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#Department of Education

# 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 11,375 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 14,684 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 16,446 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 23,882 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 11,617 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 6,366 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 11,373 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 68,638 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 10,236 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 9,726 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 7,631 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 53,105 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 9,365 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 12,423 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 12,244 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.

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

ASTI recommends ballot of members on new proposals
# Teachers
# Teachers

ASTI recommends ballot of members on new proposals

Nov 12th 2013, 6:14 PM 10,278 Views 104 Comments

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
# ASTI
# ASTI

Movement in teachers dispute as ASTI to meet department officials tomorrow

Nov 11th 2013, 10:21 PM 6,841 Views 27 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

58 teaching positions have been filled on JobBridge

Nov 1st 2013, 6:00 AM 14,826 Views 135 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Voluntary secondary schools at funding disadvantage - ESRI

Oct 23rd 2013, 6:30 AM 5,890 Views 10 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Oct 20th 2013, 7:30 AM 6,604 Views 6 Comments

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
# Schools
# Schools

Teacher substitution scheme cost almost €90 million last year

Oct 5th 2013, 7:00 AM 7,418 Views 41 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Over 120,000 children in classes of over 30 pupils

Sep 4th 2013, 8:35 AM 3,851 Views 13 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 23 August, 2013

Replacing child benefit with school attendance payment 'would save €100m'
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Replacing child benefit with school attendance payment 'would save €100m'

Aug 23rd 2013, 6:15 AM 14,522 Views 127 Comments

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.

# department-of-education - Monday 19 August, 2013

TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts

Aug 19th 2013, 8:45 PM 9,080 Views 17 Comments

Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has raised concerns about spending cuts proposed by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn ahead of October’s Budget, but Labour says he’s trying to “increase his personal profile”.

# department-of-education - Monday 12 August, 2013

Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"

Aug 12th 2013, 8:17 PM 8,503 Views 29 Comments

The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.

# department-of-education - Monday 29 July, 2013

One teacher gets €8,573 cheque as over 1,600 receive arrears from Department
# Payback
# Payback

One teacher gets €8,573 cheque as over 1,600 receive arrears from Department

Jul 29th 2013, 10:18 AM 18,822 Views 27 Comments

Arrears totalling €4 million have been repaid, after problems calculating rates for new teachers last year.

# department-of-education - Saturday 27 July, 2013

JobBridge primary teacher ad slammed as "exploitative"
# Athlone
# Athlone

JobBridge primary teacher ad slammed as "exploitative"

Jul 27th 2013, 2:26 PM 30,872 Views 184 Comments

The Department of Education has said that schools can participate in the scheme – but not use it to displace staff or fill a current vacancy.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key

May 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 649 Views 46 Comments

TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.

Fee-paying students more likely to go straight to college
# Education
# Education

Fee-paying students more likely to go straight to college

May 7th 2013, 8:45 AM 8,388 Views 80 Comments

The research from the Department of Eduction says that more students from fee-paying secondary schools progress directly to higher education.

# department-of-education - Monday 22 April, 2013

Students protest over delayed opening of €2.7m Kildare school
# Protest
# Protest

Students protest over delayed opening of €2.7m Kildare school

Apr 22nd 2013, 7:57 AM 7,451 Views 17 Comments

St Anne’s national school in Ardclough, Kildare was “completed” in December 2011 but remains vacant because minor problems uncovered during an inspection remain unfixed.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'
# Education
# Education

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'

Apr 3rd 2013, 8:18 AM 6,639 Views 41 Comments

The minister is to publish a bill which will curtail the “over-use of preferential treatment” in the enrolment process.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey
# Patronage
# Patronage

Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey

Apr 2nd 2013, 7:48 AM 13,348 Views 86 Comments

The change comes after surveys were carried out in 38 towns across the country.

# department-of-education - Monday 1 April, 2013

Calls for rural schools to be protected
# Education
# Education

Calls for rural schools to be protected

Apr 1st 2013, 3:13 PM 6,637 Views 33 Comments

The Green Party has called on the Education Minister to avoid implementing recommendations that may lead to the closure of rural schools.

# department-of-education - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Dept. of Education to overhaul Leaving Cert programme and points race
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Dept. of Education to overhaul Leaving Cert programme and points race

Mar 28th 2013, 9:42 AM 11,560 Views 75 Comments

Plans include reducing the number of degree programmes, cutting grade bands and changing the predictability of exams.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

Poll: Should the State subsidisation of fee-paying schools end?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the State subsidisation of fee-paying schools end?

Mar 5th 2013, 9:29 AM 10,384 Views 156 Comments

Ireland’s fee-paying schools have €81.3 million more than public schools to spend on extra teachers, facilities and extracurricular activities. Is it time to stop their subsidisation?

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

Poll: Should means testing for student grants include assets and savings?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should means testing for student grants include assets and savings?

Mar 1st 2013, 9:38 AM 8,410 Views 121 Comments

Coalition parties are divided over new proposals to broaden the criteria for the means testing of third level grants.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Government to launch major anti-bullying plan
# Bullying
# Bullying

Government to launch major anti-bullying plan

Jan 29th 2013, 7:15 AM 3,727 Views 30 Comments

Ministers Ruairí Quinn and Frances Fitzgerald will unveil the Action Plan on Bullying later today, including plans for all schools to keep a formal record of bullying incidents.

# department-of-education - Monday 21 January, 2013

Department to issue bullying guidelines to schools this week
# Bullying
# Bullying

Department to issue bullying guidelines to schools this week

Jan 21st 2013, 11:41 AM 4,029 Views 21 Comments

The Department of Education will also release mental health guidelines for post-primary schools in the near future.

# department-of-education - Monday 14 January, 2013

Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational?

Jan 14th 2013, 9:45 AM 15,730 Views 286 Comments

Parents in 38 Irish towns are voting on the type of school they want to send their children to but what do you think?

# department-of-education - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Free access to Encyclopaedia Britannica for school-going children
# Education
# Education

Free access to Encyclopaedia Britannica for school-going children

Jan 8th 2013, 10:35 AM 5,444 Views 21 Comments

Schoolchildren throughout Ireland can now access the online version of the encyclopaedia from their home.