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Historic reform of primary school admissions by the Minister

Historic reform of primary school admissions by the Minister Amendment to Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 on the role of religion in school admissions approved by government Oversubscribed primary schools will not be allowed discriminate on the basis of religion, minority religions protected The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has published today (Wednesday, 9th of May ... Read More »

Interesting facts about Eid al-Fitr

Interesting facts about Eid al-Fitr Beginning at the start of the month of Shawwal – the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar – Eid-ul-Fitr or ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’ in Arabic, signals the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and is celebrated for three days. While the fasting month is a symbol of sacrifice and ... Read More »

Parents asked to express preferences on school patronage

Parents asked to express preferences on school patronage The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has invited parents in four areas to express their preference in relation to the patronage of four post-primary schools to be established in 2019. Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website, which the ... Read More »

Admission to Schools Bill passes final stage in the Oireachtas

Admission to Schools Bill passes final stage in the Oireachtas Education (Admission to Schools) Bill passes final stage in the Oireachtas, will now be sent to President for signing Broad-ranging reforms include removal of religion as criteria in school admissions; fees relating to admissions and waiting lists banned The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., has welcomed the ... Read More »

Minister Bruton Launches Wellbeing Policy for Schools

Minister Bruton Launches Wellbeing Policy for Schools The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., launched his Department’s Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018-2023, fulfilling a key action in the Minister’s Action Plan for Education, which seeks to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Making the announcement today, Minister Bruton ... Read More »

Minister Announces Expansion of Psychologists Working with Schools

Minister Announces Expansion of Psychologists Working with Schools Minister Bruton Announces Significant Expansion of Psychologists working with Schools 19% increase in number of psychologists working in schools since 2012 The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. announced that 19 educational psychologists, including ten new posts, will be recruited to work with schools all around the country in the ... Read More »

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study David Cameron used his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference to announce that madrassas, Sunday schools, yeshivas and other religious institutions that teach children “intensively” will have to register with the Department for Education and will be subject to inspection. The prime minister’s proposals mean ... Read More »

Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking? The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear ... Read More »

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as “takeover” bids by “hardline Muslims”. Birmingham City Council has subsequently announced that it intends to freeze the recruitment of school governors ... Read More »

Birmingham has most to lose from Gove-May extremism row

Birmingham has most to lose from Gove-May extremism row Allegations of an “Islamist” plot to infiltrate and take over schools in Birmingham at the centre of Operation Trojan Horse are looking increasingly thin. But they have caused a very public row between education secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Theresa May over how to deal with extremism in schools. From ... Read More »