish IndependentThe Irish Independent is your one-stop source for all things results. Up to 58,000 Leaving Certificate candidates are awaiting their results – and eager to see the impact of the first changes in 25 years to both the exam grading system and the CAO points scale. The will once again be the one-stop source of information for students and parents with a range of options for you to make sure you know you're options ...
Call for EUR 32m Budget spend on youth mental health careTue, 8 Aug 2017 07:58:15 ISTIrish TimesNational Youth Council also seeks €50m to halve youth unemployment“Our pre-budget 2018 submission recommends costed measures that will help Government to invest in policies, services and supports to meet the needs of young people today,” the National Youth Council’s James Doorley says. Photograph: Alan Betson Investment in youth mental health care should be a Government priority in the autumn budget, a leading young people’s organisation has urged ...
New Leaving Cert grades will confuse students but helpline ready to explainTue, 8 Aug 2017 02:34:25 ISTIrish IndependentFrom left: Eir head of sponsorship, John Anslow; Irish Independent Education Editor Katherine Donnelly; Education Minister Richard Bruton; helpline co-ordinator Honor McAndrew, from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors; and NPCpp president Rose Callan. Photo: Douglas O’Connor Up to 58,000 Leaving Certificate candidates are awaiting their results - and eager to see the impact of the first changes in 25 years to both the exam grading system and the CAO points scale ...
Tipperary head of teachers unions putting focus on pay and job securityThu, 3 Aug 2017 15:07:45 ISTThe Nationalist (South Tipp Today)New ASTI president hits out at 'sense of injustice' ASTI New President - Ger Curtin from Tipperary The incoming President of the ASTI, Tipperary man Ger Curtin, said Ireland’s education system is being undermined by pay discrimination and a lack of job security for young teachers. He said - “For young teachers today, the primary characteristics of the profession they are entering are job insecurity, low hours and unequal pay ...
7.5 rise in students offered early CAO coursesThu, 3 Aug 2017 07:13:11 ISTIrish ExaminerThe number of students offered college places in the early stages of the Central Applications Office (CAO) process is up 7.5% on last year. The categories of students who can be offered a third-level place before the main offers after the Leaving Certificate results in mid-August include overseas students coming to Ireland, who may require early confirmation to facilitate visa arrangements ...
Back to school Big test for parents and their pocketsThu, 3 Aug 2017 05:34:27 ISTIrish ExaminerSCHOOLDAYS may be the happiest period of children’s lives but they can be the most miserable time for parents. The reason is that, for many thousands of parents on a limited budget, the joy of seeing their child either starting school or going back to continue their education is tempered by the realisation of the huge financial burden this places on them by having to find the money for books and other educational equipment ...
FREE Leaving Cert Points CalculatorWed, 2 Aug 2017 09:26:06 ISTCareersPortal.ieA key item to help steady the nerves in the midst of all the excitement and anxiety that surrounds opening those long-awaited Leaving Certificate results is our free CAO Calculator. At this stage, the hugely successful CareersPortal.ie is familiar to thousands of Senior Cycle students in schools all around Ireland. Points Calculator allows students to check what CAO Points they have achieved, based on their Leaving Cert results ...
Cost of sending child into secondary school reaches EUR 800Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:20:40 ISTIrish Times'Parents bear the brunt of an underfunded education system' Almost 2,000 parents participated in the twelfth annual School Costs Survey outlining the costs and stresses associated with putting their children through Ireland’s ‘free’ education system. Video: Barry Cronin Michelle Metcalfe (left) with Sarah Eustace and June Tinsley of Barnardos: “There is frustration that parents have to prop up an underfunded education system,” says Ms Tinsley ...
Parents bear the brunt of an underfunded education systemWed, 2 Aug 2017 00:09:31 ISTIrish TimesBarnardos report says school costs are too heavy a burden for almost half of pupils’ parents Michelle Metcalfe (left) with Sarah Eustace and June Tinsley of Barnardos: “There is frustration that parents have to prop up an underfunded education system,” says Ms Tinsley ...
Kildare Man Takes Over Leadership Of ASTI TodayTue, 1 Aug 2017 08:20:08 ISTKFM RadioA Kildare man will take over the leadership of Ireland's largest teacher's union today. Celbridge man, Ger Curtin, is assuming the presidency of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland. It represents 18,400 members ...
College is not for everyoneMon, 31 Jul 2017 10:20:50 ISTCareersPortal.ieLeaving Certificate results will be released on Wednesday 16th August. The next key event follows on Monday 21st August - the CAO Round 1 offers. But not every Leaving Cert student wants to go on to third-level education after school so what are the alternatives? New Apprenticeship Options With the upturn in the economy, there is a renewed focus on apprenticeships and traineeships, and on the expansion of available options into a range of new sectors ...
New ASTI President vows to tackle young teachers 8217 pay job insecurityMon, 31 Jul 2017 09:30:05 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The incoming President of the ASTI, Ger Curtin, today said Ireland’s education system is being undermined by pay discrimination and a lack of job security for young teachers. “For young teachers today, the primary characteristics of the profession they are entering are job insecurity, low hours and unequal pay. The more we allow these characteristics to become embedded in the system the deeper the sense of injustice felt amongst recently qualified teachers ...
The high cost of free educationSat, 29 Jul 2017 00:10:23 ISTIrish IndependentParents are struggling with the cost of sending their children back to school The Cost of Education in Ireland survey by Zurich Insurance Parents are struggling to bear the huge costs of sending children back to school with prices increasing year on year. Education in Ireland is supposed to be free, but each year back-to-school costs are rising for families. The cost of putting just one child through school can easily run into tens of thousands of euro ...
Teen Turn launch girls in technology programme 2017Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:57:53 ISTWest Cork TimesTeen-Turn connects 4th year girls from DEIS schools with female technology role models in Ireland’s leading companies for work placements in order to tackle the deficit of young women in tech. With placements nationwide, this year’s cohort represents 18 DEIS and 35 companies from throughout Ireland. Teen-Turn continues launching this year’s programme with girls in Cork and over 20 mentors ...
Third level Access Schemes What s the Story.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:53:29 ISTEducation MattersBy Brian Fleming n 1984 I took up a position as principal of a newly opened second-level school in a severely disadvantaged area. Unemployment among parents was in excess of sixty per cent. Dr Brian Fleming is a retired post-primary school principal and author. A survey carried out two years previously found that nobody living in the catchment area had a third level qualification. So, as the school approached full cycle in 1989, the question of third level access became a priority issue ...
Video Over 53 languages spoken at St Marks SchoolWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:32:56 ISTThe Echo (Dublin)A local school has highlighted the joys of learning a foreign language. Students at St Mark’s Community School in Tallaght, where more than 53 languages and dialects are spoken, are taking pride in their diverse backgrounds and sharing their skills with their classmates. The secondary school took part in a magazine project by the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI). This is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills who provide support for foreign languages education in Ireland ...
Parents still go into debt to fund their children s schoolingWed, 26 Jul 2017 06:50:12 ISTcatholicireland.netParents are more concerned about the cost of sending their children to school than the possibility that they might be bullied. A survey has revealed that 4 per cent of parents get loans from money lenders to fund back to school costs, and another 16 per cent use a credit card. Some 29 per cent of parents go into debt of some sort to pay for their children’s schooling, and others have to cut back on food or paying vital bills to cover costs ...
25 July 2017 Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce largest ever number of ICT Camp places for Second Level Students in 2017Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:02:02 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsMinister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Tuesday 25 July, 2017) announced that Higher Education Institutions will deliver 3,800 ICT camp places for second level students during the summer and early autumn as a result of additional funding provided in Budget 2017 to support this initiative ...
Back to school costs so high children will miss out on basicsTue, 25 Jul 2017 02:34:12 ISTIrish IndependentSurvey shows families will struggle to meet €1,200 bill per child Click to view full size graphic Thousands of parents will be forced to deny their children basic school items this year as they struggle to fund the back-to-school spend. A majority of mums and dads say they will buy foreign goods over Irish-produced ones if it means reducing school costs ...
Concerns over quality of third level tuition prompts reviewTue, 25 Jul 2017 01:03:21 ISTIrish TimesGrowing student numbers and reduced staffing placing quality of graduates ‘at risk’ A spokeswoman for the Department said a revised national annual graduate outcomes survey is being drafted, which is due to be in place by next year. A review into the quality of higher education following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers will be carried out by the Government ...
UniBrowse will send students on the right course to reduce college drop out ratesMon, 24 Jul 2017 06:46:39 ISTSilicon RepublicUniBrowse co-founders Niall Cronin and Alan O’Beirne. Image: Aisling McCurtin Our start-up of the week is UniBrowse, a search engine for students to discover and explore the best third level courses that suit them and in doing so reduce college drop out rates.“At the core of it we take the stress out of college applications for students,” explained UniBrowse co-founder Alan O’Beirne ...
Minister tackled over lack of free drinking water for school childrenMon, 24 Jul 2017 03:33:49 ISTIrish IndependentEducation Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Steve Humphreys A row has broken out over whether all schools are offering free drinking water to their pupils. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has taken Education Minister Richard Bruton to task after he stated his officials were not aware of any school where pupils did not have access to a drinking water supply. Mr Bruton made the comments in reply to a recent parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne ...
Special needs education giving children every chanceMon, 24 Jul 2017 00:09:19 ISTIrish TimesApproach must involve determination to deliver best outcomes rather than to cut costs Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire For decades, Government policy towards children with special needs was one of denial and neglect. There was little policy or legislation. Most education was carried out by religious orders. Even as late as the 1990s, the State argued that certain groups of children with intellectual disabilities were “ineducable”. Thankfully, much has changed since ...
McGrath defends spending on special needsSat, 22 Jul 2017 02:33:33 ISTIrish IndependentDisability Minister Finian McGrath Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Children with special needs were "left behind for too long" and should be facilitated in mainstream schools, Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath has said. He was responding to a spending review which shows the Department of Education is now spending more on special needs resources than higher education. The report highlighted a 83pc rise in the diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between 2011 and 2016 ...
Irish summer schools must move with timesSat, 22 Jul 2017 01:08:11 ISTIrish ExaminerIt’s Tuesday night and dotted around the bar is an EU commissioner, a former education minister, the secretary general of a government department as well as a scattering of local and national politicians. But this is not the marble-clad counter of some sumptuous five-star hotel close to Leinster House, instead the location is an isolated village in wildest Donegal. It’s midnight on the third day of the annual MacGill Summer School in Glenties ...
Why is the cost of special education soaring.Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:04:16 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: State is playing catch-up in education policy after years of neglect Tracey Daly sign language interpterting at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. Photograph: Aidan Crawley When Marie O’Donoghue went looking for a special school for her intellectually disabled son Paul in the 1990s, the Department of Education’s response was blunt: he was, it said, “ineducable” ...
21 July 2017 Minister Bruton publishes the results of the 2015 Lifeskills SurveyFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:13:49 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsThe Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Friday) published the results of the2015 Lifeskills Survey This survey provides data on a number of important ‘lifeskills’ related issues within primary and post-primary schools, Youthreach Centres and Community Training Centres ...
Autism diagnoses on rise as special needs education costs soarFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:34:10 ISTIrish IndependentOverall, the cost of catering for pupils with special educational needs has risen to 18.9pc of the department’s overall budget, up from 14.5pc in 2011. Stock Image A huge increase in the number of pupils in Irish schools with an autism diagnosis is a key factor in the Department of Education's soaring spend on supporting children with special needs. Almost one-fifth - €1.68bn - of the department's budget is now devoted to special educational needs (SEN), more than the €1 ...
System playing catch up to continue putting pupils firstFri, 21 Jul 2017 02:35:28 ISTIrish IndependentIt was to Ireland's shame in the late 1990s that parents had to turn to the courts to force the State to make adequate educational provision for a child with special needs. A lot has changed since then, not least new mindsets that recognise the right of all children to fulfil their potential along with legislation that underpins those rights ...
Government alarmed by rising cost of special needs educationFri, 21 Jul 2017 01:56:45 ISTIrish TimesNew study says a spike in the number of autism cases is a factor in increased spending The Government is alarmed by the rising cost of special needs education. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire A sharp increase in the numbers of school pupils diagnosed with autism since 2011 is among the factors that has led to a huge jump in the budget for special needs education, according to a Government report. The report has prompted alarm about the rising costs in Government ...
Brexit sees non EU students apply to IrelandFri, 21 Jul 2017 01:26:04 ISTIrish ExaminerMore college students are choosing Ireland as a study destination because of Brexit. Evidence of the trend can be found at Trinity College Dublin, according to Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast.“We have seen some evidence of increased numbers of non-EU students applying to Trinity courses and I think other Irish universities are seeing something of an uplift,” he said ...
Thousands of secondary teachers receive salary increaseThu, 20 Jul 2017 20:51:15 ISTIrish TimesASTI members’ salaries jump by up to €2,500 after suspension of industrial action ASTI president Ed Byrne at the union’s convention last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Thousands of secondary teachers who are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers,(ASTI) have today received salary increases worth thousands of euro. This follows the union’s vote to suspend its long-running campaign of industrial action last month ...
USI Welcomes First National Student Accommodation StrategyThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:44 ISTUnion of Students in IrelandThe Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the National Student Accommodation Strategy by the Government as new findings from the Union show 36% of students spend one to three months looking for accommodation because of the student accommodation shortage. The Strategy outlines actions to increase student accommodation in the wake of the Rebuilding Ireland, the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, to tackle national housing challenges and increase supply ...
20 July 2017 Ministers launch the National Student Accommodation StrategyThu, 20 Jul 2017 11:59:20 ISTDepartment of Education and Skills27 Actions to Increase Number of Purpose Built Student Accommodation Target to Increase the Number of Student Accommodation Places by 21,000 by 2024 The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D. and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English, T.D., today [Thursday 20th July 2017] launched the National Student Accommodation Strategy ...
Impact backs public service pay dealTue, 18 Jul 2017 01:20:13 ISTIrish ExaminerOne of the country’s largest unions has voted to accept the new public service pay deal, but has warned that it expects discussions aimed at ending the two-tier pay scales currently imposed upon its members. Impact yesterday announced that its members have backed the public service stability agreement (PSSA) by a margin of 77% to 23% on a 52% turnout ...
Students reject science in final college choicesTue, 18 Jul 2017 01:20:13 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent Increase in take-up based on early applications reversed as students opt for arts and business courses Science, engineering, and technology degrees are proving less popular with this year’s college applicants, but law and some health courses are among the most appealing ...
