Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the 118,784 students starting the State exams had reached “a significant milestone in a young person’s life”. Photograph: Frank Miller

  The Department of Education and the teacher unions don’t normally sing off the same hymn sheet but today they united in cheer for the Cl(...)

Teachers will assess own their students in two classroom-based projects for each subject under the latest junior cycle reform plan published on Friday and signed by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A compromise reform plan for the junior cycle will “deliver the best of both worlds” for secondary students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’S(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn and ASTI president and Philip Irwin, who were both part of the negotiating team on Junior Cert reform. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The unions representing secondary teachers are holding separate meetings today to decide whether to accept a new deal on junior cycle reform. The ag(...)

Teachers protest over Junior Cycle reform at the Holy Child Community School in Sallynoggin, Co Dublin, on Thursday, May 7th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:00

Thousands of teachers protested again on Thursday over Junior Cycle reform as Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said none of the issues at stake w(...)

ASTI president-elect Máire Ní Chiarba and outgoing president Philip Irwin. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The dust is still settling after conference season. An alliance of ASTI grandees and left-wing militants suffered a surprise defeat in their bid to(...)

Gerry Quinn, TUI president and Philip Irwin, ASTI president have issued a joint statement to members urging them to “hold firm” at this “critical” stage of junior cycle reform talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The leaders of the two unions representing secondary teachers have urged members to “hold firm” in their industrial action over junior cycle reforms.I(...)

MInister for Education Jan O Sullivan: Urged INTO delegates to be realistic on pay demands and  was not invited to address ASTI delegates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Teachers have responded with a flurry of demands to calls by the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan for realism in the forthcoming public service p(...)

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(...)

Claire Grant of the Asti and Jimmy Kelly of the TUI at Newpark Comprehensive,  Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, during a work stoppage in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Secondary school teachers are threatening further strike action over plans to reform of the Junior Cycle, predicting the industrial relations dispute (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strik(...)