Teachers will assess own their students in two classroom-based projects for each subject under the latest junior cycle reform plan published on Friday and signed by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A compromise reform plan for the junior cycle will “deliver the best of both worlds” for secondary students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’S(...)

The study into the predictability of the senior cycle exams found that the issue was “not very problematic” across six subjects investigated. Photograph: The Irish Times

Greater emphasis should be given in the Leaving Cert to assessing “higher order thinking skills”, an independent report has recommended. The study int(...)

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan: said a new study’s findings showed “the Leaving Cert exams are not in fact very predictable and that those who rely on their predictability too much often do not perform as well as those who prepare more fully for the examinations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Concerns that the content of Leaving Cert exams can easily be predicted by students and teachers are “not sustained” by the findings of independent r(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the new system is about marking achievement, not rewarding failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the(...)

Gerard Gallagher, at DIT on Mountjoy Square, talks about dyslexia: ‘I’ve learned that the role of parents is hugely important: mine really wanted me to do well.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

College is a good place to have dyslexia. Secondary schools, in general, are less so. Children with dyslexia are in luck if their parents have mone(...)

The State Examinations Commission is critical of a number of practices, including poor record keeping. Photograph: The Irish Times

Evidence that some teachers are doing project work for students taking the Leaving Cert Applied has emerged in an inspector’s report from the State Ex(...)

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:37

Department of Education officials are due to brief school managers today on how they intend to proceed with implementing junior cycle reforms despite(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:37

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined.Speaking(...)

Dr Pauric Travers, who drew up a compromise plan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI, which together represent 27,000 post-primary teachers, are holding a crucial meeting to decide whether to(...)

Post-primary teachers on strike over proposed junior cycle reforms. The ASTI and TUI are to consider a revised set of proposals on the reforms at a joint meeting of their executive committees. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amended proposals on junior cycle reform will be considered by teachers unions next week in a bid to avoid further strike action.A revised set of comp(...)