The Des has today (10th September, 2013) published “A Guide to Whole-School Evaluation – Management, Leadership and Learning in Primary Schools”.

Download here.

Filed under DES Guides, Primary #

The DES has published today, 6th September, 2013 a Guide to Evaluation of Centres of Education.

Download here.

Filed under DES Guides #

Filed under Legislation, Schools #

Filed under Post Primary, Schools #

Primary school vaccination programme-circular 0043/2013

Post primary school vaccination programme-circular 0044/2013

Download here.

(Replaces Circular 0029/2012)

Filed under Teachers #

The Primary Grant Calendar for the 2013/14 school year can be downloaded here.

Primary Grant Calendar 2013/14


NCSE have confirmed 20th of September, 2013 as the closing date for the receipt of a 2nd round of applications for individual resource teaching hours for the 13/14 school year.

Read the NCSE guidelines (NCSE 02/13) for the submission of applications for resources for the remainder of the 2013/14 school year.

NCSE pupil attendance form-download.

The decision of the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s National School in Valleymount, Wicklow  to demote its principal and appoint a new one has been overturned by the High Court.


The Principal, Nora Kelly, who has 32 years’ service as teacher and has been principal of St. Josephs since 2007, firstly appealed the decision to the Disciplinary Appeal Panel. The High Court adjudged this appeal to be “largely successful”.

However the Board of Management rejected the recommendation of the Panel to recommence the disciplinary process, warn Ms Kelly as to her conduct, and request an apology for her behaviour.

The Board of Management had threatened to resign if the Disciplinary Appeal Panel did not support its decision.

However the High Court found that this was evidence that the Board was not going to give proper consideration to any adverse recommendation, and that it did not.

The High Court held that Ms Kelly’s attitude to the Board had been “both chiding and truculent” and that she had “forgot her duty of respect” to the Board.

Nevertheless, the High Court found that the disciplinary process carried out by the Board did not accord with the dictates of fairness and rationality and also quashed the decision of the Board to appoint a new principal.

Read the full decision here.