Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI. The secondary teachers union is to consider a motion at its annual congress on whether to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secondary teachers union the ASTI is to consider a motion at its annual congress next month to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. However,(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has claimed that the State is costing its citizens jobs by failing to teach them languages. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Republic cannot give its own citizens jobs because the State is failing at teaching languages, the Seanad has heard.Independent Senator Fidelma He(...)

NUI Maynooth: Aims to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options

Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility (...)

Early Childhood Ireland, which represents service providers in the childcare sector, has said the  use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem. File photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem, accordin(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “They have to make this happen for themselves.”  Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has warned Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that she is not for turning on the prerequisite that it merge(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Welcomed the official launch of jct.ie, an online support service for teachers undertaking the new junior cycle framework. Photograph: The Irish Times

The two unions representing secondary teachers have proposed suspending their industrial action over junior cycle reforms if implementation is halted.(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: move to limit past-pupil quota

Angry middle-class parents have been bombarding Jan O’Sullivan with letters denouncing plans to regulate admissions policies. In a two-month pe(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she did not think “it is fair on the students if we continue to prevaricate” on the issue of Junior Cert reform. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibili(...)

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:37

The decision of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with junior cycle reform without the agreement of teachers may seem drastic. But i(...)

Children at play in St  John the Evangelist National School, Adamstown, Co Dublin. More than 90% of pupils in the school in the 2013- 14 school year were of immigrant origin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Imagine a place where there were no private schools, no waiting lists, no demands for baptism certs; a place where all children – irrespective of fait(...)