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31 August 2017 in , ,

Preparing Children for ‘Big School’ – Top Tips for Parents

Back to School signs and sales signal the end of summer for thousands of children and their parents every year. They also signal a huge moment for 4 and 5 year olds across Ireland – the progression to ‘big school’. Change can be difficult for both adults and their children but there are many steps parents can make to smoothen this transition....

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01 August 2017 in , , ,

School Costs 2017 - Infographic

1,834 parents spoke out about the cost of school in our annual School Costs Survey - once again showing us that the cost of education (which is supposed to be free) is placing parents under impossible burdens. See our infographic of the results....

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01 August 2017 in , , , ,

Education Unlocks Children’s Potential – All Children Should Have a Key

Barnardos’ Annual School Costs Survey has found once more, that parents are bearing the brunt of an underfunded education system. There remains a constant expectation that parents will prop up the educational system by having to buy the essentials required for their children to complete the curriculum i.e. books, classroom resources, stationery and voluntary contributions....

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06 September 2016 in , ,

Ireland United – by supplying free school books to all its children?

Barnardos has launched a campaign to remove the bulk of current costs paid by parents in the Republic’s schools. They argue that instead the Department of Education should fully fund schools to ensure essentials such as school books, classroom resources and transport (for those who need it) are provided. Their initial focus will be on the primary sector and a recent in-depth report that they com...

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01 September 2016 in , , ,

Free Primary Education is a Myth but it could be a Reality

Barnardos is calling on the Government to fulfil its’ Constitutional obligation to make primary education free for all children. Barnardos hosted a seminar in Dublin this morning with leading education experts from Ireland and the UK in setting out the political and legal frameworks required to make free primary education a reality....

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