Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters.

Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. The poll by th(...)

  The new curriculum  will focus on the development of oral language, reading and writing skills. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Primary schools will close for one extra day in each of the next three years to train teachers to introduce a new language curriculum. The curriculum(...)

A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new “politics and society” subject is to introduced to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year and will require students to be familiar with political t(...)

‘It’s outside my brief. The vast majority of children don’t practise [Catholicism], so you’d wonder why teachers are trying to do what parents are not doing’

Religious education is currently allocated 2½ hours a week in Irish primary schools. Considering the social, environmental and scientific education(...)

Under plans announced this week, all primary schools will be required to teach new classes on religion and ethics.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Under plans announced this week, all primary schools will be required to teach new classes on religion and ethics. However, the new “religion, belief(...)

The new “religion, beliefs and ethics” classes will be separate to existing faith-based classes in denominational schools. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

There are no plans to cut the time denominational schools can spend on teaching their own religion, a State advisory body on education has said. All p(...)

Primary schools will be required to set aside teaching time for new classes on religion and ethics as part of planned changes to the national curricul(...)

Fiona Coghlan winning ‘The Irish Times’/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year for 2013 after she captained the Ireland women’s rugby team to its first ever Six Nations Grand Slam that season. Photograph: Alan Betson

The problem with being ahead of your time is that you don’t always get to live it. For 10 years, Fiona Coghlan played rugby without the slightest inkl(...)

A prominent Catholic educator has criticised the new  Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and ethics programme for primary schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The proposed programme for religions and ethics in primary schools was designed to banish expressions of faith from the classroom, a prominent Catholi(...)

‘If communication with teachers and students is good, there’s less likely to be conflict with parents.’ Photograph: Getty Images

How can you help your children to reach their full potential in school? Dozens of studies make it clear what matters most in a child’s education is(...)