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

Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return
# New Term New Rules
# New Term New Rules

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

Jul 1st 2020, 6:33 PM 43,589 Views 49 Comments

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
# Inclusion Ireland
# Inclusion Ireland

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

Jun 25th 2020, 4:31 PM 7,688 Views 2 Comments

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'
Live May 8th 2020, 2:17 PM

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

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

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

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

May 7th 2020, 3:54 PM 30,699 Views 42 Comments

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
# State Exams
# State Exams

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

Apr 29th 2020, 1:50 PM 129,454 Views 84 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Mar 10th 2020, 4:30 PM 110,515 Views 75 Comments

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
# College Campuses
# College Campuses

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

Feb 18th 2020, 6:05 AM 8,853 Views 9 Comments

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
# Funding
# Funding

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

Jan 9th 2020, 11:14 AM 9,109 Views 54 Comments

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
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

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

Dec 13th 2019, 6:01 AM 10,662 Views 33 Comments

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
# Legal Action
# Legal Action

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

Oct 14th 2019, 9:36 PM 19,236 Views 0 Comments

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
# July Provision
# July Provision

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

Oct 7th 2019, 12:05 AM 21,949 Views 17 Comments

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 Tuition
# Home Tuition

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Sep 26th 2019, 6:15 AM 7,709 Views 20 Comments

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
# Reduced Timetables
# Reduced Timetables

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

Sep 23rd 2019, 7:20 AM 20,275 Views 33 Comments

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
# Equal Pay
# Equal Pay

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

Sep 8th 2019, 7:30 AM 14,207 Views 22 Comments

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
# Delays
# Delays

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

Aug 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 44,237 Views 79 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Aug 12th 2019, 4:32 PM 20,497 Views 40 Comments

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
# Courts
# Courts

Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court

Aug 8th 2019, 10:30 PM 26,613 Views 0 Comments

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
# Abuse Survivors
# Abuse Survivors

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

Aug 2nd 2019, 3:42 PM 8,894 Views 1 Comment

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
# Education
# Education

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

Jul 31st 2019, 6:15 AM 12,724 Views 31 Comments

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'
# Education
# Education

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

Apr 23rd 2019, 10:39 AM 20,117 Views 103 Comments

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
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

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

Mar 19th 2019, 12:05 AM 13,495 Views 27 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Jan 28th 2019, 10:59 PM 18,658 Views 34 Comments

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
# Support Our Secretaries
# Support Our Secretaries

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

Jan 17th 2019, 5:10 PM 19,274 Views 21 Comments

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
# High Court
# High Court

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

Dec 22nd 2018, 12:43 PM 12,900 Views 0 Comments

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
# Space To Play
# Space To Play

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

Nov 15th 2018, 6:15 AM 20,935 Views 23 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Monday 29 October, 2018

Plans being drawn up for potential closure of more school buildings over structural defects
# Safety Concerns
# Safety Concerns

Plans being drawn up for potential closure of more school buildings over structural defects

Oct 29th 2018, 5:49 PM 15,441 Views 23 Comments

The results of some assessments are due to be released tomorrow.

# department-of-education - Thursday 25 October, 2018

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'
# Building Inspections
# Building Inspections

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'

Oct 25th 2018, 1:59 PM 9,929 Views 30 Comments

The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.

Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS
# School Closures
# School Closures

Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS

Oct 25th 2018, 6:05 AM 34,083 Views 32 Comments

A total of 42 schools will be assessed over the next two weeks.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Two more Dublin schools closed with immediate effect over structural problems
# Tyrrelstown
# Tyrrelstown

Two more Dublin schools closed with immediate effect over structural problems

Oct 23rd 2018, 8:50 AM 31,302 Views 39 Comments

More than 1,200 pupils in north Dublin have been affected by the closures.

# department-of-education - Monday 10 September, 2018

New subject changes for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert get the go ahead
# Mixing It Up
# Mixing It Up

New subject changes for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert get the go ahead

Sep 10th 2018, 6:10 AM 61,618 Views 43 Comments

New specifications for Maths, Home Economics, History, Music and Geography are set to go live from this month for Junior Cert students.

# department-of-education - Monday 27 August, 2018

School launches High Court challenge over decision requiring it to enrol boy with autism
# Courts
# Courts

School launches High Court challenge over decision requiring it to enrol boy with autism

Aug 27th 2018, 7:22 PM 25,518 Views 0 Comments

The student involved cannot be identified for legal reasons.

# department-of-education - Monday 23 July, 2018

Catholic mother loses case after claiming girl turned down for school bus scheme on religious grounds
# Discrimination
# Discrimination

Catholic mother loses case after claiming girl turned down for school bus scheme on religious grounds

Jul 23rd 2018, 2:26 PM 31,556 Views 0 Comments

The family were told the girl wasn’t eligible for the free scheme because there was a suitable school nearby.

# department-of-education - Sunday 15 July, 2018

'During the summer she has to sign on': Some school secretaries are paid €10,900 a year, others €35,000
# Equal Pay Equal Work
# Equal Pay Equal Work

'During the summer she has to sign on': Some school secretaries are paid €10,900 a year, others €35,000

Jul 15th 2018, 12:05 AM 45,653 Views 25 Comments

There are around 3,000 school secretaries in Ireland – most of whom are in precarious employment.

# department-of-education - Monday 25 June, 2018

'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse
# Construction
# Construction

'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse

Jun 25th 2018, 8:45 PM 16,584 Views 5 Comments

In mid-January, it emerged that work had stalled on a number of schools after the UK-based firm went bust.

# department-of-education - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September
# Liquidation
# Liquidation

Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September

Jun 7th 2018, 12:05 AM 12,262 Views 11 Comments

On Tuesday, Sammon Contracting Ireland Limited was placed into liquidation.

# department-of-education - Sunday 3 June, 2018

'There will be chaos': Locals object to plans for school on site of former Harold's Cross greyhound stadium
# Planning Issues
# Planning Issues

'There will be chaos': Locals object to plans for school on site of former Harold's Cross greyhound stadium

Jun 3rd 2018, 8:00 AM 21,603 Views 28 Comments

Dublin City Council granted permission but the decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

# department-of-education - Friday 13 April, 2018

42 new primary and secondary schools to be built by 2022
# Loads More Spaces
# Loads More Spaces

42 new primary and secondary schools to be built by 2022

Apr 13th 2018, 10:20 AM 23,958 Views 76 Comments

17 of the new schools are to be built by September 2019. The vast majority of the new institutions will be located in the Dublin area.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

'We're exhausted': Schools and contractors fearful and confused over Sammon examinership
# Sammon
# Sammon

'We're exhausted': Schools and contractors fearful and confused over Sammon examinership

Apr 10th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,042 Views 20 Comments

Carillion went bust in early January, as a result of debts of over £1.5 billion.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

'Religious groups shouldn't be involved in sex education'
# Let's Talk About Sex
# Let's Talk About Sex

'Religious groups shouldn't be involved in sex education'

Apr 4th 2018, 7:00 PM 18,723 Views 123 Comments

Proposed legislation seeks to remove religious ethos from sex education in schools.

# department-of-education - Friday 9 February, 2018

School bus stopped by gardaí due to badly worn tyres and rust is taken out of service
# Child Safety
# Child Safety

School bus stopped by gardaí due to badly worn tyres and rust is taken out of service

Feb 9th 2018, 6:01 AM 23,917 Views 27 Comments

The Department of Education said the “safety of children travelling on the school transport service is of paramount importance”.