17 July 2017 Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O Connor Secure Government Approval to Progress Technological Universities Bill.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:44:27 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsTechnological Universities to be Drivers of Regional Development New Ministerial Power to Appoint an Investigator to a Publicly Funded Higher Education Institution The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D ...
National Educational Psychological ServiceSat, 15 Jul 2017 05:44:23 ISTOireachtas Dail Debates289. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Minister for Education and Skills the progress over the past 14 months by his Department to accelerate early assessment and intervention for children with special needs ...
Bruton must engage constructively with unions on pay equality for new teachers ByrneFri, 14 Jul 2017 17:00:42 ISTFianna FáilFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne says the failure by Minister Bruton to engage constructively with teaching unions on pay equality could lead to major industrial unrest in schools across Ireland. Deputy Byrne made the comments after the INTO rejected the new public service pay agreement negotiated last month. The ASTI and TUI are also in the process of balloting members on the pay agreement ...
Payments to ASTI MembersFri, 14 Jul 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The Payroll section of the Department of Education and Skills has issued the following statement regarding payments due to ASTI members as a consequence of the suspension of ASTI industrial action on the Lansdowne Road Agreement and on Junior Cycle reform: In Paragraph 4 of Circular 48/2017 it was outlined that the payroll adjustments necessitated by the Circular would be implemented at the earliest possible date ...
14 July 2017 Ministers Announce Comprehensive Review of the National Training FundFri, 14 Jul 2017 09:51:39 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsThe Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., and the Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan T.D., today (Friday 14 th July 2017) announced a comprehensive review of the National Training Fund ...
Does teachers vote signal industrial strife for schools next autumn.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:08:07 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: INTO must decide whether to accept majority decision of union movement In the wake of the rejection of the proposed new public service agreement by Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members, one of the first things the union will have to decide is whether it will accept any majority decision of the public service trade union movement overall to accept the agreement ...
Minister Zappone fully committed to the school completion programmeThu, 13 Jul 2017 14:52:18 ISTMaureen O'Sullivan TDI asked Minister Zappone about her views on the status of the employment audit and the school completion programme as a community response strategy, as outlined in the ESRI report. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans on the future of the school completion programmes; the status of the employment audit; and the status of SCP as a community strategy response as identified in the ESRI report ...
Primary teachers reject draft public sector pay dealThu, 13 Jul 2017 14:51:39 ISTIrish TimesINTO’s executive had urged ‘no’ vote over failure to tackle pay equality among teachers Teachers protest last May to highlight the case for equal pay, in a demonstration organised by the INTO and TUI. File photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran Primary school teachers have overwhelmingly rejected the draft public service pay agreement. The result of the ballot by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation was 89 per cent in favour of rejecting the deal, based on a turnout of 53 per cent ...
Christian Brothers sell Dublin school pitches to raise money for clerical abuse compensation schemeThu, 13 Jul 2017 08:55:23 ISTIrish ExaminerPlaying pitches at a south Dublin school, which were controversially put on the market, have been sold. Parents and staff at Clonkeen College in Deansgrange had tried to block the sale of the 7.5 acres for housing. The Christian Brothers said they needed to raise money for a compensation scheme for survivors of abuse. Local politicians unsuccessfully tried to have the land rezoned so it could only be used for recreational purposes ...
We need to talk about the Irish digital age of consentThu, 13 Jul 2017 05:51:36 ISTIrish TimesMooted change of parental consent limit from 16 to 13 should make us concerned The default digital age of consent in the EU is 16. However, member states have the option of lowering that age of consent to the age of 13. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA The special rapporteur for child protection recently recommended that the “digital age of consent” in Ireland be set at 13, the youngest age allowable under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation ...
Significant school bus changes next yearThu, 13 Jul 2017 02:35:01 ISTIrish IndependentJunior Minister John Halligan TD. Photo: Tom Burke Large-scale changes to the school transport scheme will be necessary from September 2018, the minister in charge has warned. While John Halligan has promised not to downsize any buses for the next school term, he warned "significant changes" are necessary "to ensure value for money in the school transport scheme and to ensure that school transport services are designed around eligible children on an equitable basis nationally" ...
SNA allocation delay for Kildare schools highlighted in the DailWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:58:42 ISTLeinster LeaderDeputy Fiona O'Loughlin with principal Noreen Duggan and parents from Scoil an Naomh Uilig, Newbridge Kildare south TD Fiona OLoughlin is calling for a review of the Special Needs Assistant model to alleviate allocation delays to schools in Kildare. Deputy OLoughlin says the delays, which are occurring on a yearly basis, are leading to deep uncertainty for schools, parents and people employed as SNAs ...
Education Inspection of Individual Education Plans for Children with Special Needs Bill 2017 First StageWed, 12 Jul 2017 05:43:58 ISTOireachtas Dail DebatesDeputy Carol Nolan: I move: That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Education Act 1998 to grant additional functions to the Inspectorate to examine and report to the Minister on the prevalence and standard of individual educational plans for children with special educational needs on an annual basis; and to provide for related matters ...
Parents frustrated at half empty buses pupils cant useWed, 12 Jul 2017 02:34:52 ISTIrish IndependentParents’ representatives have called for a review of the school transport scheme, and for it to be made available to all children who need to travel to and from school. (Photo by: Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images) Parents see "half-empty school buses" travelling past their home to their child's school that they would be happy for pay for, but cannot under the rules, the National Parents Council - Primary has told the Oireachtas education committee ...
Children with special needs cannot access school transportWed, 12 Jul 2017 01:25:23 ISTIrish ExaminerChildren with special needs are unable to attend the school deemed most suitable for them as they do not qualify, under strict rules, for school transport. The difficulties for children with special needs accessing transport were among issues raised with TDs and senators during a meeting to discuss the Department of Education’s €182m-a-year school transport scheme ...
Government to leave door open to student loan schemeWed, 12 Jul 2017 01:01:38 ISTIrish TimesLabour to table motion seeking abolition of student registration charge Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, speaking with Peter Cassells, chairman of the Expert Group on Future funding for Higher Education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times. The Government will leave the door open to the introduction of a student loan scheme on Wednesday when it opposes a motion to abolish student registration fees for third-level education ...
How should we fund education. Fees debate a symptom of delusionTue, 11 Jul 2017 05:34:58 ISTIrish ExaminerTHE debate around college fees is one of the most ideologically divisive alive in our world. It may not be as toxic as abortion, but occasionally it comes a close enough second. In most countries, the left argues that the State should provide free education. Students and their families usually support that aspiration, though their view may change when the students graduate and become taxpayers ...
Catholic parents lash out at Martin school commentsTue, 11 Jul 2017 01:35:43 ISTIrish IndependentArchbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys A group representing parents who support Catholic and Christian faith schools has reacted angrily to the Archbishop of Dublin's criticism of "stubborn reluctance within the Church" to divesting Catholic patronage to alternative patrons in the primary sector ...
Rights of children opting out of religion class must be respectedTue, 11 Jul 2017 01:03:00 ISTIrish TimesNew Bill will require schools to set out their provisions for non-religious students Catholic school managers say it is “over-prescriptive” to have to set out details of arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious instruction. Campaigners are calling for children who “opt out” of religious instruction classes to have their rights properly respected ...
Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In EducationMon, 10 Jul 2017 09:47:55 ISTUnion of Students in IrelandUnion of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. In advance of debate, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “A decision to go ahead with an income-contingent loan scheme will increase emigration and sends a clear message to our future students: take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out ...
Martin says Church stubbornly reluctant to cede control of schoolsMon, 10 Jul 2017 09:29:51 ISTIrish TimesArchbishop Diarmuid Martin has said there is “a stubborn reluctance within the Church” towards the divestment of Catholic schools. Dr Martin said the Irish religious education establishment “is fixated on questions of ownership and management and too little on the purpose of the Catholic school and the outcomes of Catholic education in terms of faith formation”. Dr Martin was speaking at the Diocese of Wurzburg in Germany on ‘The Challenge for the Church in the 21st Century’ over the weekend ...
elationship between Church and State is one of prudent distance Archbishop Diarmuid MartinMon, 10 Jul 2017 09:26:47 ISTCatholic Bishops ConferenceSaint Kilian’s Lecture HERAUSFORDERUNG DER KIRCHE IM 21. JAHRHUNDERT DAS BEISPIEL IRLANDS The challenge for the Church in the 21 st Century Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Diocese of Wurzburg, Germany, (7pm ) Saturday 8th July 2017 Understanding the religious culture of Ireland and its political impact today is not an easy task ...
Delay in opening new schools criticisedMon, 10 Jul 2017 08:14:08 ISTDublin PeopleA NORTHSIDE TD has warned that already over-subscribed secondary schools in Fingal will experience further pressure in the forthcoming term after the development of two local schools was pushed back another 15 months. Through a Parliamentary Question (PQ), Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton confirmed to Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien (FF) that the new schools, scheduled to open in Malahide/Portmarnock and Swords in September, will not now open until September 2018 ...
Filling in the gaps in the labour marketMon, 10 Jul 2017 05:34:57 ISTIrish ExaminerKyran Fitzgerald asks if the country’s costly obsession with sending students to college for traditional degrees is driving the economy’s desperate shortage of skilled employees The Irish labour market is experiencing serious capacity constraints as the economic recovery enters its fifth year. The Government has been taking action by seeking to boost both the quantity and variety of apprenticeships in the system ...
Five things that you must know in order to get a student grantSun, 9 Jul 2017 18:08:25 ISTIrish IndependentWith just three days to go to apply for a student grant for the first time, get cracking if you want your money in time for college, writes Louise McBride The grant for day-to-day living costs (known as the maintenance grant) is up to €3,025 for eligible undergraduate and PLC students - or up to €5,915 for students from families in most financial need. (Financially disadvantaged postgraduate students can also now get the €5,915 grant) ...
SNAs To Be Balloted On A Possible StrikeThu, 6 Jul 2017 10:37:47 ISTToday FM radioExisting assistants will have to reapply for their jobs Special Needs Assistants are to be balloted on a possible strike. They'll decide in September whether or not they'll take industrial action after hundreds of SNAs lost their jobs yesterday. The redundancies are to make way for 975 new posts created by the Department of Education. Existing assistants are allowed to reapply for the new roles ...
Special Educational Needs Service ProvisionThu, 6 Jul 2017 05:44:06 ISTOireachtas Dail Debatesof 86 Written Answers Nos. 314-35 Question No. 314 answered with Question No. 309. Wildlife Conservation 315 ...
The Equal Status Act is in danger of enshrining inequality in lawThu, 6 Jul 2017 05:34:55 ISTIrish ExaminerHow healthy is it to use our national school system to preserve the cohesion of a faith community, asks Victoria White ...
Government announce 975 extra special needs assistants to be allocated to schoolsWed, 5 Jul 2017 15:44:13 ISTIrish ExaminerUpdate 3.25pm: Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced that 975 extra special needs assistants will be allocated to schools by the end of the year. The government have said the figures mark a 7.5% increase in the number of SNAs with most being assigned to children in the coming days. A small number will be allocated to students during the first term of next year as needs arise. Education Minister Richard Bruton said it’s a huge benefit to the education system ...
05 July 2017 Minister Bruton announces 975 extra Special Needs Assistants by end 2017Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:13:19 ISTDepartment of Education and Skills7.5% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Wednesday) announced the provision of 975 additional Special Needs Assistants which will be available for allocation to schools over the period September to December 2017, a 7.5% increase, in order to meet the level of assessed demand. This will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistants to 13,990, at a total gross annual cost of €458m ...
Snapchat and Its Child Safety ConcernsWed, 5 Jul 2017 14:51:41 ISTRTE NewsSnapchat recently launched a new feature called "Snap Map" which lets you share where you are with your friends and followers. It uses a GPS signal to show a user's exact location and needless to say it’s creating all kinds of talk, particularly around child safety ...
Minister asked to improve conditions for English language teachersTue, 4 Jul 2017 21:25:52 ISTIrish TimesUnion says bad conditions and zero-hour contracts ‘rife’ in private teaching sector Roy Hassey and Keith Murdiff of Unite. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Minister for Education Richard Bruton has been urged to regulate employment standards for English-language teachers at privately run language schools, amid claims they are often working in precarious conditions and on zero-hour contracts ...
Struggling school buses will be saved if number of pupils goes up says ministerMon, 3 Jul 2017 02:33:13 ISTIrish IndependentMinister John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke School bus routes struggling to meet the threshold of 10 children will not lose their service if they can prove pupil numbers will increase in the coming years. Minister of State John Halligan is to give a grace period for areas that are technically no longer entitled to a service. He also said there would be no downsizing of school buses next year ...
November start for delayed junior cycle teacher trainingMon, 3 Jul 2017 01:24:52 ISTIrish ExaminerCatch-up training on junior cycle reforms will not begin until Halloween for thousands of teachers who were prevented from taking part due to industrial action. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) last month suspended directives that had precluded its 18,000 members from co- operation with the reforms ...
Tweaking school admissions wont solve problem of choiceSun, 2 Jul 2017 18:43:42 ISTIrish IndependentThere are just too many clashing principles at work in our schools. We either protect all religions or none, writes Sarah Carey What barrier? The number of pupils rejected by Catholic schools for not having a baptismal cert is tiny I'm occasionally accused of being a conservative but when it comes to education I'm actually a radical. Given a blank slate, I'd be Finland ...
Students Sports Fiesta raises EUR 2 000 in memory of ChrisSat, 1 Jul 2017 00:16:19 ISTIrish IndependentStudents at Gorey Community School presented €2,000 to the Asthma Sosiety of Ireland. Front row: Vincent Quinlan, Sinead Casey, Sophie Tuffs, Kayleigh Redmond, Rebecca Gleeson and Michael Duke ...
Baptism barrier doesnt tackle need for multidenominational schoolsThu, 29 Jun 2017 08:20:11 ISTIrish ExaminerCatholic Primary schools will no longer be permitted to use religion as a basis for admission. A new proposal from the Minister for Education Richard Bruton will see the lifting of the so called 'baptism barrier' in the majority of Ireland' primary schools, however minority schools will be entitled to maintain religion based admissions. Emer Nowlan from Educate Together has said more needs to be done ...
Once the CAO makes an offer all courses lower on the applicant s list will be removedThu, 29 Jun 2017 02:35:14 ISTIrish IndependentGoing to college by Aoife Walsh Every August I am contacted by students who don't want to accept their CAO offer and, instead, say they would prefer a place on a course they have listed lower on their list. Even though they will argue that they have the entry requirements and points, it is not possible. With the CAO deadline of July 1 fast approaching, it is worth recapping on a CAO golden rule. All applicants will have heard it is important to complete their form in order of preference only ...
