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#Department of Education

# department-of-education - Friday 20 May, 2016

Student with dyslexia brings fresh High Court appeal to secure help for Leaving Cert exams
# Courts
# Courts

Student with dyslexia brings fresh High Court appeal to secure help for Leaving Cert exams

May 20th 2016, 8:17 AM 14,118 Views 17 Comments

His previous application for a reader was refused before the supporting evidence was submitted.

# department-of-education - Monday 16 May, 2016

'Like most of my friends, I baptised my children so they could go to school': The anger of Ireland's non-religious parents
# Opting Out
# Opting Out

'Like most of my friends, I baptised my children so they could go to school': The anger of Ireland's non-religious parents

May 16th 2016, 6:15 AM 59,050 Views 475 Comments

Documents released to TheJournal.ie under freedom of information show the anger of Ireland’s non-religious parents.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Dyslexic student launches High Court action after being denied exam support
# Courts
# Courts

Dyslexic student launches High Court action after being denied exam support

May 10th 2016, 8:04 AM 21,257 Views 0 Comments

The 18-year-old Leaving Cert student is hoping to secure a reader that will allow him to understand exam papers.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 9 December, 2015

Religious discrimination in schools to be addressed 'before the next school year'
# Rule 68
# Rule 68

Religious discrimination in schools to be addressed 'before the next school year'

Dec 9th 2015, 12:52 PM 22,578 Views 211 Comments

Minister Jan O’Sullivan says the government won’t be getting to it before the election.

# department-of-education - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Schools getting zero direction on how to teach kids through technology
# Opinion
# Opinion

Schools getting zero direction on how to teach kids through technology

Nov 12th 2015, 8:00 AM 233 Views 36 Comments

Over the past 20 years, teachers have struggled to successfully incorporate computers and tablets into the classroom in Ireland, writes Fergal McCarthy.

# department-of-education - Monday 19 October, 2015

Mother starts second week chaining herself to the front of the Department of Education
# Educational Needs
# Educational Needs

Mother starts second week chaining herself to the front of the Department of Education

Oct 19th 2015, 4:41 PM 15,507 Views 45 Comments

This is in relation to a grant payment for her son, who has autism.

# department-of-education - Friday 16 October, 2015

Mother chains herself to government gates to protest son's educational treatment
# Chained
# Chained

Mother chains herself to government gates to protest son's educational treatment

Oct 16th 2015, 3:44 PM 20,066 Views 59 Comments

Aaron, who has autism, had previously attended a specialist facility close to his home.

# department-of-education - Thursday 10 September, 2015

Child (6) deemed by school to be “an unacceptable risk” to other students will be let reapply
# Behavioural Difficulties
# Behavioural Difficulties

Child (6) deemed by school to be “an unacceptable risk” to other students will be let reapply

Sep 10th 2015, 1:47 PM 25,262 Views 0 Comments

The school had earlier been told to enrol him. The board will now consider a new application.

# department-of-education - Thursday 3 September, 2015

Explainer: The Leaving Cert's getting a massive overhaul. Here's how it'll work.
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

Explainer: The Leaving Cert's getting a massive overhaul. Here's how it'll work.

Sep 3rd 2015, 1:04 PM 35,797 Views 46 Comments

New reforms launched today are aimed at reducing the pressure faced by students at exam time.

# department-of-education - Thursday 27 August, 2015

'Abandoned, remote and neglected': This is the school Educate Together don't want to use
# Mayo
# Mayo

'Abandoned, remote and neglected': This is the school Educate Together don't want to use

Aug 27th 2015, 7:54 AM 31,914 Views 95 Comments

Educate Together says the school is not suitable as it is too far from the town.

# department-of-education - Saturday 18 July, 2015

'We'll depopulate - and very, very quickly the island will be gone'
# A Way Of Life Gone
# A Way Of Life Gone

'We'll depopulate - and very, very quickly the island will be gone'

Jul 18th 2015, 7:30 AM 23,188 Views 29 Comments

The people of Inis Meáin are campaigning hard to get a second teacher for their primary school – but so far their protests are falling on deaf ears.

# department-of-education - Thursday 11 June, 2015

Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment
# Chaotic Delays
# Chaotic Delays

Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment

Jun 11th 2015, 12:37 PM 12,294 Views 27 Comments

The Department of Education has apologised for the error.

