Pressure of exam preparation leads to more didactic ‘teach to the test’ methods rather than innovative teaching

There is a long tradition of public interest in and recognition of the value of education and the role of teachers in Ireland. Research by the Teac(...)

The conferences of the INTO, ASTI and TUI are a barometer for the state of our education system. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Every Easter, the Dáil goes on holidays and another forum takes centre-stage in debating the affairs of the State. Over four days, the conferences of (...)

Katie O’Brien (9) from Holy Family Senior School Swords came first in this year’s Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year awards with her winning painting, I Want You to See Books Fly.

Katie O’Brien (9) from Holy Family Senior School Swords came first in this year’s Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year awards with her winning paint(...)

Future of education: Teachers at a session of Féilte, the Teaching Council’s annual teaching festival, last year. Photograph: Conor McCabe

In many staffrooms, the Teaching Council is loved about as much as Irish Water. Each year teachers have to cough up €65 to stay on the register – or a(...)

Franklin D Roosevelt’s path-breaking initiative closed the curtain on the depression era with a newly conceived allocation of material resources but also provided a major emotional and psychological impetus, releasing new energies and aspirations for a better future

Proposals for curriculum renewal in our post-primary schools have reached a troublesome impasse, mainly on the issue of assessment. Like practition(...)

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Awareness of bullying among students has risen considerably in recent years, but what about bullying among staff? UCD lecturer Declan Fahie has bee(...)

Anyone working in teaching has to be registered with the council at an initial cost of at least €90.

The Teaching Council says it is reviewing the fees it charges young graduates seeking to enter the profession amid mounting complaints over costs and(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said it would be in everybody’s interest that the fitness-to-teach hearings were held in public. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The timing of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s announcement that long-awaited “fitness-to-teach” hearings will be held in public, save for exce(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan  has decided that new ‘fitness to teach’ hearings will be held in public. Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

New “fitness-to-teach” hearings will be held in public as standard, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has announced, overruling a recommendation o(...)

 Primary school pupils   have benefited from additional spending over the past decade as well as a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The latest report on literacy and numeracy standards among primary pupils makes for welcome reading. Assessments are carried out every five years for (...)