Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, one of 70 major school building projects, but it has not been built to a generic design. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:13

It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing primary and secondary education, and it’s likely to be felt long after the current furore over the new juni(...)

First year students with Surface Pro devices using Microsoft One Note as a learning resource during their Spanish class at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir. Photographs: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There are no textbooks at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, a post-primary school in Claregalway, Co Galway. Having digital coursework means that lessons bec(...)

‘In school- based assessment and moderation systems, students can focus on necessary learning rather than learning to the test’

The world is changing, and the Irish education system needs to change too. The junior cycle reform will help equip our children to become the artic(...)

ASTI president Philip Irwin said teachers’ key objectives around junior cycle reform have not yet been addressed, and with all avenues exhausted, they have no option but to escalate industrial action.

Secondary teachers have been urged to call off industrial action scheduled to take place in December and January.Delegates at the annual conference of(...)

Half of primary schools requested a “voluntary” contribution from parents, and the amount sought has risen considerably this year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents’ associations are now paying the monthly heating bills at a number of primary schools due to a shortfall in funding, principals have claimed. (...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann said its executive committee had yet to meet on the matter but it would concur with the ASTI’s stance. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A science course to be taught under the new Junior Cycle programme has been put out for consultation but teachers are being ordered by their unions n(...)

Elementary: While Chemistry and Physics have relatively high failure rates, those with an aptitude for these subjects can score high grades

Maths Last year, examiners and teachers watched nervously as the controversial Project Maths syllabus faced its first real test. This year, the syllab(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Sent back to her old job by the CSPE exam.

A mix of wordy and nonwordy questions were laid out for Junior Certs yesterday in the second year of a Maths Paper II exam drawn from the new Project (...)

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Recent poetic interventions on RTÉ Radio 1 to celebrate the One City One Book programme are likely to have intrigued and beguiled listeners. Readers o(...)

On the curriculum: The many faces of history: President John F Kennedy at Áras an Uachtaráin, 1963 with President de Valera

Junior-cycle reform remains a contentious topic. For many history teachers it represents a threat to the subject they love. Some have voiced co(...)