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# norma-foley - Friday 9 April, 2021

'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked
# Covid19
# Covid19

'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked

Apr 9th 2021, 2:23 PM 12,987 Views 24 Comments

The union is calling for SNAs to be designated as frontline healthcare workers and prioritised for vaccines.

# norma-foley - Friday 2 April, 2021

ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'
# Teachers
# Teachers

ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'

Apr 2nd 2021, 2:14 PM 34,226 Views 122 Comments

The decision to overhaul the vaccine plan has sparked anger from teachers who expected to be vaccinated sooner.

# norma-foley - Saturday 13 March, 2021

Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning
# Making Up
# Making Up

Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning

Mar 13th 2021, 10:41 AM 62,995 Views 22 Comments

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that she is “very aware” of the loss of in-person teaching that current fifth year students have experienced.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld

Mar 9th 2021, 8:27 PM 12,361 Views 13 Comments

The heads of a Bill approved today will put this year’s exams and accredited grades system on a legal footing.

# norma-foley - Friday 26 February, 2021

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?

Feb 26th 2021, 8:31 PM 25,984 Views 0 Comments

Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Back to school: What are we expecting about plans for the reopening of education?
# Reopening
# Reopening

Back to school: What are we expecting about plans for the reopening of education?

Feb 23rd 2021, 12:45 PM 35,427 Views 72 Comments

Students have not been back in school since the Christmas break.

# norma-foley - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain
# Exams
# Exams

Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain

Feb 18th 2021, 2:05 PM 13,175 Views 5 Comments

“I trust my teachers, but I don’t trust the algorithm,” one student said.

Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying
# Canvassing
# Canvassing

Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 12:35 PM 58,641 Views 50 Comments
  • Timetable to begin from Wednesday 9 June
  • Sanctions for grade lobbying could include barring students form exams
  • Reopening of schools likely to begin with LC students and young children

# norma-foley - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 10:13 PM 66,766 Views 41 Comments

The proposals follow intense discussions between the department and teaching unions.

As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister
# State Exams
# State Exams

As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 6:47 PM 75,470 Views 98 Comments
  • Leaving Cert students are to be given the option not to sit exams and instead apply for calculated grades
  • Oral and practical elements of the Leaving Certificate will also go ahead
  • The Junior Certificate has been cancelled

# norma-foley - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'
# Schools
# Schools

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'

Feb 16th 2021, 3:05 PM 30,386 Views 67 Comments

Mother of three, Rita Lovett, shares her concerns over the pace at which decisions are being made about the re-opening of schools.

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue
# Education
# Education

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue

Feb 16th 2021, 12:39 PM 31,141 Views 88 Comments

Talks have been ongoing for weeks between the government and unions.

# norma-foley - Monday 15 February, 2021

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations
# 2021
# 2021

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations

Updated Feb 15th 2021, 7:02 PM 26,707 Views 33 Comments

The ASTI has said the minister has agreed to work on the union’s concerns.

# norma-foley - Saturday 13 February, 2021

Minister welcomes move by ASTI to rejoin talks on Leaving Cert
# Education
# Education

Minister welcomes move by ASTI to rejoin talks on Leaving Cert

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 2:53 PM 21,550 Views 77 Comments

The ASTI said that its concerns had been addressed by Minister for Education Norma Foley.

# norma-foley - Friday 12 February, 2021

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
# State Exams
# State Exams

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?

Feb 12th 2021, 12:48 PM 12,333 Views 40 Comments

It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.

# norma-foley - Sunday 7 February, 2021

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school
# Drogheda
# Drogheda

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school

Feb 7th 2021, 6:45 AM 51,859 Views 18 Comments

Labour TD Ged Nash told the Daíl this week that the planned move was a “ridiculous, wrong-headed decision [that] needs to be overturned”.

# norma-foley - Friday 5 February, 2021

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister

Updated Feb 5th 2021, 5:31 PM 59,959 Views 94 Comments
  • Two plans required 'due to the nature of the pandemic'
  • Option will not be the same as last year's calculated grades system
  • Unions accept offer to discuss plans
  • Discussion on Junior Cert examinations is ongoing

# norma-foley - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
# State Exams
# State Exams

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today

Feb 2nd 2021, 7:28 AM 19,978 Views 11 Comments

Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert

Feb 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 12,407 Views 13 Comments

This work includes the ‘standardisation’ algorithm that had two flawed lines of code resulting in 7,200 students receiving the wrong grades.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste

Jan 27th 2021, 3:58 PM 24,279 Views 38 Comments

Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.

High Court challenges brought by children with special needs over government's decision not to reopen schools
# Courts
# Courts

High Court challenges brought by children with special needs over government's decision not to reopen schools

Jan 27th 2021, 3:37 PM 23,786 Views 0 Comments

Each of the actions have been brought on behalf of five school-going children.

# norma-foley - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
# School Closures
# School Closures

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return

Updated Jan 21st 2021, 7:08 PM 68,475 Views 156 Comments

The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?

Jan 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 49,407 Views 0 Comments

Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential

Jan 20th 2021, 8:36 AM 64,935 Views 344 Comments

Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.

