Kilkenny College, one of the oldest private schools in the State, is to enter the “free” education system

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Ireland risks being left behind in the “online education revolution”, according to the president of Dublin City University…

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Substantial progress has been made in implementing radical changes to teacher training – according to a forthcoming report from…

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: said Catholic education must find its way within a more pluralistic society

The reluctance of some Catholic groups to accept the proposed changes in school patronage has been criticised by the Archbishop…

The quality of primary education is being undermined by reform initiatives from the Department of Education, a school leader …

Hunger is hindering some primary school pupils’ ability to learn basic literacy and numeracy, according to a school leader.

School principals have challenged the Government to reduce the red tape burden on principals and support school leadership in…

Food poverty is hindering some primary school pupils’ ability to learn basic literacy and numeracy, according to the Irish Primary(...)

A leading Catholic educationalist has accused Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn of exaggerating the level of parental demand…

One of the State’s leading private third-level colleges is to offer free tuition to students – in return for providing accommodati(...)

The number of third-level colleges in the State should be cut from 39 to 24, according to a document published yesterday by the…

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Parents in 38 areas can vote from today for their preferred choice of primary school patron.

Trinity College Dublin is to try out a new admissions system that is designed to give it a more rounded picture of student achieve(...)

Students should research their college choices over the coming weeks and tactically opt for courses that best suit their interests(...)

Employers are concerned about the writing ability of many graduates and question whether some have the “right attitude” according…

Parents in 38 areas can vote from today for their preferred choice of primary school patron.

The higher education system should be reconfigured into five regional clusters, according to new proposals from the university…

Leaving Cert students face a further increase in points this year for high-demand college courses in science, technology – and…

University presidents are set to back a radical reform of the college entry system which will result in wider availability of…

Most Irish parents or guardians have at least 25 children’s books available to their children in the home, much higher than the…

Employers are generally satisfied with the quality of Irish graduates but have concerns about their writing skills and business…

A survey of more than 400 companies has highlighted the difficulty facing graduates of some disciplines in securing jobs.

It's time to find out who in education has been naughty or nice and how the  New Year will look in the classroom

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The chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee, accused by staff of plagiarising sections of his master’s thesis, is to step…

Only a tiny percentage of parents in some areas favour changes to school patronage, according to a senior figure in Catholic …

The process of handing over Catholic-run schools to other patron bodies could begin by September 2014.

Irish pupils have performed well in an international reading test but their performance is mixed in science and maths.

Analysis The time allocated to maths and science in primary schools may have to increase

Teachers’ union the INTO described the rankings on primary education as “a good news story for Irish education”.

Mixed results in student report
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Irish primary pupils have performed well in a major international test in reading but the results in maths and science are much…

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After last year’s embarrassing U-turn on DEIS schools, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn was determined to avoid any similar…

Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute about teacher training, despite…

Cuts to maternity leave for teachers and a significant increase in class sizes in fee-paying schools are among the main features…

TO BE HONEST: A parent writes: I have just emerged from another frustrating parent-teacher meeting, the annual five minute event…

Record numbers of schools are sending all their Leaving Cert students to third level, according to the 2012 Irish Times School…

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The abolition of student fees and huge expansion in third-level places have failed to broaden access for poor students, according…

Ireland does not have the capacity to sustain more than one major university of international standing, according to a group …

Parents have been slow to engage with a Department of Education survey on their preferred choice of patron for primary schools…

A €50 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will allow construction of eight new schools to begin shortly.

The number of students staying on in school to complete the Leaving Cert exam is at its highest rate to date.

A TEACHERS’ union leader has declared that the cuts in pay for new entrants to the profession will be overturned “no matter how…

COMMITTEE INQUIRY: A TEACHER was paid €55,439 in allowance payments in 2011, according to new details provided by the Department…

Teachers stage protest over cuts
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  • October 24, 2012, 01:00

Several thousand teachers protested in Dublin this evening against cuts to pay for new entrants and continuing cuts to the educati(...)

PRIMARY SCHOOLS could be under new patronage by next September if sufficient numbers of parents decide they want it, Minister…

ABOUT HALF of pupils in schools managed by the multidenominational group Educate Together are Catholic.

TO BE HONEST: AN UNHEARD VOICE IN EDUCATION: A PARENT WRITES: It’s far from certain whether any move to withdraw State funding…

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The Department of Education will today begin surveying parents to establish which patrons they wish to see operating primary …

Second-level teachers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed changes in the Junior Cert

SECOND-LEVEL schools are set to give parents an annual report based on the school’s own assessment of teaching and learning in…

New school-entry rules on the way
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  • October 19, 2012, 01:00

New rules for school admission, designed to ensure greater transparency in the allocation of places, are set to be introduced…

Principals welcome exam reform
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  • October 18, 2012, 01:00

The planned reform of the Junior Cert exam has the potential to be the most seminal event in Irish education since the introductio(...)

