Govt to ensure one-teacher schools have another adult present, principals' conference hears

One-teacher schools are to be supported to ensure there is always another adult in the building at all times.

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'Supply panel' one option being explored to address substitute teacher shortages, says Minister

The re-establishment of panels of primary teachers paid to be on standby to cover absences should go ahead to help alleviate a teacher supply crisis, Education Minister ...

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Irish students in Britain still eligible for maintenance grants after Brexit

Irish students who begin courses in Northern Ireland and other parts of Britain later this year will still be eligible for maintenance grants, Government ministers ...

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Cork gets special preview of ‘Irish Revolution’ show

A Cork audience will this month get an exclusive first view of landmark TV series The Irish Revolution, which airs on RTÉ in February.

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Climate change, farm safety and gender diversity taking centre stage at this year's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Young people's efforts to tackle contemporary issues as diverse as climate change, farm safety and gender diversity will be showcased to the public over the next ...

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Gaps remain in educational outcomes of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, study finds

Significant gaps remain between educational outcomes of students in disadvantaged second-level schools and others despite the success of targeted Government investment. ...

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research ...

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Over 2,000 people respond to Irish exemption plans in school

More than 2,000 people have provided their views on Department of Education plans to reform how students may be allowed an exemption from studying Irish.

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Government-promoted owner-as-tenant distressed mortgage plan misses target of 50 by end of year

A Government-promoted initiative to allow people to be tenants in homes linked to distressed mortgages has failed to meet its target of 50 by the end of the year.

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Secondary school enrolment stats reveal continued growth with peak expected in 2024

The surge toward a record peak in second-level student numbers is evident in latest official statistics on enrolments across the country's 4,000 schools.

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ETB staff demand pension statements

Thousands of education employees are having difficulty making decisions around retirement because education and training boards (ETBs) have failed in a legal obligation ...

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White Christmas? Not this year, says Met Éireann

Santa will need his headlights in full working order when he arrives in Ireland as the country prepares for more of a grey than a white Christmas.

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Drop in first-time mature students at third level

The proportion of older students starting third-level courses has fallen instead of increasing in the past three years.

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Mixed views among teachers on changes to assessment methods for Leaving Cert

Teachers have very mixed views on how badly-needed changes to assessment methods for Leaving Certificate should be introduced, early consultations have found.

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Schools promised help in light of looming changes in assessment of special teacher needs

Schools will be supported in planning for the use of special teachers to meet the requirements of pupils with special educational needs, Education Minister Joe McHugh ...

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Parents of special needs children says failure by Government to provide more teachers will not acceptable

Parents of children with special needs say it will not be acceptable for the Government to dilute their education supports by failing to provide more special teachers ...

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Department of Justice accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools

The Department of Justice has been accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools as up to 10 Mongolian students face losses of more than ...

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Schools to face inspections on child protection policies

Schools are to face inspections looking solely at their child protection policies and how they are operated from early next year.

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Lack of support ‘limits the quality of Irish schools’

It may not be possible to improve quality in Irish schools unless better local or regional management supports are provided, Department of Education officials have ...

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Retiring teachers up by almost a fifth

School teacher retirements have jumped by nearly one-fifth this year, according to figures reported to TDs by Education Minister Joe McHugh.

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Twitter dominated by far-right sentiment during key period of refugee crisis, claims report

Refugees were framed as terrorists or rapists in a politicised far-right representation on Twitter that dominated more humanitarian approaches during the 2015-2016 ...

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Go-ahead for school on €23m greyhound stadium site

Planning permission has been granted for the first school on a planned education campus at a former Dublin greyhound stadium which was the subject of a controversial ...

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‘Reduced stigma’ in towns with Pieta House

Reduced stigma around mental health, in areas where Pieta House opened suicide prevention centres, has helped to make locals more open to seeking professional help ...

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Caranua fund: State agencies look into supports for abuse victims

Government departments have only just begun consideration of how to provide continued supports to survivors of institutional child abuse after the Caranua fund is ...

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Oireachtas committee likely to request independent investigation into Caranua

A State body's dealings with the institutional child abuse victims it was set up to provide support for is to be the subject of an Oireachtas committee request for ...

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Sign-ups for new apprenticeship programmes reach just one-third of target since 2016

A rise in the number of careers that can be accessed through apprenticeships has not been matched by increasing sign-up to the opportunities.

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2,000 secondary teachers needed to keep up with boom, principals’ leader warns

Recruitment problems for second-level schools are set to worsen as an extra 2,000 teachers are needed just to keep with the looming spike in student numbers, a principals’ ...

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School transport review should focus on children with special educational needs

An Oireachtas committee wants concerns around school transport for children with special educational needs to be the focus of a review of the entire system.

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Governance shortcomings in Waterford Institute of Technology spinout firm deals

Governance shortcomings have been identified at Waterford Institute of Technology in a review by the taxpayers’ watchdog of how it disposed of intellectual ...

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Government to fund women-only academic posts in drive towards gender equality

The Government is to fund new third-level academic posts that will only be open for women to apply as part of a major new gender equality drive in the sector.

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