Research shows recruitment firms are struggling to fill vacancies in rapidly growing areas such as IT, science/engineering and business. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

‘Economically inactive’ groups could be encouraged into labour force with flexible working hours

Official report finds dislike of Irish linked to bedwetting and refusal to go to school

Parents whose children  will be starting school in the next five years will be entitled to vote using the Department of Education’s new online patronage process system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The schools will be based in areas of Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow and Cork

UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald has led changes to promote transparency in university spending. Photograph: Alan Place

Move follows C&AG report into controversial spending practices at university

Prior to the last budget, the then minister for education Richard Bruton  requested actions to secure “greater employer engagement and to strengthen governance and oversight” of the National Training Fund. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Industry to have central role in oversight of how €300 million fund is spent

Almost one in ten  of ICT graduates were earning more than €45,000 within nine months of leaving college, compared to a much smaller proportion  of overall graduates. Photograph: iStock

But new data shows fall in new entrants to ICT courses

Students taking part in a “Think About Teaching” university foundation course at Maynooth University. (From top left) Anne O’Brien, Wendy Dixon, Temera O’Brien, Emma O’Brien, Aoife O’Reilly, Megan Shannon and Nicola Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers

Disadvantaged students fare better socially and academically with on-campus supports

The Irish education system is highly unusual in its reliance on voluntary work to support schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Department may create ‘federal boards’ to be responsible for number of schools

Alice Albright, chief executive of the Global Partnership for Education, visits students at  Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount.

Global Partnership for Education salutes Government pledge to double overseas aid

Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is exploring ways of protecting English language teachers’ employment rights Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Move comes after Grafton College closure left about 20 staff without wages

Enrolment policies at St Patrick’s National School, Church Road, Greystones, have stirred controversy locally. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

C of I archbishop’s move comes after Edgar Swann warned Greystones, Co Wicklow, community being ‘torn apart’ by controversy

University of Limerick: Outside Dublin, proximity to a third-level college and socio-economic status seemed to be key determining factors in whether or not students go on to third level. Photograph: iStock

Educational inequality: ‘Feeder Schools’ data shows the extent of two-tier schools system

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders, of Grafton Architects were recognised for their outstanding global contribution at an event at the university on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Grafton Architects founders receive Ulysses medal for ‘outstanding global contribution’

Teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting over pay rates for new entrants earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Move increases potential for disruption in schools

Angela Dunne, a teaching principal at Loughmore national school, Co Tipperary, with a copy of a research report produced by the National Principals’ Forum. Photograph: Alan Betson

National forum says members will not engage with initiatives or training days

Tarlach McGonagle of the University of Amsterdam, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission chief commissioner Emily Logan and Siobhán Cummiskey of Facebook.

Users seldom report hate speech, study tracking ‘racially-loaded toxic speech’ finds

  The Department of Education is understood to have proposed a series of changes which would relax and clarify rules around Irish exemptions, especially in the areas of special needs Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Unpublished report finds exemptions system for Irish language is ‘not fit for purpose’

A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5 per cent of Leaving Cert students in 2011. Photograph: iStock

Irish teachers’ qualification standards still among the world’s top countries despite fall

A Comptroller and Auditor General report says the University of Limerick  added executives to State-funded pension scheme at cost of €1.2m.

C&AG report finds benefits received by executives has been valued at over €1.2 million

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the department treated all protected disclosures seriously and followed up on all the issues raised. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enrolment at Ennis Educate Together fell by two-thirds following poor inspection reports

Alice Leahy is presented with her award for Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year by  Irish Red Cross ambassador Jason Black and chairman of the Irish Red Cross Pat Carey. Photograph: Conor Healy

Irish Red Cross awards recognise pupils’ campaign to revoke classmate’s deportation

Dr Graham Love resigned from the Higher Education Authority amid frustration over what sources described as ‘micro-managing’ by the Department of Education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HEA chief resigned this year amid frustration over Department ‘micro-managing’

 Emer Foley teacher (with megaphone) joined other Students, teachers and parents from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School protest outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Principal flags mounting anxiety among staff and students as temporary home up for sale

Top-selling games in the run-up to Christmas include a host of over-18s titles including Far Cry 5, above

