Irish Examiner: Teachers, equipment, and other resources are needed if physical education is to be a realistic Leaving Certificate subject choice in all schools, principals have warned. Read article

DES Press Release: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today presented the first Junior Cycle Profiles of Achievement (JCPA) to students in his local school Grange Community College.

Circular 0081/2017 - Publication of new “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017”

The new procedures give direction and guidance to schools authorities and to school personnel  in  relation  to  meeting  their  new  statutory  obligations  under  the  Children First  Act,  2015.

Circular 0080/2017 - Physical Education in Senior Cycle


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DES Note: Phase 1 Physical Education in Senior Cycle

Irish Independent: Second-level pupils entering fifth year in September will be the first to get marks in the Leaving Certificate - and CAO points - for performance in sport, dance or other physical activity.

DES Press Release: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced that 130 additional SNAs are being made available for allocation to schools over the remainder of the school year (January – June 2018) as part of an overall increase of 1,000 SNAs in 2018. 

The Minister also announced that schools will be informed of their SNA allocation for the 2018/19 school year by the end of May 2018. Read press release

Irish Examiner: Education Minister Richard Bruton has insisted that most teaching vacancies are being filled as he sought TDs’ approval for the extra €70m cost of under-estimated teacher retirements. Read article

Irish Times: On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton proposed a strategy to dramatically increase the number of students taking foreign languages in the State exams.

DES Press Release: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today launched the government’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026.

Irish Independent: Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese will be on the curriculum for Leaving Certificate students who enter fifth year in September 2020.

This means that pupils who are currently in second year will be able to take a Leaving Cert exam in one of the 'new' languages for Irish schools. Read article

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