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DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today (23rd of July 2018) announced that the 40 schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject and 64 schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Physical Education subject will receive a grant to support them in implementing the new subjects from September 2018. Read press release

DES: The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (20th of July) launched his Department’s Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018-2023, fulfilling a key action in the Minister’s Action Plan for Education, which seeks to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Read press release

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this evening (Wednesday, the 11th of July 2018) welcomed the passage of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016 through both Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill will now be sent to the President for signing and enactment. Read press release

The Oireachtas: A new report from the Joint Committee on Education and Skills has made a number of recommendations aimed at countering childhood obesity. The ‘Report on tackling of obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools’ has highlighted not just parental involvement in tackling obesity, but also suggests measures that schools could take to promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition, coupled with the provision of physical education to prevent obesity before it becomes established. Read press release

The Irish Times: Minister for Education Richard Bruton has set a target for our education system to become the premier one in Europe by 2026. This is an admirable goal and one that no doubt will capture the support and imagination of the wider public. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today (9th of July 2018) announced that over the next two years, teachers in every post-primary school in the country will receive training on how to respond when a critical incident occurs in their school community. The Minister also announced a significant expansion of the SafeTALK programme to a further 6 Education Centres around the country. Read press release

Irish Examiner: The digital age has seen schools “a bit like rabbits caught in the headlights” on matters around sex and consent, an Oireachtas committee has heard. General secretary of the Joint Managerial Body (JMB), John Curtis, said a huge issue was what was regarded as age-appropriate as the goalposts had changed. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. and Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD., today (6th of July, 2018) announced the schools and pre-schools taking part in the first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services. The project will be managed and co-ordinated by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Read article

KFM Radio: Representatives of school management boards are appearing before the Oireachtas Education Committee to discuss progress on a review of the RSE programme in schools. Read article

Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Dr Katherine Zappone, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, launched the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020. The Strategy is a first for Ireland and for the world and is informed by the views of thousands of young people and by those who work with them and on their behalf. It can be accessed at: www.dcya.gov.ie 

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