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

Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of “21st century learning in s(...)

 Primary school pupils   have benefited from additional spending over the past decade as well as a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The latest report on literacy and numeracy standards among primary pupils makes for welcome reading. Assessments are carried out every five years for (...)

In its latest report, the UN committee told Ireland to do more to provide non- denominational schools and Atheist Ireland said it was “self- serving for Educate Together, at the expense of possible non-denominational schools” to use this recommendation to “to plead for Government funding”.

Patron de jour Educate Together has been under attack from an unlikely quarter these days. Atheist Ireland has accused the organisation of misl(...)

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 (...)