Awaiting a session at the ASTI annual convention in  Wexford. “More tough choices for teachers. There was no appetite for industrial action when the ballots were cast for Croke Park 1, but at conferences this week there was a sense that many teachers have reached the end of their rope.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Usually, after an Easter week in the spotlight, teachers go back to the classroom and get on with the quiet job of seeing out the summer term. (...)