The Irish Times Opinion: Sir, – We at the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, a network of 96 very diverse schools across the country, warmly welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh that there will be a review of the decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Certificate level. Read article

DES: Speaking at the Votáil 100 event in Dáil Éireann, Minister for State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor stated, ‘’I welcome wholeheartedly Minister Joe McHugh’s review of the teaching of History up to Junior Cert Level. However more needs to be done. In this historic centenary year of Irish women winning the right to vote, it's become clear that there is a knowledge gap about some of the extraordinary individuals who have left their footprints on Irish life. Women such as Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Countess Markievicz, Maud Gonne, Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeline ffrench-Mullen..." Read press release

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D. today (Tuesday 20th November 2018) attended the #ThinkLanguages event for Transition Year (TY) students in Dublin Castle. The event has been organised by the Post Primary Languages Initiative to increase awareness about the importance of language learning as set out in Languages Connect – Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017 - 2026. Read press release

HSE: The Parent’s Guide has been written by experts specifically for parents and includes insights directly from young people. The Guide has advice on topics such as getting the conversation started, how to  stay close to your child and help them to resist pressure from their friends and the media, how to set boundaries and much more practical advice and helpful tips. Read press release

The Irish Times: Schoolchildren in Dublin’s north inner city are to take part in a new programme which aims to give local students a career pathway into the digital economy. The programme is modelled on a successful scheme developed by IBM in New York which has helped hundreds of students secure tech jobs after leaving High School. Read article

Fine Gael: A review is to be undertaken as to whether History should be an optional subject at Junior Cert level, Education Minister Joe McHugh has announced. Speaking at Fine Gael’s Ard Fheis in Dublin, Minister McHugh said: “It’s already recognised that History is generally the fifth most popular subject in the Junior Certificate examination." Read press release

The Irish Times: The teaching of children with social and behavioural difficulties has always posed a challenge for the education system. That is why vindicating a “right to education” for young people is so important for their future development. Read article

DES: Following the Minister’s recent publication of the ‘Teacher Supply Action Plan’, certain restrictions imposed in the Career Break Scheme are suspended for the remainder of the 2018/19 school year. Read press release

The Irish Times: A school-based pilot programme which has been shown to counteract the incidence of depression and self-harm among teenagers in Cork and Kerry should be rolled out across every second-level school in the country, according to one of the country’s foremost experts on the issue. Read article

The Irish Times: Children – many of them disadvantaged – are being “denied their education” by being placed on reduced timetables at school, usually for behavioural issues, according to June Tinsley, head of advocacy with Barnardos. Read article

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