In the whole-class teaching method, the teacher stands at the blackboard, teaches the whole class the established body of knowledge, tests the children with questions and ensures a disciplined class environment. This type of teaching was the norm in Ireland until the 1960s. Above, schoolchildren in the west of Ireland in 1955. Photograph: Three Lions/Getty Images

(...)-speaking countries (; OECD Reports 2007 and 2014). A UK maths primary teacher delegation(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union president Darragh O’Loughlin: said pharmacists expected to be treated no differently from GPs or any other group. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

(...) and undermining their capacity to deliver much-needed primary healthcare services.” The Irish Dental(...)

Blurred London bus passes the Bank of England in a hurry:  Patience involves planning for the future: in economic terms it leads to saving and capital investment. Without patience there is no investment and no growth.   Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

(...) of a primary school child.But it’s not just about traditional education. Technology itself may be(...)

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s annual festival of science and culture, is to run at various venues in the city between July 23rd and 26th. See for details.

(...). “Kids at primary level really are interested and ask why something happens and how. Discovery Primary(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

(...) childcare. “I want to ensure that before they start primary school, every child has a right to two years of(...)

The GAA Annual Congress at the  Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan saw 67 motions on the agenda.  Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

(...) attracted majority support but not the necessary majority, 57-43.54: Giving post-primary schools first pick(...)

Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, and delivered a boost to a government battered by gang violence. The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan, a western state wracked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and armed vigilantes trying to oust them. Photograph:Henry Romero/Reuters

Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La(...)

Artist Conor Casby’s portraits of Joan Burton, Enda Kenny and Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Street and a number of primary schools, including Mary’s Place, where Independent TD Finian McGrath was(...)

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

(...). The emergence of denominational schools at primary level coincided with the founding of private(...)

Cultivating American audiences: Frank O’Connor on the CBS arts programme Camera Three in 1958. Photograph: CBS via Getty

(...)-class Cork in 1903, O’Connor was greatly influenced by his primary-school teacher, the writer and nationalist(...)