Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, who got Nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate, celebrates with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

Conor Gallagher, the student who achieved the highest results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams, said “nothing could have prepared him” for ach(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson.

As in 2013, the main focus of interest in the 2014 Leaving Cert results is in the fall-out from the new Project Maths curriculum and the response to t(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “For the first time we see the concerns around the high-stakes nature of the points system and the Leaving Certificate being addressed in a coherent way across both second and third level.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaving Certificate students are facing a new grading system for exams aimed at reducing the culture of “teaching to the test” and rote learnin(...)

A fruitful solo run

It was during the week of the annual teachers’ conferences, in 1974, that the notion of a transition year first emerged. The education m(...)

The Leaving Cert agricultural science course is to be updated, following complaints from teachers and the agri-food sec(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Aodhan Ó Dea, from Conradh na Gaeilge, with Transition Year students at an Irish language workshop in Loreto Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

In a chilly hall in Loreto Bray, Co Wicklow, a group of Transition Year students are arguing about whether learning Chinese would be a better option (...)

 Pens down: The new system will see an end to the summer exams at the end of third year. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s official. The Junior Cert is soon to be no more, and the snazzy-sounding JCSA – for Junior Cycle Student Award – is poised to take its place if d(...)

Bench marks: Declan Cahalane at a science class with Marie-Therese Kilmartin, the principal of Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, Dublin. This school does not feature in Calhalane’s inspections, described below. Photograph: Alan Betson
An inspector calls

MONDAYTeachers can be apprehensive at the start of most inspections. It must feel strange to have someone in your classroom or to have to talk to a st(...)