PARENTS will find out within days which primary school their child has been accepted into or whether or not they need to look elsewhere or appeal. Councils around the country will send out letters on Monday, April 16 letting mums, dads and kids know the all-important news. When will you find out if your child's application is successful? Successful parents will receive a letter explaining they've been accepted into their preferred school and asking them to accept or decline the place. Parents who haven't managed to get in will receive a letter explaining the exact reasons why. They then have two weeks - until April 30 - to either accept any places they have been offered or begin appealing the decision. Parents who want to appeal their child's rejection from their first preference school should fill in the reply slip. This will then go to an independent body who may overrule the original decision. Appeals aren't limited - parents can appeal for more than one school at a time. Each … [Read more...] about When do I find out about primary school places, how do the waiting lists work and when was the application deadline?
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BRITS already weary of strikes on Tubes and trains are now facing more travel misery with Thomas Cook pilots walking out for 24 hours - and threatening further industrial action.Here's all the latest info on when the strike is happening, what flights will be affected and what Thomas Cook advises.Pilots working for Thomas Cook will go on strike from 00.01am on Saturday, September 23 until 23.59pm on the same say.A total of 49 flights will be affected by the walk-out - threatening holiday misery for thousands of Brits planning late summer breaks.Talks collapsed over a disputed 1.5 per cent pay offer by the airline. The British Airline Pilot's Association (Balpa) has argued for a pay rise in line with inflation as well as better travel facilities for workers.Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton told the Press Association: "Tortuous negotiations at Acas have failed to resolve the pay dispute between Thomas Cook and Balpa pilots."Whilst both sides have compromised there is still a … [Read more...] about When’s the Thomas Cook strike, which airports are affected and how do I check if my flight has been cancelled?
HORROR stories of Irish holidaymakers being charged hundreds for using their phones are behind us as roaming charges come to an tomorrow.Mobile phone users will no longer be charged extra for making and receiving calls and texts while abroad in the European Union.The new laws mean your phone plan in Ireland will work the same when you are in France, Germany or other EU countries and you can roam like at home.They’re designed to help EU members who holiday or occasionally travel to other countries, with the aim of not leaving them out of pocket – but it can all depend on your bill bundle.And you have to use your phone at home more than abroad to meet the “fair usage” scheme.This means your phone cannot be used for constant roaming, and if your network finds you are using it for that reason, you will be charged.Plus if you have free data at home, you won’t necessarily have it on European trips – so how exactly does it all work?This is everything you … [Read more...] about What are the new EU roaming charges, how do they apply to Irish holidaymakers, what is ‘fair usage’ and do you have free data abroad if you have it at home?
TEENAGERS are arriving this week at university ready for a week of parties before lectures begin.Freshers' week has become a rite of passage for new students, providing an opportunity to make friends, find your way around and let your hair down before the work begins.Freshers' week is held for at least of week, although some universities stretch it to two, before lectures and deadlines begin.The dates of freshers' weeks vary but it's usually at the end of September with many universities freshers week commencing September 19.Freshers' week is a week long event for first-year university students.The name conjures images of drunken students falling out of nightclubs and for some this will be part of the university experience.But, there's more to it than that.It's a chance to adjust to a new city, make friends as well as find out where lectures, supermarkets and other key locations are.Parties. There will be lots of organised events, probably including a freshers' ball, as … [Read more...] about Freshers’ Week 2016: What is it, when is it and how do I survive?
TRAVELLING into space is a dream for a lot of landlubbing humans.But it turns out that becoming an astronaut may not be as far-fetched a career goal as it might appear. The Sun Online has enlisted the help of a former Nasa astronaut who flew into space to help build the International Space Station to explain what traits you need to journey through space. Tony Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, and joined Nasa in 2000 after working as a test pilot in the US Navy. As a schoolboy, he “did well in some things, struggled in others, but certainly wasn’t a star”. Tony insists that as a nine-year-old, "you wouldn’t have picked me out from anybody else in my class”.He strongly believes there could be a nine-year-old somewhere in the UK who might appear equally "average" but will one day step foot on Mars.Space travel has long seemed like it's reserved for young, American ready-made Bruce Willis types - not British school … [Read more...] about How do I become an astronaut? Nasa spaceman reveals how YOU could become a cosmic explorer