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Quinn: Unions Cannot Be Allowed To Block Junior Cycle Changes

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said that he cannot allow teachers' unions to block proposed changes to the Junior Certificate cycle. Minister Quinn said the two unions - the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) - are trying to take over his job by determining what exams they will [...]

2014-08-02T19:51:06+00:00August 2nd, 2014|News|

New Minister For Education & Skills

Jan O'Sullivan, Labour TD for Limerick City, was appointed Minister for Education & Skills as part of the Cabinet reshuffle announced on Friday, 11 June. A native of Clonlara, Co. Clare, she got her secondary education At Villiers School, Limerick. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she obtained a H.Dip.Ed at University College, Cork, and [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00August 2nd, 2014|News|

School Transport Scheme – Remote Area Grant

The following is intended to provide information on the Remote Area Grant. •    Purpose of the School Transport Scheme The purpose of the School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school. •    Eligibility Criteria for School Transport [...]

2014-08-25T17:28:38+00:00July 21st, 2014|Parents Info|

Education Welfare Act

Parent to cause child to attend school. 17.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), the parent of a child shall cause the child concerned to attend a recognised school on each school day. (2) A child shall not be required to attend a recognised school where— (a) he or she is registered in the register maintained under [...]

2014-07-21T15:19:25+00:00July 21st, 2014|Parents Info|

Special Education Needs Update

Important Information for Parents of Children with Special Needs at Second Level. 1. Resources that have been assigned to a child at primary school do not move with the child to second level school. A current (less that two years old) educational psychologists report is needed by the school to apply for extra resources to [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 21st, 2014|Special Needs|


What is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)? Health experts say that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is the most common behavioral disorder that starts during childhood. However, it does not only affect children - people of all ages can suffer from ADHD. Psychiatrists say ADHD is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder. An individual with ADHD finds [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 21st, 2014|Special Needs|


Asperger's disorder It is not clear if Asperger's is a separate disorder or a form of autism occurring in individuals with normal or high intelligence.  Individuals with Asperger's have: Impaired social skills A narrow range of interests Repetitive routines Speech and language peculiarities Problems with non-verbal communication Motor clumsiness Children with Asperger's have been described [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 21st, 2014|Special Needs|


What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability that affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication. People with autism have difficulties in communicating and forming relationships with people, in developing language and in using abstract concepts. It also impacts on their ability to make sense of the world [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 21st, 2014|Special Needs|

Nine Key Duties Of An SNA (Special Needs Assistant)

EDUCATION Minister Batt O’Keeffe has come in for a lot of criticism regarding cuts in special needs assistants (SNAs). Following the strict criteria set out for SNAs, the minister has maintained that "any child who needs a special needs assistant will get one". Parents of children who are losing an SNA are angry and obviously [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 21st, 2014|Special Needs|

A Guide To Working With Students With Special Educational Needs

  The most recent statistics show that anywhere between 10-15% of a population may be defined as having special educational needs. Special educational needs may be viewed as a diagnosed difficulty or disability affecting a student which means that they will require additional support in order to fulfil their potential. The level of support they [...]

2017-02-06T21:41:58+00:00July 19th, 2014|Special Needs|