The president of the NAPD has called for a national school admissions policy which is ‘fair, transparent, and realistic’. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Principals warn that students are being left without qualified teachers in key subjects

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: The Minister has pledged a number of steps including using more trainee and retired teachers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Principals warn Government that urgent action is needed to tackle staffing ‘crisis’

Schoolchildren who are frequently reprimanded by teachers are much more likely to lose self-confidence in their ability to do schoolwork, new research shows. Photo: iStock

ESRI study shows young people who receive praise more likely to do better at second level

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Official guidance indicates tuition may be prioritised over extra-curricular activities

School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Some parents criticised move as an ‘overreaction’ on social media

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Board chief’s decision to retire prompts calls for accelerated inquiry into its spending

The #ClickWithCompassion film shows actors confronting one another with real comments from the internet.

#ClickWithCompassion shows impact of hurtful comments in the real world

UCD students’ union president Katie Ascough (pictured second from right) in a promotional picture released as part of her campaign against an  impeachment bid.

Katie Ascough says group of students have been determined to impeach her

The population bulge is set to continue into our creaking third-level sector. That’s why €367m  has been allocated for capital projects for the higher education sector between 2018 and 2021

While 1,300 extra teaching posts are due next year, 550 of them will simply keep pace with demographic growth

More than 1,400 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded this year following appeals by students. Photo: Bryan O’Brien

Almost 15 per cent of all rechecks were successful, with just four results downgraded

The State’s 16 Education and Training Boards, which deliver most further education courses, currently receive more than €500m   a year from Solas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solas says the move will help meet skills needs and deliver value for money

The investment in employing more teachers will bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to the lowest ever level recorded of 26:1. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Budget 2018: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both want credit for reducing pupil-teacher ratio

Employers’ groups such as Ibec  say any  rises in the training fund levy amount to an “employment tax”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Rise in payroll levy expected in this week’s budget to help fund colleges

Heath National School in Portlaoise, Co Laois. It  is one of a number of schools which have turned to mindfulness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New programme to be rolled out in more than 900 disadvantaged schools

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton was  urged to implement the findings of an Oireachtas report which says grants should be made available to eligible students attending private colleges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hundreds of students from less well-off families say they are unfairly denied support

Richard Bruton: he  has appointed an external investigator to examine the ETB’s functions into “public procurement, usage and disposal of assets and propriety matters”

Audit flagged governance issues at Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

Seas Suas, a new representative group for independent childcare providers wants ‘radical reform’ of early education and childcare services. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Group says interim measure needed to prevent services being ‘forced out’ of sector due to excessive regulation

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton:  has appointed an external investigator to examine the ETB’s functions into “public procurement, usage and disposal of assets and propriety matters”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Concerns raised by C&AG audit of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

For most of the last decade, State funding for higher education has been dropping

Issues surrounding the funding of higher education explained . . .

Thousands of students are marching through the capital this afternoon to voice their opposition to student loan scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Thousands of students march in Dublin to oppose any plan for a student loan scheme

 Trinity College, Dublin. The Cassells report on the future funding of higher education said that €100m a year in extra funding was needed if the State was to build a world-class system. File photograph: Alan Betson

Party spokesman Thomas Byrne says up to €100m needed for higher education in budget

Alice Albright, chief executive of Global  Partnership for Education, has urged donors including Ireland to increase their commitment to help more children receive a quality basic education.

About 825 million young people 'likely to be locked out of job opportunities by 2030'

Higher level maths entry requirements for students training to be primary teachers are to be lowered from next year. Photograph: iStock

Students will be able to qualify on 30% at higher level, but ordinary level bar is to rise

In correspondence with colleges, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has now pledged to lower the entry grade for maths to a H7 from next year. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Up to 13 applicants to be offered places after a review identified points inconsistency

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: said the reforms were an example of “the many measures” the Government is implementing to assist people and families to gain employment.