Parents warned against buying over-18s games ahead of Black Friday sales

In Switzerland about two thirds of 15 year olds enter apprenticeships which are “highly valued” in their society, the  Oireachtas education committee has heard. Image: iStock

Long-term marketing plan needed to boost the image of the sector, committee hears

The consequences for cheating vary across different institutions, ranging from penalties such as a reduction in marks, letters of warning, fines, suspension or even expulsion. Photograph: iStock

Business studies students most likely to be accused of ‘academic dishonesty’

Irish-medium schools account for 4.5 per cent of primary schools in the State, though research by the ESRI indicates the level of demand is about 23 per cent. Photograph: iStock

School management body for gaelscoileanna says ‘first past the post’ system is biased

Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children, is planning to provide extra funding for high quality preschools under a new plan to boost standards in the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Plans feature in early-years strategy to be published by Minister Zappone next week

 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe with students at Larkin Community College at the at the launch of a project to boost pupils’ opportunities in the digital economy. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Schools to take part in programme to give students career pathways into digital economy

Builders engaged in remedial work at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘I don’t have the estimates ... assessments will need to be carried out on all 42 schools’

Latest forecasts indicate that the number of students at second level is due to jump by 40,000 by 2024. Photograph: iStock

40,000 more students set join second level over next six years

A ‘for sale’ sign outside the temporary home of North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School in Bray, Co Wicklow. The school is due to vacate the property by May 1st next year.

North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School says students are being affected by uncertain future

ArcLabs innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology has been home to more than 60 start-up companies, including FeedHenry Ltd.

WIT retained less than €1m from €65m sale of firm developed on its campus

Panti Bliss told young people at a wellness event in Dublin: “If everyone was captain of the football team, everyone would come up with the same solutions.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Wellbeing and education seminar for ‘generation Z’ attracts thousands of school pupils

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has welcomed moves to streamline oral Irish exams for teaching applicants.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Move aims to streamline entry process for postgraduate programmes

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington won a landmark Equality Tribunal case in 2014 after it found she lost out on a promotion on the basis of her gender Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says sexism against women in third level is widespread

Research shows that children from middle-class families outperform those from less well-off homes even before they begin primary school. Photograph: iStock

Deis-style support model to be extended to early years care and education

Many argue there is unconscious bias and subtle sexism against women in higher education. The stereotype of a professor remains an erudite, tweed-jacketed older gent. Photograph: Digital Vision

Creation of women-only posts in academia set to spark objections from many factions

In order to speed up the pace of change, the taskforce – established by Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor – has proposed gender specific appointments. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government to back roles in third level institutions at cost of €6 million

Graham Love, who emailed his resignation as chief executive to the chair of the Higher Education Authority and expressed frustration over the limits of the role to help reform the sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Graham Love resigned as HEA boss amid frustration over ‘risk’ faced by colleges

Builders carry out remedial work on November 5th at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

Some parents refusing to return children to affected Tyrrelstown school over safety fears

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: “We have to find innovative ways to resolve the issue of teacher supply.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Joe McHugh publishes action plan to help tackle shortages of teachers in key subjects

New study finds that the vast majority of nine-year-olds are not overweight or obese and have a generally good diet. Photograph: Istock

It’s easy to feel gloomy about the state of children’s lives – but a new study paints a much brighter picture

Dublin City University is leading a new EU project to tackle ‘fake news’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Initiative will use digital technologies to identify modifications and similarities in social media content

Tyrrelstown Educate Together School is due to partially reopen today after its board of management received positive results from an independent health and safety assessment on the internal alterations to the school. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘The schoolyard looks like Mountjoy Prison’: Protest planned over ‘unsafe’ alterations

Builders pictured carrying out remedial work on November 5th at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. The school had closed to pupils due to building defects Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Protest planned outside St Luke’s national school over threats posed by remedial works

Protective fencing erected outside Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin. It is one of dozens of schools at the centre of structural concerns.  Photograph: Tom Honan

TD claims in Dáil that ‘bottom feeder’ firms undercutting competitors by up to 30%

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin, one of the  42 schools that have undergone structural assessments in recent weeks. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Minister says contractors responsible for sub-standard schools could face prison

