The genetics question was unusual, as birds were used in the example. Bird chromosomes are the opposite way around to other species. File photograph:  Bob Winters/AFP

It was a challenging day for students of biology who emerged from the higher level paper complaining of difficult and, at times, old-fashioned questio(...)

Aselection of handwritten letters and postcards written to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. Photograph:  Leon Neal /Getty Images

  The Junior Cert business syllabus needs an update, according to teachers. Higher-level business students sat two papers, while ordinary-(...)

The NIC pilot in action: Coláiste Mhicíl students Aaron Blackhall, Andrew Quinn, Jakub Kaczmarek and Alex Hartlep

A boat that “raises all tides” is how one secondary school principal describes an innovative programme aimed at enhancing student engagement by giv(...)

Sinéad O’Sullivan tutors second-year students in digital media literacy in Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is Wednesday afternoon in Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore. There is a man in reception talking about robots. He has one in his bag to show som(...)

The conferences of the INTO, ASTI and TUI are a barometer for the state of our education system. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Every Easter, the Dáil goes on holidays and another forum takes centre-stage in debating the affairs of the State. Over four days, the conferences of (...)

‘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(...)