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Ex principal charged with overstating pupil numbers

Student numbers exaggerated to gain more teachers than school entitled to, court told Helen O’Gorman with an address at Newtown Lawns, Mullingar, Co Westmeath appeared at Longford District Court on Friday morning. Image: Google Street View A former Co Longford primary school principal has been charged with fraudulently deceiving the Department of Education of €450,000 by overstating the number of pupils attending her school ...

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Financial lessons in First Communion

Parents and children can learn prudent spending on this special day Holy moley: There’s no point breaking the bank on a dress that’s going to be worn for only a few hours First Holy Communion is an important time for many families. And while the religious ceremony is, the church and schools will stress, the most important aspect, that won't stop parents spending hundreds of euro on their child's day. It won't stop others from borrowing to do it either ...

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A primary school in Kerry has banned the use of phones outside class

A primary school in Co Kerry has reportedly barred the use of smartphones by its students after it was discovered that students were involved in inappropriate messaging groups. The school near Tralee has banned the use of smartphones even outside of class times, and parents have said they have already seen an improvement in their children's behaviour in just under a week ...

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Learning the difference between a no and a maybe

Primary school students will now be taught consent classes Minister for Education Richard Bruton has called for a review of sex education in primary schools. ixth class students bring letters home, not knowing their contents, they only know that their parents have to read and sign it. They have an idea though, as their older friends have bragged about hearing “the talk”, telling them things about sex which they later discover are untrue ...

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Report on boy with special needs given to class for colouring

Stock Image: GETTY A confidential education report on a special needs boy was given to a senior infants class to use as a colouring project. An investigation is under way into the incident, which occurred at a Co Tipperary primary school. Five and six-year-olds in a senior infants class were given sheets of A4 paper for a colouring exercise. But pages inexplicably came from a report into how teachers at the school should manage an older boy with emotional and special education issues ...

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Committee hears of massive increase in number of new schools

Hubert Loftus said €540m will be spent on school building projects for 2018 Department of Education officials have told an Oireachtas committee of a "massive increase" in the number of new schools being built as well as the funding that is being allocated for them. Assistant Secretary at the department, Hubert Loftus told the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee that for the duration of the current National Development Plan, the Department of Education had a budget of €8.4bn ...

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