Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler of the National Vetting Bureau, Kieran Downey of Garda IT,  GAA children’s officer Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl and Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan during the launch of the eVetting System at the DMR Regional Office, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda vetting for people applying to work with children or vulnerable people will be completed within days rather than weeks under a new “e-vetting” s(...)

It is time that we re-examine the role of teachers and the contribution they make to the formation of our young people

Newly qualified teachers are speaking out about the lack of pay parity for those who have joined the teaching profession since 2011. This gap in pay (...)

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Teaching is about teaching, but it is also about learning. In other words, teachers know that teaching does not happen until others learn. As profe(...)

About 34,000 teachers working in the education system for a decade or more face being vetted for the first time by gardaí over the coming months.  File photograph: Walter B McKenzie/Stone/Getty Images

About 34,000 teachers working in the education system for a decade or more face being vetted for the first time by gardaí over the coming months. At (...)

An ESRI report published on Wednesday examines the performance of the Droichead programme in which experienced teaching staff play a key role in supporting and assessing new teachers. Photograph: The Irish Times

New teachers who have taken part in a new mentoring programme show greater levels of improvement and lower levels of stress than other newly-qualified(...)

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Initial teacher education in Ireland is a hot topic. In these pages recently, Prof Jim Gleeson made some pertinent points about reform efforts in h(...)

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What is the point of initial teacher education? Based on my experience as a teacher and teacher educator, I pose the question in light of the recen(...)

Long-awaited ‘fitness to teach’ hearings can’t be introduced until new legislation on garda vetting is in place, the Department of Education and Skills has said. Image: Thinkstock.

Long-awaited “fitness to teach” hearings can’t be introduced until new legislation on garda vetting is in place, the Department of Education and Skill(...)

Paul Knox with pupils at Castaheaney Educate Together, engaged in a project called Playworks, a semi-structured approach to organising yard time. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachmeet Ireland has found a simple way to spread tips and tricks that can be easily integrated into the classroom. In a very informal meeting, na(...)

Kieran Christie: incoming ASTI general secretary

Recriminations continue within the ASTI over the rejected ballot for junior cycle reform. It’s not the finest hour for the 180-member central execu(...)