Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland ‘unique globally’ in having unions against internal assessment for junior cycle

“There is a new reality that has to be addressed. One third of couples are getting married in non-religious ceremonies. It’s reasonable to ask what sort of schools they want for their children.” File photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Church control of schools causing children to have ‘pragmatic baptisms’, says group

Claire Grant of the ASTI and Jimmy Kelly of the TUI,  teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, picketing outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hawks in the teaching unions have the upper hand but compromise is possible

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS, Artane, Dublin, outside the school yesterday.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions say solution possible but only if school-based assessments scrapped

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said it would be in everybody’s interest that the fitness-to-teach hearings were held in public. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Jan O’Sullivan’s announcement marks her strong stance on key policy issues

Jim O’Neill of ASTI joined other secondary school picketing teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister says parents and students should have ‘equal recognition’ in deciding policy

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan  has decided that new ‘fitness to teach’ hearings will be held in public. Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Minister overrules Teaching Council’s advice on new professional practice inquiries

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said it is “regrettable that the unions have decided to ignore the compromise available”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Unions defend decision to hold second walk-out without balloting on revised plan

Salvina Praisetrichini (8) on cello, at the launch of Catholic Schools Week, at St Ultan’s primary school, Cherry Orchard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fr Michael Drumm says deletion of rule would undermine religious freedom

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