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# norma-foley - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme

Updated Wed 1:25 PM 25,395 Views 37 Comments

In schools, antigen tests are due to roll from Monday.

# norma-foley - Sunday 17 October, 2021

Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'

Updated Oct 17th 2021, 6:40 PM 52,393 Views 0 Comments
  • 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

# norma-foley - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

350 new primary school teachers and over 1,000 new SNAs announced in Budget
# Education
# Education

350 new primary school teachers and over 1,000 new SNAs announced in Budget

Oct 12th 2021, 3:14 PM 10,244 Views 6 Comments

Primary school class sizes are set to be reduced.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Education Minister rejects accusation of ‘complacency’ over return of schools
# Back To School
# Back To School

Education Minister rejects accusation of ‘complacency’ over return of schools

Sep 21st 2021, 8:22 PM 18,483 Views 22 Comments

Some opposition politicians were critical of what they labelled “confusing” guidance for when pupils are designated as close contacts.

# norma-foley - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds
# Schools
# Schools

Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:17 AM 16,171 Views 36 Comments

When schools are open, the risk among teachers and other working-age adults is similar, research has shown.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 25 August, 2021

Foley: Unvaccinated pregnant teachers can return to classrooms or take 'pregnancy related leave'
# Schools Return
# Schools Return

Foley: Unvaccinated pregnant teachers can return to classrooms or take 'pregnancy related leave'

Updated Aug 25th 2021, 4:54 PM 50,211 Views 160 Comments
  • The Education Minister says the department is 'following expert medical advice'.
  • Pregnant women in Ireland are advised to wait until 14 weeks before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Foley says the advice also applies to pregnant women in other professions.

# norma-foley - Monday 26 July, 2021

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19
# Explainer
# Explainer

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19

Jul 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 30,368 Views 14 Comments

Niac is expected to issue guidance to the Government and HSE this week.

Education minister has 'every confidence' that schools will reopen as planned
# Education
# Education

Education minister has 'every confidence' that schools will reopen as planned

Jul 26th 2021, 2:25 PM 16,222 Views 27 Comments

Norma Foley will bring a school reopening plan to Cabinet tomorrow.

# norma-foley - Sunday 25 July, 2021

Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
# Back To School
# Back To School

Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned

Jul 25th 2021, 3:33 PM 34,934 Views 38 Comments

Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.

# norma-foley - Sunday 11 July, 2021

Fianna Fáil ministers back Taoiseach as by-election fallout rumbles on
# Postmortem
# Postmortem

Fianna Fáil ministers back Taoiseach as by-election fallout rumbles on

Jul 11th 2021, 2:45 PM 22,246 Views 56 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry called on Micheál Martin to resign as party leader this summer.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Leaving Cert 2022: Students will again have more exam choice due to Covid disruption
# State Exams
# State Exams

Leaving Cert 2022: Students will again have more exam choice due to Covid disruption

Updated Jun 30th 2021, 9:40 PM 25,316 Views 6 Comments

Additional choice was incorporated in Junior and Leaving Cert exams this year and will again next year.

DEIS and non-DEIS schools compare favourably but report highlights inequalities
# Report
# Report

DEIS and non-DEIS schools compare favourably but report highlights inequalities

Jun 30th 2021, 6:10 AM 14,670 Views 4 Comments

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.

# norma-foley - Monday 14 June, 2021

Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'
# LOSING FAITH
# LOSING FAITH

Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'

Jun 14th 2021, 9:30 PM 33,596 Views 114 Comments
  • 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.
Education minister says oral exam marking is still 'ongoing' after concerns students were treated unfairly
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Education minister says oral exam marking is still 'ongoing' after concerns students were treated unfairly

Jun 14th 2021, 6:32 PM 22,831 Views 19 Comments

Concerns were raised today that some students did not receive fair treatment in the oral exams.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

D-Day for some 55,000 students as Leaving Certificate exams get under way
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

D-Day for some 55,000 students as Leaving Certificate exams get under way

Jun 9th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,843 Views 13 Comments

While some students have opted for Accredited Grades, thousands will sit their exams over the coming weeks.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Leaving Cert students praised for ‘resilience and goodwill’ ahead of exams
# One Day To Go
# One Day To Go

Leaving Cert students praised for ‘resilience and goodwill’ ahead of exams

Jun 8th 2021, 6:30 AM 10,775 Views 3 Comments

The written exams start on Wednesday and run until 29 June.

# norma-foley - Friday 9 April, 2021

'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked
# Covid19
# Covid19

'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked

Apr 9th 2021, 2:23 PM 13,016 Views 24 Comments

The union is calling for SNAs to be designated as frontline healthcare workers and prioritised for vaccines.

