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Sunday 1 October 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Back To School

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Opinion: The weighty issue of school bags needs to be addressed...
The Ministry for Education continues to ignore the damaging effects of an overweight backpack.
Celebration? - fear of 'birthday marathon' creates dread in parents
The cost of birthday presents can put a financial burden onto Irish parents.
Back to school costs fall in 2014 but are still 'crippling too many families'
Barnardos calls on government to take a stand on cost of school uniforms and books as parents are “being pushed to breaking point again and again”.
How much does it cost to send your kid to school?
Barnardos wants to know about the price of socks, PE clothes and tablets.
Was your child's school uniform made by children? Ask your retailer, parents advised...
Teachers’ union the INTO says shoppers picking up uniforms for their children should ask retailers whether child labour was used in the clothes’ manufacture.
From captain to manager? Robbie Keane begins coaching qualifications
The 33-year old will start the UEFA A and B diploma course this week.
We just want to cheer you up this morning...
… so here are a few LOLs.
This is the school uniform questionnaire parents are being sent
The questionnaire aims to find out if parents want their children wearing school uniforms and, if so, what type they would like them to wear.
Parents to be asked if they want their children to wear school uniforms
Ruairí Quinn has launched proposals to cut the cost of school uniforms by empowering parents to make their views known to schools.
118 new classes to open for children with special needs
The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
Poll: Should schools relax their uniform policies to cut costs for parents?
There have been calls for schools to allow parents to buy generic uniforms and iron-on crests to save money. Do you agree?
6 very helpful notes from kids to teachers
Kids can be very… direct.
PICS: First day of school smiles, tears and tantrums
Some laughed, most cried as they realised their parents were actually going to leave them with a stranger called ‘Teacher’.
The best and worst things about going back to school...
… as a teacher
8 reasons why going back to school wasn't so bad
Best days of your life…
10 memories we all have from starting big school
You’re in the big leagues now.
9 things today's first years have no memory of
Secondary school first years were probably born in 2000. KILL US NOW!
Parents urged to check children for head lice in the coming weeks
With children going back to school in the coming weeks, pharmacists are warning about the dangers of head lice.
Replacing child benefit with school attendance payment 'would save €100m'
TD Denis Naughten has said the payment of €130 would remain intact but would be based on school attendance under his proposal which he said could also help reduce truancy.
Infographic: The cost of sending a child to school in Ireland
Children’s charity Barnardos has laid out the results of its annual School Costs Survey in this very handy and informative graphic
Child missed 17 days of school because they had no lunch - Barnardos
Barnardos’ annual School Costs Survey has revealed that parents are continuing to struggle to meet the cost of sending their child to school.
A sneak peek inside ROG's French class at Racing Métro
Félicitations, Rog!
110,000 families to receive the back-to-school allowance automatically
The automated approvals will reduce the large number of claims not processed until after schools have re-opened.
What Irish phrases will Gardaí need to learn?
An leatsa an gluaisteán seo?
NCA following up on parents' complaints as problems continue
Some parents continue to experience problems with book orders and refunds as the National Consumer Agency says it is has received around 250 queries in relation to the online retailer.
After two months off, TDs return to the Dáil and here's what to expect
The Budget, property tax, abortion, bank debt, Luke Ming Flanagan’s t-shirts and James Reilly’s statements – some of what we can expect as the Dáil returns this week.
As parents wait for books or their money back, stays silent
Parents continue to experience problems with the online school books retailer which could not be contacted yesterday.
Open thread: The things that remind us it's back-to-school time
Wallpaper-wrapped schoolbooks, the theme tune to Glenroe, a shoe-fitting machine of torture: what were the triggers that let you know it was THAT time of year again? admits errors as it manually reviews order backlog
The company has been making progress on the backlog of orders for school books but angry parents continue to wait for deliveries as their children return to school with no books.
The Evening Fix: Thursday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
Parents feel pressure to pay voluntary school contributions
The National Parents’ Council said the anxiety of paying contributions can distract parents from offering the support their children need when starting back at school.
The Evening Fix: Tuesday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
8 important lessons from Twitter on how to go back to school
The Daily Edge distils the wisdom of the crowd.
New teachers' salaries down 30 per cent since 2010
Unions hope the government will lift the suspension on new teachers’ allowances in a cabinet meeting next week.
Column: Tantrums, taunts & bills - the struggle of sending kids back to school
Lesley Anderson, a single mother of two children, tells her story about the difficulties she faces meeting the ‘back to school’ costs. says backlog WILL be cleared by tomorrow
The online company says that it has reduced its backlog from 5,000 orders to 1,300 today.
The Evening Fix: Saturday
Things we learned, loved and shared today…
FG Deputy calls on school books website to "get its act together"
Mary Mitchell O’Connor said some parents have been waiting several weeks for their orders and have paid a substantial amount of money for the books.