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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Primary Education

This year
# curriculum
'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.
All time
Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'
Noteworthy gathers the experiences of parents and educators in Ireland’s majority Catholic primary education system.
In part two of a deep dive into the stalemate in providing choice in primary education, Peter McGuire hears from parents and teachers.
Families speak of being forced into Catholic schools because of hours-long daily commutes to 'nearest' multi-denominational.
While 'opting out' of religious instruction is facilitated by many schools, many parents say their children feel isolated and upset.
State on a go-slow in moving primary education from majority Catholic grip
Noteworthy spotlights a lack of coherence, communication and progress in the State promise to provide 400 multi-denominational primary schools by 2030.
In this first of a two-part deep dive into the promised creation of better educational choice, Peter McGuire finds a process in paralysis.
Just 13 multi-denominational schools have been established under divestment Catholic schools in the past 8 years.
Completed reports and surveys on school patronage lie unpublished while the Department continues to meet with the Irish Episcopal Conference every month.
# a big hit
Calls for changes to school uniforms to ease sting on parents' pockets
A new survey by Barnardo’s has shown parents of first year secondary students paying almost €800 to send their child to school.
# What Next?
'It tends not to be prime property that's handed over': 8 schools opened in 3 years under divestment has spoken to the schools supposed to be offering choice to the parents of Ireland’s primary school pupils.
# Primary Education
Calls for farm safety to be taught to primary students following Cork farm accident
A young girl was killed in a farming accident over the weekend.
# Signing Up
There will be 70,000 more primary school children by 2019
But the Department of Education says that it is ready to handle the newcomers.
# Education
North Wall could be a pilot project for better education
A new report will recommend driving the community approach to education in the Dublin city area.
# JobBridge
Unemployed primary teachers can do probation through JobBridge
Government decides to extend internship scheme to primary teaching grads who have to find 100 days of experience to register with Teachers’ Council.
# Homework
Homework is of "no real benefit" in primary school
Primary school principals group says effective teaching is fare more beneficial than sending children home with piles of work.