Brian Gaynor: ‘The argument I would make in favour of learning Irish at school is very much coloured by my emigrant’s perspective. The Irish language is an integral part of what I take to be my Irish identity.’

As an Irish man working as a language teacher in Japan I was both professionally and personally interested in last Friday’s article on How to rescue t(...)

Some of the most socially advantaged areas of Dublin are among the highest recipients of teaching supports for special needs. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network has called for a “fairer and more transparent model” of allocating resources for special educational needs. Its (...)

Over 800 principals and deputy principals have been  surveyed - three-quarters from primary level and a quarter from secondary - by Associate Professor Philip Riley, of Australian Catholic University. Those in leadership roles typically worked well above their core hours, his research found. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Half of secondary school principals and a quarter of primary school principals work more than 25 hours a week during their holidays to stay on top of (...)

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 (...)

Half of primary schools requested a “voluntary” contribution from parents, and the amount sought has risen considerably this year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents’ associations are now paying the monthly heating bills at a number of primary schools due to a shortfall in funding, principals have claimed. (...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Sept(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Delegations from the TUI and ASTI, the two unions representing second-level teachers, are meeting her  this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Teacher unions which are meeting Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan for the first time this week are seeking a relaxation of spending controls on (...)

 Ruairí Quinn: he  has published the reforms, which are contained in the report of a working group of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Photograph: Alan Betson

Pupils with special educational needs will be able to access extra teaching resources without having to get a diagnosis of disability under a planned(...)

Survey indicates primary schools have moved to reduce the availability of fizzy drinks, sweets and crisps in school shops and vending machines.

Secondary schools are slow to give up vending machines selling “junk food”, according to a study. And Minister for Education R(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is preparing to publish draft legislation aimed at regulating school enrolment policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Central Applications Office-style process for primary school places could be used to regulate enrolment practice, the professional body for p(...)