“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of “21st century learning in s(...)

Taught postgraduate courses can be a continuation of your undergraduate studies or in a new area

More than 40 per cent of undergraduates go on to study at postgrad level and there is a vast range of programmes to choose from in Ireland, abroad (...)

The Primary School Curriculum Physical Education states that the ‘class teacher is the most appropriate teacher to teach the physical education programme’, not external PE instructors. Photograph: Thinkstock

One of the consequences of education cutbacks is that effective health promotion interventions are less likely to happen in schools. Prescribed curric(...)

Ireland’s children are not doing so well, if the recent plethora of reports is to be believed. Far from being the best little country to raise a famil(...)

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(...)

Data protection commissioner Helen Dixon says there has been inadequate explanation of why the data is needed

What is the primary online database (Pod)? The Department of Education wants to collect a full profile of all children in education and store t(...)

Exterior of the National College of Art and Design, Thomas St, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Members of the Public Accounts Committee have described as “scandalous” the provision of €100 million to the National College of Art and Design (NCAD)(...)

Trinity College doesn’t feel the need to offer points concessions to attract elite performers, but does support such students through coaching, physiotherapy, medical services etc, after a normal CAO application. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Unlike applications for college courses, there is no central information or application for scholarships. There is some information on individual coll(...)

Real change across junior cycle will begin by changing what happens at the end of junior cycle, the NCCA says. But teacher unions are opposed to current reform plans. Above, members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike late last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a frequently heard reference in education about assessment being the tail that wags the curriculum dog. Judging by the number of column inc(...)