DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today (Friday September 21st) announced the launch of the School Excellence Fund – Step Up Project. Nine schools from across the country are participating in the initial pilot phase taking place over the coming school year. Read press release

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced that 68 schools have been selected to participate in a network of Creative Clusters as part of the Schools Excellence Fund and the Creative Ireland Programme. Read press release

DES: If your school is damaged as a result of the severe weather, school authorities should immediately contact their insurance providers. If your insurance provider confirms that they do not cover the damage or if your school is covered by State Indemnity, you should contact the Department for Emergency Works Scheme funding. Read information

Circular 0060/2018: Breastfeeding Breaks for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

The role of Data Protection Advisor is a new role in the JMB/AMCSS. The key objective is to provide an advisory service dedicated to assisting voluntary secondary schools with data protection obligations and in meeting the compliance standards of the GDPR.  The JMB acknowledges the support of the DES in grant-aiding this role.

A vacancy has arisen in the JMB Secretariat for the position of a HR/IR & Employment Law Advisor. This is a permanent position and the successful candidate will have responsibility for assisting school management in the areas of human resource management, industrial relation activities and employment law.

The Irish Times: The Government’s stated objective is to have the best education and training system in Europe by 2026. The latest OECD report on education shows just how far we need to go to fulfil this ambition. It paints a very mixed picture of our education system which is performing well in some areas but struggling under the strain of austerity-era cost-cutting. Read article

The Irish Times: Secondary school teachers are to be provided with free training under a plan to boost the number of educators for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today (17th September 2018) launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of foreign languages and announced new funding for teacher upskilling and school language exchanges. Read press release

DES: The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D., the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D., the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan T.D announced a major package of investment in education under Project Ireland 2040, the government’s €116 billion investment and development plan for the next decade. Read press release

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