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#Department of Education

# 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 10,277 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 6,835 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 14,810 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 5,884 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 6,571 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 7,416 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 3,846 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 14,509 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 9,072 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 8,488 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 18,766 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 30,784 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 624 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 8,354 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 7,449 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 6,636 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 13,329 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 6,614 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 11,541 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 10,269 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 8,391 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 3,719 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 4,022 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 15,711 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 5,433 Views 21 Comments

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
# Limerick
# Limerick

Parents blockade Limerick school after builders remove fittings

Nov 22nd 2012, 5:13 PM 21,464 Views 110 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Highest number of students ever completing second level education

Nov 8th 2012, 8:02 AM 3,194 Views 10 Comments

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
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw

Oct 23rd 2012, 7:05 AM 5,610 Views 18 Comments

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
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Irish pupils' records at risk in major data protection threat

Oct 20th 2012, 9:34 PM 21,856 Views 63 Comments

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

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

Government backbenchers split over possible cuts to private school subsidy
# Private Schools
# Private Schools

Government backbenchers split over possible cuts to private school subsidy

Oct 8th 2012, 7:43 PM 8,104 Views 75 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Oct 8th 2012, 8:41 AM 6,810 Views 100 Comments

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
# State Exams
# State Exams

Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new system

Oct 4th 2012, 9:06 AM 11,556 Views 51 Comments

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
# Teachers
# Teachers

Department overpaid teachers and school staff by €1.1 million

Sep 27th 2012, 3:43 PM 9,771 Views 29 Comments

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'
# Student Grants
# Student Grants

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

Sep 19th 2012, 10:49 AM 6,456 Views 48 Comments

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
# Telly

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

Sep 3rd 2012, 6:30 AM 4,905 Views 8 Comments

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
# Your Say

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

Aug 21st 2012, 10:46 AM 5,237 Views 28 Comments

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?
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Need advice on your Leaving Cert results?

Aug 14th 2012, 6:30 AM 3,644 Views 8 Comments

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
# Powerful

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

Jun 29th 2012, 6:30 AM 19,868 Views 81 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Parents to be polled on taking schools out of Catholic control

Jun 21st 2012, 10:44 AM 3,890 Views 94 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Government criticised over scrapping of modern languages scheme

Jun 11th 2012, 6:27 PM 4,066 Views 29 Comments

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.