The option for discontinuing the Junior Cert was set out in a “secret” government budgetary strategy memorandum for 2010 drawn up for the then cabinet by the former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in October 2009. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The abolition of the Junior Certificate examination and its replacement with a school-based assessment programme was considered by the then government(...)

Sheila Nunan of INTO speaking at the union’s annual conference at Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Moore

“I trust you as our teachers to act professionally and assess your own students without fear or favour to anybody . . . It begs the question: does (...)

It was a good year for DIT. Above, students at DIT’s Grangegorman campus. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

  2014 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR . . .   Dublin Institute of Technology The €38 million first phase of DIT’s Grangegorman campu(...)

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(...)

Teachers protest outside Belvedere College in north Dublin. Protesters say they are  unhappy at the lack of direction from the Department of Education over what the Junior Cert reforms might entail. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy/The Irish Times 2:42

Teachers are being put in an “invidious” position in order to implement unjust proposals on their students’ education, according to educators protesti(...)

The concept of advocacy is central to the relationship between second-level teachers and students. We bat on their behalf until they are old and matur(...)

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(...)