State exams body got one complaint over junior cycle English examWed, 28 Jun 2017 21:44:41 ISTIrish TimesConcern over length of paper sparked petition by 12,000 students prior to exam While some exams can attract up to 3,000 complaints from students and parents, the new English paper resulted in a single phone call. Photograph: Getty Images State Examinations Commission(SEC) received just a single complaint over the junior cycle English exam despite concerns among students who feared they would not have time to complete the paper ...
No school available for Tallaght 12 year old with special needsWed, 28 Jun 2017 18:45:29 ISTThe Echo (Dublin)A TALLAGHT 12-year-old has no secondary school to attend this September because his special needs cannot be catered for by any school in Dublin. Living in Deerpark, Jack Kavanagh Cullen, who has moderate ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] and dyslexia, is finishing up primary school this month and is due to start secondary school in September ...
Department refuses to add 30 minutes to Junior Cert paperWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:31:13 ISTIrish ExaminerUpdate 3.10pm: The Department of Education has ruled out adding more time to the new Junior Cert English exam. The Department was forced to outline its position after an online petition from a student calling for extra time ...
Concerns over the huge numbers of suspensions of school boysWed, 28 Jun 2017 07:55:59 ISTIrish TimesPupils banned from class on over 13,000 occasions with 145 expulsions, committee hears Prof Áine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at UCC. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill. There are growing concerns over the “huge” numbers of school suspensions involving young boys at second level, an Oireachtas committee has been told. The latest available figures show that there were more than 13,000 suspensions of children and 145 expulsions during the 2013/14 academic year ...
Schools may be allowed share PPS numbers about children applying for admission placesWed, 28 Jun 2017 05:35:02 ISTIrish ExaminerSchools may be allowed share PPS numbers and other information about children applying for admission places, under proposals by Education Minister Richard Bruton. He is to introduce the stipulation today in an amendment to his School Admissions Bill at committee stage. A list of planned changes would also see the children and grandchildren of past pupils entitled to priority for up to 25% of places, and a new appeals arrangement where schools refuse to enrol a pupil ...
ASTI Standing Committee advises rejection of draft Public Service Stability AgreementWed, 28 Jun 2017 05:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI Standing Committee today decided to advise the union’s Central Executive Council to recommend to ASTI members that they reject the draft Public Service Stability Agreement. Under ASTI rules, pay agreements must be considered by the union’s 180-member Central Executive Council ...
Schools to be given five years to phase out waiting listsTue, 27 Jun 2017 20:33:41 ISTIrish Times‘Old school tie’ provision will limit places for past-pupils to no more than 25% Blackrock past-pupils have lobbied against an “old school tie” provision in new legislation. Photograph: Eric Luke Schools will be given five years to phase out waiting lists for children under new amendments to admissions legislation. The move means some parents who have put down their children’s names years in advance for highly-popular secondary schools may lose automatic places ...
Three teachers unions look set to reject pay dealTue, 27 Jun 2017 19:38:09 ISTIrish TimesASTI’s standing committee recommends rejection of proposed public sector pay deal The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and Teachers’ Union of Ireland executives have already recommended to their members that they reject the deal. Photograph; Getty Images The country’s biggest secondary school teachers’ union looks set to recommend to its members that they reject the proposed public sector pay deal. The move means all three teachers’ unions may end up voting against the draft agreement ...
Secondary teachers union recommends refusal of new pay dealTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:58:01 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has recommended that its members reject the new Public Service Pay Agreement. The secondary teachers’ union says that some of the proposals contained in the draft Agreement would provide some benefits. However, they also said unequal pay - which is a major issue for its members - will not be eliminated and Croke Park hours will not be reduced. The INTO and TUI executives have also recommended that their members reject the Agreement ...
Shannon student awarded a Fulbright ScholarshipTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:21:09 ISTClare CourierShannon student Jaswinder Kaur will attend Michigan State University on a Fulbright scholarship to further her studies in fungal biology. As a sixteen year old, Jaswinder moved with her family from New Delhi to Shannon where she completed her Leaving Cert in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School. Now a PhD student, Jaswinder graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) with a degree in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis and was also awarded a Masters degree ...
State Examinations Commission to appear before Petitions Committee on adding extra 30 minutes to Junior Cert English examTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:02:17 ISTHouses of the Oireachtas (Press Releases)The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet tomorrow at 1.30pm in Committee Room 2, Leinster House. Officials from the State Examination Commission and representatives from the Department of Education and Skills will address the Committee regarding Public Petition No 'P000013/17-Make the new English Junior Cert Exam fairer by adding thirty extra minutes ...
Important Department Circulars issuedTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The Department of Education and Skills has issued two new Circular letters. Circular 0048/2017 – Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-18 (Haddington Road Agreement/ Lansdowne Road Agreement and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts 2013 and 2015) : The purpose of the Circular is notification to the system of application of the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement to all teachers in the context of the ASTI Special Convention of June 10, 2017 ...
Teachers say plans to teach children coding not realisticTue, 27 Jun 2017 01:03:26 ISTIrish TimesNew subject due in primary schools within two years under Government digital strategy Minister for Education Richard Bruton in March when he published new targets for numeracy and literacy in schools. Photograph: Maxwells Primary-school teachers and unions have said Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s “ambitious” plans to introduce coding to all primary schools by September 2019 are not realistic ...
What students and parents need to know about CAO deadline dayMon, 26 Jun 2017 01:02:43 ISTIrish TimesDecision time for CAO applicants If you have just completed your Leaving Cert do not be spooked into removing course choices based on your perceptions of how you may have performed in the exams. Photograph: Getty Images With the Leaving Cert now completed for another year, those seeking third level places through the CAO application process have until Saturday next, July 1st, at 5 ...
Department discovers 26 schools inflating pupil numbers to boost resourcesSun, 25 Jun 2017 18:26:20 ISTIrish IndependentThe Department of Education has caught 26 schools logging overstated enrolment figures in a bid to boost resources Independent.ie has learned. Schools are required to make an annual return of enrolments as at September 30 each year which is used to determine school staffing and grant allocations. Some 38 investigations were launched by the department between 2010 and 2016 over concerns that numbers were being misrepported. In 26 of these the number of pupils was found to have been inflated ...
Exam reforms in England and Ireland are very differentSat, 24 Jun 2017 05:14:09 ISTIrish TimesEngland has gone for long, demanding exams; we have shortened ours dramatically In terms of academic achievement, our expectations of young Irish people are definitely lower than they were 50 years ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times This was the first year that the new Junior Cycle English specification was examined. Here are some examples of questions, all designed to provoke higher order thinking and to prevent regurgitation ...
Final batch of students sign off on Leaving CertSat, 24 Jun 2017 01:22:42 ISTIrish ExaminerLeaving Certificate 2017 only ended yesterday evening for around 3,500 students of applied maths and religious education. Tony McGennis, applied maths spokesman for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), reported that many students reported the higher-level paper as being difficult ...
Exam hits the right key in assessing students skill levelFri, 23 Jun 2017 02:33:33 ISTIrish IndependentFiona O’Sullivan (17) and Ceire Nolan (17) from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Drogheda, after their music exam. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson There was no excuse for melancholy among Leaving Certificate Music students as they left exam halls yesterday, as all composition questions were in a major key, according to teacher Siofra Cox ...
Students can no longer count on predictability in Economics papersThu, 22 Jun 2017 02:34:18 ISTIrish IndependentRobin Nugent, Donal Smartt and Jamie Lennon, who completed their Leaving Cert exams at Ard Scoil Rís on Griffith Avenue, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren An "increasing lack of predictability" with the Leaving Certificate higher level economics paper in recent years continues, according to Máiréad O'Sullivan of the Business Studies Teachers Association (BSTAI). Ms O'Sullivan, a teacher at Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, said all in all it was a "balanced, but challenging" paper ...
Thats a wrap end of exams is music to students earsThu, 22 Jun 2017 02:33:38 ISTIrish IndependentThe Junior Cert wrapped up yesterday with exams in Music, Technology, Italian, Ancient Greek and Jewish Studies. Music was by far the most popular subject, with about 11,000 candidates. Siofra Fox, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said both papers were fair and balanced ...
Music exam Star Wars theme proves a high noteThu, 22 Jun 2017 01:25:34 ISTIrish ExaminerThe final morning of Junior Certificate exams was music to the ears of around 11,000 students taking the subject. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) music spokesperson Siofra Cox said the higher and ordinary level exams were fair. She thought students would have been entertained by the excerpt of music at the beginning, which was the main title from Star Wars, the same as last year ...
Economics students tested on Brexit budgetThu, 22 Jun 2017 01:25:34 ISTIrish ExaminerAround 6,000 Leaving Certificate students were entered for economics and the vast majority chose the higher-level exam. Aoife Noctor of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said the higher-level paper was a good broad test of the course. It was very topical, with references to Brexit, the property market including social housing, rising property prices, and rent control. The paper was manageable, with good variety and straightforward short questions ...
Varadkar s push for PE as Leaving Cert subject requires heavy liftingWed, 21 Jun 2017 06:08:34 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: Students would require equal access to standardised facilities for a start Plans to introduce physical education as a Leaving Cert subjects have been welcomed, but teachers say they raise more questions than answers. Photo: iStock During his campaign to become Taoiseach, pledged to make physical education an exam subject option for the Leaving Cert. If we’re to take him at his word, this is now firmly on the agenda ...
LC Chemistry and Spanish It was good to see questions that required critical thinkingWed, 21 Jun 2017 02:34:32 ISTIrish IndependentEarlier in the day, students sat the Spanish papers, and Mark Walshe, of the ASTI and St Finian’s Community College, Swords, Co Dublin, said higher level students would have been pleased. (stock photo) Two "fair" papers that offered students a good choice of questions was how teacher Kenneth O'Dea described the higher and ordinary level Leaving Certificate Chemistry exams ...
Oireachtas committee urges end to Baptism BarrierWed, 21 Jun 2017 02:00:48 ISTRTE NewsThe new "Admission to Schools" bill does not address the issue of religious discrimination in school enrollments An Oireachtas committee has recommended that the so-called Baptism Barrier in school admissions be abolished. Currently, religious-run schools can discriminate on the basis of religion in their admissions policies ...
Leaving Cert Spanish Pok mon Go features in broad and balanced examTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:57:44 ISTIrish TimesVaried questions range from train systems in India to American-Cuban relations Students seemed generally pleased with the Leaving Cert Spanish exam which included a question which referenced Pokemon Go. Photo: iStock Students of Leaving Cert Spanish would have been pleased with the higher level exam paper, teachers have said.“Overall is was a broad and balanced set of papers,” said Mark Walshe, a teacher in St Finian’s Community College in Swords ...
Digital revolution for Irelands students as Government introduces new subjectsTue, 20 Jun 2017 11:32:24 ISTIrish IndependentComputer Science will be introduced as an optional Leaving Certificate subject from 2018 onwards, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD has announced. It was also announced that coding will become part of the primary school maths curriculum, and a new ‘digital learning framework’ will be trialled to measure schools’ practice of digital technologies ...
New optional Leaving Cert subjects to be introduced next yearTue, 20 Jun 2017 11:14:39 ISTIrish IndependentComputer Science will be introduced as an optional Leaving Certificate subject from 2018 onwards, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD has announced. It was also announced that coding will become part of the primary school maths curriculum, and a new ‘digital learning framework’ will be trialled to measure schools’ practice of digital technologies ...
THE PRESSURE OF THE LEAVING CERT A TEACHERS PERSPECTIVETue, 20 Jun 2017 10:56:32 ISTcampus.ieCiara Ferguson talks to a secondary school teacher about her opinion of the Leaving Cert today. Nobody hears the words “Leaving Cert” and gets a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and reminisces happily about the time they spent doing it. You hear those words and there’s an instant feeling of pity towards those doing it and thanking God that it isn’t you sitting those exams again ...
Woodwork and technical graphics give pupils something to build onTue, 20 Jun 2017 10:32:34 ISTIrish ExaminerMale Junior Certificate pupils had a busier day as only around one-sixth of those doing woodwork and technical graphics are female. More than 17,000 candidates were registered with the State Examinations Commission for the woodwork paper, worth one-third of total marks after earlier completion of project work. Patrick Curley, subject spokesman for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said that a typical design question dealt with a wall-mounted unit for candles ...
Leaving Cert Physics fair but reaction to modern questions mixedTue, 20 Jun 2017 07:01:26 ISTIrish ExaminerAccounting paper required familiarity with past exam questions and sample papers The physics exam taken by around 7,800 students marked the beginning of the third week of Leaving Certificate 2017. The majority were taking the higher level paper and their exam was fair and offered plenty of choice, according to Teresa Considine ...
Woodwork and technical graphics give pupils something to build onTue, 20 Jun 2017 06:51:26 ISTIrish ExaminerMale Junior Certificate pupils had a busier day as only around one-sixth of those doing woodwork and technical graphics are female. More than 17,000 candidates were registered with the State Examinations Commission for the woodwork paper, worth one-third of total marks after earlier completion of project work. Patrick Curley, subject spokesman for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said that a typical design question dealt with a wall-mounted unit for candles ...
LC Chemistry Physics and Accounting Accounting candidates taxed to the limit with VAT exam poserTue, 20 Jun 2017 02:59:58 ISTIrish IndependentLeaving Certificate students Tomas Janulevicius, Daniel Lyne and Patrick Hajdul after sitting the Physics Honours Paper at Douglas Community School in Cork. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney A taxing question on VAT may have thrown candidates sitting the Leaving Certificate higher level accounting exam. It was question 7, on tabular statements, and candidates had to calculate VAT three times ...
Junior Cert materials technology rocking chair on balanced paperMon, 19 Jun 2017 19:23:17 ISTIrish TimesTeachers happy with range of questions and quality of graphics The Junior Cert materials technology (wood) exam was worth just a third of marks, with the remainder resting on practical work completed by students earlier in the year. Photo: iStock Junior Cert woodwork exam papers were fair and well-structured to reward students with a wide knowledge of the syllabus, according to teachers ...
Conditional planning permission granted too St. Aidan s Comprehensive SchoolMon, 19 Jun 2017 10:22:49 ISTNorthern Sound RadioConditional planning permission has been granted for an extension at St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School in Cootehill. Cavan County Council received the application on the 19th of April. The application consists of the construction of a single storey extension with ancillary accommodation to the rear of the existing two-storey post primary school. Four conditions have been attached to the planning application ...
