For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat of strike action.

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat o(...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann said its executive committee had yet to meet on the matter but it would concur with the ASTI’s stance. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A science course to be taught under the new Junior Cycle programme has been put out for consultation but teachers are being ordered by their unions n(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Joint Managerial Body has called on her to revert to the pre-October 2012 NCCA Framework for the junior cycle for a five-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strik(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “I do understand that the teachers have concerns and I have listened to them” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she believes a compromise can be reached with teachers on the Junior Cycle reforms, but she rejected union (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “I would like to thank the teachers who worked diligently with their students over the three-year cycle.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Junior Cert results out today indicate that performance in science and mathematics continues to improve, reflecting similar progress in the senior cy(...)

Minister for Educaion Jan O’Sullivan. “I will use the coming weeks to reflect on the concerns which were raised by teacher representatives...” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has agreed to open talks next month with teacher unions over the implementation of Junior Cycle reforms.However(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said he is prepared to address teacher concerns about the junior cycle reforms as best as he can  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said he is prepared to address teacher concerns about the junior cycle reforms “as best” as he can . However h(...)

Pat King, ASTI general secretary, with former minister for education Mary Hanifin: the TUI, which along with the ASTI has voted to oppose the Junior Cycle reforms, is also opening its annual congress today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

English teachers – the first group of teachers due to work with the new Junior Cycle framework – have expressed only limited c(...)