October 6, 2015

News

Leo Varadkar raises Back to School Allowance

Leo Varadkar’s parting action as Minister for Social Protection, before he takes up the mantle of Taoiseach, is to raise the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for primary and secondary school students. Eligible parents of primary school students will now receive €125 per child, and €250 per secondary school child, which amounts to[…]

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How to boost your school numbers – go Gaelscoil

Synge Street Boys’ National School, one of Ireland’s oldest schools and formerly attended by such figures as Gay Byrne, Eddie Jordan and former president Cearbhail Ó Dálaigh, is going Gaelscoil. Dwindling pupil enrolments, due in large to the increase in property prices in the inner city and the resulting movement of young families further out of[…]

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How will school waiting lists ban change admissions policies?

You can read primaryschools.ie input on the issue of school waiting lists and admission policies in the Irish Times today, 7 March 2017. http://bit.ly/2nahnhB

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primaryschools.ie is looking for an investor!

We are currently looking for an investor! If you would like to invest in a business which puts parents’ and schools’ needs at the heart of the business and aims to deliver a simple and affordable solution to primary school enrolment (and later secondary school enrolment too), then you’re the person for us! If you’re[…]

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79 new schools added to DEIS Programme

The Department of Education has announced that 79 new schools will be added to the DEIS programme from 1 September 2017 following a review of the initiative. Minister Brouton launched the new scheme from Our Lady Immaculate Junior National School in Darndale yesterday. The Plan builds on the experiences of existing DEIS schools and draws on[…]

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Dept. of Education release plans for new school divestment programme

The Department of Education has released plans to divest 150 Catholic schools over the coming years and transfer patronage to multi-denominational or non-denominational patronage. The Education and Training Boards have been given the responsibility to determine which areas are in need of such a school and which type of school should be provided. The ETBs[…]

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IPPN Expo 2017

We had a very successful two days at the IPPN Expo 2017 with many more schools registering with our website over the period. We hope those schools that didn’t get a chance to talk to us on the day will check out our website for more information. Don’t forget it is free for schools to[…]

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Department of Education consultation paper to address role of religion in schools

The Department of Education is currently inviting submissions for their consultation process on the role of religion in school admissions. The consultation process will run from 24 January to 20 February 2017. The minister has set out four possible approaches to dealing with this issue and would like to hear from stakeholders, interested parties and anyone[…]

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School “Baptism Barrier” to be addressed

The Minister For Health, Richard Brouton, has committed to making the application process to schools fairer by addressing the “baptism barrier” that currently stands, where schools who are oversubscribed may discriminate between applicants on the basis of their religion. According to a survey by Equate, one in four parents would not have baptised their children[…]

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AIB Startup Academy pitching round!

I was lucky enough to be one of the companies selected to pitch today in the Irish Times building as part of the AIB Startup Academy. Although a little nervous at first, I think the pitch went well. At least I didn’t forget anything! 10 finalists will be selected by close of business today to[…]

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