Gráinne Macken, a member of the Department of Education’s junior cycle training team, introducing English teachers to reforms in Navan, Co Meath

A group of English teachers is gathered around a table debating what mark they should award a junior cycle student. The second-year student has just (...)

Mary Hanafin as minister for education increased the oral component of Irish from 20 to 40 per cent for Leaving and Junior Cert

PROBLEM: I am a principal of a large Dublin boys’ secondary school. The ASTI has an embargo on orals for Irish and European languages for the Junior (...)

Teacher Noel Hogan: ‘Unless the Junior Cert dispute is resolved, I face being unemployed or victimised.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

I am 40. I have a one-year-old son, a mortgage and the responsibilities that go with running a home. I am also going to be unemployed in less than two(...)

Secondary school teachers protesting against the junior cycle reforms last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The row about Junior Cert reform is likely to escalate as school principals sign their teachers up for training linked to the new curriculum despite a(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: as minister for education he tried to cut spending by adding the abolition of external assessment of Junior Certificate exams. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As a practising teacher I work in a hugely supportive environment among colleagues who energise each other through their love of their job. I cannot i(...)

Encourage your son to take time out to eat well and to include fruit and vegetables in his diet. Photograph: istockphoto

Q My 15-year-old son is doing the Junior Cert this year and the stress in beginning to build. Though he generally does reasonably well in the exams, h(...)

Sorcha takes one look at me and goes, “Oh my God, Ross, why aren’t you dressed?” I’m wearing Cantos and my Leinster training top. I would consider my(...)

It was claimed  Fingal County Council, which was in charge of the playground at Malahide Castle, had failed to provide an impact absorbing surface such as woodchip or spongy material at the time of the fall. File image: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

A boy who is deaf in one ear after fracturing his skull when he fell off a climbing frame at the playground at Malahide Castle has settled his legal a(...)

Donal McCann as Frank Hardy in the Abbey Theatre’s Irish premiere of Faith Healer in 1980. Photograph: Fergus Bourke, courtesy of the Abbey Theatre

We asked some of this year’s nominees for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards to recall an influential piece of theatre that helped to shape their v(...)

Teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was supposed to herald a new dawn in Irish education, training young people to think creatively and critically. Now, with one teacher union refusi(...)