DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D, today (Thursday November 29th) welcomed the first of 5 regional teacher supply focus groups to be held under the Teacher Supply Action Plan, which the Minister recently launched.  The development of the Actions Plan was led by the Teacher Supply Steering Group, chaired by the Secretary General of the Department, in recognition of the significant challenges for some schools experience in recruiting teachers.  At primary level, the recruitment of substitute teachers is problematic while at post primary recruitment of teachers in certain specific subject areas, such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics is proving difficult. Read press release

DES: The Review outlines the significant amount of work that has been done since the launch of the Strategy in 2014 and sets out the action plan to 2020 arising from the review’s recommendations. Minister McHugh said at the event that “Educating our students about Sustainable Development is key to ensuring responsible citizenship into the future”. Read press release

DES: The Advisory Committee, which is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders and representatives from Irish-language organisations and agencies, was established in March 2017 to support the Gaeltacht Education Unit in the implementation of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022. Meetings of the Advisory Committee provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide advice to the Department’s Gaeltacht Education Unit with regard to Policy implementation. Read press release

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D. today (Wednesday 28th November 2018) has announced the review of optional History under the new Framework for Junior Cycle is expected to be completed by the end of March 2019. Read press release

Webwise Youth Ambasadors 2018

Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. They develop resources and run campaigns that promote a better internet. They are currently looking for Youth Ambassadors to take part in Safer Internet Day 2019. The Ambassadors will receive free training in Google HQ this January from their own peers and from the Webwise Team. The Ambassador Programme will provide students with the skills and resources they need to go back to their own schools and run a campaign to tackle cyber bullying and other internet safety issues in their school, club, or local community.

Irish Government News Service: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D. today (Tuesday 27th November 2018) welcomed the convening of a consultation symposium on Relationships and Sexuality Education. The symposium, which is taking place today in Collins Barracks, Dublin, is being held as part of the consultation underway by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) as a key element of a review of Relationship and Sexuality Education in schools. Read press release


NCGE: 'Being LGBT in School', a resource for post-primary schools to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying and support LGBT students, is now available from the Department of Education and Skills' (DES) website. The report was published by GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) with the support of the DES and is an updated compilation of a series of resources developed with the assistance of the education partners. Read more


The Irish News: Schools are to receive guidance in supporting transgender pupils. The Education Authority (EA) said it had received correspondence from several schools on the issue. It has now set up a steering group to devise guidance, which will look at matters including name changes, uniform policy and the use of toilets. The EA said transgender pupils faced challenges at school that included high levels of homophobic and transphobic bullying. Read article

Ocean FM: The Minister for Education Joe McHugh has come in for criticism from the Chonrad na Gaeilge movement. Read article

Circular 0079/2018: Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to school year 2018/19

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