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There are 161 different nationalities in Irish secondary schools, and of the entire student population, 12% were born overseas. Read More

The Helpline is provided courtesy of the National Parents’ Council in association with the Irish Independent, eir and supported by the Dept. of Education & Skills. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors are employed to provide qualified guidance counsellors to give advice and support to both students and their parents.

Irish Times: Results day looms but perspective is needed as there is a path for everyone. Read article

Irish Independent: Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president.Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process.Read article

DES Note: With effect from the 01 September 2016, Teachers and Special Needs Assistants will be entitled to revised Paternity Leave Entitlements as follows:

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) have published the publication of Guidelines for Setting up and Organising Special Classes.

Irish Examiner: Informal special classes that regulate student behaviour in second-level schools can lead to greater stigma, researchers have found. Read article

Irish Examiner: With the threat of school closures looming, Sinn Féin is calling on the Minister for Education to sit down with ASTI representatives immediately. Read article

Irish Times: Hundreds of secondary schools could close next month unless demands to improve teachers’ pay and conditions are met, a teacher’s union has warned.

Irish Independent: Leaving Certificate results are out on August 17. As usual, the National Parents Council post-primary (NPCpp) Helpline will be open to offer advice. Read article

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