Dublin Gaelscoil forced to close again due to structural concerns

Dublin Gaelscoil forced to close again due to structural concerns

A Dublin Gaelscoil will have to close again due to ongoing repair works to fix fire safety problems in Tallaght.

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School Daze: Reunion? Not sure I’d go

School Daze: Reunion? Not sure I’d go

I grew up directly across the road from my primary school and have very fond memories of my beloved grandad waiting at the side gate to walk me home for my lunch every day.

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School Daze with Nadia Forde: ‘I was quiet and studious’

School Daze with Nadia Forde: ‘I was quiet and studious’

I went to Holy Faith in Clontarf in Dublin and I still have a big group of friends from school. These days, like most people, we use a WhatsApp group to communicate! Overall, school was an amazing experience for me.

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Schools ‘loosen’ healthy eating policies as 'treat days' help catering companies make a profit

Schools ‘loosen’ healthy eating policies as 'treat days' help catering companies make a profit

School principals have admitted “loosening” healthy-eating policies in some way so that catering companies can make a profit on canteen food.

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Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

While young people in Ireland are among the most educated globally, low national investment in education is leading to overstretched schools, teaching unions have warned.

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No to shorter school days for pupils with special needs’

No to shorter school days for pupils with special needs’

Parents who are asked to accept a shorter school day for their children with special needs should refuse to do so, the lead author of a new report has suggested.

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Changing school patronage: Pragmatism in action not secularism

Changing school patronage: Pragmatism in action not secularism

Over half a million children — 544,696 — are expected in primary schools over the coming days.

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 Four primary schools to transfer to non-denominational model this year

Four primary schools to transfer to non-denominational model this year

The schools were facing closure due to declining enrolments.

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500 primary schools apply for 36-place pilot scheme to supply hot meals

500 primary schools apply for 36-place pilot scheme to supply hot meals

A pilot scheme to supply hot meals to primary schools has been heavily over-subscribed.

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School parking plans in Cloyne get green light

School parking plans in Cloyne get green light

Plans for new vehicular access point and expanded parking facilities at a school in Cloyne, Co Cork, have been approved despite objections from a number of local residents.

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Learning Points: Top tips on coping with back to school stress for you and the kids

Learning Points: Top tips on coping with back to school stress for you and the kids

It’s that time of year again; the long summer days are numbered, summer’s lease is all too short as she takes her last few breaths.

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McDonald: Education Minister must 'come clean' over scale of school safety crisis

McDonald: Education Minister must 'come clean' over scale of school safety crisis

Education Minister Joe McHugh has been urged to "come clean" over the scale of the Celtic Tiger schools safety crisis after it was confirmed that more than a dozen facilities still need more fire protection and structural repairs.

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Company at centre of safety probe accuses education department of ‘secrecy’

Company at centre of safety probe accuses education department of ‘secrecy’

Western Building Systems said it has concerns over how long the independent review will take.

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Lindsay Woods: I still panic at the dreaded back to school organisation

Lindsay Woods: I still panic at the dreaded back to school organisation

I would like to say I no longer panic at the thought of the dreaded back to school organisation.

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Barnardos survey finds around 10% of parents have to borrow to cover school costs

Barnardos survey finds around 10% of parents have to borrow to cover school costs

Roughly one in 10 parents have to borrow money to cover school costs.

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'We don’t know what to tell abuse survivors’

'We don’t know what to tell abuse survivors’

Survivors of sexual abuse in day schools have been inundated with calls from people coming forward about their own abuse who are seeking advice on redress, prompting calls for a dedicated helpline.

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One in seven primary school children have high blood pressure

One in seven primary school children have high blood pressure

One in seven Irish primary school children have high blood pressure, according to a study.

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School run: It’s good to be outside with the kids for a few minutes every day

School run: It’s good to be outside with the kids for a few minutes every day

We're falling over the line into summer holidays in our place.

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Early school leavers at risk: Break this cycle of lost hopes

Early school leavers at risk: Break this cycle of lost hopes

At a time when the nature of work, the security it offers as well as its capacity to support traditional career and social paths is uncertain, it is reassuring the Economic and Social Research Institute has reported there has been a fall in the number of people leaving education early over the last decade.

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Primary schools forced to fundraise to cover basic costs, says teachers' union

Primary schools forced to fundraise to cover basic costs, says teachers' union

Primary schools across the country are being forced to resort to fundraising to ensure basic costs can be covered, the primary teachers’ union has warned.

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Teaching vacancies at half of schools

Teaching vacancies at half of schools

Almost half of schools have teaching vacancies and more than nine out of 10 principals reported recruitment difficulties in the last six months.

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Cap class sizes at 20 to avoid ‘crowding out’ pupils

Cap class sizes at 20 to avoid ‘crowding out’ pupils

Class sizes need to be capped at no more than 20 students to ensure teachers and children are not “crowded out” of education.