Teaching shortages students deserve betterMon, 19 Jun 2017 00:26:28 ISTIrish TimesMore retired staff than ever are propping up primary and secondary education A recent report published by Minister for Education Richard Bruton points to serious problems with teacher supply. Photograph: Cyril Byrne The very least students in our education system are entitled to is to be taught by a skilled, qualified teacher with a detailed knowledge of the curriculum ...
Rote learning was no use to students in German examSat, 17 Jun 2017 02:34:24 ISTIrish IndependentJunior Cert students at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir, Co Tipperary, Roisin Whelan, Max Zimmann and Chloe Enright with their German paper Photo: John D Kelly Rote learning lots of sentences on different topics in the hope they would be of use in the written expression questions would not have worked for candidates sitting the Leaving Certificate higher level German Paper yesterday, according to teacher Fiona Healy ...
No great surprises on Junior Cert German papersFri, 16 Jun 2017 19:37:16 ISTIrish TimesClassical Studies paper reasonable for the most part, and Latin paper mixed Amont the topics on the higher level paper were one about a young boy who wins a pig at a festival. Photograph: iStock Junior Cert German papers held no real surprises and followed the format of previous years, according to, ASTI subject representative and a teacher at St Joseph’s Secondary School Ballybunion, Kerry ...
Creative Schools Project Team OpportunitiesFri, 16 Jun 2017 07:06:13 ISTArts CouncilThe Arts Council is establishing a project team to lead Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools - a partnership initiative with the Department of Education and Skills. This initiative is being developed in the context of the Creative Ireland programme 2017–2022 and with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs ...
Pupils get their teeth into paper featuring chewing gum and fish fingersFri, 16 Jun 2017 03:33:39 ISTIrish IndependentPretty much everything - from removing chewing gum from a school jumper, to a comparison of the nutritional value of gluten free and wholegrain fish fingers and strategies for positive mental health - appeared across the Junior Certificate Home Economics papers. But, as teacher Margaret Kent, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said, the syllabus covers everything from the proverbial "needle to an anchor" ...
Caravaggio exhibition helps students master Art examFri, 16 Jun 2017 03:33:39 ISTIrish IndependentStudents Alannah Bates and Elsie Van Dam, of Loreto Secondary School in Clonmel, reviewing the Leaving Cert Art exam. Photo: John D Kelly Caravaggio, the subject of a major exhibition in the National Gallery this year, also turned up on the Leaving Certificate higher level Art paper, to the delight of students ...
Leaving Cert business Topical paper refers to exploding mobilesThu, 15 Jun 2017 19:03:46 ISTIrish TimesStudents asked about Samsung, while Brexit appears in Leaving Cert for fifth time Students had to think for themselves and apply their knowledge on this year’s Leaving Cert business papers, teachers have said. Keith Hannigan, business teacher at the Institute of Education in Dublin, said the higher-level exam was more challenging than in previous years, despite an easy start with the short questions ...
Now is the time to make changes to your CAO form check alerts and review your choicesThu, 15 Jun 2017 02:36:27 ISTIrish IndependentThe Leaving Cert examss are in full swing. It is likely that the past week has presented some challenges and perhaps even moments of upset. However, many households will also be surprised how the exams have quickly become the new normal. Just as quickly, they will be over and households all over the country will breathe a collective sigh of relief. By the end of this week most students will have completed all their exams or will have just one more left ...
LC JC French When a canap is for sitting and not for eatingThu, 15 Jun 2017 02:33:29 ISTIrish IndependentJunior Cert exam students at Loreto Secondary School, Wexford: Jessie Egan, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford, Katelyn Conroy, Rosslare, CoWexford, Katelyn Clowrey, Wexford, and Ellen Berry, Tomhaggard, Co Wexford. Photo: Mary Browne When is a canapé not a tasty morsel served at parties? Leaving Certificate students of French had to figure that out in the course of their listening comprehension test ...
Junior Cert Tr s bien for students familiar with past yearsThu, 15 Jun 2017 02:00:43 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Junior Certificate French exam for higher-level students contained no surprises for those familiar with papers in previous years. That was the view of Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) French spokesperson Jane O’Dwyer. She thought the exam was very decent and most students would have been quite pleased, particularly with topics like Netflix and others that relate to what happens in their own lives ...
PAUL MILLS Unions shouldn t look gift horse in the mouthThu, 15 Jun 2017 01:39:35 ISTIrish ExaminerWhilst very many of us who reside in the volatile private sector are concerned, even angry, at the pay deal terms offered to the public sector, it is definitely not the time to be playing Russian Roulette with our future ...
Leaving Cert history Popular topics and good choice of questionsWed, 14 Jun 2017 19:40:28 ISTIrish TimesStudents asked if ‘US presidents always acted for the good of America’ Leaving Cert history students were asked: “From Roosevelt to Reagan, would you agree that American presidents always acted for the good of America?” Photograph: iStock Students and teachers alike were happy with the higher-level Leaving Certificate history paper, which examined popular areas of the course and offered good choice ...
Suspension of industrial action 8211 new informationWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI representatives have met with Department of Education and Skills officials and further meetings are planned to facilitate the prompt implementation of measures previously committed to by the Department. Pay: The Department has confirmed that work has begun to ensure that pay adjustments will apply to all members as quickly as possible. CIDs: The Department has already notified school management bodies that the terms of the Ward report now apply to ASTI members ...
Students happy with some widely anticipated topicsWed, 14 Jun 2017 03:35:10 ISTIrish IndependentLeaving Cert student Rebecca Killalea Tierellan who sat the honours Irish paper at Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes Some widely anticipated topics surfaced on the Leaving Certificate higher level Irish Paper 2, which would have pleased students ...
Incinerator and Zika virus make for a relevant examWed, 14 Jun 2017 03:33:54 ISTIrish IndependentPadraig Nash from Monasterevin and Louise Whyte, Newbridge, after sitting their Leaving Cert Biology higher level exam at O’Connell School, Richmond St North, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron The new Poolbeg incinerator and the Zika virus made for a topical Leaving Certificate higher level biology paper. Teacher Lily Cronin, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said it was good to see questions about issues to which candidates can relate ...
13 June 2017 Minister Bruton welcomes start of Entrepreneurship Summer Camps for second level studentsTue, 13 Jun 2017 09:50:46 ISTDepartment of Education and Skills€250,000 invested to provide nearly 1,000 places on new summer camps in higher education institutions across the country Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday 13 June) welcomed the commencement of the entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation summer camps for second level students. The first summer camp starts in Dublin City University this week. Summer camps will be run in twenty higher educations over the summer months ...
Direct provision is hell and nobody does anything about itTue, 13 Jun 2017 09:26:11 ISTIrish TimesDublin teenagers from Mount Temple comprehensive engage with issues of direct provision and the refugee crisis with a new play Students and teachers from Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin, during rehearsals for their play about direct provision and the refugee crisis I’m surrounded by about 16 fifth-year students from Mount Temple Comprehensive school in Dublin where I am a teacher ...
People think teenagers are idiots ... but we want to engage with the issuesTue, 13 Jun 2017 08:14:07 ISTIrish TimesStudents and teachers from Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin, during rehearsals for their play about direct provision and the refugee crisis I’m surrounded by about 16 fifth-year students from Mount Temple Comprehensive school in Dublin where I am a teacher ...
Reading and maths scores improving in Deis schoolsTue, 13 Jun 2017 02:43:52 ISTIrish IndependentThe reading and maths scores of students in designated disadvantaged urban primary schools are continuing to improve. A new round of testing has shown better results across the board, including significant climbs by the lowest achievers. Meanwhile, in the group of schools categorised as less disadvantaged, average pupil achievement levels are now close to, or surpassing, national norms ...
Students give thumbs up after very fair first of the Irish papersTue, 13 Jun 2017 02:34:25 ISTIrish IndependentStudents were happy coming out of yesterday's Leaving Certificate Irish Paper 1 exam, according to teachers. Ruth Morrissey, of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), said students thought the higher level aural was "very fair" and, unlike other years, there were no complaints about the tape being too fast ...
Manageable or convoluted the differing views on paperTue, 13 Jun 2017 02:34:25 ISTIrish IndependentTeachers differed on whether the Leaving Certificate higher level Maths Paper 2 was easier or more challenging than Paper 1. Robert Chaney, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said students at both levels, to whom he spoke, thought both of yesterday's Maths papers were more manageable than Friday's ...
Complaints of guesswork and waffle for no marksTue, 13 Jun 2017 02:34:25 ISTIrish IndependentOne question on Junior Cert higher level Maths Paper 2 was open to students to "write a paragraph of absolute waffle and gain no marks for it", according to Elaine Devlin, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). She was referring to question 6 (d) and said a more structured question would have been more helpful ...
Tricky but doable sections in Junior Cert higher level mathsTue, 13 Jun 2017 01:33:29 ISTIrish ExaminerThe higher level Junior Certificate maths paper 2 had a mix of very manageable and some tricky parts, according to Elaine Devlin of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). One question that asked for the importance about using representative samples in statistical research had the capacity to produce long but incorrect answers ...
Project maths Do the reforms add up for students.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:27:19 ISTIrish TimesRecords numbers are sitting higher level maths but many struggle with basic skills Project Maths reforms and bonus points mean record numbers are sitting higher level maths, but examiners say many struggle with basic skills. Photograph: iStock Five years ago, Project Maths was rolled out to secondary schools around the country. Around the same time, students were offered the incentive of 25 bonus CAO points if they sat the higher-level paper ...
Information Notice for ASTI membersMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)On Saturday 10 th June, an ASTI Special Convention passed the following motion ...
Leaving Cert Maths Students struggle with time on challenging Paper 2Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:17:18 ISTIrish TimesStudents felt it was a long paper and they didn’t have enough time to check their answers Students faced a very challenging higher level maths paper which many found difficult to complete in the available time. Eamonn Toland, founder of TheMathsTutor.ie, said that paper two was more difficult than paper one, especially the concepts and skills section which had some very testing parts ...
Peace for now but trouble looms in teachers unionsMon, 12 Jun 2017 02:35:25 ISTIrish IndependentNoel Buckley at the ASTI conference Photo: Don MacMonagle The new school year will get off to a peaceful start after the secondary teachers' union ASTI finally called a halt to two long-running battles. A well-executed fightback by moderates, and young teachers who were bearing the brunt of the union's "no surrender" strategy, won the day against the hard-liners at a special convention of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Saturday ...
Unions refusing pay deal set to miss outMon, 12 Jun 2017 01:07:38 ISTIrish ExaminerPublic sector workers who reject the new €880m Lansdowne Road pay agreement will miss out on pay increases contained in the deal, unions leaders are being warned. While the threat is not explicitly contained in the draft document, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and the Government are clear that only those who sign up to the deal can benefit from its terms, the Irish Examiner can reveal ...
ASTI leaders under pressure following strategy U turnMon, 12 Jun 2017 01:04:17 ISTIrish TimesCalls for leadership figures to resign after members vote to suspend industrial action Thousands of secondary school teachers who are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers(ASTI) will receive thousands of euro in pay increases after the union voted to suspend its long-running campaign of industrial action ...
ASTI brings end to futile campaign that divided unionSun, 11 Jun 2017 16:23:50 ISTIrish TimesAnalysis: Anger over new entrants’ pay may lead resumption in hostilities next autumn ASTI members at the union meeting in Citywest Hotel. Many members were angry with what they saw as a hard-line leadership focused on conflict rather than compromise ...
ASTI suspends industrial actionSun, 11 Jun 2017 05:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI is to immediately suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Certificate reform. The decision was taken by a special convention of ASTI members held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin today. ASTI President Ed Byrne said: “Today’s decision was made in the light of the fact that ASTI members have been suffering from punitive measures undertaken by the Government in opposition to the union’s stance against pay inequality ...
ASTI members vote to suspend all industrial actionSat, 10 Jun 2017 17:55:04 ISTIrish IndependentThe secondary teachers' union, ASTI has voted 2-1 to suspend all industrial action against the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and junior cycle reforms The 240-121 vote, with four abstentions, was taken at a special delegate convention, which was held in private. It means that ASTI members will now receive the pay and other benefits of the LRA, including earlier access to permanent jobs for new entrant teachers ...
Secondary teachers hold convention on suspending industrial actionSat, 10 Jun 2017 10:24:42 ISTIrish ExaminerThe union representing secondary school teachers is holding a special convention today to discuss whether to suspend its industrial action campaign. The row between the ASTI and the Government has seen members continue to face a number of disadvantages including lower pay for recent recruits. Today's convention was called by the ASTI grassroots members who are unhappy with the direction being taken by the leadership ...
The old reliable teacher unions stance is a setback but may not scupper pay dealSat, 10 Jun 2017 02:33:45 ISTIrish IndependentThe all-new Lansdowne Road Agreement looked like a done deal last Thursday. Public servants had to make up their minds if they want to vote for a deal that means they are in line for a €1.1bn pay boost over four years. The primary teachers' union threw a spanner in the works by advising its 36,000 members to reject it when they begin balloting next week ...
Question on financial maths challenging even for most able studentsSat, 10 Jun 2017 02:33:45 ISTIrish IndependentAlannah O’Carroll (18), left, and Hannah Burke (18) from St David’s Holy Faith Secondary School in Greystones after their Leaving Cert Maths exam. Photo: Doug O’Connor Maybe a little harder than last year, but the Leaving Certificate higher level maths was very fair overall, according to teacher Robert Chaney. He applauded the examiners for a new font style on both the higher level and ordinary level papers, which, he said, meant the display of questions was much clearer than previous years ...
Straightforward test an easy start with little of the dreaded calculusSat, 10 Jun 2017 02:33:45 ISTIrish IndependentStudents taking Maths at ordinary level got off to a good, even "easy" start with Paper 1. A lot of the paper would not be out of place in a Junior Cert exam, was the view of teacher Eamonn Toland."It is a very straightforward paper and any well-prepared student should have had no difficulties, " said Mr Toland, of The Maths Tutor.ie website ...
Difficult questions throughout Junior Cert maths paper a fairer way of doing thingsSat, 10 Jun 2017 01:07:41 ISTIrish ExaminerMost Junior Certificate students had the first of two maths papers yesterday afternoon. Elaine Devlin, Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) junior cycle maths spokeswoman, said one unusual aspect of the first higher-level paper was the arrangement of more difficult questions throughout. More often, she said, they would be situated at the end of the exam paper, and are very often badly answered.“There were little bits of harder questions throughout the paper this time ...
