Department of Education commences consultation process on education strategy

The Department of Education has commenced a consultation process to determine the pathway for education over the next 3 years in conjunction with the new Programme for Government.  All major stakeholders have been invited to complete the survey, but the survey is also available to the general public. The survey focuses on areas such as[…]

Early intervention study shows significant improvement in children’s lives

Preparing For Life have released the outcomes of a study, carried out over 7 years, of their home visiting, early intervention programme, which aims to improve the life outcomes of children living in disadvantaged communities. The study provided home visits from pregnancy through to school entry and covered 5 dimensions; physical health and wellbeing, social[…]

New government promises 400 multi or non-denominational schools by 2030

The new government has promised to provide 400 new multi-denominational or non-denominational schools by 2030. This comes in the wake of severe criticism by the UN Council on Ireland’s continued breach of Human Rights in the area of pupil access to education. The Programme for Government states “A road map has been agreed for a[…]

Excited Festival returns to Dublin Castle 20-21 May 2016

The Excited Digital Learning Festival returns to Dublin on 20th and 21st May in Dublin Castle. This wonderful event brings together teachers, pupils, academics, enterprise leaders and policy makers in an exploration of new and innovative technology in education. The event gives students a platform from which they may articulate to educators how they would[…]

New parent and child benefits promised under new government

The Irish Independent reported today that the new government’s manifesto includes free child dental care for under 12’s, an increase in Parental Leave above the already promised 28 weeks, state supports to reduce childcare costs and an increase to Home Carer’s Benefit for stay-at-home parents, a commitment to recognise informal family childcare arrangements, permission to[…]