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Learning Points: We must try and understand the root causes of bad behaviour in adolescents

Learning Points: We must try and understand the root causes of bad behaviour in adolescents

One of the most important aspects of working with adolescents is understanding the context of their behaviour. All behaviour has a context and all behaviour is communication. Often parents bring their children to me in the hope the behaviour causing them concern will be fixed, writes Richard Hogan

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Incidents of children being injured in preschool facilities detailed in Tusla report

Incidents of children being injured in preschool facilities detailed in Tusla report

A child was accidentally pierced by another child’s EpiPen in preschool, according to the latest round-up of serious incidents reported to authorities by early years care providers.

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Learning valuable lessons from the past

Learning valuable lessons from the past

Archaeologist Enda Flaherty has been documenting abandoned schoolhouses, thus providing a snapshot of those forgotten places where many of our predecessors were taught, says Dan MacCarthy.

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School transport review should focus on children with special educational needs

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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17 schools require works to reopen after midterm

17 schools require works to reopen after midterm

The number of schools that require protective works prior to reopening after the midterm break has risen to 17, while question marks remain over a further 13.

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The devastating consequences of alienation for children

The devastating consequences of alienation for children

Children are far less likely to have psychological issues if the separating parents promote a healthy relationship, writes Richard Hogan

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School in Monaghan evacuated after sinkhole appears on GAA pitch

School in Monaghan evacuated after sinkhole appears on GAA pitch

Nearly 100 children were evacuated from their classrooms this morning when a sinkhole opened up on the grounds of their primary school.

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Teachers are explaining their most cringeworthy moments in front of a class

Teachers are explaining their most cringeworthy moments in front of a class

Teaching is a very difficult profession, especially with the opportunity for so many embarrassing moments…

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Sales of head lice products rise as schools return

Sales of head lice products rise as schools return

Sales of head lice prevention and treatment products have risen in the past week, according to an Irish pharmacy chain.

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Should cancer be on the curriculum? 5 things children should know about the disease

Should cancer be on the curriculum? 5 things children should know about the disease

As the Eve Appeal launches its new campaign, the charity outlines the important stuff kids should know.

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Learning Points: Lessons to be learned for child who fears school

Learning Points: Lessons to be learned for child who fears school

When you give into your child’s demands to stay home, you’re reinforcing avoidance

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Social media has made school children more fashion conscious than ever – and parents are footing the bill

Social media has made school children more fashion conscious than ever – and parents are footing the bill

New pencil cases, shoes, bags and coats might line the classrooms, but for many parents, the additional financial strain associated with sending their teenagers back to school can be significant, writes Emily Moorlock.

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Back to the chalkface routine of school runs

Back to the chalkface routine of school runs

With an empty house for the first time in 17 years, Jen Hogan finds acclimatising to the school routine is full of mixed blessings.

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6 back to school health tips every parent should know

6 back to school health tips every parent should know

Want to avoid new-term sniffles and back-to-school bugs? Put these healthy habits firmly into place, says Liz Connor.

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Schools veto mobile phones: Ban would put children first

Schools veto mobile phones: Ban would put children first

In an irony that must tell us something significant about ourselves a device that should have helped protect children — a mobile phone — has become a conduit for bullying, distraction, unwelcome negative opinions and, occasionally, sexual predation.

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Underfunded education system - School bully: Parents hit hard by costs

Underfunded education system - School bully: Parents hit hard by costs

In September, 2013, the Department of Education and Skills introduced new procedures requiring all schools to formally adopt and implement an anti-bullying policy within the framework of their overall code of conduct.

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Cork school’s cloud system has silver lining to reduce costs

Cork school’s cloud system has silver lining to reduce costs

A pioneering Cork school has called on the Government to roll out a cloud-based system which cuts out the need for parents to purchase expensive new PCs, laptops, or tablets.

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Students sent home from Coláiste Uisce over knife incident

Students sent home from Coláiste Uisce over knife incident

Two students from an exclusive fee-paying school were sent home from an Irish college this summer after an incident involving threatening behaviour with a knife.

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Almost half of students witness bullying

Almost half of students witness bullying

Close to half of second-level students have witnessed bullying in the past year, with a survey of more than 1,000 teenagers showing that one in 10 were either “amused” or did not care.

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Pupils unlikely to tell adults about bullying

Pupils unlikely to tell adults about bullying

A study involving responses from more than 1,000 secondary school students shows that while the majority are happy, bullying is something many witness, and classes can be riddled with distractions.

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These new school blazers have inspiring hidden messages for children who are being bullied

These new school blazers have inspiring hidden messages for children who are being bullied

The Power Blazer has been designed to offer support to kids who are having a tough time at school, Katie Wright reports.

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Linda Brown, key figure in US schools segregation fight, dies aged 75

Linda Brown, key figure in US schools segregation fight, dies aged 75

A woman who became a central figure in the fight against racial segregation in US schools has died at the age of 75.

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School transport services are operating with 35% spare capacity, report finds

School transport services are operating with 35% spare capacity, report finds

School transport services in 2015 were operating with a spare capacity of 35% and cost a total of €173m to provide — about €1 million per school day.

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