Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: Unions mandated for strike before Minister announced a compromise plan on Junior Cert assessment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers’ unions are coming under pressure from school principals to rethink their opposition to junior-cycle reforms a week ahead of planned strike a(...)

Second level teachers from Newpark Comprehensive school in Dublin protest the proposed changes to the Junior Cycle programme. A 2008 OECD study showed the percentage of Irish teachers who had received an appraisal of their teaching was the lowest of 24 countries surveyed. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Department of Education says it has no intention of conducting regular performance reviews of teachers and principals, despite admitting in intern(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)

Clive Byrne has been elected to lead the European School Heads Association (ESHA) for the next two years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The director of Ireland’s representative body for secondary school principals has taken over as president of its European head organisation.Clive Byrn(...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Septem(...)

Facebook’s Simon Milner, MEP Seán Kelly MEP, special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon and Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The best ways to stop the “disturbing” trend of cyberbullying were discussed at a major conference in Dublin yesterday. The head of global safety out(...)

In a survey it conducted among 1,000 people, parents and children included, the NAPD found that 78 per cent believe schools should advise students on internet safety and 71 per cent that schools should ban smart phones.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has called for dedicated teaching on the subject of cyberbullying in schools and f(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third level colleges have come under fresh criticism for “artificially inflating” CAO points, through the proliferation of niche courses, ahead of the(...)

Tralee IT was shown to offer four tourism-related, higher-degree courses last year with 15 places. These included “travel and tourism management”, which had just two places and an entry requirement of 340 points.

More than one-third of courses being offered by universities and institutes of technology have 15 or fewer places, latest figures show, in a pattern (...)

Ruairí Quinn: said  constant pupil-teacher ratios ref
lected the way the Government had “prioritised education” at a time of financial crisis.
welcomed the fact that despite these increased numbers

School principals have called for an audit of teaching resources as new figures published today confirm the number of primary school pupils has surged(...)