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DES: Budget 2019 marks the third year of a major reinvestment in the education sector, as we continue to implement the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. In 2019, the budget for the Department of Education and Skills will increase by €674 million, a 6.7% increase on last year. Read press release

Because of a clash with Misneach training for newly appointed Principals on November 7 and 8, we are rescheduling our Phase 2 Training for newly appointed Principals and for newly appointed Deputy Principals.

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. announced that he will be investing further in school leadership over the coming school year, with the expansion of the School Excellence Fund and an expansion of the coaching service available to school leaders. Read press release

The Irish Times: Parents will have to opt their children into religious instruction in State secondary schools under new directions to be issued shortly. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., will today (Wednesday 3rd of October) sign a historic Commencement Order bringing a number of sections of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act, 2018 into operation. Read press release

The School Digital Champion Programme was launched as part of the National Digital Strategy to promote digital adoption and encourage the productive use of technology by students. The programme is creating an interest in STEM and developing an aptitude for digital and ICT at all levels in secondary schools. The programme is providing students with a platform to drive digital adoption outside the walls of the classroom by connecting with local enterprises and the wider community.

The Irish Times: Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This week’s High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter is likely to result in a faster appeals process which is likely to allow these students to take up their courses in future. Read article

The 16th SCoTENs annual conference, Education as a Common Good: the Role of Teacher Education, will take place on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry #SCoTENS2018 

For more information click here.

Circular 0061/2018: Guidelines on access to PLC for certain participants in the asylum process for the 2018/2019 academic year

 

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