Food fact: the least healthy element of the ‘healthy eating’ lunchbox is the most likely to be eaten. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

‘Why didn’t you eat your lunch?” asks a parent.“I didn’t have enough time,” replies the child.Hands up all parents of primary-school children who have(...)

A study on literacy and numeracy in primary schools has identified the first ’statistically significant’ rise in standards in over 30 years. Photograph: Thinkstockphoto

A study on literacy and numeracy in primary schools has identified the first “statistically significant” rise in standards in over 30 years.The 2014 n(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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 (...)

The Dictionary of Irish Biography is made up of 9,700 biographies written by over 700 contributors spanning 2,000 years of Irish History. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy is making its Dictionary of Irish Biography available to all schools online free of charge as part of the Decade of Centenarie(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton who said today  the Government was working to provide young people with work and training options. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a “very important issue” and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with pos(...)

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan who said she is ‘agnostic’ on a proposal that would require all entrants to teacher training courses at primary level to have honours leaving certificate maths. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The thorny subject of learning and teaching maths is being discussed today at Irish National Teachers’ Organisation annual congress in Co Kilke(...)

Comments by the Minister for Education about the ‘highly feminised’ primary teaching profession caused disapproval among delegates at the INTO’s annual conference.

Honours leaving certificate maths will become a minimum requirement for entry into teacher training, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said t(...)

Lámha suas: Delegates vote in 2011 at the Teachers Union of Ireland congress in the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee Co, Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At th(...)