# department-of-education - Thursday 12 March, 2015

Catholic Church tells Irish schools how they should treat non-Catholics
# Inclusion
# Inclusion

Catholic Church tells Irish schools how they should treat non-Catholics

Mar 12th 2015, 1:52 PM 21,239 Views 118 Comments

Atheist Ireland said the proposals do not respect the human rights of atheist or secular families.

# department-of-education - Friday 13 February, 2015

Teachers are miffed Junior Cert  details were leaked to newspaper
# Not Happy
# Not Happy

Teachers are miffed Junior Cert details were leaked to newspaper

Feb 13th 2015, 5:01 PM 16,264 Views 36 Comments

Unions have rejected the draft document but say it may form the basis for discussions.

# department-of-education - Thursday 29 January, 2015

Poll: Should teachers mark their own students for State exams?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should teachers mark their own students for State exams?

Jan 29th 2015, 10:11 AM 18,255 Views 80 Comments

Talks on the Junior Cycle dispute are getting underway today.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 21 January, 2015

Garda vetting of 36,000 teachers will wait until after new laws are brought in
# Background Checks
# Background Checks

Garda vetting of 36,000 teachers will wait until after new laws are brought in

Jan 21st 2015, 1:27 PM 9,409 Views 9 Comments

The minister also wants fitness to teach hearings to be held in public.

# department-of-education - Thursday 8 January, 2015

Minister to reconsider keeping data on school children until they're 30
# Database
# Database

Minister to reconsider keeping data on school children until they're 30

Jan 8th 2015, 1:57 PM 8,511 Views 50 Comments

The Department’s plans for a national database have come under fire.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 7 January, 2015

Department's plan to collect data on every child a 'worrying overreach of the State'
# Pps Numbers
# Pps Numbers

Department's plan to collect data on every child a 'worrying overreach of the State'

Jan 7th 2015, 1:35 PM 16,408 Views 115 Comments

The information could be until the child is 30.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is 'unregulated waste of money'
# Education
# Education

Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is 'unregulated waste of money'

Sep 17th 2014, 7:15 AM 28,841 Views 24 Comments

The Department of Education said it had not taken the decision to abolish the subsidy lightly but cuts had to be made.

# department-of-education - Saturday 28 June, 2014

Discrimination against LGBT teachers to end under amended law
# Gay Rights
# Gay Rights

Discrimination against LGBT teachers to end under amended law

Jun 28th 2014, 1:13 PM 12,322 Views 56 Comments

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says she is “delighted” that on Dublin Pride day the Government will move on her bill.

# department-of-education - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours
# Ruling
# Ruling

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours

Jun 26th 2014, 8:35 PM 15,144 Views 19 Comments

The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.

Whistleblower says builders paid by State are defrauding the welfare system
# Dáil Claims
# Dáil Claims

Whistleblower says builders paid by State are defrauding the welfare system

Jun 26th 2014, 2:19 PM 9,524 Views 15 Comments

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn dealt with the claims raised by Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy at Leaders’ Questions today.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Special needs assistants unsure if they will have work in September
# Impact
# Impact

Special needs assistants unsure if they will have work in September

Jun 25th 2014, 5:12 PM 14,390 Views 12 Comments

The overall number of SNAs are up, but some schools have lost out on hours.

# department-of-education - Saturday 7 June, 2014

TD warns that children's lives are being put at risk during storms
# Red Alert
# Red Alert

TD warns that children's lives are being put at risk during storms

Jun 7th 2014, 9:00 AM 11,776 Views 14 Comments

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn admitted that the current advice system for schools may need to be updated.

# department-of-education - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants
# We Care Do You
# We Care Do You

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants

Jun 1st 2014, 8:45 AM 9,347 Views 41 Comments

A circular by the Department of Education outlines new guidelines that would see children with special needs subjected to reviews to keep their SNA supports.

# department-of-education - Friday 2 May, 2014

Quinn gives €35 million to schools so they can have nicer toilets and roofs
# Grand Designs
# Grand Designs

Quinn gives €35 million to schools so they can have nicer toilets and roofs

May 2nd 2014, 1:39 PM 11,366 Views 39 Comments

In total, 386 schools all across the country will receive the funding.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
# Under Fire
# Under Fire

Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'

Apr 23rd 2014, 10:40 AM 14,667 Views 126 Comments

Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.

