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Independent: French children returning to school after their summer holidays will have to do so without their mobile phones. The government has passed a law banning phone use in all primary and middle schools for the entire day, including during breaks — with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children. Read article

The Irish Times: Adam Harris, who has autism and is founder and chief executive of AsIAm, said while there had been significant and welcome increase in supports at primary school level for children with autism, it was like “falling off a cliff” at secondary level. Read article

Irish Examiner: The ASTI is calling on the government to urgently address the issue of overcrowding in classrooms. The teachers' union says learning opportunities are being restricted because there is not enough space being made available to students. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. today (Wednesday August 29th) announced that 19 educational psychologists, including ten new posts, will be recruited to work with schools all around the country in the coming academic year. Read press release

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Bishops of Ireland at the Convent of the Dominican Sisters (Dublin), Sunday, 26 August 2018. Read address

The Irish Catholic: A time of renewal lies ahead for the Church in Ireland, Pope Francis has assured the country’s bishops. Addressing members of the hierarchy before returning to Rome, the Pope said that while upheavals of recent years have tested the faith of the Irish people, they have also “offered the opportunity for an interior renewal of the Church in this country and pointed to new ways of envisaging its life and mission”. Read article

Circular 0046/2018: Home Tuition Grant Scheme 2018 /2019 – Two Strands

  1. Children without a school place (NSP) – Application Forms are only available from the Educational Welfare Service (EWS) Application Form HT8NSP and
  2. Children in Care without a school place - (CIC) – Short Term Home Tuition Grant Scheme – Application Form HT9CIC are only available from a Social Worker

The Irish Times: On Monday last, tens of thousands of places on Level 8 and Level 6/7 degree and higher cert programmes were offered by the CAO to applicants who have until 5.15 pm tomorrow to accept. What many people fail to realise is that thousands of other young (and not-so-young) people do not seek a CAO place, but instead opt to secure places on further education (FE) programmes, apprenticeships, traineeships, or in employment. Read article

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today (Wednesday the 22nd of August) announced a 25% increase in the number of Foreign Language Assistants, bringing the total number available to schools from this September, to 140.  These additional Foreign Language Assistants are being provided to schools to enhance and support the teaching and learning of Spanish, German, French and Italian in the classroom. Read press release

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D, has published a comprehensive independent review of the National Training Fund. The National Training Fund (NTF) was established by the National Training Fund Act 2000 to raise the skills of those in employment, to give relevant skills to those preparing for employment and to support lifelong learning. Read press release

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