School principal: 'Pitting school staff against parents in a game of political football has not helped'
# Opinion
# Opinion

School principal: 'Pitting school staff against parents in a game of political football has not helped'

Jan 20th 2021, 8:14 AM 28,751 Views 119 Comments

Wicklow principal Pádraig Murphy says some vulnerable children will need years of added support after this but it’s important to only open schools when safe to do so.

# norma-foley - Monday 18 January, 2021

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers

Updated Jan 18th 2021, 8:49 PM 102,293 Views 118 Comments

Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.

# norma-foley - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Leaving Cert exams to have 'additional choice' but will not change in length
# Pencils Down
# Pencils Down

Leaving Cert exams to have 'additional choice' but will not change in length

Updated Jan 14th 2021, 2:43 PM 39,494 Views 35 Comments

Education Minister Norma Foley said this afternoon that the changes will ‘play to students’ strengths’.

Schools to reopen for students with special needs from 21 January
# Education
# Education

Schools to reopen for students with special needs from 21 January

Jan 14th 2021, 1:23 PM 46,751 Views 90 Comments

The ‘staggered’ return is to begin from 21 January.

# norma-foley - Monday 11 January, 2021

Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 23,964 Views 45 Comments

Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.

# norma-foley - Friday 8 January, 2021

Minister to meet special needs groups as families left ‘devastated’ over schools u-turn
# Teachers
# Teachers

Minister to meet special needs groups as families left ‘devastated’ over schools u-turn

Jan 8th 2021, 4:06 PM 15,453 Views 29 Comments

CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland said the u-turn on schools has left families and children with special educational needs reeling.

One million vaccinated by June 'not a bad estimation', says head of task force
# Rollout
# Rollout

One million vaccinated by June 'not a bad estimation', says head of task force

Jan 8th 2021, 12:52 PM 23,757 Views 75 Comments

Education Minister Norma Foley said it was possible that “more than one million people” could be vaccinated by June.

# norma-foley - Thursday 7 January, 2021

'I hate to have to say it but we are not expendable': Leaving Cert students dismayed at three-days-a-week plan
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I hate to have to say it but we are not expendable': Leaving Cert students dismayed at three-days-a-week plan

Jan 7th 2021, 3:08 PM 30,920 Views 62 Comments

Students facing a return to school are worried about their health and the health of their loved ones with Covid-19 rampant in the community.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

Schools to stay closed until February, but Leaving Cert students allowed to attend class three days per week
# Schools
# Schools

Schools to stay closed until February, but Leaving Cert students allowed to attend class three days per week

Jan 6th 2021, 4:27 PM 50,067 Views 110 Comments

Leaving Cert students should continue to attend school for three days a week from 11 January.

# norma-foley - Sunday 3 January, 2021

Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election
# Holding Firm
# Holding Firm

Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election

Jan 3rd 2021, 7:51 AM 30,889 Views 45 Comments

The Taoiseach also ruled out the prospect of any Fianna Fáil ministerial reshuffle in the near future.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

High Court test case against Leaving Cert calculated grades hears minister 'jettisoned' her commitments
# Norma Foley
# Norma Foley

High Court test case against Leaving Cert calculated grades hears minister 'jettisoned' her commitments

Dec 8th 2020, 6:48 PM 22,339 Views 0 Comments

The hearing before Mr Justice Charles Meenan is expected to last for two weeks.

Top marks for Irish pupils as they score highest across the EU in maths
# Top Of The Class
# Top Of The Class

Top marks for Irish pupils as they score highest across the EU in maths

Dec 8th 2020, 12:21 PM 24,850 Views 28 Comments

Ireland was among 33 countries to participate in the international study at both levels.

# norma-foley - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Covid-19 and schools: Minister denies 'ethos of secrecy' about informing teachers about positive cases
# Norma Foley
# Norma Foley

Covid-19 and schools: Minister denies 'ethos of secrecy' about informing teachers about positive cases

Nov 17th 2020, 6:43 PM 30,417 Views 21 Comments

Norma Foley said decisions around informing close contacts should not be made by principals.

# norma-foley - Sunday 1 November, 2020

Fianna Fáil minister says Varadkar's actions not 'appropriate' and calls for 'very frank' Dáil statement
# Questions
# Questions

Fianna Fáil minister says Varadkar's actions not 'appropriate' and calls for 'very frank' Dáil statement

Nov 1st 2020, 1:56 PM 34,139 Views 0 Comments

Paschal Donohoe backed Leo Varadkar, even as pressure grows on the Tánaiste.

# norma-foley - Friday 16 October, 2020

18 students awarded higher marks after more than 12,000 appeals of Calculated Grades
# Review
# Review

18 students awarded higher marks after more than 12,000 appeals of Calculated Grades

Oct 16th 2020, 1:09 PM 16,774 Views 9 Comments

The new results were given to students at 12pm today.

# norma-foley - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Education Minister: 'All available evidence shows schools are not amplification settings for Covid-19'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Education Minister: 'All available evidence shows schools are not amplification settings for Covid-19'

Oct 14th 2020, 6:08 PM 30,564 Views 58 Comments

Norma Foley reiterated the government’s ‘absolute determination’ to keep schools open.

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