Strong demand locally for further education coursesSat, 10 Jun 2017 00:16:54 ISTIrish IndependentBrenda Kirby, Tralee, presented with a Samsung 'tablet' prize by Sharon Browne of KETB, which she won in a competition held in conjunction with the fair Busy scenes at the recent further education fair hosted by the KETB in Listowel Demand is surging for post leaving certificate (PLC) courses among mature students in North Kerry, Kerry Education and Training Board said following a major fair on the topic in Listowel held last week ...
Students get a soaking at Splash Dash for St AidansSat, 10 Jun 2017 00:14:57 ISTIrish IndependentMegan Lanigan and Eabha Cahill Emma Kenny, Ava Spencer and Carys Evens Michael Dineen, Anthony Holmes and Tiernan O'Donohoe Lee Mooney, Scott Dunbar and Ryan Finn There's always fun to be had when the sun comes out, and water guns are about. Eight fun-loving transition year students at Gorey Community School came up with a novel fundraiser for St Aidan's Services, and got over 400 first and second year students to ditch the uniforms last Thursday afternoon, and then gave them a good soaking ...
Leaving Cert Geography Brexit and migration feature on topical paperFri, 9 Jun 2017 13:56:25 ISTIrish TimesStudents and teachers say paper was interesting and relevant with a good choice of questions Geography paper described as “a fair paper which tested the skills and base knowledge of students.” Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images On the morning when students woke up to further uncertainty around Brexit following the UK election, the migration crisis and challenges for the European Union were among the topics on this year’s Leaving Cert geography paper ...
Junior Cycle Geography Paper well receivedFri, 9 Jun 2017 13:23:32 ISTIrish TimesStudents happy as wide range of topics covered in both higher and ordinary level examinations Both ordinary and higher level Geography papers were well received. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images Both ordinary and higher level Geography papers were well received by students and teachers alike with few surprises experienced and a good range of topics covered in Friday morning’s exams ...
TUI recommends rejection of proposed public service pay dealFri, 9 Jun 2017 11:34:04 ISTIrish IndependentPay inequality: TUI president Joanne Irwin Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is recommending rejection of the proposed new public service pay deal ...
Hamlet shouldn 8217 t have spooked the well versed Leaving Cert studentsFri, 9 Jun 2017 05:34:57 ISTIrish ExaminerNiall Murray, Education Correspondent The daunting experience of a second English exam came and passed for this year’s Leaving Certificate students yesterday afternoon. Róisín O'Callaghan, Maeve Conroy, Lydia Sheehan, Katie Kelleher and Aislinn Butler, pupils of Davis College in Mallow, Co Cork ...
Irish Paper 2 gives Junior Cert students a tough afternoonFri, 9 Jun 2017 01:07:01 ISTIrish ExaminerAn afternoon paper with a new type of question was tougher than the morning exam for higher level Junior Certificate students of Irish. Ruth Morrissey, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland subject spokeswoman, said it is unusual that students were asked about a place featured in any of their chosen novels, plays or short stories. They would be more used to questions about themes or issues in the prescribed literature ...
All pupils need equal chance to achieve their potentialFri, 9 Jun 2017 01:05:17 ISTIrish NewsWe are well into the annual exam season with thousands of youngsters going through a process they hope will provide the qualifications they need to move onto the next step of their education or career. It is a demanding and stressful time requiring hard work and commitment as well as support and guidance from schools and parents ...
Boys turning their backs on Home Economics for Junior Cert prompts claims to make it compulsoryThu, 8 Jun 2017 22:24:09 ISTThe Irish SunStark figures show that of the 60,652 students who sat the Junior Cert in 2016, just 21,464 took Home Economics BOYS are still turning their backs on Home Economics for Junior Cert — prompting claims to make it compulsory. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has urged Education Minister Richard Bruton to make domestic sciences part and parcel of every secondary student’s education ...
Latest Teachers Union of Ireland Executive Committee to recommend rejection of pay dealThu, 8 Jun 2017 21:32:59 ISTIrish ExaminerUpdate 9.24pm: The executive council of the Teacher’s Union of Ireland has decided it will not recommend the new public pay deal to its members. TUI's Executive Committee unanimously decides to reject proposed Public Service Stability Agreement — Teachers' Union Ire. (@TUIunion) June 8, 2017 Update 6.28pm: The executive council of the Teacher’s Union of Ireland has said it will meet this evening to discuss the agreement ...
Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 2020Thu, 8 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI participated in the National Pay Talks that concluded in the early hours of Tuesday 8 th June and led to a proposed extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The full text of the proposals is available here . Under the terms of the ASTI Rules and Constitution, the proposals will be referred to the Central Executive Council for their consideration ...
Groups have mixed views on new public pay agreementThu, 8 Jun 2017 07:32:27 ISTIrish TimesASTI head voices extreme disappointment over provisions for new entrants 8 minutes ago Updated: 5 minutes ago Unions have reacted cautiously to the proposed pay deal with teachers organistions saying they are disappointed. There has been a mixed reaction to the proposed new public service agreement with teachers’ representatives, in particular expressing disappointment ...
Approval for a novel paper with no novel questionThu, 8 Jun 2017 02:33:09 ISTIrish IndependentJunior Cert students Maham Aziz, left, and Tata Abuladze, of St Aloysius Secondary School, Cork City. Picture: Provision It was all change in the first of the new-style Junior Cycle English papers which, overall, seem to have gone down well with teachers and students. There is no longer a guarantee the June exam will include questions on Shakespeare, a novel and poetry, even though they all have to be covered ...
Mixed response to revised Junior Certificate English paperThu, 8 Jun 2017 01:24:47 ISTIrish ExaminerThe landmark first examination of a revised junior cycle English course was deemed appropriate by teachers after it was taken by most of this year’s 62,000 Junior Certificate students. Following complaints about time constraints in mock exams, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) spokesperson Liz Farrell said students she met were calm and pleased with the time allocation despite anxiety beforehand ...
How we teach our children Crafting a future beyond third levelThu, 8 Jun 2017 01:04:25 ISTIrish ExaminerFurther exciting times lie ahead as apprenticeships are being expanded into a range of new areas, writes Michael Moriarty IN A few weeks’ time, there will be heightened tension among many school leavers as they await their Leaving Certificate results to see if they are successful in their application for a course at a third-level institution. Many students will indeed succeed in securing a course at a third level institution and set out a new chapter in their young lives ...
How we teach our children Third level is not for everyone but there are a number of alternativesThu, 8 Jun 2017 01:02:28 ISTIrish ExaminerAlternative routes to training and careers can no longer be a Cinderella service, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray THERE’S a €600m hole in the budgets needed for third-level colleges to maintain standards. An expert report last year told us this is the minimum amount need to allow colleges keep up the quality of education they provide for the students paying to be there ...
Lots of material for students to get teeth into on opening day of examsThu, 8 Jun 2017 01:01:51 ISTIrish ExaminerThe final weeks in school for over 55,000 Leaving Certificate students with themes about school days and childhood memories on their English papers. Picture: Sophie Lynch, Mollie Barrett, Megan Moloney, Leah Davenport, Chloe Lynch, and Megan Nason, all Junior Certificate students from St Angela’s College, Patrick’s Hill, Cork, take a final look over study notes before the start of their first examination yesterday ...
Leaving Cert If you re not good at learning stuff off by heart tough luckWed, 7 Jun 2017 16:38:38 ISTIrish TimesLeaving and Junior Cert students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf, Dublin talk about their first day of exams ...
ASTI Special ConventionWed, 7 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI Special Convention A Special Convention will take place from 11am on Saturday, June 10 th in City West Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin ...
Junior and Leaving Cert gets under way for more than 120 000 studentsWed, 7 Jun 2017 10:32:46 ISTIrish Timesabout 10 hours ago About 3,750 examiners are needed to mark written exams this year The State Examinations Commission says it is confident it will have sufficient examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers as exams get under way for more than 120,000 students. The commission last week issued an “urgent appeal” for teachers to mark this year’s exams due to a shortage of qualified staff across key subjects ...
How to navigate the Leaving Cert a Rough Guide for Students and ParentsWed, 7 Jun 2017 10:03:01 ISTCareersPortal.ieFigures from the State Examinations Commission show that just under 56,000 students are due to sit the Leaving Cert this year. As the exams get underway, here is some advice for students and for their anxious parents, from Guidance Counsellor, Beatrice Dooley. A ROUGH GUIDE FOR STUDENTS There is no “one size fits all”, instead here is some bespoke advice to fit the individual needs of different types of students ...
Junior and Leaving Cert gets under way for more than 120 000 studentsWed, 7 Jun 2017 08:51:57 ISTIrish TimesExams body confident it will have enough teachers to correct work following 'urgent appeal' About 3,750 examiners are needed to mark written exams this year State Examinations Commission says it is confident it will have sufficient examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers as exams get under way for more than 120,000 students. The commission last week issued an “urgent appeal” for teachers to mark this year’s exams due to a shortage of qualified staff across key subjects ...
Students begin Leaving Cert exams todayWed, 7 Jun 2017 06:50:23 ISTIrish ExaminerMore than 120,000 students will begin their State exams this morning. Nearly 57,000 Leaving Cert students face English Paper 1 this morning. Around 62,000 Junior Cert students face the English and CSPE exam. It is the first exam under the new junior cycle English programme, where the paper accounts for 90% of the grade. Education Minister Richard Bruton wished the students luck this morning, and had this advice."People have to regard is as a marathon, not as a sprint," he said ...
And so it begins here are some last minute exam tips from the expertsWed, 7 Jun 2017 06:27:39 ISTIrish IndependentToday is the day for which sixth year students, and their families, have been preparing for many years. It can be a stressful day, but, in my experience, and excluding a few hours before the exam begins, the worst of the stress has now passed. It is amazing for all involved how quickly students settle into a new, daily routine; there are often minimal nerves as the days and weeks progress. By today, most of the work is done. Now it is important to maintain balance, wherever possible ...
New era begins today Shake up of grading system aims to take pressure off studentsWed, 7 Jun 2017 06:26:19 ISTIrish IndependentThe State exams enter a new era today with a shake-up in the grading system for Leaving Cert candidates and a shorter, new-style written English paper in the Junior Cert. The new Leaving Cert grading scheme replaces the traditional ABC system as part of wider efforts to take unnecessary heat out of the CAO points race. In a linked move, this year also sees the roll-out of a new CAO points scale, which awards points for a mark of between 30-39pc on a higher level paper ...
How we teach our children Pressure to excel in exams is a major cause of stressWed, 7 Jun 2017 01:24:59 ISTIrish ExaminerPressure to excel in exams and do well in school are the biggest causes of stress among young people. Exams and school were chosen by 80% and 81% of teenagers as a cause of stress while 72% believed body image issues caused them difficulties. A ReachOut Ireland/Irish Examiner survey on teen mental health found exams and school appear to worry girls more than boys. Up to 86% of girls saw exams as a difficulty in their lives compared to 72% of boys ...
Exams body confident of enough teachers to correct workWed, 7 Jun 2017 01:02:42 ISTIrish TimesJunior and Leaving Cert gets under way for more than 120,000 hopeful students says it is confident it will have sufficient examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers as exams get under way for more than 120,000 students. The commission last week issued an “urgent appeal” for teachers to mark this year’s exams due to a shortage of qualified staff across key subjects ...
Principals issue Leaving Cert pupils with their last minute exam tipsTue, 6 Jun 2017 17:00:22 ISTIrish Examiner120,000 pupils will begin their leaving cert exams in over 5,000 examination centres tomorrow and the message to all of them from the people who have overseen their education is "keep things in perspective. Issuing his organisation's last minute advice Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), said above all else it was important that students kept things in perspective ...
ASTI President sends message to exam studentsTue, 6 Jun 2017 14:30:04 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI President Ed Byrne today told the country’s Leaving and Junior Certificate students to remain calm and positive throughout the exams. “While some level of anxiety is normal, it is really important to keep things in perspective,” said Mr. Byrne. “No one exam is going to make or break you as a person. Exams are a part of life, but they are not everything. If you have a bad exam paper, don’t over analyse it. Focus on keeping well and move on to the next exam ...
How we teach our children We must prepare children for professions of the digital ageTue, 6 Jun 2017 01:25:59 ISTIrish ExaminerMoira Leydon of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland outlines her organisation’s perspective on what can be done to improve our education system. THE Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation hosted a conference on the future of work last month. In her address, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor quoted research which forecast that 65% of children in primary school today will work in jobs which currently do not exist ...
How we teach our children Education is learning how to changeTue, 6 Jun 2017 01:25:59 ISTIrish ExaminerThis is an exciting time of change for education in Ireland, writes John Hammond of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Aistear, the early childhood curriculum framework, is being implemented. The structure and time allocations in the primary curriculum are being reviewed, and work is ongoing on the languages and maths curricula. Major developments in the curriculum at junior cycle have been under way since 2014, and will be gradually introduced in the coming years ...
Students not ready for maths at third levelTue, 6 Jun 2017 01:25:02 ISTIrish ExaminerA review of the controversial Project Maths curriculum is to examine how it affects student performance on third-level courses with a high maths content. There is already some evidence to suggest the revised curriculum has seen students less prepared than previously for the maths elements of college studies in science and technology. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) says it is still early to fully evaluate the reform’s impact on students’ experiences at third level ...
Leaving Cert Record number taking higher level subjectsTue, 6 Jun 2017 00:27:36 ISTIrish TimesStudents aim to take advantage of CAO reforms as 121,000 prepare for exams State Examinations Commission in Athlone where Leaving and Junior Cert exam scripts are sorted for distribution. Photograph: Alan Betson The number of Leaving Cert students taking on higher-level subjects has climbed to a record high as pupils try to make the most from changes to the CAO points system ...
Star studded guest list for Tarbert Comp AwardsSat, 3 Jun 2017 00:16:31 ISTIrish IndependentThere was a star studded line up for the Tarbert Comprehensive School Awards on Thursday May 18th as Tarbert native Jean Byrne, a familiar face on RTE, and Aidan O' Mahony, former Kerry footballer and Dancing with the Stars Champion imparted their wisdom on the attending community of Tarbert. Musical performances were given on the night by Hazel Langan, Ruby Falvey, Ciara O'Donoghue, Ellen Godfrey, Timothy Flaherty, Isobel O'Connor, Brenda O'Connor and Caitriona Fitzmaurice ...
Well deserved. Awards for top Gorey studentsSat, 3 Jun 2017 00:13:29 ISTIrish IndependentSixth year Student of the Year Victoria Razmaite Sixth year Students of the Year Michelle Dunne, Séamus O'Donnell and Chantelle Esper The sixth year Academic Award recipients The Sports People of the Year and Sevens school rugby winners ...
