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# Schools

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Education
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.
Last month
May 2023
# hot meals
Providing school meals during holiday period may pose ‘logistical complications’, Varadkar says
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that other extensions of the hot school meals programme would be prioritised first.
This year
Kilkenny-Galway All-Ireland final in store as St Kieran's and Athenry triumph
St Brendan’s Park in Birr hosted today’s semi-final double-header.
# Research
There is no academic advantage to attending single-sex schools in Ireland, research suggests
The study was undertaken by researchers at the University of Limerick.
# All Square
Stunning Crescent comeback against CBC sends Munster semi-final to replay
There was no separating the two teams at Musgrave Park.
# 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.
# andrew tate
'Cause for deep concern': Influencer Andrew Tate is 'capturing the imagination' of young men
‘I’m teaching over 20 years and I haven’t heard anyone capture their imagination as much as this guy.’
# Ukraine
Number of Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools has almost doubled since May
Schools in Dublin, Kerry and Cork have enrolled the most students.
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
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
The Social Democrats TD says the teacher shortage is at crisis point – he will table proposed solutions tomorrow.
# Bullying
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.
# banking review
Bankers 'rewarded' with bonuses and a pay boost despite tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
AIB and Permanent TSB will follow suit as the State sells off more of its stake in those banks.
# Schools
Three quarters of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school, says new report
The survey was carried out by BeLong To.
# Tour
St Michael's to play in World Schools rugby competition in Thailand
The Dublin school has gained international acclaim for its rugby programme.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?
Many schools are reopening today or later this week.
# sex education
New SPHE syllabus to teach Junior Certs how to recognise domestic violence, minister says
Emotional wellbeing, gender, and how to be safe online will be updated features of a new SPHE curriculum.
# War in Ukraine
Nearly 7,000 Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools
Nearly 1,000 children and teens have enrolled in schools here since mid May.
# Ukraine
Nearly 6,000 Ukrainian children and teens enrolled in Irish schools
The Department will continue to publish figures on the enrolment of Ukrainian children each month.
# rising costs
Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.
# Attendance
Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid
The number of children included in these absence reports increased during the pandemic due to Covid-19 illness and close contact rules.
# Schools
Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave
Staff absence in schools is reportedly “very high” due to the current wave of the virus.
Staff absence in schools is reportedly "very high" due to the current wave of the virus.
The Department of Education said its helpline remains open to support schools.
It said measures taken to support the supply of substitute teachers also remain in place.
# Masks
Cabinet agrees to end almost all Covid-19 health measures from next Monday
Updated guidance will be issued for early learning and childcare providers on preventing the spread of infection.
# nphet
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
# Rising Stars
Galway, Kerry and Wexford schools celebrate GAA senior provincial final wins
The silverware is heading to Tuam, Killarney and New Ross.
Leaving Cert student: The government needs to listen to students for once and for all
Stella Butler shares her frustration at what she feels is a lack of long-term planning from government on schools.
# Schools
Over 500 Covid outbreaks associated with school students and staff in second half of 2021
That’s according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
# re-opening
'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.
# Schools
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.
# Nadhim Zahawi
England's education minister says classes may be merged to allow schools to stay open
The Education Secretary said it was preferable for schools to remain open, even if that meant secondary school students wearing masks.
All time
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break
It was decided that the exams will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays.
# Schools
Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor
Christine Loscher added that schoolchildren are currently the population’s largest unvaccinated group and will be mixing in coming days.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think schools should close earlier for Christmas due to Covid?
Denmark is adding four extra days to the school Christmas holidays to counter its Covid surge.
# storm barra
Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'
Schools are closed in 12 counties today.
# freezing classrooms
Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.
# Schools
Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises
The CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network said there have been “high levels of compliance” among children wearing masks.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school
The recommendation was made by public health officials last week.
School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'
One school principal writes about their take on the latest advice that children from third class must wear face masks.
# Schools
Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'
Professor John Wenger said the filters could help schools with poor ventilation.
# Schools
Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis
Cabinet minister met today to consider advice from NPHET on the current Covid-19 situation.
Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation
The People Before Profit TD says ventilation has been all but ignored by the government in the battle against Covid.