# department-of-education - Monday 21 April, 2014

Leaving Cert could see major overhaul with proposed new grading scale
# Reform
# Reform

Leaving Cert could see major overhaul with proposed new grading scale

Apr 21st 2014, 7:16 AM 16,388 Views 52 Comments

The number of grading bands would be reduced from 14 to eight.

# department-of-education - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Plan to convert Loreto Abbey back into school "incredibly ambitious" say property managers
# Rathfarnham
# Rathfarnham

Plan to convert Loreto Abbey back into school "incredibly ambitious" say property managers

Mar 8th 2014, 8:30 AM 23,519 Views 48 Comments

The disused building — where Mother Teresa studied English — was purchased by the Department of Education this week from NAMA.

# department-of-education - Monday 10 February, 2014

Children's Minister rules out junk food ban in schools
# Childhood Obesity
# Childhood Obesity

Children's Minister rules out junk food ban in schools

Feb 10th 2014, 2:58 PM 11,592 Views 62 Comments

Frances Fitzgerald said that schools should “move in the direction” of health foods but admitted that some schools have vending machine contracts in place.

# department-of-education - Friday 7 February, 2014

No contest likely on Down Syndrome bill to provide resource teaching
# Cross-party Support
# Cross-party Support

No contest likely on Down Syndrome bill to provide resource teaching

Feb 7th 2014, 7:45 AM 6,355 Views 11 Comments

The Independent bill would mean pupils with Down Syndrome in mainstream schools are guaranteed resource teaching and the Government aren’t objecting.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

New sex education course on the way for reformed junior cycle
# Junior Cert Reform
# Junior Cert Reform

New sex education course on the way for reformed junior cycle

Jan 21st 2014, 6:30 AM 11,332 Views 17 Comments

The short course will be available in schools from September 2014 and schools can opt in as to whether to adopt it.

# department-of-education - Monday 13 January, 2014

Revealed: Autistic children locked in unsupervised ‘isolation rooms’ for hours
# Withdrawal Room
# Withdrawal Room

Revealed: Autistic children locked in unsupervised ‘isolation rooms’ for hours

Jan 13th 2014, 10:54 PM 68,375 Views 305 Comments

One child was locked into a small, converted bathroom, for 90 minutes for falling behind on work.

# department-of-education - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Quinn admits schools who operate book rental schemes won't benefit from new funding
# Book Scheme
# Book Scheme

Quinn admits schools who operate book rental schemes won't benefit from new funding

Jan 9th 2014, 9:48 AM 10,230 Views 29 Comments

“If I get extra money of course they will but I’ve concentrated so that every child going to primary school can access a book rental scheme,” the Minister said today.

# department-of-education - Monday 6 January, 2014

Every secondary school will have access to high-speed broadband by September say ministers
# Broadband
# Broadband

Every secondary school will have access to high-speed broadband by September say ministers

Jan 6th 2014, 6:43 PM 9,717 Views 76 Comments

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn made the pledge today.

# department-of-education - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Government to spend €15m replacing school prefabs in 2014
# Prefabs
# Prefabs

Government to spend €15m replacing school prefabs in 2014

Dec 28th 2013, 6:00 AM 7,611 Views 18 Comments

The Department of Education said the cost renting school accommodation has dropped dramatically in the last four years.

# department-of-education - Monday 9 December, 2013

This is the school uniform questionnaire parents are being sent
# SCHOOL DAYS
# SCHOOL DAYS

This is the school uniform questionnaire parents are being sent

Dec 9th 2013, 5:46 PM 52,456 Views 102 Comments

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.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants
# SNAs
# SNAs

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

Dec 3rd 2013, 6:15 PM 9,355 Views 44 Comments

The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.

Irish teens above average in maths, reading and science 'despite damaging cuts'
# Education
# Education

Irish teens above average in maths, reading and science 'despite damaging cuts'

Dec 3rd 2013, 11:47 AM 12,400 Views 52 Comments

A report today pointed to improvement in these areas since 2009 but the Minister for Education said we are not in the top league yet and cannot be complacent.

# department-of-education - Monday 18 November, 2013

Mothers granted leave to challenge law on resource hours for children with Down Syndrome
# Courts
# Courts

Mothers granted leave to challenge law on resource hours for children with Down Syndrome

Nov 18th 2013, 6:16 PM 12,237 Views 19 Comments

The two mothers have been granted leave to challenge the current rules on resource hours for children with Down Syndrome in the High Court next month.