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Minister Bruton announces reassessment of disadvantaged schools

chools will find out next year if they still meet the criteria for disadvantaged supports funding due to major changes in the way schools are assessed. Minister for Education Richard Bruton launched a new programme last Monday which will result in supports for almost 80 additional disadvantaged schools. The new schools have been chosen using an affluence and deprivation model which identifies areas of deprivation more accurately ...

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ISPCC says young people in relationships are expected to provide explicit pictures of themselves

13 minutes ago There is an expectation that a young person in a relationship will take photographs of themselves and send it to their partner, the IPSCC warns. Photograph: Getty Sexting is now the norm rather than the exception among young people, an committee has been told ...

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Religious rules for schools not fair Bruton

Education Minister Richard Bruton has said it's "not fair" that children from outside a school's catchment area get preferential treatment to those within it, based only on religious denomination... ...

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What is the right age to start your child in primary school.

There is a strong argument that age four is too young for formal schooling Luke McArdle with his mother Lynn, left, and pre-school co-manager Margaret Hennessy at Beaumont Community Pre-school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Lynn McArdle was devastated when she heard her four-year-old son Luke would not be starting school in September 2016 because the age cut-off date had been changed for enrolment ...

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Exclusion from schools for religious reasons may breach rights

Former UN official says schools need to accommodate diversity in their access policies At present 96% of primary schools are under the control or ownership of religious denominations. The “baptism barrier” allows schools which are over-subscribed to prioritise the admission of children on the basis of religion The exclusion of children from State-funded schools on the basis of their religion may be in breach of their human rights, a former UN official and Catholic theologian has warned ...

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Is it wrong parents must baptise a child to get them into a school.

Is it wrong that non-religious parents have to baptise their children just to get them into a school? asks Áilín Quinlan LAST September, Jodie Neary, her partner, Enda, and their two young daughters moved from their home in South County Dublin to Greystones, a village in Wicklow, to secure school places at a local primary school for their two-and-a-half-year-old twins, Evyie and Mia ...

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