Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Joint Managerial Body has called on her to revert to the pre-October 2012 NCCA Framework for the junior cycle for a five-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strik(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

 Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A quarter of parents are unsure about the effectiveness of anti-bullying measures in their children’s schools(...)

Disciplining teachers

Most professions – doctors, nurses and lawyers etc – are subject to strict regulatory oversight of their work and they face sanctions for non-performa(...)

Bench marks: Declan Cahalane at a science class with Marie-Therese Kilmartin, the principal of Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, Dublin. This school does not feature in Calhalane’s inspections, described below. Photograph: Alan Betson
An inspector calls

MONDAYTeachers can be apprehensive at the start of most inspections. It must feel strange to have someone in your classroom or to have to talk to a st(...)

Ruairi Quinn: “Does it point to a need for reform? No, it screams for reform”

School inspectors have highlighted unsatisfactory quality standards in the teaching of maths and Irish in schools. However, teaching in all other subj(...)

Ruairí Quinn: highlighted a communications gap between school management and parents

Parents and students are at the receiving end of the education system but their views on the services provided are only infrequently requested. So it (...)

Schools here have turned in a weak performance in the quality of Irish and maths teaching delivered in primary and post-primary schools, a report b(...)

Some would call Breid Greene a glutton for punishment – she is not on just one but two primary school parent councils.She has a 13-year-old boy in six(...)