The sudy found that students who play one-player video games between once a month and almost every day perform better in mathematics, reading, science and problem solving, on average, than students who play one-player games every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Gender analysis of test scores suggests girls suffer from ‘low confidence’ in maths

Whereas girls tend to embrace learning for its own sake, boys want to know what’s in it for them – be it access to the games console, or some other prize

Analysis: Parents of girls should fight their own gender biases, OECD report suggests

NUI Maynooth: Aims to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options

Joint arts and science degree will be the first of its type in Ireland

Early Childhood Ireland, which represents service providers in the childcare sector, has said the  use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem. File photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD had proposed schools be used for ‘low-cost’ after-school care

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “They have to make this happen for themselves.”  Photograph: The Irish Times

Bill requiring merger of institutes seeking designation to be published after Easter

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Welcomed the official launch of, an online support service for teachers undertaking the new junior cycle framework. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan objects to disruption as bargaining chip in talks

‘That religion is back on the political stage has much to do with its power to build communities and provide blueprints for action.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Ideologies have a power to build communities; that’s why they endure, says philosopher Alexandra Grieser

Jan O’Sullivan: move to limit past-pupil quota

Angry middle-class parents have been bombarding the Minister for Education with letters

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions may consider further strike action after Minister rebuffs plea for more talks

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