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JUL

Call to teach children about animal welfare in school after cat killed by youths

The Government is being urged to teach children about animal cruelty in schools. The plea from a Kilkenny pet owner comes following a rise in attacks in recent weeks. The ISPCA is calling on the Department of Education to introduce a module on animal welfare in all primary schools in a bid to clamp down on the number of cases. Martina Dunphy's cat is believed to have been killed by a group of children last week ...

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JUL

The voices of children living in Direct Provision are finally heard Ombudsman for Children

The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, has welcomed the publication today (Wednesday) of a consultation with children and young people living in Direct Provision. The consultation was conducted by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2015. 110 children and young people from 11 centres took part. They were asked what they liked, disliked and would like to change about where they live ...

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JUL

Principals deal with nine cases of bullying each term

(Stock photo) School principals nationwide are dealing with nine cases of bullying every academic term, resulting in some students wanting to leave the classroom, a report has found. The report also shows the overwhelming majority (96pc) of primary and secondary school principals who took part in the survey believe bullying can have a negative impact on a child's attendance ...

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JUL

Science Lives using nature to grow an understanding of science

Dr Sandra Austin, lecturer in social, environmental and scientific education at the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin Dr Sandra Austin: “It’s really important to tie what the children see outdoors into material in the classroom” You are a big believer in using school gardens to help children learn about science. Why? I see school gardens as connective spaces that allow you to see a bigger picture ...

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JUL

Riordain publishes Education Welfare Amendment Bill to tackle infant school absenteeism

Labour Party spokesperson on Education and Skills, Senator Aodhan Ó Riordain, has launched the Education (Welfare) (Amendment) Bill 2017. The Bill aims to amend the Education Welfare Act 2000 which established the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) but which only applies to children aged 6-16 years. Currently children enrolled in a recognised school aged 4 or 5 years of age do not come under the remit of the Act ...

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JUL

Government must outline plans to reduce class sizes

Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Gaeilge and the Gaeltacht Labour Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has called on the Government to outline how it plans to reduce primary school class sizes. It comes after figures from the Department of Education show that nearly 120 thousand primary school children remain in classes of at least 30 pupils. Senator Ó Ríordáin said:“In 2016, Labour delivered the first improvement to class sizes in a decade ...

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