Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Mark Patrick Hederman: “In Ireland at any rate, the child is the very last item in the pecking order.” Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The education system is at risk of becoming enslaved “to the imperative of economic growth”, the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey has said in a biting critique(...)

 Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher at Trinity College Dublin, says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial.Photograph: Eric Luke

We all want our children to be happy and the temptation, in this era of “over-parenting”, is to rush in to try to fix their problems. A child down (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has “no plans” to reintroduce funding for school guidance counselling.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has “no plans” to reintroduce funding for school guidance counselling. She told the Dáil that if “economic recov(...)

For 6th year students considering their course or career path options after the Leaving Cert next June, starting your research early is crucial. You m(...)

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(...)