Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Welcomed the official launch of, an online support service for teachers undertaking the new junior cycle framework. Photograph: The Irish Times

The two unions representing secondary teachers have proposed suspending their industrial action over junior cycle reforms if implementation is halted.(...)

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:37

Department of Education officials are due to brief school managers today on how they intend to proceed with implementing junior cycle reforms despite(...)

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 1:37

The decision of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with junior cycle reform without the agreement of teachers may seem drastic. But i(...)

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

The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI, the two unions reprsenting post-primary teachers, are holding a crucial meeting today to decide whether t(...)

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

The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI, which together represent 27,000 post-primary teachers, are holding a crucial meeting to decide whether to(...)

Post-primary teachers on strike over proposed junior cycle reforms. The ASTI and TUI are to consider a revised set of proposals on the reforms at a joint meeting of their executive committees. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amended proposals on junior cycle reform will be considered by teachers unions next week in a bid to avoid further strike action.A revised set of comp(...)

Teachers Claire Grant and Jimmy Kelly picket  Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Two disputes in the education sector accounted for 54 per cent of the days lost last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Are pent-up pressures for wage increases causing more industrial unrest in the economy? According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number (...)

Secondary-school  teachers protest outside the gates of Newpark Comprehensive school, Blackrock in March last year.

The number of working days lost to industrial disputes in the Irish economy almost trebled last year.Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) (...)

‘The unions are becoming irrelevant to young teachers.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With the talks between the Department of Education and the teachers’ unions still ongoing, and the prospect of Pauric Travers’s proposal for progress (...)

Teachers are set to strike after failing to reach agreement in talks over reform of the Junior Cycle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at averting a teachers’ strike next week have ended without progress. More than 730 secondary schools are due to close on Thursday,(...)