Feeder tables, inspection reports, improvement plans and parent-teacher meetings

Sensory room: Susan Gibney with pupils Kyle Hourigan and Kerry Mayland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Susan Gibney, principal, Queen of Angels Primary School, Wedgewood, Dublin

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan

Ireland has some great teachers. But is our teaching profession meeting the highest international standards? And can parents measu(...)

Tech savvy: Fintan O’Mahony with second-year students. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Fintan O’Mahony, Scoil Mhuire, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary

In print: Éilis Treacy with Anna Larkin, chief editor of the Eyrecourt Examiner

Éilis Treacy, teaching principal, St Brendan’s National School, Eyrecourt, Co Galway

Second level teachers from Newpark Comprehensive school in Dublin protest the proposed changes to the Junior Cycle programme. A 2008 OECD study showed the percentage of Irish teachers who had received an appraisal of their teaching was the lowest of 24 countries surveyed. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ireland out of line in having ‘no procedure’ for assessing teachers’ competence, say officials

Professor Samuel Odom said it was often hard for parents of children with autism to access information on treatments.

Schools are refusing admission to children with special educational needs, says study

Helen Mortimer

If the unions do go to the barricades over junior cycle reforms, they may find the new National Parents’ Council chief executive a(...)

Spot the philosopher: who is the great thinker? Answer at the end of the piece

Philosophy stands accused of being the most chauvinistic branch of the humanities, with a 5:1 ratio of men to women

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