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From TheJournal.ie A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am Home School Hub

A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am

The ‘Home School Hub’ will be aired each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ2.

From TheJournal.ie Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert Coronavirus

Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that there was a very good chance state exams would go ahead as planned this summer.

From TheJournal.ie Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure Breakfast Clubs

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure

The Minister for Education acknowledged that many children rely on programmes such as the breakfast club at their schools.

From TheJournal.ie Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks Exams

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks

The decision was announced this morning by the Department of Education.

From TheJournal.ie All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September History Lesson

All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September

History is now a core subject on the Junior Cycle.

From TheJournal.ie School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks Secretaries

School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks

Fórsa head of education Andy Pike said the talks needed to yield real and significant progress.

From TheJournal.ie 'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action Education Minister

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action

Talks between the Department of Education and trade union Fórsa are still ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission.

From TheJournal.ie Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow Pay Gap

Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow

Rallies have been organised at a number of locations including at Leinster House and at the minister’s Donegal constituency offices.

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 Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans Irish Language

Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans

Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced the plan today.

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 Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering' New Sex Ed Plan

Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'

The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.

From TheJournal.ie 20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million School Building

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

From TheJournal.ie €30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools Summer Works Scheme

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools

Some of the allocation will be used to establish electric vehicle charging points.

From TheJournal.ie South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage Joe McHugh

South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage

McHugh has activated new legislation which directs schools to open more special classes.

From TheJournal.ie Repair works cost State €40m after concerns over structural defects at schools School Safety

Repair works cost State €40m after concerns over structural defects at schools

A total of 40 schools were caught up in the controversy over structural and fire safety deficiencies.

From TheJournal.ie Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission WRC

Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission

The dispute centres around the fact that only a few hundred of the country’s 3,500 secretaries are paid directly by the Department.

From TheJournal.ie Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle Special Status

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle

Maths, Irish and English are currently the only compulsory subjects, bar some exceptions.

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 Review of junior cycle History recommends it should remain as an optional subject Report

Review of junior cycle History recommends it should remain as an optional subject

The minister announced last year that he requested a review into the subject’s status.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students?

The subject became optional for students last September.

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 Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme Special Needs

Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme

Gillian Bolger and Darren Milne spoke about the struggles they have faced in getting their eight-year-old twins into suitable school.

From TheJournal.ie Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years Oideachas

Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years

“I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education,” Education Minister Joe McHugh said.

From TheJournal.ie Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister Dublin 15

Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister

With schools set to return next week, hundreds of pupils across Ireland have yet to be given a place.

From TheJournal.ie Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block Wbs

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block

A total of 42 schools built by WBS were inspected over concerns about structural problems.

From TheJournal.ie Western Building Systems calls for 'independent expert answers' into schools structural issues Building Works

Western Building Systems calls for 'independent expert answers' into schools structural issues

Education Minister Joe McHugh gave an update on the remediation programme on the schools built by the firm.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns raised about whether legal fees will be paid to school abuse victim applicants Redress Scheme

Concerns raised about whether legal fees will be paid to school abuse victim applicants

Thirteen applicants to the scheme have been offered €84,000, but there are concerns over the associated legal costs.

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 Dáil apology from Taoiseach after judge's finding that abuse redress scheme is 'inherently illogical' Redress Scheme

Dáil apology from Taoiseach after judge's finding that abuse redress scheme is 'inherently illogical'

A retired judge said that the State’s approach showed an “inherent inversion of logic and a fundamental unfairness to applicants”.

From TheJournal.ie Remedial works on 22 schools with structural issues begin tomorrow, says minister Remedial Works

Remedial works on 22 schools with structural issues begin tomorrow, says minister

The remedial works will be carried out over the summer period with all schools expected to re-open as normal for the new term in September.

From TheJournal.ie Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home Joe McHugh

Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home

More than 2,000 Irish people are employed in the education sector in the UAE.

From TheJournal.ie Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules Leaving Cert

Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules

Earlier this year, a student spoke on the radio about having to sit her Leaving Cert a day after her mother died.

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 Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan Staff Shortages

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan

Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.

From TheJournal.ie Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled' Joe McHugh

Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled'

It was claimed that Christmas celebrations in schools could be curtailed where patronage was switched to multi-denominational.

From TheJournal.ie These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings Education

These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings

The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.

From TheJournal.ie External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul Overhaul

External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul

A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin land prices with 'development potential' on the rise, as €23m price tag for stadium defended Harold's Cross

Dublin land prices with 'development potential' on the rise, as €23m price tag for stadium defended

The land has been rezoned to allow for the construction of schools in Harold’s Cross.

From TheJournal.ie Students 'pressured' by new Leaving Cert grade scheme as number sitting higher level exams rises Education

Students 'pressured' by new Leaving Cert grade scheme as number sitting higher level exams rises

The Economic and Social Research has carried out an early analysis of the grading scheme.

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