The Minister for Education, Richard Brouton, has said that every child who needs a special needs assistant will get one. The number of Special Needs Assistants will increase by 7% to provide an additional 860 Special Needs Assistants, bringing the number to just under 13,000. Funding will be released by the end of the year.
So it seems the Minister for Education’s announcement that he plans to focus on the Community National School (CNS) model has really put the cat amongst the pigeons. Paddy Monaghan, a barrister and member of Educate Equality, and now a long-standing objector to the current education model, has voiced his opinion against the CNS model,[…]
The Department of Education have released two new circulars to primary and special schools on POD which can be found here: http://bit.ly/25OWNro
I set up primaryschools.ie after hearing from so many parents that enrolling their child in primary school was really stressful. I couldn’t believe that in this day and age, parents were still filling out paper applications and posting them to schools, or in the majority of cases, actually taking time off work to drop it[…]
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) is a 10 – 16 week entrepreneurial education programme for primary school pupils. The not-for-profit programme is led by Jerry Kennelly (founder & CEO of Tweak.com) in association with academic partner, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Developed in Ireland. The principles of the Primary School Curriculum are embedded in JEP utilising[…]
The Irish Times has announced the winners of the Africa Day Writing Competition which was open to primary and secondary school students, as well as to adults. Entrants could write a poem, short story or essay, with the winners walking away with a selection of books worth €50 as well as a photographic session with[…]
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[…]
The Department of Education has today announced that Educate Together has been awarded the patronage for new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra, whereas the Goatstown/Stillorgan site will be awarded to An Foras Pátrúnachta. Awarding of patronage was determined by parental demand and a need for plurality of patronage, as set out by the Department.
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[…]
The National Parents Council is carrying out a survey of parents, teachers and children to ask whether they feel homework is beneficial for primary school students. The online survey closes on May 22. The Irish Times today, referred to a study carried out by Harris Cooper of US-based Duke University, who claims “there is no[…]