Trinity College Dublin: “Colleges run fewer courses at FETAC/QQI level 3 and below, which is the level that many prospective students with intellectual disability are seeking. Such programmes are being delivered, if at all, by other providers, such as community education organisations,” states a report commissioned by Leinster-based service provider Walk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Structural barriers and ‘low expectations’ block those with intellectual disabilities

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Cooperation with junior cycle plan may be used as a bargaining chip

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jan O’Sullivan declines to say if teachers will be disciplined for lack of cooperation

Children at play in St  John the Evangelist National School, Adamstown, Co Dublin. More than 90% of pupils in the school in the 2013- 14 school year were of immigrant origin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Policymakers have a responsibility to plan for all children. They could learn from Finland

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the department would continue to roll out reform of the junior cycle curriculum regardless of the teachers’ decision. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tensions escalate within unions as ASTI and TUI hold meeting on industrial action

Tralee Institute of Technology: “We will not require additional efficiencies in order to meet these costs,” a joint statement for the Kerry institute and the  Cork Institute of Technology says

Institutes move to reassure staff over university bid amid union balloting

 Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Mark Patrick Hederman: “In Ireland at any rate, the child is the very last item in the pecking order.” Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Negativity from Government and teacher unions ‘numbing’, says Mark Patrick Hederman

Dr Pauric Travers, who drew up a compromise plan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Unions taken aback at department’s refusal to hold further talks

Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who chairs the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, has  called for a rethink of the “divestment” policy in education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour TD says having wider choice of patrons the ‘direct opposite of education being inclusive’

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