Speaking after the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation backed the Landowne Road Agreement, its  general secretary Sheila Nunan said the deal was an overdue restoration of some of the income teachers lost during the recession. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result (...)

The State Examinations Commission is reviewing the operation of its “reasonable accommodation” scheme after fresh complaints this year from a number of parents of children with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State Examinations Commission failed to implement a series of recommendations aimed at making the provision of exam supports for students with spe(...)

Patricia Doherty special needs assistant, with Cian Corrigan and his mother Niamh, at the ABC Club preschool in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officials charged with overseeing the provision of special needs assistants (SNAs) to children with learning disabilities have clashed over who is res(...)

Students have been reminded to prioritise their genuine interests ahead of the CAO change of mind deadline. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Students applying for third-level college places have been reminded to prioritise their “genuine” interests when filling out Central Applications Offi(...)

In Budget 2015 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced an extra 220 special needs assistants were to start from September 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is seeking Cabinet approval for additional spending on Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in schools due to the ris(...)

According to ‘coffee philosopher’ Prof David Berman, above, the drink is a window to understanding your tastes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Esteemed philosopher Prof David Berman is on his second cup of coffee at hip Rathmines outlet Two Fifty Square, and he is not impressed. “It’s (...)

Finnish educational expert Pasi Sahlberg in an image from his website.

By making parental choice the cornerstone of its education system, Ireland is following a “lazy”, market-based strategy which is likely to produce gre(...)

A total of 61 parents complained to the Ombudsman last year about the SEC’s decision not to give their child exam support

The State Examinations Commission is to review its policy on the provision of supports for students with special needs after complaints this year from(...)

Sorting and dispatching:  Some of the estimated 360,000 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate scripts being sent to over 4,500 examiners at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For students, the ordeal is over. For examiners, the work is just beginning. Over 1.9 million individual test items, including written examination (...)

Higher Education Authority chief executive Tom Boland said Ireland cannot take its talent pool for granted. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The number of students enrolling for PhD and other doctoral programmes has dropped by 9 per cent in the past five years, new figures show, prompting c(...)