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# Education

Last year
Labour bill seeks to end single-sex schooling within 15 years
The party says the bill is needed amid “the wider discussion about gender equality”.
Clause that ring-fences places for children of past pupils not widely used, committee to be told
Labour’s Bill seeks to change the School Admissions Act.
'Dismal' and 'inadequate' climate education must be tackled, students and teachers say
A new strategy on eduation for sustainable development is due to be published by the end of March.
Opinion: Time to go back to the whiteboard and reimagine our education system
Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance argues that we need a more modern, dynamic approach to education in Ireland.
Over 500 Covid outbreaks associated with school students and staff in second half of 2021
That’s according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Thousands of principals fear impact of teacher shortages as schools reopen today
Student teachers are being drafted in to cover Covid absences.
All time
Apprenticeships and post-grad studies are on the rise according to a new education report
The number of teachers at primary and post-primary level went up from 61,942 in 2016 to 69,343 in 2020.
'Sinister': Anti-lockdown groups sharing database of school principals’ contact details
Groups opposed to Covid measures are urging people to contact principals with questions about mask mandates and vaccines.
School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year
Public health officials and education representatives held a meeting today.
Therapy services at special school still not restored despite Taoiseach's assurances
One child has been taken out of the school because of the lack of on-site clinicians with the relevant skills.
Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist
Mask users lose visual information, but there are lots of things you can do to help them, writes speech and language therapist Kate Beckett.
Student teachers to help alleviate substitution crisis in schools amid Covid surge
Year-three and year-four student teachers will be deployed in schools where needed during this academic year, the Department of Education said.
Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools
The schools had submitted an expression of interest in the programme in November 2020 but were not chosen at that time.
Facebook removes illegal ads for bespoke college essays which targeted Irish students
The use of such services has been prohibited under Irish law since 2019.
Eight active ads for bespoke essays were identified by The Journal earlier this week.
Ads also offered students to supply other forms of college coursework, Stephen McDermott writes.
Government TD calls for Facebook to stop hosting ads for college 'essay mills'.
Cathal Crowe: We need substitute teachers, so why not use teaching students to fill the gap?
The Fianna Fáil TD and former teacher went back to the classroom to help after a shortage of substitute teachers.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney and social care worker Anne Marie Quilligan tell Susan Daly about the conditions faced by Traveller children in the country’s education system.
TU Dublin working to identify space for changing rooms on new campus after complaints from students
Culinary Arts students had complained that it was unsanitary for them to change in corridors or public toilets for classes in kitchens.
New technological university announced for the north west
Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.
Opinion: The future of Ireland's economy depends on the digital education of our children
Gavin Molloy of Olus Education says the schools’ curriculum needs to keep up to prepare for the careers of tomorrow.
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on ‘reduced hours’ at school – with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day.
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on 'reduced hours' at school - with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day
Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy work with Traveller focus groups to expose this issue
Over 60 children on one halting site in Munster received no digital supports during Covid lockdowns
Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
350 new primary school teachers and over 1,000 new SNAs announced in Budget
Primary school class sizes are set to be reduced.
Education Minister rejects accusation of ‘complacency’ over return of schools
Some opposition politicians were critical of what they labelled “confusing” guidance for when pupils are designated as close contacts.
Many teenage Travellers not returning to school following pandemic closure challenges
Young Travellers found remote schoolwork extra challenging due to lack of access to digital and other resources during the pandemic.
Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says
There were 1,000 cases per week on average during school term.
Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'
More than 100 Department of Education staff have been working with public health teams, Norma Foley said.
832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports
More than 46,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in children and teenagers up to July.
The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?
The last time the Taliban had control over the country, women and girls were mostly denied education or employment.
'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.
Occupancy limits and sanitation: Higher education announces plans for 'safe return' to campuses
Colleges will implement sanitation and ventilation measures, as well as occupancy limits in certain locations.
Deaf child brings High Court action over lack of Irish Sign Language teacher at school
It is claimed that the lack of supports may have left him years behind his potential.
Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.
Education minister has 'every confidence' that schools will reopen as planned
Norma Foley will bring a school reopening plan to Cabinet tomorrow.
Online learning hub on sexual consent for third level to launch in new academic year
It will contain material for students and staff in higher level institutions.
Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester
There has been a significant increase in demand for college places this year.
Surge in applications for environment, education, and journalism courses
There has been a 136% increase in applications from other EU countries, and a 9% increase overall.
Government supports Bill on including Traveller culture and history in education
Education Minister Norma Foley said “much remains to be done” in creating a more inclusive and supportive education system.
DEIS and non-DEIS schools compare favourably but report highlights inequalities
There were no significant differences in reports of wellbeing and bullying, however concerns were raised at the higher level of unauthorised absences in DEIS schools.
Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'
Noteworthy gathers the experiences of parents and educators in Ireland’s majority Catholic primary education system.
In part two of a deep dive into the stalemate in providing choice in primary education, Peter McGuire hears from parents and teachers.
Families speak of being forced into Catholic schools because of hours-long daily commutes to 'nearest' multi-denominational.
While 'opting out' of religious instruction is facilitated by many schools, many parents say their children feel isolated and upset.
Impact of Covid school closures to be felt 'throughout next century'
Ireland could experience a loss in GDP of as much as 1.5% over the next century.
Teaching union to tell TDs that staff are subjected to 'inappropriate' comments by parents on social media
The claims will be heard at the Oireachtas Education Committee this afternoon.