If the take home pay of teachers is to be improved then probably the best way to achieve this is to reduce the public service pension levy, the general secretary of the ASTI Pat King has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

If the take home pay of teachers is to be improved then probably the best way to achieve this is to reduce the public service pension levy, the genera(...)

Pals: the story of four young recruits to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the first World War 4:12

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks is showcasing a whole new way of teaching history. Pals is the story of four young recruits to t(...)

Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI. The secondary teachers union is to consider a motion at its annual congress on whether to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secondary teachers union the ASTI is to consider a motion at its annual congress next month to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. However,(...)

Protests at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Another day, another compromise plan for junior cycle reform dashed.The teacher unions must be aware that the scope for further negotiation is limited(...)

 Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin picket outside the school last month over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Secondary teacher unions have agreed to further talks aimed at breaking the impasse over junior cycle reforms.The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI(...)

Uunions don’t strike lightly. In the past 30 years, secondary teachers withdrew their services during three different disputes, all relating to pay a(...)

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(...)