Action plan to target families where children’s parents are both jobless

ASTI delegates at their meeting in Citywest Hotel in June. More than 1,200 members of the ASTI are estimated to have left the union between January and June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ASTI accuses TUI of recruiting a number of its members during dispute with Government

Amnesty executive director Colm O’Gorman urged Ministers to press for a fairer and more effective solution to Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State has performed well compared with other EU countries, Amnesty says

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has announced a new €6 million equipment fund for youth groups. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Young members to be consulted on how best way to spend the new resources

A social media image of Aoife Hawthornereleased by the Garda Press Office. The 13-year-old from Co Kildare was last seen on Saturday evening in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Aoife Hawthorne was last seen on Saturday evening when visiting a friend

 INTO members attend a rally for pay equality for lower-paid teachers outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin, in December 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union faces backlash from members over decision to participate in the evaluation

Parents’ ‘obsession’ with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe, it has been claimed. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Education chief says parents are ‘obsessed’ with sending their children to third-level

Secondary students in Ireland have longer summer holidays and shorter school terms than most other countries in Europe, according to a European Commission report. Photo: iStock

Only France, Cyprus and Greece have a shorter school year than here

Prof Tony Fahey speaking at the annual conference of Education and Training Boards Ireland on Thursday. Ireland faces a challenge in matching education levels to skills needs.

High level of excess education for job held raises questions about third-level numbers

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said the move was aimed at ensuring all children are treated equally in school. File photograph: Getty Images

Parishes, parents in community national schools must organise sacramental preparation

Philip King, musician and founder of Other Voices, has been recruited to develop an arts and culture event to be held at the university over a number of days. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

University seeking to place greater emphasis on culture and creativity

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of  Education and Training Boards Ireland, says its  schools are bound by decades-old rules around the teaching of religion.

State sector schools have a duty to protect the human rights of all children, conference told

In November 2016, the union voted decisively, with 64 per cent of voters in UCDSU supported retaining the union’s pro-choice stance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student Union president Katie Ascough says decision was made on legal grounds

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has  assured teachers that no financial or credit card details were compromised in a cyberattack on its learning website. Photo: iStock

Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) says no financial, credit card details compromised

Alex and Dylan along with Solas Project co-ordinator Derek Murphy in Dublin’s south-west inner city engaged in an after-school  project.

Second level is a big change in a student’s life and preventing regression is key to success

Uninest New Mill in Dublin 8, which opens this month, is an example of the new breed of high-spec student accommodation being built in the capital.

Thousands of purpose-built students beds are coming onstream – for €1,000 or more a month

During the next three years  an additional 22,800 pupils are expected to enter the Irish education system across primary and secondary. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 563,000 children are enrolling in primary schools this September

Department of Education inspectors made critical findings in a report published earlier this year over teaching standards, a lack of leadership and poor oversight by the board of management.

Small number of students turn up for re-opening of Scoil Náisiunta Bhrighde

Sorcha Maguire, hiding behind her mother before her first day at school in Balbriggan Educate Together  in Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Mothers and fathers dabbed their eyes as children got stuck into their school day

Ben O’Leary Fitzpatrick: received his Leaving Cert Applied results this week.

Changes to grading and points systems have helped dampen down the points race

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor has broken with official Government policy by expressing support for the principle of equal pay for equal work for teachers. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Pledge follows Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s break with Government policy

Six sets of twins are starting first year at Coláiste Choilm and Gaelcholáiste Choilm in Ballincollig, Co Cork - Andrew and Alex Okpoy; Amber and Alanagh Healy; Adam and Ethan Butler; David and Jonathan Keane; Kamile and Mileta Riskute; and Conor and Aoife Morey. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

The principal of Coláiste Choilm says: ‘We’ll eventually get to know who’s who’

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, a former school principal, said she believed ‘everyone who does the same job deserves the same pay’.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor backs restoring pay levels for thousands of younger teachers

The cost to students of on-campus accommodation has increased markedly in recent years across all seven universities, with students in Dublin universities seeing the largest rise

‘Rent-a-room’ plan means property owners do not pay tax on rent up to €14,000 a year

More than 2,000 students will be supported through a range of programmes over the next three years. Photograph: Frank Miller

More than 2,000 students to be supported under initiative to widen access to third level

The parent of one student said he was shocked to find that a O6 was considered a greater academic achievement than a H7. Photograph: Getty Images

Number of courses where ‘random selection’ is used to limit entry falls by more than half

With  the student registration charge  at €3,000, the rising cost of accommodation is putting many parents and students under pressure. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 40 students ended up in cars or on friends’ couches, new survey finds

