Any time a child starts to use a new technology, such as a smartphone,  as a parent you must take time to get to know the technology yourself first. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 11-year-old daughter is pushing to have her own smartphone to play games and to email her friends. I have resisted so far because, to be honest, (...)

The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educational(...)

A new  survey conducted by Amárach Research has found that almost a third of parents  rarely or never monitor their children’s internet use at home. Photograph: iStockphoto

Parents are checking their children’s online behaviour less frequently, a new survey suggests, with almost a third of respondents saying they monit(...)

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan

Shaun Holly doesn’t just teach science. He likes to bring a bit of razzmatazz to the subject. “I do a bit of chemistry magic – explosions and off-c(...)

Clive Byrne has been elected to lead the European School Heads Association (ESHA) for the next two years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The director of Ireland’s representative body for secondary school principals has taken over as president of its European head organisation.Clive Byrn(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan:  said the aim was to “move towards a system where educational supports and needs of children would be provided”.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled that it may be 2016 before changes to allocating special needs resources in schools are introduced(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will attend the NAPD’s annual conference today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has welcomed the Government’s commitment in Tuesday’s budget to appoint an additi(...)

Facebook’s Simon Milner, MEP Seán Kelly MEP, special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon and Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The best ways to stop the “disturbing” trend of cyberbullying were discussed at a major conference in Dublin yesterday. The head of global safety out(...)

In a survey it conducted among 1,000 people, parents and children included, the NAPD found that 78 per cent believe schools should advise students on internet safety and 71 per cent that schools should ban smart phones.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has called for dedicated teaching on the subject of cyberbullying in schools and f(...)

Ruairí Quinn: said  constant pupil-teacher ratios ref
lected the way the Government had “prioritised education” at a time of financial crisis.
welcomed the fact that despite these increased numbers

School principals have called for an audit of teaching resources as new figures published today confirm the number of primary school pupils has surged(...)