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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# School

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# Meath
Gardaí investigating suspected criminal damage after fire breaks out at property in Athboy
It is understood the fire took place at the former O’Growney National School.
# btyse
This wristband subtly alerts teachers when a student with Autism is feeling overwhelmed
The project is on display at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition this week.
# Sarmeen
Four children among those killed after missiles hit Syrian school
Missiles fired by Syrian regime forces killed eight civilians today, a war monitor has said.
# Education
Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools
Almost 940,000 pupils are enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.
# Department of Education
School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer
Talks broke down between the Department of Education and Fórsa at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.
# Essex Police
Murder investigation launched after 12-year-old boy killed in Essex car crash
Other children who attended a nearby school were also injured in the fatal collision.
# LGBT survey
Half of LGBT+ students have heard homophobic or transphobic comments from staff members at school
73% of LGBT+ students surveyed said they feel unsafe at school.
# special status
Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle
Maths, Irish and English are currently the only compulsory subjects, bar some exceptions.
# High Court
High Court quashes decision compelling school to re-enroll boy (8) who assaulted teacher with hurl
The boy in question has special needs and is on the autism spectrum.
Father awarded €3.5k in discrimination case over daughter's enrolment in school
The father took the gender discrimination case under the Equal Status Act at the Workplace Relations Commission.
# Florida
Police officer suspended after arresting two 6-year-olds in Florida school
The grandmother of one of the children said the child was arrested after she threw a temper tantrum and kicked somebody.
# Dispute
Hundreds of school secretaries begin strike action this morning
Secretaries are calling for better pay and conditions from the Department of Education.
# Dundalk
Parents threaten High Court action against school over reduction of subjects taught in Irish
The board has said teacher shortages led to the decision to have most subjects taught in English.
# forsa
School secretaries to begin industrial action this month in dispute over pay and working conditions
Most school secretaries are not paid by the Department of Education directly.
# School
Boy (8) who was expelled after assaulting five staff members must be re-enrolled, court hears
The boy struck one of the staff members at the school with a hurl, the court heard.
# dublin 15
Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister
With schools set to return next week, hundreds of pupils across Ireland have yet to be given a place.
'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'
As things stand, the contribution is needed to keep school doors open, writes Joseph A Moynihan.
# Your Say
Poll: Should voluntary contributions to schools be scrapped?
Parents can be asked to pay between €60 to €115.
# Courts
Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court
The teenager was expelled by the school’s board of management in November 2018.
# Back To School
Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school
That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.
# Courts
Leaving Cert student who punched and kicked fellow pupil in the face gets suspended sentence
Lee Fetherson, now aged 20, was expelled from the school immediately after the attack on 10 March 2017.
# appeal
Mother jailed after 8-year-old son missed over 240 school days released to appeal case
The woman, who is in her 30s, was convicted at Dublin District Court of neglecting the boy’s education.
# Absent
Dublin mother jailed for three weeks after child misses 240 school days in two years
The child has a 67% absent rate in this school year.
# appeal
High Court challenge brought over decision to expel teen for bringing knife to school
The second-year student was expelled from the secondary school he attended late last year.
# beauty q
Beauty Q: Were you allowed to wear makeup in school?
We need to know.
# screen time
Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests
New research has found that four in 10 children in Ireland own a mobile phone by the age of nine.
# equal pay equal work
'It's soul destroying': The school secretaries that don't get paid for the Christmas holidays
“I was in the dole office before Christmas to sign on, and it takes ages each year,” one school secretary said.
Murder probe launched after man shot dead outside school in Belfast
The incident is believed to have occurred at Glen Road beside St Mary’s Grammar School in West Belfast.
# Christmas
Poll: How do you feel about buying Christmas presents for teachers?
Some people are sick of the whole thing.
# Report Card
Homeless and Traveller children 'falling through gaps' in education system
Ireland is one of the best countries in terms of reducing education inequality, but concerns have been raised about vulnerable children.
# Schools Rugby
Bowe behind new schools festival inspired by South Africa's Craven Week
The former Ulster and Ireland wing has partnered up with Louis Ludik for ‘Rugby Rising.’
# Balbriggan
Repair works on Dublin school that forced closure of one of its buildings 'could take up to a year'
School management have pledged that all students will be accomodated after the mid-term break.
# Dublin
Mother in court after daughter misses year at secondary school
The offence can result in a prison sentence of up to one month and a €1,000 fine.
# Human Error
'I was completely panicking': Leaving Cert students at Dublin school taught wrong English text for two years
The mistake was only discovered six days before the students started their exams this year.
# Results
Leaving Cert results: Girls continue to outperform boys in getting top marks
A gender breakdown of Wednesday’s results has been released.
# Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
Parkland students return to school - with €5.7 million in security upgrades
A gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building in February.
# That time of year
Parents 'starting to panic' amid delays receiving school clothing allowance
Children will be returning to school in the coming weeks.
Mother blasts lack of apology after daughter with spina bifida treated by school staff wearing face masks
Employees wore face masks while dealing with the girl, despite her not having a contagious disease.
# Debt
Parents turning to moneylenders to cope with back-to-school costs
More than one-third of parents in Ireland say they are debt due to these costs.
# Social Protection
Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year
It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.