Data protection commissioner Helen Dixon says there has been inadequate explanation of why the data is needed

What is the primary online database (Pod)? The Department of Education wants to collect a full profile of all children in education and store t(...)

Chart-topping lecturers: Kieran McGuinness of Delorentos and James Byrne of Villagers, who teach at BIMM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it distracting when your lecturers are world-famous, chart-topping musicians? Earlier this month, students at the British and Irish Modern Music(...)

Level playground: the futures of children as they progress through the system become increasingly determined by gender. Above, Blessington primary school in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Our education system is askew. Boys are underperforming in school. Girls are making big strides and achievements in education, but women are massiv(...)

Discover the secret history of your college: Trinity has secret wine cellars and of course, the Trinity ball. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Remember the first day in secondary school? Not to freak you out or anything, but college is a lot scarier. Big campuses like UCD and UCC – a world aw(...)

Students on UCD campus in Belfield. Photograph: Frank Miller

College choices. Maybe you’re lucky and you’ve already got it all figured out. Or maybe you’re unlucky enough to think you have it all figured out.(...)

The advice is clear: study languages, go for an IT course, get a job in construction, think about science and engineering. This, students are told, is(...)

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(...)

Junior masterchefs: junior finalist Maeve McManus and senior finalist Jordan Harrison taking part in Safefood’s Takeaway My Way all-Ireland competition

Most young people know that they need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and that processed and sugary foods aren’t good for them. They’ve been told(...)

Jamie Heaslip, ambassador for Science Week, which takes place from November 9th to 15th. More than 800 events will take place around the country with details at scienceweek.ie. Photograph: Alan Betson

Science and technology nearly took Leinster rugby captain Jamie Heaslip away from the great game, but it remains central to his life. International (...)

Niall Moyna at an O’Byrne Cup game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They came to look for disease. It was the 1970s in Scotstown, Co Monaghan. The van arrived at Niall Moyna’s school, and the children were all X-rayed (...)