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# Education

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Teachers' union asks government to start school Christmas break a few days earlier
Schools are due to close on Tuesday 22 December; the TUI is suggesting that they instead close on Friday 18 December.
Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies
Trinity professor Ciaran O’Neill says it’s time for Irish universities to address their own dark imperial past as students now seek real change.
New €300,000 fund aims to support Travellers who want to study in third level
The fund will be used to support technology, study space, and caring responsibilities.
Education Minister begins search for patrons of three new Dublin primary schools
The schools will open next September.
Around 70 schools have had in-school Covid-19 transmission
The HSE has said 599 schools have required a public health assessment and testing.
Poll: Would you support teachers striking over Covid-19 safety concerns?
ASTI members have voted to take industrial action unless government addresses Covid-19 safety concerns.
Support package for 14,000 higher education places with reduced fees
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has announced funding of €30 million to support part-time or post-graduate places.
'I found myself googling Woodies': Some schools were forced to close today over the hand sanitiser recall
The Department of Agriculture had warned that the product was recalled, citing possible public health concerns.
18 students awarded higher marks after more than 12,000 appeals of Calculated Grades
The new results were given to students at 12pm today.
Parents sometimes feel 'coerced' into accepting reduced timetables for their children, committee hears
A Department of Education official said today the practice is to be “limited solely to those circumstances where it is absolutely necessary”.
Education Minister: 'All available evidence shows schools are not amplification settings for Covid-19'
Norma Foley reiterated the government’s ‘absolute determination’ to keep schools open.
Government confirms independent review of Calculated Grades process will take place
Over 6,000 students received new grades following an error with the system.
Primary school pupil-teacher ratio 'to be reduced by one student per class'
The government has promised an average ratio of 25:1.
Minister for Health says 'there isn't going to be a longer mid-term break'
Donnelly joined junior minister Niall Collins who earlier rejected suggestions that schools could close for an extended period.
Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade errors may have to defer college course, Foley says
It’s understood 800 to 900 students may have lost out on a college place due to the situation.
Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students
Around 6,500 students will now receive higher grades as a result.
Leaving Cert: About 6,500 students set to receive higher grades after coding error
Two errors have been identified in the calculated grades system.
Two errors identified in Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system, about 6,000 students affected
Education Minister Norma Foley will make a comprehensive statement on the matter later today.
Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates
Students can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.
A teacher and her Sixth Year students debate To Kill A Mockingbird's place on the syllabus
We asked our anonymous teacher to share her views and those of some of her students on the recent controversy surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests
Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.
Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds
That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.
PUP claims drop further as 1,500 education employees return to work
Claims are down 63% since the peak on 5 May.
Education Minister Norma Foley says pupils will get priority testing in event of a Covid-19 outbreak in school
Foley is to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 this afternoon.
Education minister: Schools to deal with 'malicious coughing' and Covid-19 jokes from pupils individually
Norma Foley played down suggestions her department would issue advice on bad behaviour related to Covid-19.
Parents say lockdown had a negative impact on learning of students due to sit the Leaving Cert next year
The survey from the CSO gives an insight into parents concerns as the academic year begins.
Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents
Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.
'Anxiety levels in my house are through the roof': Major challenge ahead for parents of children with ASD
Against the backdrop of Covid-19, parents worry how their children with special needs will cope with school this year.
'For the love of God': Anger as shed to be used as Covid-19 isolation room at Athlone school
The school’s principal said the situation is “not ideal”.
Students who refuse to wear face masks will be sent home from secondary schools, Norma Foley says
The Education Minister has said all pupils must wear face masks, unless there is a medical reason not to.
Foley confident every child will return to school next week but says extra 1,600 buses a 'logistical challenge'
The Minister for Education said that parents of eligible children who make alternative transport arrangements “will be recompensed”.
A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.
Poll: Should a school's historical performance be used to help calculate a student's exam grades?
Leaving Certificate students will receive a predicted grade next month which will be subject to standardisation from the Department of Education.
Considering homeschooling this September? Here's everything you need to know about the practical steps to take
There’s already an active community of homeschoolers in Ireland and getting started is not a difficult process, writes teacher and homeschooler Cliona Brophy.
What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?
There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.
UK government announces last-minute changes to assessment of A-level and GCSE results
The Education Secretary said students will be able to use their results in mock tests to appeal if they are unhappy with their grades.
Scotland to withdraw almost 125,000 results downgraded under 'calculated grades' process
It emerged that the methodology disproportionately affected pupils from deprived backgrounds.
'We did not get this right': Sturgeon apologises to pupils over downgraded exam results
Pass rates for pupils in the most deprived data zones were reduced by 15.2% – for pupils from the most affluent backgrounds the reduction was 6.9%.
Over 4,000 applicants to receive their Round Zero CAO offers today
This round of offers are for those not awaiting their grades for the 2020 Leaving Certificate.
View from a teacher: 'Nobody wants to return to remote learning'
One teacher is hoping for the best but says she cannot understand why the government took so long to release the ‘return to school’ plans.