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EDC Related Media Articles

WHAT LONG TERM IMPACT WILL SCHOOL SHUTDOWN HAVE ON CHILDREN?

Irish Times, Saturday June 27th 2020.

Closing schools over Covid 19 is set to cause lasting harm, particularly for children with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, writes Carl O’Brien. READ MORE

NEW GOVERNMENT MUST URGENTLY FACE UP TO THE CRISIS OF PUPILS' NEEDS IN DEIS SCHOOLS: DR PAUL DOWNES and NIAMH MURRAY

Irish Independent 24th June 2020

READ PAUL DOWNES' AND NIAMH MURRAY'S FULL ARTICLE HERE

CHILDREN'S CHARITIES CALL FOR ACTION ON CHILD POVERTY BY NEXT GOVERNMENT

Irish Examiner, Thursday February 20th 2020

Too many children are living in consistent poverty - with no access to hot meals at school or access to counselling.  That's according to a number of charities who have written a letter to coincide with today's UN's World Day of Social Justice. READ MORE

Covered also in regional media:

CHILDREN’S CHARITIES CALL FOR ACTION ON CHILD POVERTY BY NEXT GOVERNMENT

Western People Thursday 20th February 2020

Too many children are living in consistent poverty – with no access to hot meals at school or access to counselling.  The charities say too many children are homeless and travel long distances to school from emergency accommodation.  That’s according to a number of charities who have written a letter to coincide with today’s UN’s World Day of Social Justice.  READ MORE

CHILDREN’S CHARITIES CALL FOR ACTION ON CHILD POVERTY BY NEXT GOVERNMENT

Kildare Nationalist,  Thursday 20th February 2020

Too many children are living in consistent poverty – with no access to hot meals at school or access to counselling.  The charities say too many children are homeless and travel long distances to school from emergency accommodation.  That’s according to a number of charities who have written a letter to coincide with today’s UN’s World Day of Social Justice.  READ MORE

CHILDREN’S CHARITIES CALL FOR ACTION ON CHILD POVERTY BY NEXT GOVERNMENT

Laois Nationalist, Thursday 20th February 2020

Too many children are living in consistent poverty – with no access to hot meals at school or access to counselling.  The charities say too many children are homeless and travel long distances to school from emergency accommodation.  That’s according to a number of charities who have written a letter to coincide with today’s UN’s World Day of Social Justice.  READ MORE

PARENTS OF OVER 200 CHILDREN ISSUED WITH LEGAL PROCEEDINGS OVER SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Newstalk, Thursday November 21st 2019

More than 200 children have attended school so little over the past two years that their parents or guardians have been issued with legal proceedings by Tusla writes Eoghan Murphy. READ MORE

INTERVIEW WITH DR PAUL DOWNES ON SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ISSUES: RADIO NEWS FEATURES. THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 2019. NEWS ON THE HOUR FROM 6AM TO 10AM

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DIFFICULTIES IN EDUCATION CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HOMELESSNESS, REPORT FINDS

CatholicIreland.net,Thursday November 7th 2019

The research allows the Peter McVerry Trust to move beyond anecdotal reports from young men who use homeless services about how they fared in the education system and it will help influence the future education strategies of the State, writes Ann Marie Foley. READ MORE

Watch Peter McVerry Trust and DCU’s Educational Disadvantage Centre’s research discussed here.

HOMELESSNESS AND EDUCATION

Pat Doyle, Chief Executive Peter McVerry Trust, and Sarah Murphy, Educational Disadvantage Centre in DCU, discuss new research from DCU's Educational Disadvantage Centre into young homeless men's educational experience with Mary Wilson on RTE’s Drivetime, Wednesday 6th November 2019

SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS OF BOYS FROM SCHOOL LINKED TO HOMELESSNESS

Irish Independent, November 7th 2019. READ MORE  

An end to pupil suspensions and expulsions is called for in a new study that draws a link between unhappy educational experiences and homelessness among young men, writes Katherine Donnelly.   Irish Independent, November 7th 2019.   READ MORE

OVER HALF OF HOMELESS MEN MISSED EDUCATION DUE TO EXPULSION OR SUSPENSION

Report calls for better student support instead of expelling or suspending pupils, write Mark Hilliard and Carl O’Brien. Irish Times, November 6th 2019.     READ MORE

 NEW STUDY SHOWS YOUNG HOMELESS MEN MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN TO BE EXCLUDED AT SCHOOL

Young homeless men are more likely to have been excluded from school, either through suspension or expulsion, a new study examining their experiences of the education system has found, writes Jess Casey.   Irish Examiner, November 6th 2019.   READ MORE

HALF OF HOMELESS MEN ‘EXPELLED OR SUSPENDED AT SCHOOL’

