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Last week
17th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
'Saddened beyond measure': Tributes following death of abuse whistleblower Mark Ryan
Minister Norma Foley thanked Mark Ryan for his “determination and bravery” in coming forward.
Government drops plans for teacher-based assessment of Leaving Cert, blaming AI
There will be changes to the Leaving Cert introduced in 2025.
This month
September 2023
Education Minister pushes back against idea of 'Dublin allowance' for teachers
Minister Foley said the extra allowance given to teachers working in London has not solved the situation for teachers there.
Last month
August 2023
Leaving Cert grade inflation needs to be unwound in coming years, Minister says
Grades were artificially bumped up this year and last to maintain fairness between students who completed their exams in different years.
No date for junior cycle exam results, says Foley
The SEC said last year that a lack of examiners caused a delay in the release of results.
ASTI head: 'Quite frankly, they're putting people in classrooms who aren't teachers'
As of 15 August, there were 484 unfilled vacancies for post-primary schools on
Education minister says no parent can be compelled to pay voluntary contribution to school
Minister Norma Foley said more money is being directed towards education than ever before.
This year
'Influencer teachers': Minister says it's generally not appropriate for commercial videos to be shot in schools
There have been calls for schools to clamp down on such influencer activity taking place.
Education Minister says parents and guardians ‘cannot be compelled to pay voluntary charge’
Norma Foley called on principals to contact her department if their school was struggling to pay certain costs.
Pilot scheme offering free counselling for primary school children to be rolled out in September
The first strand of the scheme will be rolled out in seven counties, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Leaving Cert results to be issued on 25 August in 'significant step towards pre-pandemic norms'
The Education Minister said it marks a ‘significant step towards pre-pandemic norms in relation to the timing for issue of results’.
Navan teen attack: Minister says disciplinary procedures 'a matter for school's Board of Management'
The victim of the assault was taken hospital on Monday afternoon to receive treatment for serious facial injuries.
Teaching union calls for reduced class sizes and action to address 'unhealthy work-life balance'
Education Minister Norma Foley said that class sizes are ‘now at an historic low’.
Over 600 extra teaching course places to be added over the next two years
Norma Foley said the move was one of number of measures taken to address the high demand for teachers.
Primary schools to receive €96 per pupil under free schoolbooks scheme from September
The cost will cover schoolbooks, workbooks, and copybooks for primary school pupils.
Primary school students to learn less religion and will have mandatory foreign languages
The Primary Curriculum Framework was launched by Education Minister Norma Foley this morning.
President says schools should teach ‘sexuality in fullest sense’
Earlier this week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it ‘makes sense’ to teach kids about transgender people.
DAA given green light to buy frequency jamming anti-drone technology for use at Dublin Airport
No primary legislation is required to enable its use at the airport, it is believed.
‘Sleeping at the wheel’: Minister Ryan comes under renewed criticism for drone disruptions
‘Once again he has been found to be sleeping at the wheel,’ claimed Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly.
Plans for LC students to sit Paper 1 at end of fifth year to be deferred
The interim measure led to controversy with teachers’ unions and students.
No 'specific number' on how many children can participate in Summer Programme
Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan launched this year’s programme this afternoon.
Leaving Cert students ask Foley to keep 'no cliff edge' vow - and avoid clash with Harry Styles gig
Norma Foley has a challenge ahead to keep everyone happy as she aims to reform the Leaving Certificate.
Last year
'It will drive people away': Student teachers on the potential threat to career breaks
A report by
Jamie McCarron
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere.
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere if the option is removed.
The Department of Education has emphasised that no decisions have been made.
Plans to scrap teacher career breaks criticised as it emerges Education Minister is on same break
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
Career breaks for teachers may be suspended in response to staff shortages
Schools have come under pressure due to unfilled job vacancies and teacher shortages.
National bullying database to be set up under new 'landmark' action plan
This is the first time the Department of Education has updated its bullying action plan since 2013.
‘Repulsive and shocking Spiritan revelations merit serious response’, says Education Minister
At least 233 men have made allegations of historical abuse against 77 priests from the Spiritan Congregation religious order.
Close to 19,000 individual Leaving Cert results appealed this year, with more than 20% upheld
3,769 individual results were upgraded, meaning more than 20% of the appeals were successful.
Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year
Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.
Difficulties in procuring extra buses and drivers for school transport scheme, says Foley
The Education Minister has said that there are plans to increase the capacity of the scheme amid unprecedented demand.
Secondary school curriculum to be updated to address issues like domestic violence and consent
Education Minister Norma Foley said that education has a “very significant” role to play in the new Zero Tolerance strategy.
Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'
The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.
Norma Foley heckled at teachers’ union conference
Norma Foley spoke to the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland about Government plans to reform the Leaving Certificate.
Major revamp to Leaving Cert planned as fifth year students to sit some exams starting in 2024
There will also be two new subjects introduced: Drama, Film and Theatre Studies and Climate Action and Sustainable Development.
Around 700 Ukrainian refugee children registered with schools so far, says Education Minister
Foley said that this figure is likely to rise in the coming days as more children are registered.
Thousands of principals fear impact of teacher shortages as schools reopen today
Student teachers are being drafted in to cover Covid absences.
Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
Each of the three main teaching unions continued to express concerns about staffing.
The Department of Education said there was no public health rationale to delay the reopening.
The ASTI has said that some classes may be prioritised if adequate teaching staff was not available.
The leaders of the three government coalition parties also met this afternoon and green lit the plans for schools.
Genrui antigen tests: HPRA and company to investigate after multiple reports of false positives
Free antigen tests for symptomatic under-40s can now be ordered online
ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures
The teachers union will ask the Department of Health to introduce ‘a delayed and staggered reopening’ of schools at a meeting tomorrow.
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School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year
Public health officials and education representatives held a meeting today.
Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school
The recommendation was made by public health officials last week.
Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme
In schools, antigen tests are due to roll from Monday.