The former Burren National School is in significant disrepair.   Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Politicians and parents in Castlebar, Co Mayo, are urging the Department of Education to find a new premises for the town’s first Educate Together (...)

  TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The executive committee of one of the two unions representing secondary school teachers has recommended acceptance of revised plans to reform the juni(...)

The Department of Education should adopt a uniform approach to its admission policy for denominational and other national schools. The current practic(...)

Dr Geraldine Mooney Simmie, University of Limerick, with Andrew Phelan (centre) and Mark Walshe of ASTI Fightback at a press conference at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin

Fresh division has emerged within the secondary teacher unions over planned Junior Cycle reforms with two members of the most powerful decision-making(...)

Tom Doyle, chairman of the association’s farm business committee, said “it makes perfect sense” that a high proportion of farming families would qualify for the grant. Photograph: Sara Freund

Figures showing students from rural counties are more likely to get a third-level grant than those in Dublin serve to highlight the low level of incom(...)

Former minister for education Ruairí Quinn drew up proposals which would have seen assets above a certain threshold be considered in means-testing. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reform of the student grant scheme has been on the education agenda for decades, but successive governments have shied away from taking action, the Fi(...)

There is research showing that PAYE workers have more difficulty in obtaining student grants for their children compared with farmers and the self-employed. File photograph: Getty Images

College applicants from Dublin are much less likely to get a student grant for higher education than their counterparts in rural Ireland, latest fi(...)

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

Paul Knox with pupils from the Casteheaney Educate Together school in Ongar. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Co Mayo school building offered by the Catholic Church as part of a divestment process requires “considerable redevelopment” and is not accessible t(...)

UCC academics Prof Áine Hyland and Prof Brian Bocking believe Ireland “is in a process of erratic and unpredictable transition”  and religious and secular interests are “seemingly clashing head-on”. Photograph: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The quality of religious education (RE) in Irish schools deserves much closer scrutiny with many pupils and teachers regarding it as a “doss” subject(...)