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OCT

Appyness Online Internet Safety for Children

Appyness Online – New Internet Safety platform for Children New educational platform is set to transform the teaching of internet safety in primary schools. The Appyness Online ( https://zeeko.ie/appynessonline/) platform is targeted at principals in primary schools, whilst end users are 9-12 year-old children and their parents. The new programme aims to reduce the negative online experiences encountered by children. Launched by Zeeko, which is based at NovaUCD www.ucd ...

23
OCT

Schools built too quickly during Celtic Tiger says McHugh

Minister wants to know ‘what happened, what went wrong [and] who’s responsible?’ The board decided to close part of Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan immediately for health and safety reasons, and temporary accommodation is being sourced for 200 students ...

23
OCT

Department orders urgent structural checks on 30 schools built in past decade

The Department of Education is to carry out urgent structural examinations of 30 schools built by the same firm over the past 10 years. It follows the discovery of structural problems at Ardgillan Community College, a 900-pupil post-primary school in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, forcing it to close a section and tell some students to stay at home ...

23
OCT

Ask Brian My child s teacher is performing poorly. How do I complain.

Legislation for grievance procedures was never enacted – but new law should help There are no more powerful institutions in Ireland than the school management bodies and our teachers’ union. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire My child’s fourth-class teacher seems to be going through a tough time, which is adversely affecting both the quality of her teaching and her attendance at work. I’ve complained to the principal, who says a complaint must first be raised verbally with the teacher ...

19
OCT

SuperValu Launches New Healthy Kids Cooking Primary Schools Programme

SuperValu is launching a new cooking programme for kids called Cooking All-Stars, based on the RED C research, which reveals that 91% of parents of primary school children would like to see them being taught how to cook in school."Cooking is a valuable life skill and starting early will ultimately develop a healthier and more rounded relationship with food," said Dr. Ciara Kelly ...

18
OCT

Exploring gender identity in primary schools

New study outlines the need for educational institutions to support children at an early age, writes Kim Bielenberg Cecelia Gavigan from Balbriggan Educate Together says gender identity is becoming a big issue in primary schools. PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS The whole issue of gender identity has become much more important in Irish primary schools. Teachers are having to work out ways to accommodate children who may not fit in with conventional or traditional ideas of gender ...

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