Tánaiste Joan Burton: said recommendations to improve the scheme are being implemented. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

There is no evidence that thousands of unemployed people who availed of the back to education allowance have been able to improve their chances of get(...)

The students can log in and work any time from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can work from home or they can go to a local, blended learning centre instead. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s more than one way to tackle the Leaving Cert, but there are fewer options when it comes to the Junior Cert. An online education community c(...)

A UK study has linked extra screen time with poorer exam results. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Spending more time watching television, using the internet or playing onscreen games is associated with poorer school grades, a UK study has found. B(...)

  TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The executive committee of one of the two unions representing secondary school teachers has recommended acceptance of revised plans to reform the juni(...)

Mature student: Fatema Sadeqi (23) took Leaving Cert exams in physics and chemistry as part of the Vocational Training and Opportunity Scheme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

While the Leaving Cert is a given for many young students, many others take the road less travelled to their exams. Fatema Sadeqi (23) and Seán O’Co(...)

Irish ballerina Therese Schweppe, who runs a ballet school in London called Regal Ballet, with some of her pupils at St Christina’s School in St John’s Wood, North London.  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The entrance hall to St Christina’s Catholic primary school in St John’s Wood in North London is bustling shortly after 3pm as parents come to collect(...)

As the the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams kick off from June 3rd, thousands of students are making last minute preparations for the state exa(...)

Second-level teachers have already staged two days of strike action in protest at the Governent’s proposed changes to the junior cycle

The dispute over the Government’s junior cycle reform will continue into next year if the Minister for Education persists in her intention to move ahe(...)

Real change across junior cycle will begin by changing what happens at the end of junior cycle, the NCCA says. But teacher unions are opposed to current reform plans. Above, members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike late last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a frequently heard reference in education about assessment being the tail that wags the curriculum dog. Judging by the number of column inc(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says the plan is to roll out the Junior Cert proposals very gradually. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said there will be no further movement from her Department on Junior Cert reform following fresh threats of (...)