Children from St Columba’s National School in Dublin taking part in a Fighting Words workshop. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While the dispute over reform of the junior cycle continues, preparations are under way for further short courses under the new curriculum. The(...)

Collectable philosophers: cards for the thinking classroom. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

If philosophy had been on the curriculum 30 years ago, would we be in the same mess we’re in today? It’s a tantalising thought and the very sort of “w(...)

Students sitting the Leaving Cert: a review of grading bands and an external analysis of the predictability of exam papers are on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A significant reduction in degree programmes and an end to “problematic predictability” in the Leaving Certificate have been announced as part of a(...)