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CPSMA Brief Guide to the Staffing Schedule and Podcast

29th March 2021 | News, What's New

Guide to the Staffing Schedule CPSMA has prepared a Brief Guide to the Staffing Schedule ( Circular 0019/2021) which may be of particular assistance to new or recently appointed principals or chairpersons. Listen also to our podcast below for more detailed information on the staffing schedule. Podcast This podcast gives an overview of Circular 0019/2021 – […]Read More →

Child Protection Training

8th March 2021 | News, What's New

Child Protection Training for Board Members    Webinar 1      – Introduction for Boards of Management                           After this introductory webinar, we are recommending that you undertake the training module for all school personnel, located at the following link on the PDST website […]Read More →

CPSMA welcome measures to tackle educational disadvantage

1st March 2021 | News, What's New

CPSMA welcome measures to tackle educational disadvantage CPSMA welcome the recent announcement by Minister for Education, Norma Foley T.D., regarding measures to tackle educational disadvantage. DEIS Urban Band 1 primary schools will benefit from a one-point reduction in the staffing schedule. Furthermore, increased funding for the School Completion Programme and the extension of this programme […]Read More →

Checklist and FAQs for Phase 3 of the Return to Primary Education

24th February 2021 | News, What's New

CPSMA Checklist for Phase 3 of the Return to Primary Education on 1st March 2021 CPSMA Q & A Phased Return of Primary Education Phase 3 1st March 2021Read More →

CPSMA Webinar – Interim arrangements for the phased return of Special Schools & Special Classes in Mainstream Schools

9th February 2021 | News, What's New

Thursday February 11th sees the phased return to in-school provision for pupils in Special Schools. Pupils attending Special Classes in Mainstream Schools will return to in-school provision on Monday 22nd February 2021. In this Webinar, CPSMA addresses a number of questions raised by school management in relation to the Department of Education’s framework for the […]Read More →

Phased return of Primary School Education

5th February 2021 | News, What's New

CPSMA has compiled a one-page Checklist in relation to the phased return of Primary School Education  commencing on 11th and 22nd February 2021 for Special Schools and Special Classes respectively. We will also  be hosting a short webinar early next week  dealing  with questions arising for schools. We would be grateful if you would  email […]Read More →

Partial February 2021 School Reopening and Return to School Document Repository

3rd February 2021 | News, What's New

The most recent documents from the Department of Education relating to the partial reopening of special schools and special classes in February 2021 and all other education circulars, information notes, guidance and declaration forms relating to the return to school in September 2020 for primary and special education are available together at the following link […]Read More →

Guidance on use of Digital Communication Platforms

1st February 2021 | News, What's New

As part of the Department of Education Circular 0074/2020 and publication Guidance on Remote Learning in a Covid-19 Context: September – December 2020, schools are required to have an appropriate digital communication platform in place to facilitate communication with staff, pupils and parents/guardians. As part of this process, schools should review and amend relevant policies, […]Read More →

Employee Assistance Service (EAS) Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym

26th January 2021 | News, What's New

In conjunction with the Department of Education, Spectrum are launching  Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym for the school community. This service is coming online from February 1st, and will be streamed through the Wellbeing Together Online Portal (Desktop version). Please see below, reminder details on how to sign up or log in to the Wellbeing […]Read More →

DES Statement – 14 January, 2021 – Statement from Ministers Foley and Madigan on planning for return of in-person learning at primary level

14th January 2021 | News, What's New

The Department of Education and skills have issued the following Statement from Ministers Foley and Madigan on planning for return of in-person learning at primary level. https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2021-press-releases/PR21-01-14.html Engagement with the Department of Education is ongoing to address the concerns of stakeholders, with a view to reopening special schools and special classes as soon as possible. […]Read More →

Reopening of Special Schools and Special Classes Deferred

8th January 2021 | News, What's New

The Minister for Education has confirmed that special schools and special classes in mainstream schools will not reopen from Monday the 11th of January 2020. We will update you as more information becomes available. The full Department of Education press release is available here https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2021-press-releases/PR21-01-07.htmlRead More →

Press Release – Ministers Foley and Madigan provide further detail of in-school and remote learning provision during the periods of School Closure

7th January 2021 | News, What's New

Press Release – Ministers Foley and Madigan provide further detail of in-school and remote learning provision during the periods of School Closure  Read More →

Supporting Pupils with Distance Learning

6th January 2021 | News, What's New

  Supporting Pupils with Distance Learning Please find below information which may be of benefit to schools to support distance learning with pupils during the most recent Covid-19 school building closure   Communication Platforms to Support Distance Learning https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning PDST has curated a page with information on various digital platforms in one location, which schools […]Read More →

December Newsletter

14th December 2020 | News, What's New

The CPSMA December Newsletter includes the following topics: Click here to View/ Download CPSMA Training Supplementary Redeployment Panel for 2021/22 school year Child Protection Communication/Teaching & Learning Platform Recording and reporting COVID-19 primary pupil related absences Student placement update Ventilation in schools Collaboration with parents in primary schools CPSMA COVID-19 resources Information on copyright Arrangements […]Read More →

Primary School’s Grant Schedule 2020/2021

10th December 2020 | News, What's New

Please click on the image to download the Primary School’s Grant Schedule 2020/2021Read More →

Guidance Regarding Motion Picture Licensing

9th December 2020 | News, What's New

Motion Picture Licensing When a motion picture (including videos, DVDs, downloads from the internet etc.) is shown in a school a motion picture licence may be required. For example if the school shows motion pictures for entertainment purposes it will be necessary to obtain a public performance licence from the Motion Picture Licensing Company (www.mplc.ie) […]Read More →

Celebration of St Colmcille

27th November 2020 | News, What's New

The 7th of December 2020 marks the beginning of a year of celebrations to mark the life and legacy of St Colmcille/Columba, 1500 years after his birth at Gartan in Co Donegal. The Colmcille 1500 Committee of the Raphoe Diocese invites schools in Ireland, Scotland and beyond , especially those named after St Colmcille/Columba, to […]Read More →

Board of Management Training Webinars

24th November 2020 | News, What's New

CPSMA has prepared a number of training webinars to support Boards of Management in their important role. At a time when face to face training is not possible, we hope that this series of webinars will be of assistance to you. The first three webinars are available below :       Resources Sample Agenda-2020 Sample […]Read More →

Catholic Schools Partnership Prayer Resource for Boards

13th November 2020 | News, What's New

CSP Note to Boards CSP Prayer Resource 2020Read More →

Uses of 72 Hours by SNA-Circular 71/2011

12th November 2020 | News, What's New

Please click here to view letter received from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) In relation to the use of the 72 hours by SNAs under the provisions of DES Circular 71/2011, the content of which you will note.Read More →

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