Around the districts Boherbue Liscarroll Meelin and Western DuhallowSat, 3 Jun 2017 00:11:27 ISTIrish IndependentTransition Year Award winners pictured with their teachers Colm Cronin and Brendan O'Connor at the Boherbue Comprehensive School annual Awards Ceremony Grace Collins, Derinagree and Eileen Murphy, Boherbue enjoying their night out at the weekend disco at Safaris Nightclub Newmarket Exercises: Ener-Chi Balance - summer sessions commence shortly with three sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays as follows: The final music rooms programme for the season takes place on this Thursday night with t ...
ASTI update from National Pay TalksFri, 2 Jun 2017 14:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI has been actively participating in the National Pay Talks which are adjourned for the bank holiday weekend. We have sought to have our key issues advanced at every opportunity. These include equal pay for equal work, full pay restoration, an end to unremunerated additional working hours, accelerated abolition of the Pension Related Deductions and pension parity restoration. Progress has been extraordinarily slow, but is expected to intensify next week ...
Low rate of pay blamed for lack of teachers to mark examsFri, 2 Jun 2017 02:34:26 ISTIrish IndependentTeachers blame the rates of pay on offer for a shortage of examiners to mark the Leaving and Junior Certificate written papers. With less than a week to go to the start of the State exams, an urgent appeal has been made to teachers to make themselves available to fill gaps. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) says the situation is "very tight" generally, while there are more serious shortages in some subjects ...
Parents from Travelling community should encourage children to stay in school Teenage Traveller Pride Awards winnerThu, 1 Jun 2017 19:21:12 ISTIrish IndependentA 15-year-old Traveller with a flair for science believes more parents from his community need to encourage their children to stay in school. Ian McDonagh from Co Galway was honoured for his achievements in education today at the Traveller Pride Awards. The Junior Cert student from Merlin College was the first Traveller ever to participate in the BT Young Scientist's competition ...
Do you believe schools are providing your children with the necessary digital skills.Thu, 1 Jun 2017 15:26:09 ISTIrish IndependentOnly one third of respondents feel that these schools have access to the appropriate equipment Stock Image Half of the people in Ireland believe that the Irish education system is worse than their European counterparts when it comes to digital tech skills and training. According to a survey carried out by Ricoh Ireland, just 29pc of Irish people are confident that schools are providing children with the necessary digital development ...
Urgent appeal for exam correctors just a week before the start of the Leaving CertThu, 1 Jun 2017 07:43:23 ISTThe JournalTeachers are called to apply “irrespective of training” to correct the exams. THE STATE EXAMINATIONS Commission (SEC) has issued an urgent appeal to teachers to apply to mark the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations, which begin next Wednesday. The call includes requests for recently qualified and retired teachers across both sets of examinations to apply to correct the exams ...
Making the best of final week before examsThu, 1 Jun 2017 02:45:19 ISTIrish IndependentFrom today, there is one week left to the beginning of Leaving Certificate exams. So, this week, I would like to discuss how to make the best use of your time for the week ahead, the day before the start of the exams, and the first morning of the exams. Generally speaking, sixth year students are now studying at home, while the rest of second level students are doing in-house exams ...
TD School bodies fear accountabilityWed, 31 May 2017 10:06:20 ISTIrish ExaminerThe opposition of most schools bodies to a proposed Ombudsman for Education suggests a fear of accountability, a Fine Gael TD has claimed. Jim Daly’s bill proposes a dedicated ombudsman to hear appeals in relation to the decisions of school boards. It was the subject of a third hearing by the Oireachtas Education Committee yesterday. But of nine school management bodies represented, only Education and Training Boards Ireland supported the idea ...
Suspension of all strike action is a step closer as date set for ASTI meetingWed, 31 May 2017 09:36:46 ISTIrish IndependentThe special ASTI convention to discuss suspension of all the union's industrial action will be held on June 10. The special ASTI convention to discuss suspension of all the union's industrial action will be held on June 10. With talks about to start on a new public service pay deal, to follow on from the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), the timing of the ASTI convention takes on a particular significance ...
TD School bodies fear accountabilityWed, 31 May 2017 01:19:02 ISTIrish ExaminerThe opposition of most schools bodies to a proposed Ombudsman for Education suggests a fear of accountability, a Fine Gael TD has claimed. Jim Daly’s bill proposes a dedicated ombudsman to hear appeals in relation to the decisions of school boards. It was the subject of a third hearing by the Oireachtas Education Committee yesterday. But of nine school management bodies represented, only Education and Training Boards Ireland supported the idea ...
St Caimin s launch new school book appTue, 30 May 2017 16:24:28 ISTClare CourierSt. Caimin’s Community School have launched a new app with the aim of reducing schoolbook costs to parents of children attending the school. The free app is available to download on the Google Play store and Apple’s app store. The app is a platform to allow parents of St. Caimin’s schoolchildren to buy and sell used schoolbooks. Only books for the upcoming school year can be bought and sold on the app ...
Donegal students win Texaco Art competition two years runningTue, 30 May 2017 13:22:46 ISTDonegal DailyTwo Donegal Students have won top prizes in this year’s 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition for the second year running. Kellie McClafferty (16) from the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe and Ruby O’Reilly Duff (13) from the Loreto Community School, Milford were both winners of Special Merit Awards. This is the second year in a row that both girls won prizes in the competition ...
Malahide Lions Community Service AwardsTue, 30 May 2017 01:08:03 ISTNorth County LeaderPictured is Zara Hussey, a Transition Year student at Malahide Community School who won the ÔService to the Community AwardÕ from Malahide Lions Club for her work with Portmarnock Arch Club, which is an integrated social club for people with special needs. Zara received Û750 to help the club continue itÕs fantastic work ...
Education Committee to discuss the work of Caranua with CEO Mary HigginsMon, 29 May 2017 16:25:54 ISTHouses of the Oireachtas (Press Releases)The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will tomorrow conduct a two-part meeting on maters under their remit. In Session A the Committee will continue their pre-legislative scrutiny of the Education (Amendment) Bill 2015 & the General Scheme of an Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill 2016. In Session B the Committee will discuss the work of Caranua with Mary Higgins, CEO. The Committee will also hear from Mr. David O’Callaghan, Chair of the Caranua Board and Mr ...
ASTI teachers to get perks if industrial action is haltedMon, 29 May 2017 02:51:39 ISTIrish IndependentWell over 1,000 ASTI members are reported to have left the union since January. (Stock picture) Teachers who are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are being offered immediate benefits if they suspend their industrial action when they meet for a special convention on June 10 ...
Retired teachers in record return as graduates jet to Gulf jobsSun, 28 May 2017 19:08:41 ISTIrish IndependentSecond-level schools are particularly struggling to find qualified staff in Irish, European languages, and home economics. However, there is an oversupply of English, history and geography teachers. (Stock picture) A record 893 retired teachers were working in our schools last year - as young graduates flock overseas to earn tax-free salaries of €60,000 across the Gulf region ...
Update on current issuesSat, 27 May 2017 05:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)Standing Committee met today (26 th May) and received a briefing on the contents of two letters received from the Department of Education and Skills. These letters addressed issues pertaining to the forthcoming Special Convention on June 10 th and our recently issued directives on withdrawal from substitution duties. Members should note that ASTI are currently engaged in the National Pay talks that are underway and expected to conclude in early June ...
Pay rises and jobs on cards if Asti suspends action says education departmentSat, 27 May 2017 01:05:56 ISTIrish ExaminerA range of pay increases and access to permanent jobs for some teachers would kick in immediately if the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland decides to suspend a number of industrial actions, the Department of Education has said. The details have been outlined ahead of a crucial, special, convention in two weeks’ time, reluctantly agreed to by Asti’s leaders in response to a petition from more than 1,500 of its 18,000 members ...
Living the American dreamSat, 27 May 2017 01:01:37 ISTIrish IndependentStudents enjoying the Boston Celtics play at the TD Garden, Boston Can Kenny and Jack Ryan pose at the Statue of Liberty Gorey CS and NY Stars camogie teams pictured together after their game at Gaelic Park, Bronx Orla Molloy receives her medal from Chairman of NY Minor Board The strength of the Irish community in New York and Boston was clear to the 59 transition and fifth year students and eleven teachers from Gorey Community School who spent some of their Easter break Stateside playing hurlin ...
ASTI discusses department clarification on pay issuesFri, 26 May 2017 21:54:03 ISTRTE NewsASTI special convention to be held on 10 June The elected leadership of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland have met to discuss clarification received from the Department of Education related to its current industrial dispute. The union is due to hold a special convention next month, at which it will decide whether or not to suspend industrial action pending the outcome of negotiations on a new national pay deal ...
Donegal students draw praise in All Ireland art competitionFri, 26 May 2017 20:58:17 ISTDonegal DailyTwo Donegal students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Ruby O’Reilly Duff (13), from Loreto Community School Milford, Milford. who won a Special Merit Award in the competition. Ruby is pictured above, and presenting her with the award is James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero ...
New Royal and Prior Comprehensive School extension officially openedFri, 26 May 2017 16:32:15 ISTDonegal NowToday saw the official opening of the new extension to The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School. The new extension is the largest addition to the School since its establishment in 1970 when two of the oldest schools in Donegal, The Prior School Lifford and The Royal School, Raphoe amalgamated ...
Snooker tips from a pro at Kildare Town Community SchoolFri, 26 May 2017 16:22:02 ISTLeinster LeaderStudents and teachers pictured with Fergal O' Brien, world number 44 snooker player Kildare Town Community school welcomed Fergal O' Brien, world number 44 snooker player, Guinness world book of records holder and Billiard Champion on Wednesday May 11 last. The students pictured above were lucky enough to learn some snooker skills from Fergal ...
26 May 2017 Minister Bruton Announces that EU Young Scientists Competition to take place in Ireland in September 2018Fri, 26 May 2017 09:41:07 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsThe Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that the European Union Contest for Young Scientist (EUCYS) will be held in Dublin, 14 th-19 th September 2018, marking the 30 th anniversary of the prestigious competition. A European-wide annual event organised by the European Commission, the EUCYS seeks to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists ...
Picture special Donegal is open for business Rosses Community School Careers Day hearsThu, 25 May 2017 15:43:01 ISTDonegal DailyRosses Community School opened its doors this morning to a wide variety of businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals from a variety of careers for the school’s careers day. This annual event is aimed at TY and 5 th year students and hopes to provide a platform within the school for students to meet with colleges, training bodies, and local businesses on a variety of courses and apprenticeships ...
Supreme Court rules student with dyslexia was not discriminated againstWed, 24 May 2017 18:21:20 ISTIrish TimesSpecial explanatory notes were attached to complainant’s Leaving Certificate Case involved interpretation of discrimination provisions of the Equal Status Act 2000 in relation to provision of education services here A student with dyslexia was not discriminated against because special explanatory notes were attached to her Leaving Certificate, the has ruled. The notes stated Kim Cahill was not assessed on spelling and grammatical elements of language subjects ...
Shiny laptops not enough teachers need training in technologyWed, 24 May 2017 02:33:36 ISTIrish IndependentSteven Daly who runs the Irish education hub of the international social enterprise, Camara Education The problem is thinking that 'technology in education' is the same thing as computer hardware, the same as a row of shiny iPads sitting neatly on school desks. The reality is, like all aspects of good education, successful use of technology in the classroom is complicated and multifaceted ...
Why teaching. Rewarding career with attractive benefitsTue, 23 May 2017 01:08:52 ISTIrish TimesTeaching is a difficult job with greater scrutiny on the profession now than in the past Primary and secondary teaching are very different beasts and primary teachers have a lot more flexibility within the curriculum. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images Teaching in is a very different ball game to in the United States or United Kingdom. Here, teaching is a very prestigious profession and the pay and conditions for the people educating the nation’s children are generally fairer ...
The new CAO points system explainedTue, 23 May 2017 01:08:52 ISTIrish TimesWhat you need to know about the introduction of the new CAO points system Proponents say the new system will drastically reduce the number of students who miss out on their course due to random selection, and will incentivise more students to take subjects at higher level. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images As if students didn’t have enough to contend with. Between the Leaving Cert exams and the looming CAO change-of-mind deadline, sixth years have a lot on their plate ...
Students still have time to reconsider CAO choicesTue, 23 May 2017 01:08:52 ISTIrish TimesAround half of Leaving Cert students used the CAO’s change-of-mind facility in 2016 Students who might feel torn between subjects should look at practical outcomes. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images With just weeks left to go before the exams start it is understandable that the CAO might be the last thing on students’ minds. However, once the mocks results are in, it is a good time to sit down with a parent or guidance counsellor and revise your course choices on the CAO again ...
Young peoples mental health advice available in your local libraryTue, 23 May 2017 01:01:14 ISTIrish NewsLibraries now have a collection of books that offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions A collection of 35 teenage self-help books entitled Reading Well for young people is available in libraries YOUNG people seeking advice on exam stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders and body issues need look no further than their local library ...
Secondary students admit to smartphone addictionTue, 23 May 2017 00:07:42 ISTIrish TimesStudent Attitudes Index investigates device use, exercise and feeling on education loans The third annual Student Attitudes Index indicates 60 per cent of students worry about how much they used their phones, but 80 per cent said they also used the devices for educational purposes ...
Talks begin on new public sector pay agreementMon, 22 May 2017 14:39:23 ISTIrish TimesFG leadership election could delay negotiations beyond June bank holiday The Garda Representative Association said it would not support a separation from general public service pension arrangements. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Talks on a new pay agreement for about 300,000 State employees have begun in Dublin. Representatives of about 30 different groups of employees as well as top public public service management are meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission(WRC) ...
Irish students going to the Netherlands for degreesMon, 22 May 2017 01:06:42 ISTIrish ExaminerBy September, more than 1,000 Irish students will be at third-level colleges in the Netherlands, writes Arlene Harris Looking at your college options? Then why not look abroad? Record numbers of students are choosing to head to mainland Europe after the Leaving Cert to study for their college degree ...
GCS needs Autism unit says DArcySat, 20 May 2017 03:42:03 ISTIrish IndependentThe need for two purpose-built Autism classrooms at Gorey Community School was highlighted in the Dáil last week by Deputy Michael D'Arcy. He said the school provides services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but doesn't have a purpose-built unit.'There are facilities in Creagh College, but they have no students or staff,' he told this newspaper afterwards. 'Gorey Community School has students and staff but no facilities ...
