Aldi: Schools had barely closed their doors for the summer when the German supermarket began promising to sell cash-strapped parents a complete pri(...)

Surveys by the institute and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland showed ‘one-to-one’ guidance counselling in schools was down 59 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Calls have been made for the reversal of cuts in guidance counselling following the publication of an ESRI report showing that the move disproportiona(...)

Work, rest or play? There’s a lot to get your head around in the first few months of college, not all of it academic: NCAD students Aoife Irwin Moore and Eimear Walshe at a preview of the 2014 NCAD Graduate Show. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Starting college is a momentous change, marking the first real years of adult life and independence. It is a daunting and exciting time in which, i(...)

Only about 16 per cent of students in Ireland are part-time, according to Professor Mark Brown, director of the National Institute for Digital Learning. Photograph: AbsolutVision

DCU has unveiled a new plan for digital learning as the university seeks to expand its off-campus student population.However, it says, growth in the a(...)

Spoiled for priorities: Heather Humphreys receives her seal of office from the President. Photograph: Alan Betson

What do we know about Heather Humphreys, the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht? She knows about credit unions, she lives on a farm (...)

Newly elected independent councillor Gary Gannon. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Broken promises such as the Government’s pre-general election pledge not to increase student charges have left young people shy about placing their fa(...)

Teachers held a lunchtime protest to highlight concerns about the proposed Junior Cycle outside Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock in March this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

At least 10 per cent of teachers of English have not completed training for the Junior Certificate reforms ahead of the rollout due to start in Septem(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan  is due to examine the report. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A controversial unpublished report into the viability of small schools “bluntly” suggests that schools situated close together should consider immedia(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the State Reception Room in Áras an Uachtaráin, an insightful photographer made a telling request. “Could you all move a little to the left?”And in(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)