Students should never be suspended or expelled from school and instead should be helped with their behaviour, an academic from Dublin City University has said, writes Ronan Early.  Times UK, November 6th 2019.   READ MORE

THE LINKS BETWEEN ADVERSE SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND HOMELESSNESS

Opinion: new research on education and homelessness calls for initiatives to support vulnerable students and homeless people, writes Sarah Murphy. (pictured below). RTE.ie / Brainstorm  November 6th 2019.    READ MORE

'THE TEACHERS HATED ME': HIGH RATE OF SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS AMONG HOMELESS MEN REVEALED BY NEW STUDY

Failings in the school system increase the risk of homelessness, according to a new study. Homeless men are more likely to have faced suspension and exclusion from school, a new study from Dublin City University suggests.  The Journal, November 6th 2019.   READ MORE

MORNING IRELAND'S IT SAYS IN THE PAPERS, RADIO 1, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6TH 2019

HOW SLEEP LOSS AFFECTS CHILDREN AND TEENS' EDUCATION AND HEALTH

RTE.ie    Tuesday October 15th 2019

Opinion: successive Irish governments have been asleep at the wheel in relation to sleep loss in children and young people. Irish policy makers need to wake up to the issue of sleep loss affecting children and young people's education and health. Most children and young people need at least nine hours of restful sleep each night. Sleep loss impacts on a wide range of aspects in a child’s education, such as his/her attention, reasoning, memory, motivation and school performance, as well as social and behavioural aspects, such as interaction with both teachers and peers, writes Paul Downes, DCU. READ MORE

SCHOOL KIDS REST BETTER ON UNI PLAN

The Sun, Monday October 14th 2019

School and home interventions can improve children's poor sleep habits a new study claims, writes Aoife Bannon. READ MORE

STUDY SAYS SCHOOL INTERVENTION CAN HELP POOR SLEEPERS

Irish Examiner, Monday October 14th 2019

Simple interventions at school and at home can improve children's poor sleep habits, writes Sarah Slater. READ MORE

SCHOOL SHOULD IMPROVE SLEEP

Irish Daily Star. Monday October 14th 2019

School and home help can can improve children's poor sleep habits a study shows. READ MORE

SCHOOL INTERVENTION IN SLEEP MAY HELP CHILDREN GET TO BED EARLIER, NEW STUDY FINDS

The Journal.ie   Monday October 14th 2019

A SLEEPING PROGRAMME taught in school and at home might be the answer to improving children’s sleep behaviour, according to a study by Dublin City University (DCU).   As part of the study, 24 sixth-class children in an urban DEIS primary school were taught a sleep-based class by their teacher at school and their parents at home for five weeks. A study of sixth-class pupils found a 21% rise in those going to bed before 11pm after learning more about sleep, writes Orla Dwyer. READ MORE

BEDTIME 'TOO LATE' FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO SUFFER SLEEP DEPRIVATION

Irish Independent, Monday October 14th 2019  

Huge levels of sleep deprivation among 11 and 12 year olds in a disadvantaged area have emerged in a new study showing that a quarter were not in bed before 11pm.  A further one in three (33pc) were only tucked up between 10pm and 11pm.  There was a dramatic improvement in sleep habits after a trial conducted by researchers at the Dublin City University (DCU) Educational Disadvantage Centre writes Katherine Donnelly. READ MORE

DCU STUDY ON HOW TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S POOR SLEEP HABITS

Schooldays Newshound, Monday October 14th 2019

A Dublin City University study shows a notable improvement in children’s sleep behaviours by implementing a short school and home-based programme.  The link between inadequate sleep levels in children and poor engagement with school is well documented, with poor sleep duration causing excessive daytime sleepiness, which leads to problems with concentration, attention and cognitive functioning.   This study carried out at the Educational Disadvantage Centre, DCU Institute of Education, has found that by implementing a five-week intervention programme, the attitudes of school children towards their own sleep behaviour, their motivation to improve their sleep health and their approach to using electronic media before bedtime, greatly improves.  READ MORE

STUDY SHOWS SCHOOL AND HOME INTERVENTIONS CAN IMPROVE CHILDREN'S POOR SLEEP HABITS

Irish News, Monday October 14th 2019

Pupils improved their awareness of the negative impacts of the use of electronic media on sleep

Children's poor sleep can be improved greatly by teaching better habits in school and home, research has found.  A Dublin City University (DCU) study showed a notable improvement after five weeks writes Simon Doyle. READ MORE

