The Institute of Guidance Councillors has welcomed plans to award “compensatory” CAO points to students who score below the existing 40 per cent pass (...)

Jimmy Kelly, TUI secondary school teacher at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, picketing in January against planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

What happened this week? Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan began briefing school management bodies on how she intends to implement junior-cycle re(...)

Ireland still has some way to go in translating children’s rights to be heard into their lived experience. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

The enthusiastic response to its first consultation with children has convinced the National Parents Council – Primary it is something it should do mo(...)

Food fact: the least healthy element of the ‘healthy eating’ lunchbox is the most likely to be eaten. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

‘Why didn’t you eat your lunch?” asks a parent.“I didn’t have enough time,” replies the child.Hands up all parents of primary-school children who have(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘I go into very well-off schools, fee-paying schools . . . Deputy McDonald would be familiar with them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As secondary schools remained closed yesterday due to industrial action, a teacher-parent forum was held in the Dáil. It took place under the u(...)

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Thursday morning’s freezing conditions did not deter teachers around the State from taking to the picket line in protest of the proposed junior cycle (...)

Primary schools began collecting the information for the Primary Online Database at the request of the Department of Education at the start of the current school year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new database of primary school students will gather personal information, including PPS numbers, information on ethnic and cultural background and (...)

UPC said the move to allow customers block content reflects the wishes and concerns of parents who responded to a survey.

Nearly a third of Irish internet users will soon be offered a new service blocking inappropriate web content from their homes. Internet service provid(...)

National Parents’ Council president Don Myers said: “The unions insist that their action was taken in the interests of our children. Yet they never consulted us on it, never sought a formal meeting in relation to last Tuesday’s strike action. Once again the views of parents were ignored.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 2:42

Teachers should not be allowed to veto educational reform, the umbrella group for secondary parents’ associations has said in a fresh plea for an end (...)

Teachers fear  the “integrity” of the junior cycle will be damaged due to possible pressure applied locally on teachers by parents. There is also concern about  workload and  general strain on the system. David Jones/PA

What reform is planned for the junior cycle? The Junior Cycle Student Award is set to replace the Junior Cert from 2017. Rather than focusing s(...)