IPPN President and Minister for Education agree that the time is right to start a ‘conversation’ on the time given to religion in our Primary Schools

IPPN President and Minister for Education agree that the time is right to start a ‘conversation’ on the time given to religion in our Primary Schools

Speaking at the opening of the annual Irish Primary Principals’ Network Conference at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, on Thursday evening, January 28th which is being attended by over 1,100 Primary School Principals, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan, announced that she has rescinded Rule 68 of the Rules for Primary Schools. This rule affirms the primacy of religious instruction in our 3,300 primary schools.  Minister O’Sullivan said ‘Rule 68 was a symbol of our past, not our future. The language of the rule was archaic and I am glad it is gone’ She says, ‘currently 30 minutes of each school day is allocated to religion. Is that enough, or is it too much. We want children to develop a strong ethical spirit but we also want them to learn many other things. We devote less than half of the time to PE than we do to Religion’.

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Last Updated: Monday, 15 February 2016 14:58

Are Schools about to become Religion Free Zones?

 
 
Are Schools about to become Religion Free Zones?
 
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan recently issued a statement in relation to the repeal of Rule 68 of the Rules for National Schools. This Rule reaffirms the primacy of Religious Instruction in the primary school curriculum. 
 
With over 90% of primary schools in the country under Catholic patronage, her statement is perhaps the first overt move to reduce the influence of church bodies on education in Ireland, following on from the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism.
 
This week, in excess of 1,100 primary school principals from each of the 26 counties will gather in Citywest Convention Centre for the Annual Conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN). The topic of school admissions, curriculum reform and the place of religion in our schools will most likely arise during the course of the conference.

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Last Updated: Monday, 15 February 2016 14:57

Failure to provide adequate time for PE in schools impacting on Children’s Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

 
 
Failure to provide adequate time for PE in schools impacting on Children’s Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
 
The Annual Conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), which takes place this week in Citywest Conference Centre, Dublin will feature an impassioned plea from the President of the organisation, Maria Doyle, for a more concentrated focus on physical education and emotional wellbeing in our schools, which will complement the governments recently launched National Activity Plan. 
 
In excess of 1,100 primary school principals, 125 exhibiting companies for Education Expo and a number of nationally and internationally invited guests will attend the conference titled ‘100 Years of Leadership’. This conference is widely recognised as one of the largest gatherings of primary school leaders in Europe.

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Last Updated: Monday, 15 February 2016 14:56

Emotional Wellbeing must be at the heart of all School Communities, state School Principals

 
 
Emotional Wellbeing must be at the heart of all School Communities, state School Principals
 
With 20% of primary school children showing symptoms of anxiety, primary principals attending the annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) in the Citywest Convention Centre, will hear that a Forum has been established to make emotional wellbeing a priority in our education system.
 
Angela Lynch, IPPN Principal Advice Manager, will tell 1,100 primary principals that schools must take proactive action to develop emotional resilience in our children or risk facing a huge increase of mental health related issues in the future. 

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Last Updated: Monday, 15 February 2016 14:54

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