Staff Picks:

Technology and Me! Speech by Joanne O’Riordan

Me and my shadow: all in a day’s work experience

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Call for colleges to be ‘unshackled’

Review of teacher training to back ‘institutes of education’

High Court dismisses students’ appeal against third-level grant reforms

New body sees value of research

No teaching, but the work goes on

Trinity newspaper scoops top prize in national competition

Fees for science courses should be scrapped — CEO

UL student scoops journalism prize for coroners expose

 

Disability Headlines

Access website gives better service to Ballymena’s disabled people

Taoiseach denies Government targeting autistic children

Father pleads for U-turn on SNAs

Training the brain to be alert

Charity to raise funds for autistic children

Niamh’s work for autism to be honoured by star

Cian takes heckling TDs in his stride and leaves Kenny in his shadow

Joanne hopes UN speech inspires people to believe they can achieve

Lise Hand: Beyond a ‘shadow’ of doubt, Cian makes Enda’s day

McDonagh aiming to trade silver for gold this time

Cork teen calls for robot technology

 

General Education Stories

Training teachers the Catholic way

Bullying in schools

Why the school patronage report is doomed to fail

Over 200 schools to keep teachers

Group: Primary schools face threat of ‘drip, drip’ closure despite U-turn

Should pupils get points for playing football and lifting weights?

Two thirds of schoolchildren ‘not getting enough sleep’

 

Mental Health in the Media

Walking back to happiness as odd shoes worn to support mental health

Clare ‘needs suicide intervention centre’

 

Employment Features

Boost for graduates with new jobs

Thursday Thoughts:

Check out our new blog post from AHEAD Director, Ann Heelan:

You get what you measure

 

Staff Picks:

Bright spark: Dublin student wins top European young scientist prize

EU higher education gets with the programme

Ireland’s first ever international disability film festival abära commences this october

RTÉ Player

Two for the Road:  Episode 5

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Can Higher Education Be Fixed? The Innovative University

And the award goes to . . .

LIT graduates set off for NASA

UCD opens €5m environmental research facility at Belfield campus

The graduates: where are they now?

Disability Headlines

Is Having Autism A Defense For Hacking?

Diary of a Schoolteacher: The spiralling human cost of axing Special Needs Assistants

I’m SNA for two kids in two rooms

Special education council publishes allocation list

General Education Stories

Gene Kerrigan: Furthering inequality in divided society

Awkward truth of assessing portfolios

Quinn set to back ‘radical’ plan for new Junior Cert

Muslims say they cannot get into schools

Irish language pack for schools stresses rights

Please sir, will you be my Facebook friend?

In my opinion: School policy has as much impact on pupils’ achievements as curriculum

Facebook and texting guidelines part of new teachers’ code

Irish teen wins top EU science prize

One-third of people teaching maths not qualified to do so

350 fewer resource teachers

Quinn ‘powerless’ to get teacher details

Mental Health in the Media

Central Mental Hospital staff to vote on industrial action

Funds plea for woman to get care in Britain

‘More resources’ for mental health

Employment Features

IBEC calls for integrated language education policy

Good worker morale is essential to a successful enterprise

Google announces €75m new investment in Ireland

Staff Picks:

Life and love

Column: My long journey out of the darkness

Universities will lose their way if they put commercial activities ahead of the education of students

Motivation key to repeating Leaving Cert

Ellie Simmonds: ‘When we’re in the pool, it’s war’

RTE Documentary: Two for the Road Episode 1

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Colleges warned to stop duplication of courses or face cuts to funding

Take-up of college offers hits a high

UCC staff to test out hybrid vehicles

Figures suggest tight battle for college places

Probiotic bacteria may help treat anxiety, says team

Fees may be key to future, says new TCD provost

Little change in CAO points for courses

Quinn must get tough on the reform of our education system

3,300 get second-round CAO offer

The consequences of increasing access to education

 

Disability Headlines

Family win fight to access son’s benefits

Questions raised over HSE fund after court case

Event in aid of motorneuron sufferers

Web brings thalidomide couple together

Chilling with the Built Environment

US stem cell hope for blind assault victim

Teacher shortage leaves nine special needs children without school place

The Big Picture on The Silver Screen

Mother hits out as SNA cuts take away ‘safety net’

Inspiring life leaves a beautiful legacy

‘Mini-pill’ may help prevent blindness…

Autistic boy refused full-time place at school

 