The Department of Education claims teachers should be spending 43 hours a year covering for staffFri, 19 May 2017 14:34:46 ISTNewstalkMembers of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) could lose €2,500 from their salaries if supervision cover is withdrawn. ASTI members have already lost thousands of euro in frozen increment. Most teachers are contractually obliged to provide cover for teachers who are sick or involved in school activities such as games and field trips ...
Picture Special Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair take a walk for 1for1 1Fri, 19 May 2017 12:31:39 ISTDonegal Daily0 Students and teachers of Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair came together to raise money for Relay for Life Donegal in the hugely successful [email protected] challenge. We were delighted to announce today that we smashed the target number of schools taking part in the challenge. Now we have 53 names onboard! Thank you to one and all who joined the fun campaign. Yesterday Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair took on one challenge at 1pm to raise one euro each for Relay for Life ...
Interested in representing ASTI on National Women 8217 s Council.Fri, 19 May 2017 05:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)Expressions of interest are sought from ASTI members who would like to represent the ASTI on the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI). The NWCI is the leading national women’s membership organisation seeking equality between women and men, founded in 1973. It represents a membership which includes 170 member groups as well as a wide range of individual members from a diversity of backgrounds, sectors and locations ...
ASTI members face pay cuts of EUR 2 500 if cover withdrawnFri, 19 May 2017 01:33:04 ISTIrish TimesWarning from Department of Education ratchets up tension in long-running dispute Most teachers are contractually obliged to provide classroom cover for teachers who are sick or involved in school activities such as games and field trips Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers,(ASTI) face losing about €2,500 in their salaries if the union presses ahead with plans to withdraw supervision cover in schools from September ...
Award season Students celebrated at Ardee CS ceremonyThu, 18 May 2017 17:45:24 ISTThisIsArdee.ieStudents from Ardee Community School were honoured at their annual awards ceremony on Thursday afternoon – as fellow pupils, teachers, staff and family came to recognise the outstanding work done by the student body during the academic year ...
Employers Urged To Mentor StudentsThu, 18 May 2017 14:24:06 ISTBizPlusSecondary school students who participated in a mentoring programme run by Business in the Community Ireland graduated today, all 89 of them, along with a further 89 business volunteers. BITC’s Student Mentoring programme links School Completion Programme schools, mainly DEIS schools, with a local business which then provides mentors to a number of students in the final two years of post-primary school ...
Plan may see pupils take seat on boardsThu, 18 May 2017 02:33:54 ISTIrish IndependentUpcoming legislation for a parent and student charter in every school is generating lively conversations about rights and responsibilities Planning ahead: Students from Stratford College Secondary School, including Katie Webb (left) and Cormac Kelly. Photo: Damien Eagers Open engagement: Principal Patricia Gordon at Stratford College, Rathgar ...
Moate student a winner at National Career Skills AwardsThu, 18 May 2017 00:28:48 ISTThe AdvertiserEimear Sinnott, managing director of Careers Portal, with Linda Haran, Moate Business School, and Alison Hodgson, HR director at McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland Moate Business School student, Linda Haran, has won third prize at the National Career Skills Awards. Ms Haran was awarded the accolade for her study in QQI Level 5 Business & Administration Skills in the Adult Learning category. The National Career Skill Awards, run by www.careersportal ...
ASTI to protest against unequal pay as pay talks beginWed, 17 May 2017 14:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)ASTI will stage a protest outside Dáil Éireann today (5 p.m.) to coincide with the start of pay negotiations between the Government and public sector unions. An ASTI member starting in 2017 has a salary which is nearly 21% below the 2010 starting salary. The ASTI is demanding that the pay talks address the issue of unequal pay for recently qualified teachers. All ASTI members who are available, particularly in the Dublin Region are asked to attend. Demonstration 5 p.m ...
Gadgets and social media are having a bad effect on the health of youngstersWed, 17 May 2017 07:35:43 ISTIrish ExaminerA dramatic rise in the use of tablets, computers and social media is wreaking havoc on the health of young people, a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested. Data for England, Wales and Scotland shows that children as young as 11 are spending increasing amounts of time on tablets, computers and smartphones. Experts say this is leading to an increasing risk of ill health, with the vast majority of young people also failing to take the recommended level of exercise each day ...
Harold 8217 s Cross deal would be expensive says Richard BrutonWed, 17 May 2017 05:38:30 ISTIrish ExaminerThe Department of Education’s annual €30m budget for school sites could need to be doubled by its recent agreement to buy a Dublin greyhound track, a Fianna Fáil TD claims. Education Minister Richard Bruton declined to confirm reports that the sale price agreed with Bord na gCon for the planned purchase of Harold’s Cross track was €23m ...
Young need chance to practise science not just learn facts says expertWed, 17 May 2017 01:38:23 ISTIrish NewsCHILDREN need to have opportunities to practise science, rather than simply learning to regurgitate facts, an expert has said. Practical science can be overshadowed by factors such as a need to learn a "mountain" of information, a focus on English and maths and a lack of specialist teachers, according to Katherine Mathieson, chief executive of the British Science Association ...
Third level education and loans systemWed, 17 May 2017 00:23:33 ISTIrish TimesJohn Thompson(May 16th) proposes a system of financial incentives for students to study third-level courses in areas where there is a skills shortage. Such incentives would encourage students to choose a course based on affordability, instead of their interest in the subject or their aptitude for it. Many students already apply for courses for the wrong reasons, for example, to maximise the perceived value of their Leaving Certificate points or gain entry to today’s in-demand professions ...
Just 2 of school leavers taking apprenticeships committee hearsTue, 16 May 2017 21:34:20 ISTIrish TimesLow take-up contrasts with Germany where 60% of students take up ‘earn-and-learn’ options 50 minutes ago The numbers taking on apprenticeships plummeted during the recession, falling from about 29,000 to just above 5,700 in 2013. Photograph: iStock Just 2 per cent of school-leavers are pursuing apprenticeships as a route into work compared with 60 per cent in Germany , an committee has heard ...
Leitrim School seeks permission to build new autism roomTue, 16 May 2017 17:43:27 ISTLeitrim ObserverSt Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton want to build extra accommodation for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school is applying for planning permission in Rev Thomas Keogan's name from Leitrim County Council to construct a freestanding building to provide ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) accommodation which will consist of one classroom and ancillary accommodation, floor area 167sqm and associated site works ...
First fitness to practise case against teacher heard in the High CourtTue, 16 May 2017 14:26:24 ISTIrish ExaminerThe first "fitness to practise" case affecting a teacher has come before the President of the High Court. The case, brought by the Teaching Council, the regulatory body for teachers, cannot be reported as it involves an application for suspension pending an investigation. Mr Justice Peter Kelly has made orders, in line with provisions of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015, for it to be heard entirely in private with the media excluded ...
Dont let kids derive all of their self worth from social media cyberbullying expertTue, 16 May 2017 03:29:32 ISTIrish IndependentParents and teachers must lead by example and not let children's lives by ruled by computer algorithms, according to an expert on cyberbullying. Dr Sameer Hinduja, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Centre, said both parents and teachers had a duty to ensure that children in their care derive their happiness and self-esteem from activities and relationships in the 'real' world ...
Don t ban kids from devices says cyberbullying expertTue, 16 May 2017 01:26:46 ISTIrish ExaminerParents should not ban their children from technology, an international cyberbullying expert has warned.“With parents and their children’s technology, you want to be involved. If you blame or are judgemental or ban the technology, it only gets the child to retreat back into their turtle shells,” Dr Sameer Hinduja told the Irish Examiner He is a professor in the school of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Centre ...
No proven link between Blue Whale game and suicides says expertTue, 16 May 2017 01:20:04 ISTIrish Times‘Everyone is freaked out about it and panic stricken about it – and talking about it’ International cyberbullying expert Dr Sameer Hinduja with pupils from the Virgin Mary National Schools in Ballymun Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells. There have been no cases of suicide proven to have links with social media challenge Blue Whale, a leading international expert on cyberbullying has said ...
Powers but no extra cash for new education agencyMon, 15 May 2017 01:24:53 ISTIrish ExaminerA range of powers is to be given to an education agency without guarantee of extra resources, despite major internal staffing difficulties. Education Minister Richard Bruton will today outline proposed legislation covering the regulation of third-level and private international colleges. Among them will be the creation of an offence of facilitating academic cheating by providing or advertising services such as writing college assignments, providing exam answers, or sitting an exam for a student ...
Teaching time in key subjects to be cut for wellbeing classesMon, 15 May 2017 01:19:08 ISTIrish TimesFianna Fáil labels as ‘ridiculous’ reduction in the teaching hours for German and French The first wellbeing classes, starting next September, are aimed at enhancing students’ physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. File photograph: Getty Images Schools will have to reduce the time spent teaching subjects such as science or European languages to facilitate the introduction of “wellbeing” classes under junior cycle reforms, it has been claimed ...
Details of anti baptism barrier bill to be announcedMon, 15 May 2017 00:46:10 ISTIrish ExaminerDetails of a new bill to abolish the so-called ’baptism barrier’ in schools will be announced on Monday. The Solidarity Equal Participation in Schools Bill would ensure that schools are not able to discriminate in admitting children on the grounds of religion. It says it is completely unacceptable that taxpayer funded institutions are still allowed to carry out this practice ...
New law to crack down on essays for saleMon, 15 May 2017 00:41:27 ISTIrish TimesMinister for Education Richard Bruton: move vital to ensure level playing field for students The legislation will also give institutes of technology the power to award degrees in the same way as universities. Photograph: Getty Images Firms that provide written-to-order essays and dissertations for third-level students face prosecution under new laws. The move is a response to rising concern over the influence of “essay mill” websites which allow students to bypass plagiarism-detection systems ...
Pressure on ASTI to end actionSat, 13 May 2017 02:34:48 ISTIrish IndependentASTI leaders are under pressure to suspend industrial action immediately, and cut the losses being suffered by their members. Young teachers who may lose the chance to get a permanent contract if the row is not sorted quickly are the focus of a move to bring forward a decision to call off the action. The secondary teachers' union has bowed to pressure from members to hold a convention on June 10 to consider a suspension of action ...
ASTI members to lose thousands of euro even if action suspendedFri, 12 May 2017 13:31:59 ISTIrish TimesDepartment tells union ‘boat has sailed’ over retrospective pay worth some €3,000 per teacher 20 minutes ago Updated: 17 minutes ago ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie (left): ’Boat has sailed’ on retrospective pay. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) face losing thousands of euro even if they suspend their industrial action, it has emerged ...
12 year olds should not be left feeling excluded at school but many areFri, 12 May 2017 02:34:51 ISTIrish IndependentGirls tend to be harder on themselves than boys. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of that, and it is backed by research. Dr Emer Smyth, author of the new ESRI report on the transition to second-level, says it is based on an anxiety to do well, and can include worries such as body image ...
Pay equality for teachers will have significant costFri, 12 May 2017 02:34:38 ISTIrish IndependentRestoring pay equality for teachers would have "significant cost implications for the education and training sector," the secretary general of the Department of Education warned at the start of the current exercise on public service pay. The comment - a code for saying that whatever extra goes on pay, will leave less in the budget for other spending - was made in a letter from Seán Ó Foghlú to the Department of Public Expenditure last August ...
Higher Education Authority stakeholder consultation on new strategic planThu, 11 May 2017 09:38:01 ISTHigher Education Authorityhe H igher ducation uthority currently formulating a new Strategic Plan for the period to 2021 and your input would be very much appreciated new Plan is being developed against the backdrop of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 and other key Government policies, as well as the forthcoming revised Higher Education System Performance Framework 2017-2021 ...
State examiners criticise the decision of some secondary pupils to take higher level examsThu, 11 May 2017 06:32:12 ISTIrish Times33 minutes ago A lack of the basics in Spanish prevented many candidates achieving a high grade last year, the State Examinations Commission has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Many students are opting to take higher level Leaving Cert exams in European languages even though they are struggling with basic vocabulary, according to examiners ...
Substitution directivesThu, 11 May 2017 05:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)Substitution directives Following the decision by ASTI Annual Convention 2017 to direct members to withdraw from substitution with effect from the first day of the 2017/18 school year, the ASTI has issued two directives: “ASTI members are hereby directed to withdraw from all unpaid classroom substitution, covered by the Supervision and Substitution Scheme, as comprehended by the terms of Circular Letters 0006/2014 and 0042/2014, with effect from the first day of the school year 2017/2018 ...
Meetings on CIDsThu, 11 May 2017 05:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI is holding a series of regional information meetings on CIDs. The meetings will include a briefing for teachers who are due a two-year CID contract or top up CID hours ...
We speak English so not everyone needs to learn another languageThu, 11 May 2017 03:16:13 ISTIrish IndependentA recent policy document from the Department of Education and Skills rehearses the wishful thinking about teaching foreign languages that has been in the public domain for decades. No area of the school curriculum stands in more need of clarity and nuance. It is appropriate to qualify the usefulness for business purposes of language learning and to affirm its educational value. It is far less important for English-speakers than others to learn different languages ...
The new faces of diversity in Irish schoolsThu, 11 May 2017 03:14:31 ISTcampus.ieThere is a battle royale going on over control of schools, at both primary and post-primary level. Whether it is the divestment of some Catholic schools to other patrons to meet demand for greater diversity, or patronage contests for new schools being built to cater for rising enrolments, competition is fierce ...
ASTI agrees talks to avert embarrassing action over internal staff rowThu, 11 May 2017 02:35:15 ISTIrish IndependentThe ASTI is the only union not to have accepted the LRA, which has caused considerable disruption to life in up to 500 schools in the past year, and is also refusing to co-operate with junior cycle changes. (Stock picture) ASTI leaders have agreed to attend talks in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving a lengthy internal dispute ...
Pay talks must tackle unequal pay issueWed, 10 May 2017 14:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)Talks on pay recovery for public sector workers must resolve the issue of unequal pay for recently qualified teachers, ASTI President Ed Byrne said today. New pay talks are expected in the coming weeks following the publication of the Public Service Pay Commission’s report. Click here to view ...
Refurbishment works approved for Ballyhaunis Community SchoolWed, 10 May 2017 11:22:50 ISTThe Connaught TelegraphTHE metalwork and engineering room at Ballyhaunis Community School is to be refurbished. The announcement follows major refurbishment and additional accommodation works carried out recently at the centre ...
