Across the entire second-level system, the total number of students with exemptions in Irish rose significantly, up from about 20,000 in 2004 to 32,000 in 2014. File  photograph: Eric Luke

The number of students granted exemptions from studying Irish at second level on the grounds of disability has climbed dramatically over the past deca(...)

Authorities have confirmed that parents do not have an automatic right to information held by schools regarding their children once they turn 18. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Schools could be forced to correspond directly with 18-year-old students rather than their parents on issues such as exam results and disciplinary re(...)

Teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was supposed to herald a new dawn in Irish education, training young people to think creatively and critically. Now, with one teacher union refusi(...)

All second-level schools are being given education packs this week on tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying as part of a national campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Homophobic bullying remains a major problem in Irish schools despite greater openness to lesbian, gay and transgender issues, campaigners have warned.(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she did not think “it is fair on the students if we continue to prevaricate” on the issue of Junior Cert reform. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibili(...)

“We’ve evolved well beyond the discussion that the internet is either ‘bad’ or ‘good’, and anyone who still argues the toss on that might as well be arguing about the merits of telephones or bread.” Photograph: Getty Images

Parents of Ireland: take some responsibility for your children’s behaviour. The impact of the internet and social media on identity, conversat(...)

The rate of cyberbullying has increased sharply over the past year, according to a new report from the National Association of Principals and Deput(...)

If I could change one thing I would steer our second-level system away from the current one, where CAO points are the exclusive route to third-level e(...)

What will it do to the reputation of our education system if there is no independent verification of standards? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Supposing you wanted to implement important changes in a very large and dispersed organisation. Would you opt to do it at a time when there are almost(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan: Solomon-like role. Photograph: Collins Courts

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan in the High Court adopted a Solomon-like role in deciding in the absence of parental agreement whether their 12-year-old son s(...)