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(...)

Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teacher unions return to talks next Thursday in a bid to avert further strike action over the reform of the junior cycle.Opposition has zoned in on t(...)

Claire Grant of the ASTI and Jimmy Kelly of the TUI,  teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, picketing outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:33

The phoney war on junior cycle reform comes to a close with yesterday’s strike action. Ostensibly, secondary schools were closed for two days this mon(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘I go into very well-off schools, fee-paying schools . . . Deputy McDonald would be familiar with them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As secondary schools remained closed yesterday due to industrial action, a teacher-parent forum was held in the Dáil. It took place under the u(...)

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Thursday morning’s freezing conditions did not deter teachers around the State from taking to the picket line in protest of the proposed junior cycle (...)

Jim O’Neill of ASTI joined other secondary school picketing teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Secondary teacher unions are to re-enter talks next week with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan to see whether compromise can be reache(...)

Enda Kenny said of the one-day strike: “The only ones who are going to suffer here are the children, the students.” Photograph : File photo/Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appealed to teachers to call off their one-day strike planned for tomorrow.“The strike is avoidable,’’ he said. “The only one(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said it is “regrettable that the unions have decided to ignore the compromise available”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Teacher unions are warning of further industrial action if Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan does not further water down junior cycle reforms foll(...)

Independent Senator David Norris put his face on the front of 2,000 Christmas cards.

Nine ministers were among the 47 Oireachtas members who used the Leinster House printing service to produce personalised Christmas cards, documents re(...)

Real change across junior cycle will begin by changing what happens at the end of junior cycle, the NCCA says. But teacher unions are opposed to current reform plans. Above, members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike late last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a frequently heard reference in education about assessment being the tail that wags the curriculum dog. Judging by the number of column inc(...)