Students from CUS in Dublin’s city centre celebrate their Leaving Cert results. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fall due to fewer applicants and recent reforms in exam grading and points system

Some 80,766 applicants have applied for a place in higher education this year through the CAO system. Photograph: Eric Luke

Points rise in construction, architecture, law and business as economy grows

Kate Collins, from Clontarf in Dublin, got 8 H1s in her Leaving Cert. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Maths is one of just six subjects at higher level where male students performed better

“There is very clear evidence from the State Examinations Commission that some students are taking a risk to get bonus points, and they are at the bottom end of maths standards.” Photograph: Getty Images

University president says significant number of students struggling to cope with step up

Many parents and students are under the misapprehension that colleges set the points requirements for each course

New grading system means there is uncertainty over the points scores needed

Muhammad Mahmoud (17), from Ballycullen in Dublin 24, with his mother Dr Ayda Elkhalifa. The Ashfield College is one of 13 students nationally to  score eight grade ones at higher level.

Muhammad Mahmoud (17), whose parents are from Sudan, hopes to study medicine

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says this year's changes reward students who take chance to do higher level

Aoife Moore and Ciara Curley as they get their Leaving Certificate results and at Maryfield College, Whitehall. Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Number of high achievers increases significantly over last year

The surge in the numbers taking higher level and the dramatic fall-off in failure rates may suggest that the new system is simply a “dumbing down” of the old one.  Archive photograph: Students at The Kings Hospital Secondary School in Palmerstown sitting a Leaving Cert exam.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Authorities insist there has been no ‘dumbing down’ of the system

The State Examinations Commission insists there has been no change in the exam standards of the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leaving Cert 2017: Authorities deny higher level exams are being ‘dumbed down’

New Leaving Cert grading system: one of the biggest changes is an old E grade is no longer an automatic fail: under the new system students get 37 points for grades between 30-39 per cent (a H7 under the new system). Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Reforms to Leaving Cert grade names and bands aim to take heat out of points race

Education experts have warned that Brexit could lead to increases in CAO points over the coming years if thousands of Irish students who study in the UK opt to remain at home. Photograph: Getty Images

Tens of thousands of students await Leaving Cert results and release of points requirements

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers:  “Any suggestion of introducing a teaching excellence framework-based approach in Ireland will further demoralise our universities.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lecturers call for increased funding for third level amid deteriorating staff-student ratios

There is a ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800m is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government survey criticises method of disbursing €800m in funding for courses

John Dee, a fabrication technician from Listowel, Co Kerry. He secured a job after completing a post-Leaving Cert course earlier this year.

Case study: A post-Leaving Cert course helped John Dee back into workforce

Prof Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

UCC president Patrick O’Shea reports 40% rise in international applications to the university

Trinity College Dublin provost Patrick Prendergast has said it appeared Brexit was playing a key role in more international students considering Ireland as a place to study. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The rise in overseas applications could force colleges to cap places for Irish students

Teenagers from India, the US and Ireland are gathering in Kildare this week for Foróige’s “leadership for life” youth conference.   The conference brings together young people to learn how to become leaders in their own communities.

Maynooth hosts event international conference for 15 to 18-year-olds

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was conferred an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern after the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

Edward Walsh joins criticism of NUI for granting doctorate

Sophia Byrne Singh from Dublin who joined childcare workers outside the Department of Finance earlier this month where postcards from the dole were delivered to Minister Paschal Donohoe to highlight the precarious contracts and lack of state investment for early years sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oireachtas report finds lack of investment results in high childcare costs for parents

A spokeswoman for the Department said a revised national annual graduate outcomes survey is being drafted, which is due to be in place by next year.

