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I am genuinely sick worrying how I am going to pay for back to school costs this year

A right is not a right if you have to pay for it, writes June Tinsley. BARNARDOS HAS BEEN a long time campaigner to tackle the issue of school costs because we know through the families we work with, as well as our annual survey, the significant burden these costs place on families, particularly low income families ...

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Parents prefer to buy branded uniforms claims schools boss

Education Minister Richard Bruton’s new guidelines on uniform and book costs were also branded a “fig leaf” to cover up inadequate funding for schools. Stock Image: GETTY Parents prefer branded uniforms to cheaper generic clothes because they last longer, the schools' management president claims.'s new guidelines on uniform and book costs were also branded a "fig leaf" to cover up inadequate funding for schools ...

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Schools managers criticise plans to cut uniform costs for parents

Conference told move is a fig leaf to hide the chronic underfunding of schools“Many of our students get by with two sets of uniform in five years. In many cases they can and are passed down through families. Not so with the generic brands you are promoting” Plans to make schools cut the cost of uniforms and books for parents amount to “unaccepable micro-management,” the president of the country’s largest school management body has said ...

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EMEA Child Safety Summit Speech by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten TD.

Thank you for your invitation to be here this morning and Cead Mile Failte to the many overseas visitors that have travelled for today's Summit. I also want to welcome the NGOs here this morning that work tirelessly every day for the protection of our children There's not one of us in this room that doesn't recognise the extraordinary value of the internet for all of us, young and old, for businesses - urban and rural, for educators and students yet there are traps for the unwary ...

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Parents pulling their kids out of RE lessons because they don t want them learning about Islam

The Church of England says parents are trying to prevent them from being "exposed" to faiths other than Christianity PARENTS are pulling their kids out of RE lessons because they “don’t want them learning about Islam”, the Church of England said. Church officials report that some are trying to prevent their children from being “exposed” to faiths other than Christianity ...

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Parents must prepare children for sacraments says religious educator

Catholic parishes and parents must play a bigger role in preparing children for sacraments as pressure increases to reduce the time for religious education in schools, a leading theologian said. Fr Eugene Duffy, a lecturer in religious education at one of the country’s main colleges for primary teachers, said schools cannot reasonably be expected to continue providing the level of faith formation needed to prepare pupils for first communion and confirmation ...

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