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

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

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"

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

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"

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational?

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

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Parents blockade Limerick school after builders remove fittings

A dispute over payment has seen some subcontractors attempt to remove fittings they installed in the new national school in Kilfinane earlier this year.

# department-of-education - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Highest number of students ever completing second level education

The number of young men staying on at second level has also risen significantly in the last 11 years.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw

The data watchdog has asked the manufacturer of potentially vulnerable software to provide a full list of affected schools.

# department-of-education - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Irish pupils' records at risk in major data protection threat Exclusive

A single username and password can be used to log into dozens of school management systems, can reveal.

# department-of-education - Monday 8 October, 2012

Government backbenchers split over possible cuts to private school subsidy

Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy wants to keep the €96 million subvention, but Labour’s Robert Dowds insists it must go.

Junior minister: State subsidy to fee-paying schools is a luxury

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly says that the €96 million paid to fee-paying schools will need to be addressed in December’s Budget.

# department-of-education - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new system

Reforms announced by Ruairí Quinn this afternoon replace terminal exams with continual assessment – with the terminal exams scrapped altogether by 2020.

# department-of-education - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Department overpaid teachers and school staff by €1.1 million

The Comptroller & Auditor General says the Department of Education was late in introducing pay cuts to new teachers in 2011.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Council abandons household charge-student grant link 'on legal advice'

South Tipperary County Council says it decided not to link grant payments with the household charge after looking more closely.

# department-of-education - Monday 3 September, 2012

Videos: RTÉ doc puts spotlight on Ruairí Quinn and his department Telly This post contains videos

Videos: RTÉ doc puts spotlight on Ruairí Quinn and his department

Documentary being aired tonight promises unprecedented access to Ruairí Quinn during a crucial period in his first months as Education Minister and we have a sneak peek…

# department-of-education - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

Poll: Should more than just points be considered for entry to college courses? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should more than just points be considered for entry to college courses?

A new scheme at TCD means students will need personal statements and references from teachers to get into college. Good idea?

# department-of-education - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Need advice on your Leaving Cert results?

Guidance counsellors will be manning the 2012 Exam Helpline to provide information for students, parents and teachers.

# department-of-education - Friday 29 June, 2012

VIDEO: Teacher of the Year criticises the “injustice” of system and “teacher-bashing” Powerful This post contains videos

VIDEO: Teacher of the Year criticises the “injustice” of system and “teacher-bashing”

English teacher Evelyn O’Connor made an emotional speech about the issue of non-permanency and her anger with education policies here. Watch her speech….

# department-of-education - Thursday 21 June, 2012

Parents to be polled on taking schools out of Catholic control

The Government has said it will survey parents in 44 areas on whether they want alternative providers to take over primary schools.

# department-of-education - Monday 11 June, 2012

Government criticised over scrapping of modern languages scheme

The Department of Education said that tough choices had to be made but that the initiative in some primary schools would inform a new integrated language curriculum.

# department-of-education - Friday 8 June, 2012

Some Junior Cert students played CD for Irish Leaving Cert aural exam

The State Examinations Commission will now issue a new paper and CD for Irish Leaving Cert students sitting paper one on Monday.

# department-of-education - Friday 18 May, 2012

Almost half of children 'affected by bullying' at school

Around one in 16 children do not feel safe at their school, according to a new survey.

# department-of-education - Friday 11 May, 2012

Government urged to include road safety on Junior Cert curriculum

The Government is being urged to “harness” the enthusiasm among teenagers for cars and include road safety training on the programme.

# department-of-education - Monday 30 April, 2012

'Wholly unacceptable': Ombudsman slams school that refused pregnant teen

The Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, has criticised the school for failing to apologise to a girl who it turned away after learning that she was pregnant.

# department-of-education - Monday 16 April, 2012

School bus contract should be put out to tender, says US-Irish consortium

Is the yellow, high school bus en route to Ireland?

# department-of-education - Monday 9 April, 2012

No major difference in quality between large and small schools

English lessons were rated as marginally better in bigger schools, according to a new assessment from the Department of Education.

# department-of-education - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Quinn confirms anti-bullying forum to take place in May

The forum will be established alongside a working group on tackling homophobic, racist and cyber-bullying.

# department-of-education - Thursday 5 April, 2012

'Disgraceful': Students slate top university staff refusal to take pay cut

A number of university heads have reportedly ignored requests to reduce their pay below €200,000.