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(...)

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan 2:43

Shaun Holly doesn’t just teach science. He likes to bring a bit of razzmatazz to the subject. “I do a bit of chemistry magic – explosions and off-c(...)

Helen Mortimer

While Jan O’Sullivan and the teacher unions remain at loggerheads over the junior cycle reforms, the National Parents’ Council Post-Primary claimed(...)

ASTI president Philip Irwin said teachers’ key objectives around junior cycle reform have not yet been addressed, and with all avenues exhausted, they have no option but to escalate industrial action.

Secondary teachers have been urged to call off industrial action scheduled to take place in December and January.Delegates at the annual conference of(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said today she cannot grant any more concessions to teachers on proposed reforms to junior cycle exam procedures. Photograph: Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she cannot grant any further concessions in junior cycle negotiations with teachers, paving the way for(...)

Eating breakfast at  St Patrick’s School’s Breakfast Club. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Áine Kirwan arrives at school every morning she is struck by the sound of children’s chat and laughter that fill the corridors that lead to the b(...)

‘Resources are easy if all you need is chalk, talk and a few books. That was the 19th century. If we want 21st-century education we need resources’. Conor O’Hanlon and Alanna Kelly spell it out at the launch of Bernardos’ school costs survey this year

Schools are struggling to meet their bills, some are on the brink of closure, and the State’s capitation fees are wholly inadequate. Is this the lates(...)

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As second round offers are released today to college applicants, there have been fresh calls for greater transparency in the application process. (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged higher-education institutions to cut the number of course offerings on the CAO to reduce the complexi(...)