Betty McLaughlin, school guidance counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and PRO for the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, discusses third- level options with students. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fee-paying secondary schools have been able to insulate themselves from the worst effects of cuts in guidance counselling services introduced three ye(...)

The Teaching Council says many teachers are opposed to the notion of continuing professional development being mandatory. Photo: David Sleator

Plans to compel teachers to continually add to their skills to remain part of the profession may be in jeopardy due to a teacher backlash.The Teaching(...)

In a statement yesterday, the Cork History Teachers’ Association said, “We cannot understand why ASTI/TUI would single out CSPE for preferential treatment over other subjects. In these circumstances, we are opposed to their demand to confirm CSPE as a State-certified exam.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The unions of secondary teacher have been criticised by some of their own members for singling out the protection of civic, social and political ed(...)

Dr Eamon de Valera (left) with Maj Vivian de Valera and editor Tim Pat Coogan reading the 50th anniversary edition of the ‘Irish Press’ at Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 11:46

1919-1921: Over $5.1 million (or $68 million in today’s money) is raised in a bond drive in the US to support the fledgling Irish state.1927: Éamon de(...)

 Enda O’Doherty, a subeditor at the ‘Irish Press’ group, giving out the final issue of the XPress – the publication produced by NUJ members during the dispute. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times 11:46

A hundred metres down the street from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp headquarters is a small brass plaque reading “Irish Press plc”. It is a humble remin(...)

Prof Vani Borooah, of Ulster University, said there was no performance gap between pupils receiving free school meals and their peers in London because they were generally drawn from the new immigrant community who “may be poor in income but they are rich in aspiration”.  Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A focus on religious segregation in schools in Northern Ireland has masked a deeper division based on pupils’ income, according to new research prese(...)

The SS Dundalk sank with the loss of 19 lives after it was hit by a torpedo in October 1918.

Schools in Dundalk, Co Louth, and Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath, have landed the top prizes in this year’s all-island “Decade of Centenaries” history c(...)

The most common minimum standard among all employer organisations was to have at least a 2.1 degree.  Some 69 per cent of indigenous firms and 71 per cent of foreign firms had this requirement. File photograph: Reuters

Some 70 per cent of employers expect at least a 2.1 degree from job applicants, a major new survey shows.The study, published on Wednesday by the Depa(...)

Ireland has ranked 15th highest out of 76 countries for mathematics and science test scores in a new report published by the OECD. The report warns, h(...)

Researchers said “we cannot be certain that the use of internet in the class caused” the higher scores but a strong “relationship” was identified.

Primary school children who used the internet in the classroom had significantly higher mathematics and reading scores on average than peers who had n(...)