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From TheJournal.ie Parents sometimes feel 'coerced' into accepting reduced timetables for their children, committee hears Schools

Parents sometimes feel 'coerced' into accepting reduced timetables for their children, committee hears

A Department of Education official said today the practice is to be “limited solely to those circumstances where it is absolutely necessary”.

From TheJournal.ie 'No decision made' on extension to school mid-term break to curb virus Mid-term Break

'No decision made' on extension to school mid-term break to curb virus

Government sources say the move is being considered as an option but no decision has been made.

From TheJournal.ie Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests Black Lives Matter

Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests

Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.

From TheJournal.ie Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures School Transport

Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures

TD Mattie McGrath said that the ‘archaic’ system was facing a worrying backlog.

From TheJournal.ie The Leaving Cert: When are the results due, and what can we expect? Results Day

The Leaving Cert: When are the results due, and what can we expect?

Leaving Cert calculated grade results are due to be released tomorrow morning at 9am.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools Schools

'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools

Many teachers complain they’ve received little guidance or assurances about how pregnant staff will be looked after.

From TheJournal.ie No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students Schools

No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students

The government announced new 120 guidance counsellor posts last month to support students returning to school.

From TheJournal.ie Overcrowded classes and an empty classroom: Serious 'frustration' at teaching job cuts during a health crisis Schools Reopening

Overcrowded classes and an empty classroom: Serious 'frustration' at teaching job cuts during a health crisis

A mixture of excitement and frustration prevailed at one Louth school with classes of 33 pupils as available classrooms lie empty.

From TheJournal.ie School closures prompt changes to 2021 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams Schools

School closures prompt changes to 2021 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams

The changes were announced this evening by the Department of Education.

From TheJournal.ie Secondary school buses to run at 50% capacity only, government confirms Covid-19

Secondary school buses to run at 50% capacity only, government confirms

The Department of Education said it had taken the decision following advice from NPHET.

From TheJournal.ie The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope Back To School

The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope

Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.

From TheJournal.ie All children who are not at-risk expected to return to school, and can miss a max of 20 days off school Department Of Education

All children who are not at-risk expected to return to school, and can miss a max of 20 days off school

This includes children whose parents or other relatives may be at risk, or who may be anxious about the Covid-19 pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie 'Very, very big plan' - Government to unveil school reopening plan today Reopening Schools

'Very, very big plan' - Government to unveil school reopening plan today

A planning document from the Department of Education will be brought to the cabinet today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan Back To School

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

From TheJournal.ie Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says 'at least there's now certainty' Results Day

Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says 'at least there's now certainty'

The publication of this year’s results will not be available until 7 September.

From TheJournal.ie Large schools will have to stagger their opening times in September, warns union INTO

Large schools will have to stagger their opening times in September, warns union

Education Minister Norma Foley says that public health advice will underpin the reopening of and operation of schools.

From TheJournal.ie Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI New Guidelines

Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI

Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

From TheJournal.ie Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return New Term New Rules

Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return

Face coverings will not be mandatory but students will not be discouraged from wearing them.

From TheJournal.ie Summer provision programme ‘categorised by confusion’ due to changing messages, says charity Inclusion Ireland

Summer provision programme ‘categorised by confusion’ due to changing messages, says charity

A lack of transport is also a major barrier in children attending summer programmes, the committee heard.

From TheJournal.ie As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades' Exams

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'

Speculation that the exams would be cancelled has been growing since reports last night.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What are the options for this year's Leaving Cert, and why is it so complicated? Education

Explainer: What are the options for this year's Leaving Cert, and why is it so complicated?

There’s a growing feeling among parents and students that the Leaving Cert should be cancelled.

From TheJournal.ie Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school State Exams

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school

Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close Coronavirus

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close

Rumours were circulating on WhatsApp and on social media today that all schools nationwide are to be closed.

From TheJournal.ie Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment College Campuses

Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.

From TheJournal.ie €1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced Funding

€1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced

The fund has been set up on top of a grant which is already provided to all schools.

From TheJournal.ie School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer 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.

From TheJournal.ie Building company facing legal action from Dept of Education to 'vigorously contest' any litigation Legal Action

Building company facing legal action from Dept of Education to 'vigorously contest' any litigation

Some 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems have been at the centre of a safety probe.

From TheJournal.ie Changes to summer scheme for children with disabilities to be considered after High Court cases July Provision

Changes to summer scheme for children with disabilities to be considered after High Court cases

The scheme provides funding towards extra schooling in July for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or severe learning disability.

From TheJournal.ie Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays Home Tuition

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.

From TheJournal.ie New rules proposed to limit schools teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours Reduced Timetables

New rules proposed to limit schools teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours

Concerns have been raised over the use of reduced timetables.

From TheJournal.ie 'Lost in the system': Some school secretaries say they're not getting their 2.5% pay increases Equal Pay

'Lost in the system': Some school secretaries say they're not getting their 2.5% pay increases

The Department said that they’ve received calls on the issue, where they advise secretaries on what action they can take.

From TheJournal.ie 'Absolutely unacceptable': Teachers unsure of when they'll be paid after starting new jobs Delays

'Absolutely unacceptable': Teachers unsure of when they'll be paid after starting new jobs

Concerns have been raised about the length of time it takes to process teachers’ appointments.

From TheJournal.ie 'Huge positive impact', 'very problematic': Mixed reactions to Irish exemption rule changes Education

'Huge positive impact', 'very problematic': Mixed reactions to Irish exemption rule changes

IQ levels and psychological assessments are no longer a factor.

From TheJournal.ie Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court 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.

From TheJournal.ie Abuse survivors report 'huge fear' of visits to hospitals and institutions Abuse Survivors

Abuse survivors report 'huge fear' of visits to hospitals and institutions

That’s according to a new report published today.

From TheJournal.ie Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September Education

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September

Last month the Department of Education served statutory notices on 18 schools and two patrol bodies in the Dublin 15 area urging them to make additional provision.

From TheJournal.ie PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation' Education

PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation'

A new scheme aimed at teaching pupils a second language was announced today.

From TheJournal.ie The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer Homelessness

The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer

Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.

From TheJournal.ie 'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards Education

'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards

Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has claimed poor training and insufficient pay was behind the drop in the supply.

From TheJournal.ie 'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay Support Our Secretaries

'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay

Kathleen O’Doherty from Donegal has written to eight Education Ministers about school secretaries’ pay.

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