Kate Adams with children in Honduras

Nine years ago this week I boarded a plane and set off alone across the Atlantic. As my peers took their first tentative steps into the world of hi(...)

By second year, the novelty of secondary school has worn off and there is no State exam to concentrate their minds, so it can become a tug of wills.Photograph: Thinkstock

This time last year they were the children who stood out with their brand new, oversized uniforms, bulging school bags and a tendency to get lost in t(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged higher-education institutions to cut the number of course offerings on the CAO to reduce the complexi(...)

Surveys by the institute and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland showed ‘one-to-one’ guidance counselling in schools was down 59 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Calls have been made for the reversal of cuts in guidance counselling following the publication of an ESRI report showing that the move disproportiona(...)

Cindy Lund with her daughter Hannah at the 6th class graduation at Kilcolgan Educate Together National School, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

My 12-year-old son is clear that he is going to disown me on Thursday if there’s a tear in my eye at the end-of-year service to mark the completion of(...)

A Cat in Paris/La Vie de Chat which will be shown at the Cinemagic Film and Television Festival   A Cat in Paris/La Vie de Chat which will be shown at the Cinemagic Film and Television Festival

nGoing online for serious study It’s good to see some of those who have come through the pressure pot that is the Leaving Cert reaching a helpful hand(...)

Ger Rowe (centre), youth worker BeLonGTo, with the Ladybirds group. Back row: Eileen, Donna, Alison and Stacy Lee. Front: Rachel and Sarah. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sarah was just 12 and a half years old and still in sixth class in primary school when she “came out” to her mother, Mandy.“I was really scared. I don(...)

Andrew Lovern  and Brid McCarty in the Team Theatre Company production of  Mirad, a Boy from Bosnia. Photograph: Frank Miller
Chalk Talk

A blow for arts education Team Theatre Educational Company has exited stage left. The innovative company emerged from under the wing of the Abbey Thea(...)

At a crowded event in Trinity College Dublin some years ago the speaker, a US psychiatrist called William Glasser, paused after struggling to remember(...)

More than 114,000 students  will take part  in the Leaving and Junior Certs  this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than three million exam papers were distributed over the bank holiday weekend and delivered to 4,800 superintendents ahead of the written Leaving(...)