For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

Two teenagers were sentenced to three years in prison with the final 18 months suspended at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Google Street View

Video footage recorded on a mobile phone by the friend of two 17- year-old youths, who gave a 15-year-old schoolgirl neat vodka before one of them had(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “I do understand that the teachers have concerns and I have listened to them” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she believes a compromise can be reached with teachers on the Junior Cycle reforms, but she rejected union (...)

One significant and recent change in secondary education is the greater emphasis on mathematics and science subjects, as more students take these cour(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

It’s exam central in my house at the moment. I’ve just finished my exams. My sister is sitting her Junior Cert and my Mam, who has gone back to colleg(...)

A good spread of questions greeted students, although some were surprised at the omission of the topic of migration, especially considering how current the issue is. File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

It was a good morning for Junior Cert students, particularly the geography buffs who would have done well in a “very predictable” higher level paper.A(...)

“Wrapping chips. Imagine what the grease, salt and vinegar would do to your Galaxy Nexus. Not only is the newspaper perfect for soaking up all of that, for some reason chips taste 100 per cent nicer when plucked out of a crumpled sheet of a newspaper. Afterwards you can see what was happening in the world a few weeks previously.”

The dawn of the internet age hit home recently as I observed my 14-year-old son grappling with his Junior Cert art project. As he attempted to pain(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

This year’s Irish Times supplement of new writing by children and young adults is the fourth edition, and, once again, the imagination and craftsma(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn it was “difficult to continue talking” over the din but the “small but loud minority” was entitled to protest at yesterday’s ASTI conference. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has played down the controversy over the reception he received at the ASTI conference yesterday, saying it (...)