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# School

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Schools
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
Last month
January 2023
# factcheck
Debunked: No, refugees are not still being housed at a school in Drimnagh
A number of social media posts incorrectly claimed that pupils may not be able to return to the school today, prompting protests.
Last year
# Courts
Girl takes High Court action against primary school over alleged failure to stop harassment from male student
The action follows concern for the girl’s safety on the school premises.
# school books
School books free at primary level next September but exclusion of secondary criticised as 'baffling'
The initiative comes following years of lobbying by parents’ groups and charities.
# School Buses
Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year
Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.
# Poll
Poll: How fondly do you remember your school days?
Does the start of the school term make you nostalgic?
# Cost of Living
'We've no way to buy cheaper uniforms': Parents facing price hikes ahead of new school term
Poverty campaigners and parents’ groups fear that back-to-school costs will be compounded this year by the cost-of-living crisis.
Poverty campaigners and parents’ groups frequently highlight the cost of going back to school every summer.
There are growing fears that the cost-of-living crisis will place an additional burden on parents, Emer Moreau writes.
# Robb Elementary
Uvalde school where mass shooting took place to be demolished
Meanwhile US senators have reached an agreement on a bipartisan gun violence bill.
# Afghanistan
Six people killed in blasts at boys' school in Kabul
At least 11 other people were wounded by two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
# Afghanistan
Taliban announcement a clear sign girls will be allowed to return to school
The international community has appealed to Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to allow girls to return to school.
All time
Opinion: We owe teachers our thanks for the last two years whether we give them gifts or not
Whether parents buy something – or not – for their children’s teachers, Margaret Lynch says it’s important to thank them.
# student options
There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.
# Consent
9 in 10 teenage girls aged 15-17 agree consent is always required for sexual activity
The results of the new Consent Communication study by NUI Galway’s Active* Consent programme.
# Your Say
Poll: Should students wear school uniforms?
Business owner Louisa Meehan says the arguments in favour of school uniforms don’t stack up anymore.
Opinion: Forget the school uniform - it's outdated and out of touch with the real world
Business owner Louisa Meehan says the arguments in favour of school uniforms don’t stack up anymore.
# Boris Johnson
Summer schools part of England's plan to help children catch up on lost learning
Johnson pledged an extra £400 million of funding as part of the Government’s catch-up programme.
# evidence
Gardaí investigating if school withheld information about alleged sexual assault of student
It is understood that a separate GSOC investigation is also being carried out.
# Special Education
'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today
Lorraine Dempsey, interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland said that the part-time schedule was causing “difficulties around routine”.
# drogheda educate together
Plans to relocate Drogheda Educate Together school scrapped amid backlash from parents
Earlier this month, local TDs branded the plans for relocation “ridiculous”.
# Junior Cert
Junior Certificate examinations will not go ahead this year, Department confirms
Minister for Education Norma Foley briefed teaching unions on the plans this afternoon.
# Schools
PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years
A report has found that the longest arrangement for temporary schools accommodation dates back over 20 years to 2000.
# Special Needs
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.
# Special Needs
Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.
# Coronavirus
Taoiseach indicates schools will close for rest of month, says ministers will discuss construction shut-down
A full Cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow morning.
The reopening of schools has already been pushed back to 11 January.
The worsening Covid-19 situation has increased pressure to further delay the reopening.
A final decision may not be made until the end of the week.
Government considering shutting schools for the whole of January
Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
# Killorglin
Students at Kerry school advised to stay at home up until 30 December after 17 Covid cases confirmed
“It has been uncommon to see an outbreak of this scale among a school population,” a HSE letter sent to parents said.
# Primary School
Mayo school that said it would close from today due to Covid cases will now reopen on Monday
The school board and principal were told it did not have the authority to close the school without public-health experts’ approval.
# presentation college
Female students at Carlow school 'told to not wear tight clothes to PE'
Thousands of people have signed a petition in protest over the situation.
# gaelscoileanna
Education Minister begins search for patrons of three new Dublin primary schools
The schools will open next September.
# Schools
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”.
# Calculated Grades
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.
# Gardaí
Man charged in relation to aggravated burglary and robbery at school in Longford
The man is due to appear before a special sitting of Longford District Court this evening.
# Back To School
Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents
Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.
# counting the cost
Back to school costs rising at secondary and primary level as 27% of parents find themselves in debt
The average debt for parents to cover back-to-school costs is €397.
# Funding
Back to school allowance trebled in response to Covid-19 pandemic
The scheme has been extended to include families on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
# Back To School
How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?
The aim is that if a student contracts the virus, then only their pod or classroom would have to be sent home to self-isolate.
# Your Say
Poll: Should school meals be provided to children over the summer?
Some European countries continue providing school meals throughout the summer.
'Why I believe homework should be banned', by one primary school student
Misha McEnaney is a fifth class student. He outlines why he believes homework should be banned for all children.
# column
Why not prepping for the Olympics feels a bit like the days when I avoided homework in school
In the first of a series of columns, track cyclist Mark Downey gives his thoughts on Tokyo 2020′s postponement.
# Glasnevin
'There is a lot of panic': Health officials meet parents of children who attend school shut over Covid-19 case
A school in Dublin today began a two-week closing period after a pupil was diagnosed with Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
Schools in Wicklow and Dublin taking precautions after return of students from Italy ski trips
Schools are being constantly updated by the HSE regarding the outbreak.