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# Education

20th September 2023
'The AI excuse doesn't wash with me': Mixed reaction to plans to drop teacher-based assessment
Labour Party education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called the reforms “a missed opportunity”.
Government drops plans for teacher-based assessment of Leaving Cert, blaming AI
There will be changes to the Leaving Cert introduced in 2025.
Last week
10th September 2023 - 16th September 2023
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.
Primary schools call for more funding as OECD report finds Ireland lagging behind neighbours
Primary school bodies have highlighted the increases in energy, insurance, cleaning and waste disposal costs among others.
This month
September 2023
Parenting: 'I've realised that to raise resilient kids I need to practice what I preach'
Margaret Lynch looked at the tricks for building resilience in her children and found that communication is key.
Controversy in Brazil as digital education resources riddled with errors
New digital learning materials incorrectly said that the city of Sao Paulo was on the coast and linked brain disorders to dirty water.
Last month
August 2023
Over 250 parents contacted SVP every day last week about back-to-school costs
The charity is “hopeful” that the Government will make school books free at secondary level in the upcoming Budget.
Parenting: 'I decided that this would be the summer we would give them a love of reading'
Our parenting columnist Margaret Lynch says the more they tried to steer the kids away from devices and towards books, the more they resented reading.
Leaving Cert results: Grades adjusted upwards again due to pandemic disruption for students
71% of all grades went up with the adjustment, compared to just over 50% in 2022.
Reduction in college fees and increase in students grants under consideration for Budget
Minister Simon Harris says it is important that all of the levers available to reduce costs for students.
Two new farming apprenticeships aim to 'help labour shortages in the agri sector'
The first apprentices will begin their two-year programme in September.
Government urged to extend school books grant to secondary schools
The move follows the publication of a Barnardos survey earlier today which found that 24% of secondary school parents had to take out a loan or borrow from friends to cover back to school costs.
This year
'Influencer teachers': Minister says it's generally not appropriate for commercial videos to be shot in schools
There have been calls for schools to clamp down on such influencer activity taking place.
Pandemic had no impact on the 'vast majority' of 13-year-olds' transition to secondary school
Just under 100% of 13-year-olds agreed that they had made new friends in second-level education.
There were over 15,600 Ukrainian pupils enrolled in Irish schools at end of school year
Dublin schools have seen the most enrolments of Ukrainian pupils.
Parenting: No more school lunches to be made? Praise be!
Mum Margaret Lynch says she’s tried every which way to make healthy lunches for school, but has had to just admit defeat.
What lesson can we learn from our Leaving Cert nightmares?
Do we attached too much importance to the Leaving Cert?
Tributes paid to ASTI president Miriam Duggan who has died following a short illness
The Union said Duggan “worked tirelessly” as a voice for teachers in Ireland.
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.
CAO Round One offers to be released on 30 August
Leaving Cert results will come out on 25 August, which is closer to the usual release date than the last two years.
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.
Opinion: Young people deserve and need sound guidance on healthy relationships and sex
Ciara Lynch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says what is increasingly clear is that society needs to get real on sex education for children and young people.
Fraudsters impersonating gardaí target schools with scam emails
Some scammers have even sent fraudulent emails in Irish.
Analysis: Don't fall for the 'groomer' slur - it's an old trick used to stir hatred of LGBTQ+ people
Aoife Gallagher and Tim Squirrell of ISD look at the worrying rise of misinformation and dangerous narratives around people in the LGBTQ+ community.
Over 600 extra teaching course places to be added over the next two years
Norma Foley said the move was one of number of measures taken to address the high demand for teachers.
Opinion: As educators, we must step up our game in the face of ChatGPT
Three University of Galway academics explore how Artificial Intelligence is sweeping academia and ask what should be done.
Primary school students to learn less religion and will have mandatory foreign languages
The Primary Curriculum Framework was launched by Education Minister Norma Foley this morning.
DAA given green light to buy frequency jamming anti-drone technology for use at Dublin Airport
No primary legislation is required to enable its use at the airport, it is believed.
'Trans people exist': Taoiseach backs the teaching of gender identity in schools
The Taoiseach said that the education system needed to prepare children for the world.
Teacher: 'We've handed over the sexual education of a generation to the porn industry'
Eoghan Cleary’s students gave him an honest account of the pornography they were exposed to every day.
Plans for LC students to sit Paper 1 at end of fifth year to be deferred
The interim measure led to controversy with teachers’ unions and students.
No 'specific number' on how many children can participate in Summer Programme
Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan launched this year’s programme this afternoon.
Walkout Wednesday: Up to 500,000 workers across the UK on strike today
Teachers, university lecturers, train drivers, civil servants, bus drivers and security guards are going on strike.
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
Teachers in England and Wales vote for strikes in pay dispute
The National Education Union has declared seven days of walkouts in February and March.
'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.’
Leaving Cert students ask Foley to keep 'no cliff edge' vow - and avoid clash with Harry Styles gig
Norma Foley has a challenge ahead to keep everyone happy as she aims to reform the Leaving Certificate.
The Irish For: Jolabokaflod - a look at Iceland's Christmas books tradition
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at how people in Iceland focus on books over the holiday season.
Last year
Girl takes High Court action against primary school over alleged failure to stop harassment from male student
The action follows concern for the girl’s safety on the school premises.
'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