Why September will be a watershed moment in Irish education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are few tasks in our education and skills system more important than sowing the seed, as early as possible, that higher education is the expectation, not the exception. It is the role of Government to enable all the nation’s children to achieve their potential, by providing a universal, standardised, professional and comprehensive guidance counselling service …” (more)

[Betty McLaughlin, Independent, 2 March]

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School students need more career guidance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than one in seven students beginning third-level courses this autumn will leave within their first year. It is traumatic for the individual student and their families as career dreams never even get to the starting gate …” (more)

[Independent, 16 May]

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Government plans to increase age of school-leavers to prevent students dropping out after Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government plans to increase the legal school- leaver’s age to stop students dropping out of education after the Junior Certificate. Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has also promised to look at the provision of guidance counsellors which have been cut in many schools due to government cutbacks, leaving many students without access to such services in schools …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Fresh calls for restoration of careers guidance at second level

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fresh calls are being made for the restoration of guidance counselling in schools after the publication of research showing that more than half of students dropping out of college did so over a course choice they later regretted …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Cuts to guidance counselling have ‘entrenched privilege’

Posted in Teaching on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The removal of a dedicated guidance counselling service from secondary schools ‘has entrenched the privilege of those who are already privileged’, the professional body representing counsellors has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 May]

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O’Brien calls for closer examination of cuts and impact on CAO choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following news that 6,000 applicants have registered with the CAO but not indicated preferences for a course, Sinn Féin TD and Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien said that there was a clear effect of the cuts to guidance counsellors in schools in recent years …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 March]

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Removing guidance counselling in schools was a dangerous education cut

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch, suggested recently society has a collective duty to foster a culture where young people don’t hesitate to seek help when needed. She said fundamental solutions lie in effective partnerships between professionals …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Anger as Quinn advises troubled children to ‘talk to school cleaner’

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn drew the ire of guidance counsellors by suggesting troubled teens should talk to the cleaner or maintenance man …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 1 February]

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ESRI research suggests working-class pupils given poor guidance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Some schools may be setting college and other targets too low for students from working-class backgrounds, research suggests. The ESRI says guidance counsellors in schools serving working-class populations are more likely to emphasise personal support aspects of their role than those in other schools …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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Just who will the pupils talk to now?

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2012 by steve

“Clare, a student at Trinity College Dublin, believes she owes her life to a counsellor at her secondary school. She had developed an eating disorder after the death of a close friend was followed by the terminal illness of a close relative …” (more)

[Sheila Wayman, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Guidance counsellors vital for students

Posted in Teaching on January 21st, 2012 by steve

“As a member of a profession which is now in danger of extinction, I feel it is necessary to highlight some of the detrimental consequences of the recent proposal by the Minister for Education and Skills to end the work of the guidance counsellor in second-level schools …” (more)

[Íde O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 21 January]

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