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# Schools

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Schools close early and clinics cancelled at Temple Street amid fears of unrest in central Dublin
Two primary schools confirmed they were advised to close by gardaí.
Last month
October 2023
Concerns raised that parents of pre-schoolers had no say in Catholic school divestment scheme
A report by
Valerie Flynn
A new state strategy aimed at securing scores more school ethos changes will be announced soon.
Schools are removing outer doors on bathrooms to crack down on students vaping
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
One principal said vaping is an issue in every school in the country.
Parents from one school in Monaghan were upset to find out that the decision was taken without their consultancy.
One school said the practice is not unique to them and that many schools have opted to take the same precaution.
Rents in Dublin and cars in Abu Dhabi: The 'nightmare' scramble to get teachers
School principals and deputy principals told The Journal about the impact that teacher shortages are having on their schools.
September 2023
Eoghan Cleary: The new sex ed curriculum is being misrepresented by a small but loud group
The teacher challenges certain beliefs about the new sex education curriculum and outlines why they are inaccurate. 
Substitute teacher: 'I lived abroad and came home, but teaching in Ireland has been a disaster'
One young teacher who worked in the UK has now moved back home says he’s had enough of the struggle to live in Ireland.
Education Minister pushes back against idea of 'Dublin allowance' for teachers
Minister Foley said the extra allowance given to teachers working in London has not solved the situation for teachers there.
Does your child have a smartphone, or did you have one as a child? We want to hear your stories
We want to hear from young people and their parents about how smartphone use affects their lives
UK Department of Education releases report into concrete in school buildings
The Irish government have been quick to clarify that the material in question is not used in Irish buildings.
This year
ASTI head: 'Quite frankly, they're putting people in classrooms who aren't teachers'
As of 15 August, there were 484 unfilled vacancies for post-primary schools on
Opinion: Is it time to ban smart phones in schools?
Dr Catherine Conlon looks at the evidence and arguments for and against an outright ban of smartphones in schools.
Education Minister says parents and guardians ‘cannot be compelled to pay voluntary charge’
Norma Foley called on principals to contact her department if their school was struggling to pay certain costs.
Providing school meals during holiday period may pose ‘logistical complications’, Varadkar says
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that other extensions of the hot school meals programme would be prioritised first.
Kilkenny-Galway All-Ireland final in store as St Kieran's and Athenry triumph
St Brendan’s Park in Birr hosted today’s semi-final double-header.
There is no academic advantage to attending single-sex schools in Ireland, research suggests
The study was undertaken by researchers at the University of Limerick.
Stunning Crescent comeback against CBC sends Munster semi-final to replay
There was no separating the two teams at Musgrave Park.
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
'Cause for deep concern': Influencer Andrew Tate is 'capturing the imagination' of young men
‘I’m teaching over 20 years and I haven’t heard anyone capture their imagination as much as this guy.’
Number of Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools has almost doubled since May
Schools in Dublin, Kerry and Cork have enrolled the most students.
Last year
'It will drive people away': Student teachers on the potential threat to career breaks
A report by
Jamie McCarron
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere.
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere if the option is removed.
The Department of Education has emphasised that no decisions have been made.
Plans to scrap teacher career breaks criticised as it emerges Education Minister is on same break
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
The Social Democrats TD says the teacher shortage is at crisis point – he will table proposed solutions tomorrow.
National bullying database to be set up under new 'landmark' action plan
This is the first time the Department of Education has updated its bullying action plan since 2013.
Bankers 'rewarded' with bonuses and a pay boost despite tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
AIB and Permanent TSB will follow suit as the State sells off more of its stake in those banks.
Three quarters of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school, says new report
The survey was carried out by BeLong To.
St Michael's to play in World Schools rugby competition in Thailand
The Dublin school has gained international acclaim for its rugby programme.
Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?
Many schools are reopening today or later this week.
New SPHE syllabus to teach Junior Certs how to recognise domestic violence, minister says
Emotional wellbeing, gender, and how to be safe online will be updated features of a new SPHE curriculum.
Nearly 7,000 Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools
Nearly 1,000 children and teens have enrolled in schools here since mid May.
Nearly 6,000 Ukrainian children and teens enrolled in Irish schools
The Department will continue to publish figures on the enrolment of Ukrainian children each month.
Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.
Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid
The number of children included in these absence reports increased during the pandemic due to Covid-19 illness and close contact rules.
Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave
Staff absence in schools is reportedly “very high” due to the current wave of the virus.
Staff absence in schools is reportedly "very high" due to the current wave of the virus.
The Department of Education said its helpline remains open to support schools.
It said measures taken to support the supply of substitute teachers also remain in place.
Cabinet agrees to end almost all Covid-19 health measures from next Monday
Updated guidance will be issued for early learning and childcare providers on preventing the spread of infection.
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
Galway, Kerry and Wexford schools celebrate GAA senior provincial final wins
The silverware is heading to Tuam, Killarney and New Ross.
Leaving Cert student: The government needs to listen to students for once and for all
Stella Butler shares her frustration at what she feels is a lack of long-term planning from government on schools.
Over 500 Covid outbreaks associated with school students and staff in second half of 2021
That’s according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.
ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures
The teachers union will ask the Department of Health to introduce ‘a delayed and staggered reopening’ of schools at a meeting tomorrow.
England's education minister says classes may be merged to allow schools to stay open
The Education Secretary said it was preferable for schools to remain open, even if that meant secondary school students wearing masks.