Parents find themselves thrust into an adversarial system, which can be intimidating. Photograph: Getty Images
When parents and teachers collide

What happens when parents fall out with their child’s school? How can they drop their son or daughter off at the school gates when the relationship wi(...)

A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)