‘Farm Walk and Talk’ initiative has been organised by Agri Aware. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 2,500 secondary school students will visit farms run by Teagasc this week in an initiative aimed at giving them a taste of farming. The &(...)

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:37

The decision of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with junior cycle reform without the agreement of teachers may seem drastic. But i(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strik(...)

Jim O’Neill of ASTI joined other secondary school picketing teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Secondary teacher unions are to re-enter talks next week with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan to see whether compromise can be reache(...)

‘If Ireland is to keep pace with its competitors, and avoid becoming a technological backwater, the Government needs to support the upskilling of teachers.’ Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Technology is changing at an ever-increasing pace and so is the nature of the work people do. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently anal(...)

Real change across junior cycle will begin by changing what happens at the end of junior cycle, the NCCA says. But teacher unions are opposed to current reform plans. Above, members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike late last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a frequently heard reference in education about assessment being the tail that wags the curriculum dog. Judging by the number of column inc(...)

Teachers are warning against using Applied Maths as a way of “fixing” problems that have emerged with the Project Maths curriculum. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans to include computer science in a new applied maths syllabus have been criticised as “tokenistic” and retrograde by maths teachers.The proposal t(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: believes philosophy will make “a significant contribution to giving students the tools to critically engage in an informed manner with the world around them”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Philosophy is set to become a subject on the school curriculum for the first time under a plan formulated by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to (...)

Teachers strike: Philip Irwin (left) president ASTI and Gerry Quinn (right) president of thre TUI with members on picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road in Dublin. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, retailers enjoyed another pre-Christmas bounce yesterday – thanks to Teacher Tuesday. More than 330,000 post-p(...)

Uunions don’t strike lightly. In the past 30 years, secondary teachers withdrew their services during three different disputes, all relating to pay a(...)