ASTI and TUI members were presented with two ballot papers one on whether to accept or reject the amended reform plan  and the other to mandate further industrial action if the proposals are rejected. Photograph: Eric Luke

The country’s largest second-level teachers’ union, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), is threatening further industrial action aft(...)

The ASTI and TUI will not complete their ballots until next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Second-level teachers could lose out on pay increases of nearly €800 next year if their unions fail to support the new Lansdowne Road agreement. Highl(...)

Ministerial action: Richard Bruton claimed the Action Plan for Jobs could help create 25,000 jobs in the southeast over the next five years. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so (...)

Jessie Buttanshaw and Megan Lynch, (right) with their Junior Cert results at The High School, Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The 59,522 students who sat this year’s Junior Cert get their results on Wednesday, with figures showing a continued rise in the proportion of candida(...)

 The revised Framework for Junior Cycle confirms that English will be the first subject assessed through classroom-based exercises in conjunction with a shorter exam at the end of third year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new subject of wellbeing will be introduced to students starting the first year of secondary school in September 2017 under a revised timetable for (...)

Stephen Corri (26): “Over the summer I’d say I’ve applied for maybe around 20 jobs. I’m lucky to even get an email to say, ‘sorry you haven’t been successful this time’.”

Job security remains the foremost concern for newly qualified secondary teachers returning to the classroom for subbing, temp work and maternity cover(...)

ASTI members protesting earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) are to vote on whether to accept the compromise junior cycle reform plan without a (...)

Shares in Irish oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources regained some ground by the close, having dipped by as much as 8 per cent earlier. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

World equity indexes gained modestly yesterday after a rout last week. Positive US housing data helped Wall Street shrug off a weak manufacturing rep(...)

A statue of Socrates in Athens: the philosopher  was a “midwife” to the truth. Teachers must interrogate pupils’ standpoints and create critical thinking

We’re only about 2,500 years behind the Greeks but Philosophy is finally making it on to the school curriculum. The National Council for Curriculum an(...)

FBD closed 7.6 per cent up at €6.90 after falling by a similar margin in the previous session

European stocks slipped yesterday to record their worst week in more than a month, in the wake of China’s currency devaluation. The euro zone’s blue-c(...)