General Education Stories

Quinn criticises ‘voluntary’ pressure

Cut to Leaving Cert Applied criticised

Former hotel becomes centre of learning as pupils check in and leave prefabs behind

A new chapter: iPads in and books out

Sense of prestige and better exam results driving fee-paying boom

Cut your prices: Quinn issues ultimatum to publishers

School absenteeism – Education for everyone

Substitution funding decision ‘a planning nightmare’

Retirements will cause crisis in pastoral care, managers warn

Shutting loophole would help fight truancy, says expert

INTO issues strike threat over unqualified people

Quinn in the dark as maths crisis deepens

Standing up for our schools

Teachers will have to register by law

 

Mental Health in the Media

30,000 claim sickness benefits for depression

Teenager ‘begs’ for help in open letter to Health Minister

 

Employment Features

Entry rules for free courses to be eased

Finding a course that gives the best chance of landing a job

Minister Quinn announces eligibility change to Springboard – Six-month unemployment requirement waived for final course places

Another Friday, another week in review!

This week we want to say a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to all involved in the Special Olympics Ireland Team who have been winning medals left, right and centre in Athens!

Our pick of the week showcases their achievements:

Gaining momentum: Ten more medals for Ireland at Special Olympics

 

 

 

Readers should also take a look at this commentary by renowned blogger Maman Poulet on the recent Springboard and Jobbridge Initiatives: Jobs Initiative – will be work and how it’s unattainable for some

 

Our video of the week is a pretty cool stunt in an airport in Germany – make sure to check it out!

AHEAD also launched Student Voices: Two Reports on the Experiences of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland. Photos from the event are available on the website. If you would like a copy of these reports, please email publications@ahead.ie

Niamh Hayes & Ann Heelan (AHEAD) with Declan Treanor (Head of TCD Disability Service) at the launch of Student Voices

Siobhan Barron (NDA) with Ann Heelan & Niamh Hayes (AHEAD) at the launch of Student Voices

Niamh Hayes (GET AHEAD), Vivian Rath (UCD), Brian Power (Dept of Education) & Ann Heelan (Director of AHEAD) at the launch of Student Voices

All that remains to be said is ‘Happy Reading!’

Further & Higher Education News

Time for Quinn to prove that education is truly for everyone

University chiefs warn MLAs of £40m deficit

Higher education: Student expectations for 2012 are higher than ever

Education crisis puts us all to test

Higher Education White Paper: universities to be ranked on job prospects

Student number surge to spark funding crisis

Ex-NCAD head and champion of disability design

NUI volunteer project for Galway festival

Union defends salaries of €100,000 paid to 1,000 university lecturers

Bar raised for students hoping to get medicine

DCU journalism course to allot more time to basic writing skills

Making doctors do the rounds

Halving number of VECs will save €3m, says Quinn

Radical plan will cut number of VECs from 33 to 16

College launches media masters

 

Disability Headlines

Team Ireland to fore once again as Athens medal haul increases

Carers strategy ‘by end of the year’

Homes for 3,500 with disabilities branded ‘horrible’

Congregated Settings Report on the Transition to Community Living for People with Disabilities

SNAs vow ‘summer of discontent’

HSE report details institutional living conditions

Rate of diabetes doubles since 1980 to hit 347 million

First day goes swimmingly as Special Olympics team win gold

Most of disability funds go on wages

Silver and bronze add to laurels for Special Olympics swimmers

Special Olympics team medal tally now three

Government needs to move on mentally disabled

Homes for mentally disabled to close

€7.5m settlement for woman paralysed ‘by parrot disease’

General Education Articles

FF backs multi-faith primary schools

Irish teens’ online literacy above average

Catholic schools ‘need faith communities’

Parents criticise Minister for change to school transport

Celebrations for class act: students set attendance record

40 new schools to be built by 2017

Primary schools get nod on 2,000 temporary jobs

David Quinn: We need to know how far we’ll go to take religion out of schools

Parental demand at heart of school patronage, says Quinn

Cuts to €1m a day school bus system must go ahead – Minister

40 schools to be built to meet pupil numbers rise

 

Mental Health in the Media

2,500 young people on waiting list for mental health services

Flanagan accused of ‘suicide’ comment

Ming: I did not tell official to commit suicide

Drop in number of suicides to 8% welcomed by research group

Drugs and drink key factors in North’s suicide rate, study finds

Boy among 11 suicides in city area since April

 

Other bits and bobs

Charting the way forward on human rights

Firms urged to take on interns paid by state