A total of 10 per cent of the final junior cycle will be based on a written assessment task – which is linked to the second classroom-based assessment. Photograph: The Irish Times

Thousands of junior cycle students in schools staffed by members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) will automatically lose 10(...)

Gráinne Macken, a member of the Department of Education’s junior cycle training team, introducing English teachers to reforms in Navan, Co Meath

A group of English teachers is gathered around a table debating what mark they should award a junior cycle student. The second-year student has just (...)

Fr Paul Connell, president of JMB/AMCSS: “I would appeal to all concerned to pull back and work in a spirit of dialogue to resolve these issues for the good of all our school communities.” Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Hundreds of secondary schools will close and teachers face losing thousands of euro in pay if the biggest teachers’ union votes to cease working agree(...)

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie: In a letter to members Mr Christie said the union’s standing committee had decided that substitution which facilitated training for the junior cycle was “inappropriate” and a breach of its opposition to the reforms

The country’s biggest second-level teachers’ union has directed members to refuse to provide cover for any teaching colleagues involved in training l(...)

ASTI members protesting outside school in  Co Dublin last year. The union has threatened industrial action this autumn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The country’s main second-level teachers’ union has voted not to enter into talks with the Department of Education over issues such as working hours (...)

The first classroom-based assessments are due to take place in schools next month for second-year English classes. Photograph: The Irish Times

The country’s biggest second-level teachers’ union has issued a fresh warning to members that they are prohibited from engaging in any form of traini(...)

Teacher Noel Hogan: ‘Unless the Junior Cert dispute is resolved, I face being unemployed or victimised.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

I am 40. I have a one-year-old son, a mortgage and the responsibilities that go with running a home. I am also going to be unemployed in less than two(...)

Secondary school teachers protesting against the junior cycle reforms last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The row about Junior Cert reform is likely to escalate as school principals sign their teachers up for training linked to the new curriculum despite a(...)

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility

A Cork environmental group has accused An Bord Pleanála of unfairness after it refused to defer an oral hearing into a proposed €160 million incinerat(...)

ASTI treasurer Ray St John at the conference in Cork.  Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)) have warned the union is in danger of losing members over its opposition to junio(...)