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DEC

Minister welcomes commencement of Children First Act 2015 and announces publication of new child protection procedures

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD, today welcomed the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015 and announced that his Department has published new child protection procedures for schools which take into account the new statutory mandated reporting and child safeguarding requirements. New provisions in the Act mean that teachers will be required to follow new reporting requirements in respect of their role as mandated persons ...

12
DEC

Explainer Six things you need to know about the new digital PE Leaving Cert exam

The range of activities open to candidates covers a breadth that includes swimming, rock climbing, rowing, running, tennis, rugby, cricket, hurling, gymnastics and jazz dance. Stock Image: Getty Images Second-level pupils entering fifth year in September will be the first to get marks in the Leaving Certificate - and CAO points - for performance in sport, dance or other physical activity ...

12
DEC

Mixed response as mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns begins

Mandatory reporting of child-abuse concerns began yesterday, with children’s rights groups saying it would work, while others, including social workers, expressed misgivings. Minister for Education Richard Bruton said his department had published new child-protection procedures for schools which take into account the new statutory mandated reporting and child-safeguarding requirements, with schools now having a statutory obligation to produce a ‘child safeguarding statement’ under the changes ...

08
DEC

Teaching Council congratulates teachers pupils and parents on PIRLS 2016

The Teaching Council wishes to congratulate teachers, students and their parents / guardians on the findings from the PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) 2016. The results, announced on Tuesday (5 December) by the Minister for Education and Skills, show that Ireland is best in Europe and among the best in the world for literacy levels at 4th class. PIRLS is is the world’s largest comparative study of literacy levels at primary school level ...

08
DEC

New Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education

Monday, December 04, 2017 The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today launched the government’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026. The Plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion ...

07
DEC

Gaeltacht schools to receive increased funding

On the 30th November, Richard Bruton T.D announced his plans for a package of additional supports for schools whose participation in the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme is confirmed for 2018. The policy on Gaeltacht Education was an action in the Minister’s plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland’s Education and Training service the best in Europe by 2026 ...

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