# norma-foley - Friday 2 April, 2021

ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'
# Teachers
# Teachers

ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'

Apr 2nd 2021, 2:14 PM 34,262 Views 122 Comments

The decision to overhaul the vaccine plan has sparked anger from teachers who expected to be vaccinated sooner.

# norma-foley - Saturday 13 March, 2021

Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning
# Making Up
# Making Up

Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning

Mar 13th 2021, 10:41 AM 65,774 Views 22 Comments

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that she is “very aware” of the loss of in-person teaching that current fifth year students have experienced.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld

Mar 9th 2021, 8:27 PM 12,405 Views 13 Comments

The heads of a Bill approved today will put this year’s exams and accredited grades system on a legal footing.

# norma-foley - Friday 26 February, 2021

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?

Feb 26th 2021, 8:31 PM 26,225 Views 0 Comments

Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Back to school: What are we expecting about plans for the reopening of education?
# Reopening
# Reopening

Back to school: What are we expecting about plans for the reopening of education?

Feb 23rd 2021, 12:45 PM 35,464 Views 72 Comments

Students have not been back in school since the Christmas break.

# norma-foley - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain
# Exams
# Exams

Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain

Feb 18th 2021, 2:05 PM 13,321 Views 5 Comments

“I trust my teachers, but I don’t trust the algorithm,” one student said.

Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying
# Canvassing
# Canvassing

Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 12:35 PM 59,460 Views 50 Comments
  • Timetable to begin from Wednesday 9 June
  • Sanctions for grade lobbying could include barring students form exams
  • Reopening of schools likely to begin with LC students and young children

# norma-foley - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 10:13 PM 67,239 Views 41 Comments

The proposals follow intense discussions between the department and teaching unions.

As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister
Live Feb 17th 2021, 6:47 PM

As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister

  • Leaving Cert students are to be given the option not to sit exams and instead apply for calculated grades
  • Oral and practical elements of the Leaving Certificate will also go ahead
  • The Junior Certificate has been cancelled

# norma-foley - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'
# Schools
# Schools

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'

Feb 16th 2021, 3:05 PM 30,458 Views 67 Comments

Mother of three, Rita Lovett, shares her concerns over the pace at which decisions are being made about the re-opening of schools.

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue
# Education
# Education

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue

Feb 16th 2021, 12:39 PM 31,195 Views 88 Comments

Talks have been ongoing for weeks between the government and unions.

# norma-foley - Monday 15 February, 2021

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations
# 2021
# 2021

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations

Updated Feb 15th 2021, 7:02 PM 26,723 Views 33 Comments

The ASTI has said the minister has agreed to work on the union’s concerns.

# norma-foley - Saturday 13 February, 2021

Minister welcomes move by ASTI to rejoin talks on Leaving Cert
# Education
# Education

Minister welcomes move by ASTI to rejoin talks on Leaving Cert

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 2:53 PM 21,564 Views 77 Comments

The ASTI said that its concerns had been addressed by Minister for Education Norma Foley.

# norma-foley - Friday 12 February, 2021

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
# State Exams
# State Exams

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?

Feb 12th 2021, 12:48 PM 12,367 Views 40 Comments

It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.

# norma-foley - Sunday 7 February, 2021

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school
# Drogheda
# Drogheda

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school

Feb 7th 2021, 6:45 AM 52,047 Views 18 Comments

Labour TD Ged Nash told the Daíl this week that the planned move was a “ridiculous, wrong-headed decision [that] needs to be overturned”.

# norma-foley - Friday 5 February, 2021

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister

Updated Feb 5th 2021, 5:31 PM 60,009 Views 92 Comments
  • Two plans required 'due to the nature of the pandemic'
  • Option will not be the same as last year's calculated grades system
  • Unions accept offer to discuss plans
  • Discussion on Junior Cert examinations is ongoing

# norma-foley - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
# State Exams
# State Exams

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today

Feb 2nd 2021, 7:28 AM 20,123 Views 11 Comments

Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert

Feb 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 12,442 Views 13 Comments

This work includes the ‘standardisation’ algorithm that had two flawed lines of code resulting in 7,200 students receiving the wrong grades.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste

Jan 27th 2021, 3:58 PM 24,346 Views 38 Comments

Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.

High Court challenges brought by children with special needs over government's decision not to reopen schools
# Courts
# Courts

High Court challenges brought by children with special needs over government's decision not to reopen schools

Jan 27th 2021, 3:37 PM 23,895 Views 0 Comments

Each of the actions have been brought on behalf of five school-going children.

# norma-foley - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
# School Closures
# School Closures

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return

Updated Jan 21st 2021, 7:08 PM 68,576 Views 156 Comments

The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?

Jan 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 49,577 Views 0 Comments

Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential

Jan 20th 2021, 8:36 AM 65,091 Views 344 Comments

Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.

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