STUDY PERSUADES PUPILS TO SHUN PHONES BEFORE BED

The Times  Monday October 14th 2019

Primary schoolchildren are three times more likely to believe they should avoid using electronic devices an hour before bedtime after they took part in a study on sleep.   A Dublin City University study that sought to monitor and change the sleeping habits of 24 sixth-class pupils in a disadvantaged area reported an “increased awareness of the negative impacts of the use of electronic media on sleep”.    Before the five-week study, less than one in five children agreed that they should not use electronic devices an hour before bedtime. After the study, almost half of the children agreed with the statement.  The study found that after the “five-week intervention period” where children were asked to record times they went to bed, woke and how they felt, writes Ronan Early

Listen back to Ciara Kelly's Newstalk interview with Paul Downes, Monday October 14th  2019  Lunchtime Live from 1.29.55 onwards

HOT SCHOOL MEALS SHOULD BE A ROUTINE FACT OF IRISH LIFE

Irish Times, Saturday October 12th 2019

Patchiness of Government scheme shows up the extent of food extremes that coexist here, writes Diarmaid Ferriter. READ MORE

IRISH TIMES INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DOWNES: HOT MEALS IN SCHOOLS FOR HUNGER PREVENTION.   Irish Times, Saturday September 14th 2019 

HOT SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALL A SOLID START IN BATTLE AGAINST CHILD POVERTY

Irish Times, Saturday September 14th 2019

We trail our European cousins when it comes to providing nourishment to school children.   It was heralded as a long-overdue opportunity to help children and struggling families. A Government-funded pilot scheme to provide hot meals to school children was supposed to bring Ireland into line with other European countries.  But records released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Department of Social Protection turned down 470 primary schools who applied to the scheme. While 36 will benefit from the move, campaigners say that free hot meals in schools should be more widely available, writes Peter McGuire. READ MORE

STUDENT NATIONAL WELLBEING PLAN ‘RISKS BEING STICKING PLASTER’

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Irish Examiner Tuesday August 7th 2018

RICHARD BRUTON PUBLISHES WELLBEING POLICY FOR SCHOOLS

Irish Examiner Friday July 20th 2018

HOMELESS CHILDREN IN EDUCATION: 'SHE IS VERY TIRED IN SCHOOL, EXHAUSTED, I WOULD BE TOO IF I HAD TO TRAVEL'

The Journal.ie, Tuesday July 3rd 2018

HOMELESS SCHOOLCHILDREN 'HUNGRY, TIRED AND ASHAMED'

RTE.ie Tuesday July 3rd 2018

'LOST GENERATION' LOSING THEIR CHILDHOODS IN EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION

Irish Examiner, Tuesday July 3rd 2018

EU ADOPTS DCU TOOL ON TEACHER TRAINING

Irish Examiner 20th June 2018

BREAKING THE MOULD FOR ENTRY TO TEACHING

Irish Independent January 18th 2018

TEACHING PROFESSION BOOST FOR DISADVANTAGED AREAS

Dublin People, January 4th 2018

HENS HELP PUPILS TO CRACK LIFE'S CODE

Ciara Gilligan

Irish Independent Thursday, June 29th 2017

SCHOOLS ‘MUST PLAY BIGGER ROLE IN TACKLING HUNGER AND INADEQUATE SLEEP’

Irish Examiner, Thursday 21st September 2017

DEIS REVIEW MUST NOT LEAD TO CUTS: LEADING ACADEMIC SOUNDS WARNING    

InTouch (2015), Vol. 155, October, p.18

INSIDE STORY: A NEW WAY WITH WORDS.

Sunday Business Post , September 15th 2013 

SURGE IN PUPILS GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY

Irish Examiner, Friday January 25th 2013

CUTS AFFECTING DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN

Irish Times, Monday December 19th 2011

SCHOOLS GET READY FOR SOME INCREDIBLE YEARS

The Argus, Wednesday 9th June 2010

NON-ATTENDANCE A SYMPTOM OF WIDER PROBLEM

Irish Times, 31st May 2010

PUPILS STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS IN CLASSROOM

Irish Independent, Tuesday 1st December 2009

TOO MUCH FOCUS ON MISBEHAVIOUR, SAYS EXPERT

Education Matters, December 2 2009

REMARKS BY FERGUS FINLAY AT ‘BEYOND EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE’ LAUNCH

Barnardos, 9th July 2018

POORER PUPILS TOO STRESSED TO SLEEP

Irish Independent, Monday 30th June 2008

POVERTY LINKED TO PRE-SCHOOL PLACE SHORTAGE

Thursday 26th June 2008. Irish Examiner

Less than 3% of spending on education goes to adult training

Irish Independent, Thursday February 7th 2008

PUTTING OUR CHILDREN AT A DISADVANTAGE

Irish Independent, Wednesday September 26th 2007

Unfair burden on the poorest children

Irish Independent, Wednesday September 26th 2007

Call for 'radical' change to help poorer pupils to achieve at school

Irish Times, Tuesday September 18th 2007.

