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#Department of Education

# department-of-education - Monday 14 September, 2020

Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests

Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.

# department-of-education - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures

TD Mattie McGrath said that the ‘archaic’ system was facing a worrying backlog.

# department-of-education - Sunday 6 September, 2020

The Leaving Cert: When are the results due, and what can we expect?

Leaving Cert calculated grade results are due to be released tomorrow morning at 9am.

# department-of-education - Sunday 30 August, 2020

'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools

Many teachers complain they’ve received little guidance or assurances about how pregnant staff will be looked after.

# department-of-education - Saturday 29 August, 2020

No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students

The government announced new 120 guidance counsellor posts last month to support students returning to school.

# department-of-education - Friday 28 August, 2020

Overcrowded classes and an empty classroom: Serious 'frustration' at teaching job cuts during a health crisis

A mixture of excitement and frustration prevailed at one Louth school with classes of 33 pupils as available classrooms lie empty.

# department-of-education - Friday 21 August, 2020

School closures prompt changes to 2021 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams

The changes were announced this evening by the Department of Education.

# department-of-education - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Secondary school buses to run at 50% capacity only, government confirms

The Department of Education said it had taken the decision following advice from NPHET.

# department-of-education - Sunday 16 August, 2020

The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope

Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.

# department-of-education - Monday 3 August, 2020

All children who are not at-risk expected to return to school, and can miss a max of 20 days off school

This includes children whose parents or other relatives may be at risk, or who may be anxious about the Covid-19 pandemic.

# department-of-education - Monday 27 July, 2020

'Very, very big plan' - Government to unveil school reopening plan today

A planning document from the Department of Education will be brought to the cabinet today.

# department-of-education - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# department-of-education - Friday 17 July, 2020

Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says 'at least there's now certainty'

The publication of this year’s results will not be available until 7 September.

# department-of-education - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Large schools will have to stagger their opening times in September, warns union

Education Minister Norma Foley says that public health advice will underpin the reopening of and operation of schools.

Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI

Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return

Face coverings will not be mandatory but students will not be discouraged from wearing them.

# department-of-education - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Summer provision programme ‘categorised by confusion’ due to changing messages, says charity

A lack of transport is also a major barrier in children attending summer programmes, the committee heard.

# department-of-education - Friday 8 May, 2020

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'

Speculation that the exams would be cancelled has been growing since reports last night.

# department-of-education - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Explainer: What are the options for this year's Leaving Cert, and why is it so complicated?

There’s a growing feeling among parents and students that the Leaving Cert should be cancelled.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school

Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close

Rumours were circulating on WhatsApp and on social media today that all schools nationwide are to be closed.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.

# department-of-education - Thursday 9 January, 2020

€1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced

The fund has been set up on top of a grant which is already provided to all schools.

# department-of-education - Friday 13 December, 2019

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer

Talks broke down between the Department of Education and Fórsa at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.

# department-of-education - Monday 14 October, 2019

Building company facing legal action from Dept of Education to 'vigorously contest' any litigation

Some 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems have been at the centre of a safety probe.

# department-of-education - Monday 7 October, 2019

Changes to summer scheme for children with disabilities to be considered after High Court cases

The scheme provides funding towards extra schooling in July for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or severe learning disability.

# department-of-education - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.

# department-of-education - Monday 23 September, 2019

New rules proposed to limit schools teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours

Concerns have been raised over the use of reduced timetables.

# department-of-education - Sunday 8 September, 2019

'Lost in the system': Some school secretaries say they're not getting their 2.5% pay increases

The Department said that they’ve received calls on the issue, where they advise secretaries on what action they can take.

# department-of-education - Saturday 17 August, 2019

'Absolutely unacceptable': Teachers unsure of when they'll be paid after starting new jobs

Concerns have been raised about the length of time it takes to process teachers’ appointments.

# department-of-education - Monday 12 August, 2019

'Huge positive impact', 'very problematic': Mixed reactions to Irish exemption rule changes

IQ levels and psychological assessments are no longer a factor.

# department-of-education - Thursday 8 August, 2019

Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court

The teenager was expelled by the school’s board of management in November 2018.

# department-of-education - Friday 2 August, 2019

Abuse survivors report 'huge fear' of visits to hospitals and institutions

That’s according to a new report published today.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September

Last month the Department of Education served statutory notices on 18 schools and two patrol bodies in the Dublin 15 area urging them to make additional provision.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation'

A new scheme aimed at teaching pupils a second language was announced today.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer

Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.

# department-of-education - Monday 28 January, 2019

'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards

Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has claimed poor training and insufficient pay was behind the drop in the supply.

# department-of-education - Thursday 17 January, 2019

'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay

Kathleen O’Doherty from Donegal has written to eight Education Ministers about school secretaries’ pay.

# department-of-education - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Minister for Education suing Western Building Systems after concerns of structural defects at schools

A total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems were inspected over concerns about potential structural problems earlier this year.

# department-of-education - Thursday 15 November, 2018

'This would not happen in more affluent areas': Cabra community in protest over school pitch

Parents and children of Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club are calling for the restoration of their all-weather pitch.

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