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#Department of Education

# department-of-education - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'
# Rathmines
# Rathmines

'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'

Jul 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,291 Views 75 Comments
  • An official wrote the email before the doorway at the Rathmines college was covered with wooden hoardings in late May, Cónal Thomas reports.
  • The boarding up of the location prompted an outcry on social media because the location had been frequented by a man who slept rough.
  • Official statements at the time suggested that the doorway was boarded up to facilitate Leaving Certificate exams in June.

# department-of-education - Monday 21 June, 2021

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic
# School Dinners
# School Dinners

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 21st 2021, 2:24 PM 11,793 Views 17 Comments

The funding is normally not available during the summer.

# department-of-education - Friday 28 May, 2021

Hoardings were put up where homeless man was known to sleep to 'prepare building for Leaving Cert'
# Rathmines
# Rathmines

Hoardings were put up where homeless man was known to sleep to 'prepare building for Leaving Cert'

May 28th 2021, 6:30 AM 48,946 Views 41 Comments

The man has since been contacted by homeless services.

# department-of-education - Monday 15 February, 2021

High Court challenge begins against direction to readmit expelled student with special needs
# Courts
# Courts

High Court challenge begins against direction to readmit expelled student with special needs

Feb 15th 2021, 9:15 PM 22,425 Views 0 Comments

The pupil, who has special needs and cannot be identified by order of the court, was expelled in September from a Co Meath school.

# department-of-education - Friday 22 January, 2021

Leaving Cert 2021: Survey and emails from 'stressed' students presented to State exam Advisory Group
# State Exams
# State Exams

Leaving Cert 2021: Survey and emails from 'stressed' students presented to State exam Advisory Group

Jan 22nd 2021, 3:42 PM 16,618 Views 19 Comments

A survey found that most Leaving Cert students wanted a choice between Calculated Grades or in-person exams.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks

Jan 19th 2021, 5:13 PM 41,078 Views 147 Comments

A webinar for teachers was held yesterday where “vitriolic” comments were left about public health experts’ assertion that schools are safe.

# department-of-education - Saturday 16 January, 2021

At-risk SNAs and childcare among final obstacles in resuming special-education classes
# Special Education
# Special Education

At-risk SNAs and childcare among final obstacles in resuming special-education classes

Updated Jan 16th 2021, 3:50 PM 44,492 Views 95 Comments

Minister Norma Foley said classes for children with special needs would reopen next Thursday.

# department-of-education - Monday 28 December, 2020

Number of sixth year students studying a foreign language falls as STEM gender gap persists
# Education
# Education

Number of sixth year students studying a foreign language falls as STEM gender gap persists

Dec 28th 2020, 9:44 AM 19,084 Views 39 Comments

A report has found that “strong differences can be seen in the percentages of girls and boys when it comes to STEM, particularly when biology is excluded”.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Dept of Education officials say it was 'impossible' to get staff to check Leaving Cert algorithm
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Dept of Education officials say it was 'impossible' to get staff to check Leaving Cert algorithm

Nov 10th 2020, 6:48 PM 31,924 Views 20 Comments

Dalton Tattan, assistant secretary at the Department of Education said the pressure they were under was ‘extreme’.

# department-of-education - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review
# Sanitisers
# Sanitisers

Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review

Updated Oct 29th 2020, 7:47 PM 62,099 Views 51 Comments

The Department of Education has told schools that they will be provided with funding to obtain new supplies.

# department-of-education - Friday 23 October, 2020

Schools being asked to check hand sanitiser supplier following recall of brand due to possible 'health concerns'
# Hand Sanitiser
# Hand Sanitiser

Schools being asked to check hand sanitiser supplier following recall of brand due to possible 'health concerns'

Updated Oct 23rd 2020, 7:31 AM 92,971 Views 74 Comments

A product recall was issued tonight by the Department of Agriculture on ViraPro hand sanitiser.

# department-of-education - Thursday 15 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 15th 2020, 3:18 PM 31,843 Views 9 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 9 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 9th 2020, 12:24 PM 44,770 Views 60 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Monday 14 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 14th 2020, 12:05 AM 50,380 Views 168 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 10 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 10th 2020, 7:45 AM 22,769 Views 24 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Sunday 6 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 43,883 Views 23 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Sunday 30 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 52,909 Views 55 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Saturday 29 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 29th 2020, 6:15 AM 21,939 Views 17 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 28 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 28th 2020, 12:10 AM 26,075 Views 32 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 21 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 21st 2020, 9:58 PM 50,604 Views 23 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Secondary school buses to run at 50% capacity only, government confirms
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Aug 20th 2020, 7:13 PM 24,122 Views 48 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Sunday 16 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 16th 2020, 7:15 AM 25,645 Views 19 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Monday 3 August, 2020

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
# 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

Aug 3rd 2020, 9:00 PM 110,938 Views 133 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Monday 27 July, 2020

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

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

Jul 27th 2020, 10:40 AM 58,430 Views 97 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
# Back To School
# Back To School

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

Jul 24th 2020, 1:19 PM 23,097 Views 44 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 17 July, 2020

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

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

Updated Jul 17th 2020, 11:27 AM 31,694 Views 69 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 2 July, 2020

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

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

Jul 2nd 2020, 5:41 PM 51,213 Views 59 Comments

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

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

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

Updated Jul 2nd 2020, 8:27 AM 49,921 Views 119 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return
# New Term New Rules
# New Term New Rules

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

Jul 1st 2020, 6:33 PM 43,436 Views 49 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 25 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 25th 2020, 4:31 PM 7,683 Views 2 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 8 May, 2020

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'
Live May 8th 2020, 2:17 PM

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 7 May, 2020

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

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

May 7th 2020, 3:54 PM 30,667 Views 44 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

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

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

Apr 29th 2020, 1:50 PM 128,962 Views 84 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 10th 2020, 4:30 PM 110,465 Views 75 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 18th 2020, 6:05 AM 8,809 Views 9 Comments

The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.

# department-of-education - Thursday 9 January, 2020

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

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

Jan 9th 2020, 11:14 AM 9,080 Views 54 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Friday 13 December, 2019

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer

Dec 13th 2019, 6:01 AM 10,573 Views 33 Comments

Talks broke down between the Department of Education and Fórsa at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.

# department-of-education - Monday 14 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 14th 2019, 9:36 PM 19,204 Views 0 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Monday 7 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 7th 2019, 12:05 AM 21,850 Views 17 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays
# Home Tuition
# Home Tuition

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Sep 26th 2019, 6:15 AM 7,544 Views 21 Comments

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

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