21
MAR

Written Answers Nos. 393 421

School Staff 393. Deputy John Curran Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will not lose a teacher for the year 2017-2018; if this school will retain its existing allocation of teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14208/17] Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to primary schools is published annually on the website of the Department of Education and Skills ...

21
MAR

Written Answers Nos. 301 322

Teacher Recruitment 301. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary and secondary level teaching posts have been approved in respect of primary and second level schools in counties Sligo and Leitrim; the extent to which this is expected to favourably impact teaching conditions in the schools in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13356/17] 310 ...

21
MAR

Religious schools may be forced to prioritise local children

New catchment area proposal is frontrunner in plans to tackle the ‘Baptism barrier’ Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has said he wants to introduce changes to the ‘Baptism barrier’ as soon as possible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A proposal to oblige religious schools to prioritise locally-based children in their admissions has emerged as a front-runner in plans to limit or remove the “Baptism barrier” from education ...

21
MAR

Analysis School catchment area proposal may be quagmire

Catchment areas would not remove Baptism barrier and may create administrative block Schools would still be able to prioritise members of their own faith if they live within the catchment area. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill It may look like an easy solution to the Baptism barrier on the face of it . However, the use of catchment areas to help level the playing pitch for all students could well bog down school admissions in a bureaucratic quagmire ...

20
MAR

Time spent on religious education seems to affect student attainment in some areas

9 minutes ago Of the 76 countries analysed, Ireland came 36th for religiosity. Photograph: Getty Images Religious countries are more likely to perform worse in science and maths, according to new research. The study, published in the academic journal Intelligence, also indicates time spent on religious education played a role in students’ attainment ...

20
MAR

Is sex education in our schools good enough.

Students need lessons in life and love at a time of easy access to the dangers of porn Many schools have either not implemented sex education classes, or have poorly developed policies around it. Photograph: iStock Sexualised images are creating unrealistic expectations of how young people should look, but schools are struggling to keep up with this. Photograph: iStock Sophie was sexually abused by her stepfather from a young age ...

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