Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adapt buildings, apply for additional supports or seek additional training for teachers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adap(...)

The Coalition plan is in response to a shortage of skilled workers in key areas. Photograph: PA

Some 50,000 modern apprenticeships and traineeships will be created over the next five years under a new skills strategy launched by the Government. (...)

Students march against reduction in grants. The TUI said the Minister had been advised that mergers were a costly process and that institutes of technology would have to bear the bulk of fees. Photograph:

Students will end up footing the bill for the bulk of the cost of creating new technological universities, unions have claimed. The Government is pla(...)

Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters.

Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. The poll by th(...)

There will be 19 painter/decorators, seven plasterers and 26 brick and stonelayers qualified in 2019. File photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Just seven people signed up last year for an apprenticeship to become a plasterer, official figures show. The number of apprenticeship places fell dr(...)

The overall number of applicants is set to climb above 80,000 for the first time since the CAO system was established almost 40 years ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of Central Applications Office applicants is on course to reach the highest level on record this year, with significant points increases l(...)

Secondary school students witness a live Caesarean section as part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s transition year programme. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

‘If you think this is getting a bit bloody or gruesome, or you’re feeling faint, I suggest you step outside,” the gynaecologist warns. There is a s(...)

Louise O’Keeffe: has strongly criticised the scope of the  compensation scheme, saying  the small number of cases processed so far was a sign of the State’s narrow interpretation of the law. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Just six of out more than 350 cases of alleged sexual abuse in schools have been settled by the State under a State compensation scheme. The scheme w(...)

Greg Foley: “In our desire to improve the education of students, maybe we’ve gone too far and are afraid to demand more of our students.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers have long been used to helicopter parents: those who hover over their offspring to ensure their every whim is catered for. Now there is a new(...)

A report by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection says the role of an SNA is frequently misinterpreted and increasingly involves additional responsibilities. File photograph: Getty Images

Many special needs assistants (SNAs) for children in schools are being required to carry out extra roles in areas such as administration, teaching and(...)