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(...)

Sally Maguire Asti president and Pat King, general secretary, wait for the Haddington Road ballot results at their head office on Winetavern Street Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland has voted to accept the revised Haddington Road agreement by a margin of 57 per cent for and 43 per (...)

Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI:  ‘We are most concerned that almost 50 per cent of school principals surveyed have told us that their school has little to no capacity to implement Junior Cycle reform.’ Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Union dissatisfaction remains over the planned reform of the Junior Cert following a fresh round of meetings between union representatives and officia(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn understood that arrangements for the ballot of ASTI members was not yet finalised and it might not be completed until the third week of December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It is in the best interests of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) to vote in favour of the proposals that would settle t(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King: union executive has decided the proposals are “not sufficient”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Second-level teachers represented by the ASTI will continue with their current campaign of industrial action if they vote to reject new proposals unde(...)