For each school, a progression     rate is calculated by dividing      the number of pupils who accepted a college place last September by the number of pupils who sat the Leaving Cert

School league tables lie at the heart of an ideological struggle over how best to educate our children. In England, parents can easily compare aver(...)

 Enda Kenny:  “The only ones who suffer from a strike in circumstances like this are the pupils.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he regretted the decision by teachers to close secondary schools next Tuesday in protest over junior cycle reform. “The only(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “I know the funding is put to very effective use by schools.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers and principals have welcomed the restoration of a €28 million fund for repairs and maintenance across all primary schools this year.Minister (...)

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan 2:43

Shaun Holly doesn’t just teach science. He likes to bring a bit of razzmatazz to the subject. “I do a bit of chemistry magic – explosions and off-c(...)

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(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: says existing exams will go towards 60 per cent of final marks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The dispute over reforming the junior cycle is about more than just who gets to mark a few school projects in second and third year. It’s about the fu(...)

Compromise offered by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan was rejected by teachers. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/ Fennells

Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the Nationa(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has said it is “regrettable that the second-level teaching unions have failed to engage positively with the [junior cycle reform] proposal”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the planned new junior cycle have collapsed after the teacher unions rejected a compromise offer from Minist(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)

The former   minister for education and skills Ruairí Quinn with his special adviser at the department, John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A former ministerial advisor has described how the Coalition parties repeatedly clashed over the allocation of posts on State boards, with Fine Gael (...)