For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

General secretary John MacGabhann said the TUI  remained fearful that “lasting damage” could be caused to the education system and individual students by the changes. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The Department of Education and teacher unions remain on collision course over planned Junior Cert reforms as talks aimed at addressing teachers’ conc(...)

Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI:  ‘We are most concerned that almost 50 per cent of school principals surveyed have told us that their school has little to no capacity to implement Junior Cycle reform.’ Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Union dissatisfaction remains over the planned reform of the Junior Cert following a fresh round of meetings between union representatives and officia(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers: its members  accepted the Haddington Road agreement by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent

Secondary school teachers are to refuse to hold parent/teacher meetings outside of school hours from early next month in protest at cuts in pay and co(...)

Jimmy Kelly, regional secretary of Unite,  at the union’s press conference to announce rejection of the Croke Park II proposals. Public service staff represented by the   union are the only ones to have so far also rejected the Haddington Road deal

Medical laboratory scientists have become the latest group to accept the proposed new Haddington Road agreement on public service pay.Members of the M(...)

Delegates convey their anger  as Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn addresses the ASTI convention on Tuesday. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

The education conferences are over for another year, and the opportunity that Easter week offers to teachers through their trade unions to comm(...)