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

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

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.

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

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'

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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

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'

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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 Exclusive

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

“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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

ASTI recommends ballot of members on new proposals

The new proposals on the Haddington Road Agreement are the result of talks between union representatives and the department.

# department-of-education - Monday 11 November, 2013

Movement in teachers dispute as ASTI to meet department officials tomorrow

The discussions have come about as a result of informal talks that took place between the parties last week.

# department-of-education - Friday 1 November, 2013

58 teaching positions have been filled on JobBridge

Qualified teachers employed on the scheme would have earned less than €7 an hour.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Voluntary secondary schools at funding disadvantage - ESRI

A comprehensive study by the think-tank shows that voluntary schools are far more reliant on contributions from parents than other schools.

# department-of-education - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Almost 400 children enrolled in projects to prevent mainstream drop-out

A recent report found that more than 2,500 schoolchildren only made it as far as first or second year in 2010.

# department-of-education - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Teacher substitution scheme cost almost €90 million last year

The Department of Education also has spent over €110 million in costs directly associated with transition year over the past couple of years.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Over 120,000 children in classes of over 30 pupils

Over 9,000 students are in classes of over 35 as average class sizes have risen.