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# norma-foley - This week 27th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

National bullying database to be set up under new 'landmark' action plan
# Bullying
# Bullying

National bullying database to be set up under new 'landmark' action plan

Thu 1:11 PM 7,083 Views 29 Comments

This is the first time the Department of Education has updated its bullying action plan since 2013.

# norma-foley - Last week 20th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

‘Repulsive and shocking Spiritan revelations merit serious response’, says Education Minister
# Spirtans
# Spirtans

‘Repulsive and shocking Spiritan revelations merit serious response’, says Education Minister

Nov 24th 2022, 6:11 PM 13,682 Views 0 Comments

At least 233 men have made allegations of historical abuse against 77 priests from the Spiritan Congregation religious order.

# norma-foley - This year 2022

Close to 19,000 individual Leaving Cert results appealed this year, with more than 20% upheld
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Close to 19,000 individual Leaving Cert results appealed this year, with more than 20% upheld

Oct 7th 2022, 8:06 AM 13,128 Views 4 Comments

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
# School Buses
# School Buses

Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year

Sep 15th 2022, 2:21 PM 13,899 Views 29 Comments

Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.

Difficulties in procuring extra buses and drivers for school transport scheme, says Foley
# Back To School
# Back To School

Difficulties in procuring extra buses and drivers for school transport scheme, says Foley

Updated Aug 29th 2022, 5:47 PM 29,006 Views 47 Comments

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
# Zero Tolerance
# Zero Tolerance

Secondary school curriculum to be updated to address issues like domestic violence and consent

Jun 28th 2022, 7:22 PM 13,885 Views 24 Comments

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'
# Exams
# Exams

Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'

Updated Jun 23rd 2022, 3:40 PM 21,923 Views 28 Comments

The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.

Norma Foley heckled at teachers’ union conference
# Heckled
# Heckled

Norma Foley heckled at teachers’ union conference

Apr 19th 2022, 9:44 PM 35,903 Views 62 Comments

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
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Major revamp to Leaving Cert planned as fifth year students to sit some exams starting in 2024

Mar 29th 2022, 1:40 PM 40,329 Views 31 Comments

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
# New School
# New School

Around 700 Ukrainian refugee children registered with schools so far, says Education Minister

Mar 24th 2022, 2:15 PM 12,225 Views 9 Comments

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
# School's Back
# School's Back

Thousands of principals fear impact of teacher shortages as schools reopen today

Jan 6th 2022, 6:00 AM 17,759 Views 41 Comments

Student teachers are being drafted in to cover Covid absences.

Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
# Back To School
# Back To School

Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'

Updated Jan 4th 2022, 9:55 PM 198,963 Views 195 Comments
  • 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.
ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures
# Schools
# Schools

ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures

Jan 3rd 2022, 9:57 PM 62,532 Views 129 Comments

The teachers union will ask the Department of Health to introduce ‘a delayed and staggered reopening’ of schools at a meeting tomorrow.

# norma-foley - Last year 2021

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year
# Education
# Education

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year

Dec 22nd 2021, 1:58 PM 35,807 Views 26 Comments

Public health officials and education representatives held a meeting today.

Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school

Updated Dec 1st 2021, 7:56 PM 26,048 Views 49 Comments

The recommendation was made by public health officials last week.

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 Nov 24th 2021, 1:25 PM 25,591 Views 37 Comments

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

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 53,858 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
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 14,277 Views 6 Comments

Primary school class sizes are set to be reduced.

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 18,602 Views 22 Comments

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

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 16,222 Views 36 Comments

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

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 50,348 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.
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 30,433 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 16,270 Views 27 Comments

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

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 34,984 Views 39 Comments

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

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 22,334 Views 56 Comments

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

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 25,611 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 15,200 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.

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 35,198 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 22,937 Views 19 Comments

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

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 8,871 Views 13 Comments

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

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 10,815 Views 3 Comments

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

'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 13,048 Views 24 Comments

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

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 34,335 Views 122 Comments

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

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 66,113 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.

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 12,427 Views 13 Comments

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

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 26,283 Views 0 Comments

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

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 35,485 Views 72 Comments

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

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 13,367 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 59,603 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
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 67,327 Views 41 Comments

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

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