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My school says my complaints about a teacher are groundless

Ask Brian: There are a number of options available once you’ve exhausted all avenues in school Parents may make complaints over teachers to the Teaching Council, the Department of Education or the Ombudsman for Education. Photo: iStock Question: My daughter is nine and has become anxious in class. I’m convinced it relates to h er treatment by a“difficult” teacher. Other parents are also concerned ...

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Minister publishes Circular setting out new arrangements for children who do not want to participate in Religious Instruction

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced that his Department has published a circular setting out a new approach to the arrangements that are made for religious instruction and worship in Education and Training Board (ETB) and Community Post Primary schools. ETB and Community Post Primary schools are multi-denominational schools that provide for their local communities regardless of their composition ...

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Educate Together concerns raised

School limited in the amount of pupils they can accept Aoife Mahon, Niamh FitzGibbon, Niall Wall and Elaine French The crowd at the information meeting at New Ross Educate Together More than 100 people packed into New Ross Educate NS on Thursday night for a meeting about the Department of Education's decision to limit the number of pupils who can attend the school's Junior Infants class ...

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Giving children smartphones should be frowned upon according to experts

The practice of giving young children smartphones should be frowned upon, experts have claimed. In evidence given to the Oireachtas Children & Youth Affairs Committee, experts warned of the damaging impact mobile phones are having on children. And they said they were ‘unequivocally’ opposed to the digital age of consent being set at 13 ...

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Parents outraged at limits on Educate Together enrolments

(Stock picture) Parents fear siblings will be split by a decision to limit enrolment numbers at multi- denominational schools. The Department of Education is restricting enrolment at five Educate Together schools to a half-stream limit, which means just 13 new pupils will be enrolled next September. The decision affects Educate Together schools in Trim, Co Meath, Tramore, Co Waterford, Tuam, Co Galway, New Ross, Co Wexford and Castlebar, Co Mayo ...

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Making our education and training system the best in Europe

Salma Abbas, pupil at St Audoen's National School, talks to Minister Richard Bruton at the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2018 The Action Plan for Education 2018 aims to make the country's education and training system the best in Europe by 2026. International studies have recently shown the strength of the results achieved in the Irish education system. Ireland's 15-year-olds are among the best in OECD countries in reading and are above average in mathematics and science ...

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