Special Educational Needs Service ProvisionWed, 10 May 2017 05:45:56 ISTOireachtas Dail DebatesDeputy Michael D'Arcy: I thank the Minister, Deputy Bruton, for taking this serious Topical Issue matter. Gorey community school is the largest post-primary school in Ireland with 1,577 students. It is an inclusive school with 211 students with identified special educational needs. The school does a lot of good work and is not selective with regard to students with learning difficulties ...
ASTI statement to Oireachtas committee on jobsWed, 10 May 2017 05:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI today gave a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on the issue of casualisation in second-level teaching ...
Public sector pay Unions want talks as soon as possibleWed, 10 May 2017 01:19:32 ISTIrish ExaminerPublic service unions want talks on pay recovery in the sector to start as soon as possible after the Public Service Pay Commission “provided a good summary of the sacrifices public servants made in the years following the economic crash” ...
Junior cycle history format will turn students offWed, 10 May 2017 01:19:32 ISTIrish ExaminerA proposed new junior cycle history curriculum has been criticised by teachers as overloaded and likely to turn students off taking the subject for Leaving Certificate. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment issued a draft curriculum in March for the subject up to third year. A consultation period has just closed and a report on the feedback is promised soon ...
All together for Anti Bullying WeekWed, 10 May 2017 01:16:29 ISTIrish NewsThe theme of the week is All Equal, All Different, All Together Young people are being encouraged to get creative and use art, film and the written word to create anti-bullying messages SCHOOLS and youth organisations are being urged to take part in a creative competition to help tackle bullying. Registration for Anti-Bullying Week 2017 - November 13-17 - is now open. Young people are being encouraged to get creative and use art, film and the written word to create anti-bullying messages ...
ASTI announces Special ConventionTue, 9 May 2017 15:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The purpose of the Special Convention is to debate the following Motion: “That the ASTI pending the outcome of the upcoming public service pay negotiations suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Cert reform, provided that ASTI members are treated equally to other public servants who have signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA).” Branches are being contacted this week regarding arrangements for the Special Convention ...
SIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI vote for industrial actionTue, 9 May 2017 14:35:23 ISTSIPTUSIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI trade union have voted unanimously in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 5th May). SIPTU Organiser, Peadar Nolan, said: “This result gives an unequivocal mandate for industrial action by SIPTU and NUJ members in this dispute ...
Junior Cycle Directive and Wellbeing meetingsTue, 9 May 2017 14:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI is aware that some schools are attempting to schedule meetings which may be in contravention of the ASTI Junior Cycle Framework Directive. For example, analysis of the 24 Statements of Learning at the core of the Junior Cycle Framework or the application of the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines within other subject areas ...
Teacher unions stand off is damaging the education systemTue, 9 May 2017 01:13:11 ISTIrish TimesDifferences between the ASTI and TUI are having catastrophic consequences Recently, secondary teachers from the ASTI and TUI unions met at two separate conferences to discuss the state of Ireland’s post-primary education system and to outline their demands and vision for the immediate future. One particular issue dominated both: guaranteed pay parity for new teachers ...
ASTI stance is affecting school choice principals sayTue, 9 May 2017 01:11:51 ISTIrish TimesAssociation claims the union’s brinkmanship risks derailing the education system Parents are voting with their feet and sending their children to schools where there is no fear of industrial action by the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union, school principals say. The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) claims the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland’s (ASTI) resistance to reform and refusal to work additional hours risks derailing the education system ...
SIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI vote for industrial actionMon, 8 May 2017 14:35:23 ISTSIPTUSIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI trade union have voted unanimously in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 5th May). SIPTU Organiser, Peadar Nolan, said: “This result gives an unequivocal mandate for industrial action by SIPTU and NUJ members in this dispute ...
08 May 2017 Ministers Bruton and Halligan welcome second call for new apprenticeship proposalsMon, 8 May 2017 10:43:14 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsPart of Plan to More Than Double the Number of Annual Apprenticeship and Traineeship Registrations to 14,000 by 2020 The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr John Halligan TD today welcomed the opening of the Apprenticeship Council’s second call for new apprenticeship proposals. Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan have called on employers to come forward with apprenticeship proposals ...
Teachers union stalls on date for talks over future of strikesMon, 8 May 2017 02:35:53 ISTIrish IndependentASTI leaders have not yet set a date for the special convention of the union's members to discuss suspension of its industrial action. The convention was demanded in a petition signed by about 1,500 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) who want a rethink on the union's dispute strategy. ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie told a meeting of the union's 180-member executive committee on Saturday that arrangements could be announced shortly ...
Joe Flynn remembered fondly in Leitrim today.Sat, 6 May 2017 12:30:36 ISTShannonside RadioLeitrim Sports Partnership Awards 2016 The Landmark Hotel Carrick on Shannon 26th November There is widespread sadness today throughout Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim and beyond with the news of the passing of Joe Flynn Mr Flynn passed away last night following an illness bravely borne. Joe Flynn was an extremely popular and highly respected figure in Carrick-on-Shannon and County Leitrim ...
Now ASTI is facing a strike threat from its own staffSat, 6 May 2017 02:54:57 ISTIrish Independent'That vote follows a refusal by the secondary teachers' union to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss strains in relations between staff and elected officers' (stock photo) Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) leaders are facing a new headache after their own staff voted unanimously to take industrial action, up to and including strike, in an internal row ...
ASTI staff threaten strike action against their own leadershipFri, 5 May 2017 21:14:49 ISTIrish TimesInternal dispute escalates as teachers’ union withdraws ballot over separate dispute with Department The prospect of further industrial action by second-level teachers who are members of the ASTI has receded after the union withdrew a planned ballot. However, the union may face strike action by its own staff in a separate dispute ...
ASTI stops ballot for industrial action on assurance of no teachers being made redundantFri, 5 May 2017 16:35:44 ISTIrish ExaminerThe ASTI has decided to stop its current ballot for industrial action in relation to threatened redundancies. The Department of Education and Skills has notified the union that no school will have extra teachers this coming year, meaning that no teacher will be made redundant. ASTI President Ed Byrne welcomed today's development but said the threat to make his members redundant because of their rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement was "unnecessary" ...
Move comes after Department says no teachers will be made compulsorily redundantFri, 5 May 2017 16:34:37 ISTIrish Times29 minutes ago The ASTI union withdrew a planned ballot by members. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times The potential of further industrial action by second level teachers has eased after the ASTI union withdrew a planned ballot by members. The move came after the Department of Education removed the prospect of any teacher being made compulsorily redundant ...
ASTI pulls ballot following removal of redundancy threatFri, 5 May 2017 15:30:06 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The Department of Education and Skills has notified the ASTI that no school will have teachers in excess of its approved staffing allocation for the 2017/18 school year. This means that no teacher will be made redundant. In light of this, the ASTI Standing Committee has decided to stand-down its current ballot on industrial action in opposition to threatened redundancies. Ed Byrne, ASTI President, has welcomed today’s development ...
Relief for ASTI teachers as Department confirms no threat of redundancy to secondary teachers this summerFri, 5 May 2017 14:43:25 ISTIrish IndependentThere is no threat of redundancy to secondary teachers this summer, the Department of Education has confirmed. The announcement removes any fear that a member of the ASTI could lose their job arising from their rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA). It also raises a question as to whether there is any point in the union going ahead with a ballot on industrial action, which is due to start next week ...
Moyne Community School bids fond farewell to BridieFri, 5 May 2017 08:48:59 ISTLongford LeaderMoyne Community School marked the end of an era recently as a key figure in the history and development of the school, Bridie (Brady) Mulligan, retired as school secretary after a record forty-four years of service. It had to happen some day, and that day finally arrived on Friday, April 7, 2017 ...
ASTI considers calling off all industrial actionFri, 5 May 2017 02:39:19 ISTIrish IndependentThe ASTI will hold a special convention to consider suspending all its industrial action, president Ed Byrne has confirmed. The convention was demanded through a petition of members that to date has gathered more than 1,300 names, amid growing discontent about the union's dispute strategy. The ASTI is the only union not to have accepted the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and is also refusing to co-operate with junior cycle reforms ...
Call for change to process behind patronage for multi denominational schoolsFri, 5 May 2017 01:19:54 ISTIrish ExaminerDelays in deciding who will open four new primary schools have been linked to prospective patrons poorly representing valid interest levels among parents. The experts who assess applications have called on Education Minister Richard Bruton to change the process because of the problems. He announced yesterday the patrons selected for the multi-denominational schools in Dublin and Cork. Three of them now have just five months to open but his department said they will all be able to do so ...
Grassroots force leaders to call special ASTI conventionThu, 4 May 2017 02:38:33 ISTIrish IndependentBrendan Broderick addresses the ASTI conference in the INEC, Killarney, last month Photo: Don MacMonagle The ASTI leadership is being forced to hold a special convention to consider suspending all industrial action after more than 1,000 members signed a petition demanding the move. Two long-term ASTI activists yesterday handed in the names of 1,141 members who support the call for a convention, to be held within the next six weeks ...
Grassroots bid to suspend ASTI action demands special conventionWed, 3 May 2017 20:40:54 ISTIrish TimesLeadership has criticised move and urged teachers to respect previous ballot Secondary-school action: ASTI teachers “are questioning our campaign of passive resistance due to the pain it is inflicting on members”, according to Noel Buckley, a Tipperary-based teacher. Photograph: Don MacMonagle A grassroots faction of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland wants the union to hold a special convention to discuss a possible suspension of its campaign of industrial action ...
03 May 2017 Minister Bruton announces that 438 schools will receive EUR 47 million for vital school improvementsWed, 3 May 2017 13:22:47 ISTDepartment of Education and SkillsSummer Works Scheme Part of €500m Education Capital Investment Plan The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (Wednesday) announced that €47 Million would be provided by the Department of Education and Skills, through the summer works scheme, to provide for major improvements in primary and post primary schools ...
Higher tax alternative to student loans says academicWed, 3 May 2017 02:37:10 ISTIrish IndependentLoans of about €5,000 a year, which graduates would repay after their income hit certain levels, are among the options being considered as a means of boosting funding for third level. Stock Image Higher taxes are the alternative to a student loan system, the Oireachtas education committee was told yesterday ...
Forced into faith We are second class citizens in the education systemWed, 3 May 2017 01:05:53 ISTIrish TimesMany parents find it impossible to exert their right to opt their children out of religion Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock Ferdia Kelly, chief executive of the Catholic Schools Partnership. Áine Hyland, professor emeritus of education at University College Cork ...
Mulroy College lose to St Clare s in First Year B Boys National Cup semiTue, 2 May 2017 23:04:44 ISTDonegal DailySt. Clare’s Comprehensive School from Manorhamilton put in a sterling performance to see of a gallant Mulroy College in Monaghan this afternoon. Mulroy College, Milford 2-8 St. Clare’s CS, Manorhamilton Twice the Ulster Champions took the lead as Matthew Lecky scored a peach of a goal after just six minutes for the Donegal side. This was cancelled out ten minutes later when Diarmuid Giblin netted for the Leitrim lads ...
ASTI responds to reports re. 8216 Special Convention 8217 petitionTue, 2 May 2017 15:30:07 ISTAssociation of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)The ASTI has not received a petition for a Special Convention to date. If we do so, it will be considered within the context of the ASTI Rules and Constitution. The ASTI is a democratic trade union. Policy decisions are made by ASTI members in democratic ballots and by elected ASTI representatives such as Standing Committee, Central Executive Council and by delegates attending ASTI Annual Convention ...
Gaeltacht School Recognition SchemeTue, 2 May 2017 14:33:29 ISTIrish National Teachers OrganizationFollowing on from the launch of the DES Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 last October, the commencement of the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme has been announced. A circular, accompanied by an information pack, has issued to all primary and post-primary schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas inviting those schools to participate in the Scheme ...
NALA s Well now. guide shows how to improve health and wellbeingTue, 2 May 2017 10:51:24 ISTNALAThe guide highlights the positive impact of improving health literacy for adults A new guide launched today, Tuesday 2 May, by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) will play a significant role in improving the health and wellbeing of adults in Ireland. The guide, Well now!, is specially designed for people working in adult literacy and community education services who wish to provide literacy friendly courses on health and wellbeing for adults ...
ASTI revolt We re stuck in the doldrums saying noTue, 2 May 2017 02:32:56 ISTIrish TimesBiggest second-level teachers’ union losing members in context of internal divisions Richard Terry, an ASTI member in the union’s Fermoy branch: “Passive resistance hasn’t been working. It’s time to admit that.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision As a history teacher, Richard Terry is well aware of the historical significance of his local branch of the Association of Secondary Teachers,(ASTI), in Fermoy, Co Cork ...
Graduates could pay EUR 160 a month until aged 33 under loan planTue, 2 May 2017 01:42:48 ISTIrish TimesStudy finds income-contingent loan scheme cheapest way for State to expand third level A graduate may expect to pay €150-€160 a month until they reach 33 years if a “study now, pay later” loan scheme is introduced. File photograph: iStockPhoto A typical college graduate could expect to pay a monthly fee of €150-€160 until they reach 33 years of age if a “study now, pay later” loan scheme is introduced, new research indicates ...
Making Cents Smart students grab an early date with SUSITue, 2 May 2017 01:34:56 ISTIrish ExaminerSetting off to college this coming September? Gráinne McGuinness has some sund financial advice for you. Leaving Cert students and their families still have five weeks to go until the start of the State exams, followed by a nervous wait until the results in August. Although it will be several months until college places are offered, students can already make a start on sorting out their finances for the year ahead ...
ASTI grassroots seeks convention to end industrial actionTue, 2 May 2017 01:27:20 ISTIrish TimesLeadership resists move and urges members to respect union’s previous ballot A number of ASTI members have begun gathering signatures from teachers in a bid to debate a motion to suspend the union’s industrial action and restore losses and contracts to teachers A grassroots move within the Association of Secondary Teachers,(ASTI) to suspend its campaign of industrial action will announce this week that it has secured enough support to trigger a special convention of the union ...
Final day for CAO applicationsMon, 1 May 2017 10:35:38 ISTIrish ExaminerToday is the late CAO deadline for students wanting to study at third level. The application process offers a last chance for prospective students, including mature students considering a return to full-time undergraduate education. The late application deadline for the CAO is 5.15pm this evening ...
Number of students taking more than one foreign language is on the riseMon, 1 May 2017 01:30:17 ISTIrish ExaminerThe number of students taking more than one foreign language for Leaving Certificate has jumped in the last two years. A total of 1,063 Leaving Certificate students took two or more languages other than English or Irish last summer. This was 15% more than the 923 in 2015 and 925 the year before ...