The big news this week is that we have 10 paid work placement opportunities available in the AHEAD WAM Programme with Abbott Ireland and ESB. More info available here:


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Getting it all down to a science

Splurging public money – VEC probe justified


Disability Headlines

Now brave Joanne to take on the world at UN event

Free cooking workshops for people with arthritis

Disability rights protesters bring Trafalgar Square traffic to a standstill

Autistic pupils failed by the system, say families

Louis Theroux – Extreme Love Documentary


General Education Stories

We’re not allowing for harsh realities

Heads down for the Junior Cert

Parents’ wishes count on denominational schools

Students set sights on big profits as cure for hoof rot grows legs

Will teachers be offered backhanders if they have to test pupils?

Minister backs graphic novel promoting emotional intelligence in teens


Mental Health in the Media

When conflicts of interest arise in medicine

Bitter pills to swallow

Kicking the stigma out of mental health


Employment Features

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Apple to create 500 jobs in Cork


A little bit later than usual as I was out of the office on Friday. Happy Reading!

My pick of the week is actually a video this week: The Others

Number of students finishing second level at all-time high

Calls for probe into third-level spending after new revelation

Number sitting Leaving Cert rises

Rugby star opens up about how he tackled bouts of depression

Orgy of expenditure by WIT boss amounts to a €6.7m splurge

Review of funding for fee-paying schools

Disclosing a mental health problem to employers

Back to basics

I’m quite soft. I get emotional

Rugby star opens up about how he tackled bouts of depression

How can we tackle the rise in self-harm?

Must try harder: this year’s report card for the key figures in higher education

Waking up to the use and abuse of ‘study drugs’ in Irish colleges

Autistic boy’s father threatens legal action

Demand for college places growing

Schools hit hard with special needs cap

The REAL star of the Royal Wedding: How Kate Middleton’s brother recited Bible passage off by heart to overcome dyslexia

Quinlan bares his soul over illness

Early school play is the key to a higher standard in young adults

Body clock drug as good as standard anti-depressants

Google’s search for self-drive cars

Respite services restored for those with intellectual disabilities

The last thing the Junior Certificate needs is a quick fix – it’s not entirely broken

Teacher’s pet

Mental health job fear for one in five with stress

Student abuse of wakefulness drug leads to restrictions

Cuts to special needs teaching may be avoided next autumn

Special needs – Education is sacrosanct

Starbucks sued for firing woman because she was a dwarf