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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 Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools Education

Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools

Almost 940,000 pupils are enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Patronage of six new post-primary schools announced, with two going to Educate Together Secondary SChools

Patronage of six new post-primary schools announced, with two going to Educate Together

The six schools are due to open in September 2020.

From TheJournal.ie School secretaries to hold national one-day strike and escalate their industrial action Pay Talks

School secretaries to hold national one-day strike and escalate their industrial action

The one-day strike in January will be followed by a work-to-rule from the secretaries, trade union Fórsa said.

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 The CSO has measured how far Irish people live from schools, bus stops and GPs Facilities

The CSO has measured how far Irish people live from schools, bus stops and GPs

There is a large difference in distances between rural and urban settings for all services.

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 Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea?

From Wednesday, there will be a ban on alcohol advertising within 200 metres of a school.

From TheJournal.ie Companies that break new alcohol advertisement rules will face fines and jail time Banned

Companies that break new alcohol advertisement rules will face fines and jail time

Alcohol ads will be banned near schools, creches and playgrounds from next 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 Second level teachers have voted for industrial action over 'pay discrimination' Teacher Strike

Second level teachers have voted for industrial action over 'pay discrimination'

Schools could be affected by teachers’ strike if Government doesn’t take action on two-tier pay.

From TheJournal.ie Government launches competition to promote Irish students' individuality Teach Me As Me

Government launches competition to promote Irish students' individuality

The Children and Youth Affairs Minister launched the social media campaign and competition today.

From TheJournal.ie 'I won't sign on, it's demeaning': School secretaries will strike tomorrow over pay Equal Pay For Equal Work

'I won't sign on, it's demeaning': School secretaries will strike tomorrow over pay

A school secretary could be paid as little as €12,500 a year, with no holiday pay, sick leave or pension entitlements.

From TheJournal.ie School secretaries prepare for industrial action this Friday after talks break down Secretaries

School secretaries prepare for industrial action this Friday after talks break down

The union’s head of education, Andy Pike, said the department didn’t offer any credible proposals.

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 Anger as Junior Cert results day delayed by two weeks Delayed

Anger as Junior Cert results day delayed by two weeks

Traditionally, students receive their results in the middle of September.

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 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 More than 6,600 primary school students to receive hot meals at lunch from next month Nutrition

More than 6,600 primary school students to receive hot meals at lunch from next month

36 schools have been chosen to participate in the new pilot project.

From TheJournal.ie Primary pupils in Kerry are the most likely to be in an overcrowded classroom Primary Schools

Primary pupils in Kerry are the most likely to be in an overcrowded classroom

More than a fifth of registered primary pupils in the recent school year were in overcrowded classes.

From TheJournal.ie Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school Irish League Of Credit Unions

Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school

Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.

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 Schools are teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours as an invisible way of suspending them Losing Out

Schools are teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours as an invisible way of suspending them

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said anecdotal evidence shows some children suffer disproportionately from “reduced timetables”.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear' Opinion

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

From TheJournal.ie Some autistic children 'unable to attend school' due to lack of supports Autism

Some autistic children 'unable to attend school' due to lack of supports

Some 33% of parents said they were waiting one to two years for a place to become available.

From TheJournal.ie 'We shouldn't be defensive about debate led by young people': Bruton defends stance on 'Meatless Monday' teaching pack Farming

'We shouldn't be defensive about debate led by young people': Bruton defends stance on 'Meatless Monday' teaching pack

The Irish Farmers Association want the teaching pack withdrawn or amended.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events? Factcheck

FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events?

It has been claimed that a move away from Catholic patronage in schools means these holidays would no longer be marked with events.

From TheJournal.ie Claims that children can't celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools 'incorrect and misleading' Catholic Church

Claims that children can't celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools 'incorrect and misleading'

It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed.

From TheJournal.ie People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools Measles

People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools

Most people agree with this stance but almost one in five are unsure, according to an opinion poll.

From TheJournal.ie Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach Sinne Fianna Fail

Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach

There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing Opinion

Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing

Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, writes Professor Niall Moyna.

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 The42 Boyle leads St Michael's to 7-try win over Kilkenny Schools Cup

Boyle leads St Michael's to 7-try win over Kilkenny

Success Edogun scored the sole try in response for a spirited Kilkenny side.

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 Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme Personal Injury

Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme

The School Transport Scheme transports children who reside in remote areas of the country to and from their nearest school.

From TheJournal.ie Teachers speak out: 'Homeless students are being forced to live a double life' Homelessness

Teachers speak out: 'Homeless students are being forced to live a double life'

Latest figures show that there are over 3,800 children living in emergency accommodation in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws Environment

Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws

The Green Party has said the ban only addresses “the lowest of the low-hanging fruit”.

From TheJournal.ie 'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish Public Consultation

'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish

Over 2,100 responses were submitted in the weeks before Christmas, so the government has extended the deadline for submissions.

From TheJournal.ie 'Precautionary measures' work on 22 schools hit by structural defects to be finished this evening Structural Defects

'Precautionary measures' work on 22 schools hit by structural defects to be finished this evening

Teams have been on site throughout the weekend to facilitate the reopening of schools.

From TheJournal.ie 17 schools found to have structural defects requiring works to make them safe Western Building Systems

17 schools found to have structural defects requiring works to make them safe

The assessments cleared only 11 schools to open in full without further intervention.

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