‘The recognition in the Constitution of the primacy of parents in the education of their children has led to a generalised notion parental choice should dictate the patronage of schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The concerns raised by Paul Rowe of Educate Together (Opinion July 15th) regarding the lack of school places are real. Unnecessary stress is caused(...)

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has drawn up a plan for small rural schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The organisation representing primary school principals has drawn up a plan aimed at tackling the large number of small schools in rural Ireland. The(...)

The State Examinations Commission is reviewing the operation of its “reasonable accommodation” scheme after fresh complaints this year from a number of parents of children with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State Examinations Commission failed to implement a series of recommendations aimed at making the provision of exam supports for students with spe(...)

Patricia Doherty special needs assistant, with Cian Corrigan and his mother Niamh, at the ABC Club preschool in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officials charged with overseeing the provision of special needs assistants (SNAs) to children with learning disabilities have clashed over who is res(...)

A total of 61 parents complained to the Ombudsman last year about the SEC’s decision not to give their child exam support

The State Examinations Commission is to review its policy on the provision of supports for students with special needs after complaints this year from(...)

By popular criteria, a paper is “fair” if it features questions teachers can anticipate and prepare their students for. Educators should hope the exam offers a genuine reflection of students’ talents.   File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

During the tribulations of examination season there are many headlines on themes such as “Students happy with as-expected Leaving Cert Mathematics pap(...)

The €300,000 raised by Pyjama Day in preschool services earlier this year is being ploughed into ‘autism access’ training for staff, to support not only children with the condition but parents who have been unaware that their child is affected. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

One Co Cork preschool knew two children coming in at the beginning of the year were on the autism spectrum, but by the end of the year it turned out t(...)

From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

The prospect of selecting a set of course choices that will set you on a career pathway can seem very daunting, if not impossible

What do you really want to study in college? This is the time to reassess your CAO options. The Leaving Certificate is now over or finishing up for th(...)

About 65,000 children are eligible for the current preschool year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Access to the free preschool year for children with special needs has been described as “inconsistent” and “not satisfactory” by the Department of C(...)