Growing student numbers and reduced staffing placing quality of graduates ‘at risk’

Authorities have been unable to reliably track whether individuals are progressing into higher education and employment, or ending up on the live register or unemployment

Government report finds State unable to monitor progress of many in further education

Tracey Daly sign language interpterting at  the   Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Analysis: State is playing catch-up in education policy after years of neglect

ASTI president Ed Byrne at the union’s  convention last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ASTI members’ salaries jump by up to €2,500 after suspension of industrial action

Students’ union at UCD and Trinity are promoting “digs” as a way of reducing pressure on students in a difficult rental market. Photograph: Getty Images

House with 15 beds and single bathroom features among properties for rent

A new student accommodation development under construction on Mill Street, Dublin 8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

USI says purpose-built housing is out of reach for vast majority of new third-level entrants

NUI Galway (above) had the lowest proportion of women at professor grade (12 per cent), while University of Limerick had the highest (31 per cent)

Only 21% of professors are women, with no female university head in 400 years

Jane Ohlmeyer: “Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Financial rewards and penalties required for issue to be taken seriously - TCD academic

New figures released by the Higher Education Authority show that while about 50%  of lecturers in Irish universities are women, only 21%  of professors are women. Photograph: Getty Images

Women are significantly under-represented in senior roles at colleges

 Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches. File photograph: PA

HEA proposals would punish third-level institutions for serious financial breaches

Richard Bruton has said: ‘It is reasonable to ask employers to contribute more, as their future success depends so much on the capacity of the education sector to respond to their needs.’ Photograph: Sam Boal

Richard Bruton to give businesses more input in exchange for increases in payroll taxes

Teachers protest last May to highlight the case for equal pay, in a demonstration organised by the INTO and TUI. File photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

INTO’s executive had urged ‘no’ vote over failure to tackle pay equality among teachers

Portraits of president of Cork Institute of Technology Dr Brendan Murphy and former chair of its governing body Dr Paddy Caffrey.

College carrying €1m deficit faces criticism over paintings of president and chairman

Certain students from the UCC business information systems course are alleged to have “outsourced” key aspects of a final-year project which involved computer coding, according to college sources. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

College confirms it is looking into possible breach of examination procedures

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton: various measures taken by the Government meant it had gone about 75 per cent of the way towards restoring pay equality for teachers appointed since 2011. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pay equality between established and new teachers emerges as key issue for profession

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, speaking with Peter Cassells, chairman of the Expert Group on Future funding for Higher Education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour to table motion seeking abolition of student registration charge

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane, a member of the PAC, said it appeared that some accounting officers were running colleges as it was the “wild west”. File photograph: Eric Luke

Public Accounts Committee report critical of corporate governance failures

Public accounts committee: the University of Limerick (above), NUI Galway, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology all come in for criticism

Public accounts committee highly critical of failure to declare private income

Catholic school managers say it is “over-prescriptive” to have to set out details of arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious instruction.

New Bill will require schools to set out their provisions for non-religious students

Minister for Education Richard Bruton attends  the turning of the sod at the new Maynooth Education Campus, the largest ever single school building project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education campus in Maynooth will provide school places for 2,000 secondary pupils

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon says the issue of children of no faith, or a different faith, being ‘exposed to religious influence’ in Catholic state-funded schools must still be addressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation yet to be examined by Attorney General

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister announces plans to remove religious critera in Catholic school admissions

While some exams can attract up to 3,000 complaints from students and parents, the new English paper resulted in a single phone call. Photograph: Getty Images

Concern over length of paper sparked petition by 12,000 students prior to exam

 The move to end religious discrimination in admissions to Catholic schools is a belated recognition that our education system needs to catch up with the reality of modern life. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Analysis: Removal of ‘Baptism barrier’ latest step in fight for equality-based school system

Minister for Education Richard Bruton told an Oireachtas committee that he plans to remove the “baptism barrier” in admission to Catholic schools. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minority faith primary schools will retain capacity to accept pupils on faith grounds

Concerns have been raised over the number of boys aged 12-16 who are being suspended or expelled from schools. Photograph: iStock

Pupils banned from class on over 13,000 occasions with 145 expulsions, committee hears

Blackrock College, Dublin: “Rockmen” were urged to join together to defeat the plans. Photograph: Eric Luke

The changes take aim at policies of such schools, but little will change on the ground

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation  and Teachers’ Union of Ireland executives have already recommended to their members that they reject the deal. Photograph; Getty Images

ASTI’s standing committee recommends rejection of proposed public sector pay deal

Blackrock past-pupils have lobbied against an “old school tie” provision in new legislation. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Old school tie’ provision will limit places for past-pupils to no more than 25%

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