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Teachers say homelessness having an impact in the classroom

Teachers say the effect of homelessness is being felt in classrooms around Ireland. Unions are holding their annual get togethers this week – with the INTO voting to join campaigns to defend our right to a home at their meeting. The organisation said children are coming to school hungry and in some cases do not know where they will be sleeping each night. The INTO’s Gregor Kerr – a teacher in Dublin – said it is having a long term impact on young people’s education ...

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Chinese and Polish To Be Added To Leaving Cert Curriculum

All pupils will study a foreign language for their Junior Cert in 4 years times, under ambitious new plans. The aim is for Ireland to be within the top ten in Europe when it comes to foreign languages within a decade. Right now we're at the bottom of the class at second level and barely on the chart at primary school. But under new proposals to be announced later today, Education Minister Richard Bruton says all pupils will take a foreign language for the Junior Cert by 2021 ...

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INTO Conference Parents cleaning schools in bid to save costs due to funding cuts

are acting as primary school cleaners and principals are being forced to turn off the heating to save on costs because of funding cuts.“If you add it up since the cuts have come in since 2011, it’s €28,000 altogether for a school of 200 pupils,” said Niall Crofton, principal of St Brendan’s Boys’ School in Birr, Co Offaly ...

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Good news Department of Education to force schools to cut prices for uniforms and books under new proposals

Parents of young children will be given a break in the coming months ahead in terms of the cost of sending their child to school after the the Education Minister Richard Bruton confirmed that he is to introduce a new process that will see the cost of uniforms and school books being cut. Under the new proposal schools across the country will be forced to offer alternative measures in order to assist struggling parents when it comes to sending their child to school ...

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19 April 2017 Minister Bruton to Prioritise Teaching of Foreign Languages

Ireland should benchmark ourselves against the best English-speaking country in the world for foreign languages and aim to emulate that performance within a decade, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD said at the TUI conference in Cork today (Wednesday). Minister Bruton also said that we should aim to be within the top ten in Europe in this area ...

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Parents welcome bid to reduce book and uniform cost

PROPOSALS aimed at reducing the cost of school books and uniforms have been welcomed by Cork parents, who hope that allowing generic brand clothing and banning one-use workbooks will put a dent in the high back to school costs faced by families each September. Minister for Education Richard Bruton yesterday announced the publication of circular to be adopted by schools, designed to reduce school costs ...

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