THE GOVERNMENT is expected to target fee-paying schools in the budget, with further changes to the pupil-teacher ratio

THERE IS compelling international evidence that students will perform better by moving away from “high stakes” exams like the…

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Why the need to reform? What was wrong with the old exam?

There is compelling international evidence that students will perform better by moving away from terminal “high stakes” exams…

IN A BLOW to the State’s international reputation in education, Ireland is not represented among the top 100 universities in …

ANALYSIS: Proposals will aim to tackle the problem of male students disengaging from school during the Junior Cert cycle and…

STUDENTS WILL no longer sit a formal State examination at the end of third year in secondary school, under proposals for a new…

No Irish universities in top 100
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  • October 3, 2012, 01:00

In a blow to the State’s international reputation in education, Ireland is not represented among the top 100 universities in …

IRELAND still has “some way to go” in building a system of quality and continuous improvement in schools, according to a new …

THE LARGEST teacher training college in the State will provide the very best teachers to all the schools of the nation; Catholic…

MINISTER FOR Education Ruairí Quinn and three university presidents last night moved to distance themselves from a controversial…

THE PUBLICATION of a major report on higher education, which recommends the merger of University College Dublin and Trinity Colleg(...)

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has reversed a budget decision to cut guidance counselling supports in a school in the southeast …

DUBLIN CITY University (DCU) has launched an ambitious five-year strategic plan, designed to make it one of the word’s most innova(...)

PARENTS AND students face third-level fees of €3,000 a year by 2015, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has confirmed.

SOME 4,000 Irish students took part in European Commission sponsored study initiatives in the last academic year, according to…

Third level fees 'to rise to €3,000'
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  • September 19, 2012, 01:00

Parents and students face third level fees of €3,000 per year by 2015, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has confirmed.

NEW ENTRANTS to teaching will bear the brunt of the Government’s cuts to allowances for the sector.

MORE THAN 25,000 students are expected to attend The Irish Times Higher Options exhibition which opens at the RDS in Dublin today…

THE GOVERNMENT will need to recruit 3,000 extra teachers to deal with the surge in the school-going population, Minister for …

THE NEW entry and selection test for entry to university medical schools – known as the Hpat – should be abandoned, according…

THE STATE has treated further education and training as the “black sheep’’ of the education system, Minister for Education Ruairí…

THE CHINESE ministry for education has given its approval to the joint venture between University College Dublin and Beijing …

Junior Cert results being released
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  • September 12, 2012, 01:00

High failure rates in languages are a striking feature of the Junior Cert results released today.

TEACHERS IN Ireland are among the best paid in the world, according to a new international survey.

High failure rates in language exams
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  • September 12, 2012, 01:00

HIGH FAILURE rates in languages are a striking feature of the Junior Cert results released today.

Irish pupils spend less time on maths
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  • September 11, 2012, 01:00

Irish school children spend much less time learning maths and science at both primary and second level than their OECD counterpart(...)

LEADING UNIVERSITIES here are continuing to struggle in the latest World University Rankings, published this morning.

TEACHER TRAINING in the State is set to be transformed, with fewer colleges, a sharper research focus and the establishment of…

Teacher training to be reformed
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  • September 5, 2012, 01:00

Teacher training in Ireland is set to be transformed with fewer colleges, a sharper research focus and more modern governance…

NEW ENTRANTS to teaching are expected to get an increase in starting salary – but forfeit a key qualification allowance – under…

TRINITY COLLEGE Dublin could face a significant cut in Government funding as a penalty for the non-implementation of a Labour…

THE CONTROVERSY over the new Project Maths course has deepened after a Fine Gael TD questioned the marking of this year’s Leaving…

THE OFFICE of the former president at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) chartered an aircraft to transport a visitor from…

NEW ENTRANTS this week to teaching will earn about 30 per cent less than their colleagues who secured permanent jobs as recently…

THE LEAVING Cert exam and the CAO points system do not promote positive education values or personal development, university …

MATHS CONTROVERSY: MINISTER for Education Ruairí Quinn is under renewed pressure to amend the bonus points system for maths …

RADICAL CHANGES to the Leaving Cert and the college entry system are proposed by the seven university presidents in a much anticip(...)

CAO points for many college courses have risen to their highest level for decades, raising concerns the new bonus points for …

Students are opting for college courses which offer the best employment prospects, pushing science and technology to the fore

POINTS RISE COLLEGES COMPARED: CAO POINTS for many college courses have risen to their highest level for decades, raising concern(...)

Minister awaits a report on the vexed issue of taking capital assets, including farm assets, into grant calculations

Review for maths bonus policy
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  • August 16, 2012, 01:00

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is set to review the impact of the new Leaving Certificate bonus points system amid increasing(...)

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