The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has drawn up a plan for small rural schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The organisation representing primary school principals has drawn up a plan aimed at tackling the large number of small schools in rural Ireland. The(...)

Over 800 principals and deputy principals have been  surveyed - three-quarters from primary level and a quarter from secondary - by Associate Professor Philip Riley, of Australian Catholic University. Those in leadership roles typically worked well above their core hours, his research found. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Half of secondary school principals and a quarter of primary school principals work more than 25 hours a week during their holidays to stay on top of (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has insisted the Data Protection Commissioner is satisfied with the plan for the primary database .Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner is fully satisfied with plans for a new primary school online database, which requires schools to hand over PPS nu(...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Sept(...)

 Harry Sweeney (4), Sandymount, holding onto his mother Aine during his first day at school at Star of the Sea primary school in Sandymount last month.    Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Further cuts in the primary school sector would prove “catastrophic”, a newly formed alliance has said. It comes as new statistics reveal that just un(...)