Ruairí Quinn’s announcement, at the annual conference this week of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, that primary teachers will be req(...)

Architect Evelyn Darcy with Transition Year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Architecture has quietly been introduced to some secondary schools in Ireland as architects leave their design studios and building sites to wo(...)

Guest speaker Fr Friedrich Bechina, undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, also defended the “teaching of faith” – as distinct from teaching about religions. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Primary schools under Catholic patronage should remain “true to our ethos” and not shy away from challenging teaching, the new(...)

What will it do to the reputation of our education system if there is no independent verification of standards? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Supposing you wanted to implement important changes in a very large and dispersed organisation. Would you opt to do it at a time when there are almost(...)

Shall we teach our young people how to think? The solution is in the Minister’s hands. Photograph: Frank Miller

At the outset of this difficult period in Irish history, it was possible to take consolation in the belief that crisis can pave the way for change. Th(...)

Stunting creativity

Recalling his teaching days Roddy Doyle spoke this week of the contrast between the spontaneity and thirst for learning of children in national(...)