Mags for kids call

Irish Daily Mirror, Tuesday September 18th 2007

BOOK EDITORS CALL FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION TO BE LINKED

Irish Examiner, Tuesday September 18th 2007

Dealers are 'forcing deprived teens' to mind their drugs'

Irish Independent, Friday June 29th 2007

Third of pupils too hungry to do school work, survey finds

Irish Times, Wednesday June 27th 2007

POOR SCHOOLWORK LINKED TO HUNGER IN DUBLIN STUDY

Irish Times, Saturday December 9th 2006

International Newspaper Articles

School violence and bullying: protecting vulnerable children

Times of Malta, Sunday 19th March 2017

EU Report on the prevention of bullying and violence in schools

Malta Independent, Monday 6th February 2017

Why they leave school early

Times of Malta, Monday 23rd February 2015

Transition to new school  

Times of Malta.com June 20th 2014

Twelve students to shine light on early school leaving.

The Times of Malta, November 10, 2011

University studies reasons for early school drop-outs

Times of Malta.com, Friday 11th November, 2011

Reviews of Downes, P. (2003). Living with heroin: HIV, Identity and Social Exclusion among the Russian-speaking minorities in Estonia and Latvia.Legal Information Centre for Human Rights, Tallinn / Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Estonia: Russian-language papers

Aliens' syndrome ('SINDROM INOSTRANCEV'). In Molodezh Estonii p.3, 18 June, 2003

Heroin in social context ('GEROIN V SOCIALNOM KONTEKSTE'). In Molodezh Estonii p. 6, 18 June 2003

Non-Estonian is a disputable notion ('NEESTONEC - PONYATIE SPORNOE'). In Molodezh Estonii p.3, 19 June 2003

Integration into heroin: Thoughts spoken after reading one book ('INTEGRATIA V GEROIN: MISLI VSLUH PO PROCHTENII ODNOY KNIGI') by Lyoobov Semyonova in Molodezh Estonii p.7, 28 June 2003

Heroin and integration ('GEROIN I INTEGRATSIA'). In Estonia 21 June 2003

Estonia: Estonian-language newspapers

Irish scholar studies Kopli drug addicts ('IIRI TEADLANE UURIB KOPLI NARKOMAANE'). In Eesti Express, p.7, 3 July 2003

Living with heroin: Book Review by Sergei Stadnikov. In Eesti Express, p.8, 24 July 2003

Scholar: language requirements will result in drug addiction ('TEADLANE: KEELENOUE TEKITAB NARKOSOLTLASI'). In Postimees 18 August 2003

A tough evaluation ('KARM HINNANGE'). Marek Dreving, Opinion Column Review of Living with heroin. In Postimees 18 August 2003

Latvia: Russian-language newspapers

Linguistic reform will lead to needle ('YAZYKOVAYA REFORMA DO IGLY DOVEDET') Vesti Segodnya, 20 June 2003

School reform will make Russian youth sit on the needle ('REFORMA SHKOLY SAZHAET RUSSKUYU MOLODEZH NA IGLU'). In Vesti Segodnya 26 June 2003

Russian schools: Living without heroin ('RUSSKAYA SHKOLA: ZHIZN BEZ GEROINA'). In Vechernyaya Riga, 25 June 2003

In Vremena i nravi ('The Times and Culture'), 26 June, 2003

“I'll die soon, and it is good ("YA SKORO UMRU, I ETO HOROSHO") In Chas, 25 June, 2003

Living with heroin ('ZHIZN S GEROINOM'). In Chas, 11 July, 2003

Latvia: Irish Scientist: Educational reforms in Latvia and Estonia are extreme (IRIJAS ZINATNIEKS: IZGLITBAS REFORMAS LATVIJA UN IGAUNIJA IR EKSTREMAS) Letas ziņas (Latvian-language national news agency) 19 June 2003

Other:

Estonia: Linguistic minorities in Estonia: Discrimination must end. (2006) Amnesty International

'New approach to drug prevention good on paper, lacking in practice' (Monday May 16th 2005. Baltic Times)

'Bonjour Estonie' March 18th 2005

Living with heroin…Review. Drugnet Ireland, newsletter of the Drug Misuse Research Division of the Health Research Board, (2004), Issue 10, (March), p.17

Hearing a lost generation speak out. The Baltic Times (August 14 - 20, 2003), p.7-8. Review by Steve Roman.

New Drug Policy: Good on paper lacking in practice. The Baltic Times, March 16 2005

Living with heroin, Bookshelf Review: Drugnet Europe, bimonthly newsletter of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2003), Vol 43 (September-October), p.4

Buchtipp- Leben mit Heroin. In SUPRO Web Newsletter on Drug Prevention (Austria) 22 August 2003