Scaffolding at Tyrrelstown Educate Together school in Dublin, which was closed due to concerns over ‘significant structural issues’. File photograph: Cate McCurry/PA

Most schools set to reopen after engineering teams worked through the weekend to complete remedial works

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  with Vivienne Bourke, principal of St Luke’s National School, and Tim Stapleton, principal of Tyrrelstown Educate Together, during a visit to the two schools which were closed this week over structrual concerns. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Engineering solutions mean many students will be able to return to their schools

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured  during a visit to two schools in Tyrrelstown, Dublin,  which are currently closed due to concerns over  structural defects. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

The Department of Education is conducting structural safety checks of more than 40 schools over the coming days

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Vivienne Bourke, principal of St. Luke’s National School and Tim Stapleton, principal of Tyrrelstown Educate Together during a visit. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Department signed off on rapid build schools, says Western Building Systems

 Building materials outside Tyrrelstown Educate Together school which  is closed  due to a structural defect. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Minister says it is likely that more schools will be ordered to close over the coming days

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, speaking to media on the recent school closures  in the Courtyard at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says it is likely that more schools will close due to structural concerns

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Part of the school has been closed due to structural flaws. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Assessments to be carried out on 40 schools between now and the end of mid-term break

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Its  first phase, constructed during 2009, involved a building period of just 26 weeks.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Analysis: Up to 40 schools built within the last decade face structural assessments

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan: school has asked some pupils to stay home over health and safety concerns arising from construction. Photograph:  Garrett White

Western Building Systems still constructing schools while litigation over four under way

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan: school has asked some pupils to stay home over health and safety concerns arising from construction. Photograph: Garrett White

Forty schools built by Western Building Systems since 2008 face inspections

Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School which is to close following structual assessment inspections

Schools were fast-track builds by same developer, with two already closed

Joanne O’Riordan said she hoped pursue sports journalism following her graduation from UCC.

Campaigner conferred with BA in criminology

Tyrellstown Educate Together National School which is to close following structual assessment inspections.

Alternative accommodation to be sought for 1,200 pupils

Trade union Fórsa,which represents the staff concerned, said the move is part of a campaign to secure  comprehensive job evaluation. File photograph: Getty Images

Move comes from library, clerical and administrative staff at State’s 14 tech institutes

A Department of Education working group has been meeting to examine ways of boosting teacher supply in a number of subjects. Photograph: David Sleator

Move under consideration to boost supply of Irish, science and home economics teachers

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Committee told of ‘resistance’ towards profession within Department of Education

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, has been forced to find alternative accommodation for some studendents following ‘structural issues’ at its school. Photograph: Collins

Ardgillan Community College forced to find alternative accommodation for 200 pupils

Mary Keane, President of National Association Principals and Deputy Principals: ‘Should not our senior cycle provide paths to learning for all our learners?’  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Conference hears of ‘huge’ rate of anxiety among Leaving Cert students

Joe McHugh, the newly appointed Minister for Education, said thousands of teachers are based in places like Dubai or Abu Dhabi and many feel unable to fly back to Ireland for job interviews. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

New Minister for Education says initiative could help to ease classroom staff shortages

Minister for Education Joe McHugh says he has detected a sense of ‘initiative overload’ among teachers who feel pressurised into implementing a range of new policies. Photo: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joe McHugh says it is time to take stock of his predecessor’s plans

Members of DCU’s students’ union campaign to prevent the deportation of student Shepherd Machaya.

Shepherd Machaya is due to be deported to Zimbabwe after his asylum application was refused

Dublin City University said it had initiated a process under its student code of conduct and discipline with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of “grossly inappropriate behaviour”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Student group apologises for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour during election of representatives

A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots in society, school principals say.

School principals say practice is deepening socio-economic divide in Irish education

Facebook insisted it was not involved in writing the content of the new safety programme. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Tech firm at centre of allegations it is not doing enough to moderate harmful content

A screenshot of St Cronan’s School’s campaign to prevent the deportation of a nine-year-old student, Eric Zhi Ying Xue.

Eric Zhi Ying Xue, a fourth class pupil at St Cronan’s in Bray, has never lived abroad

A view of Maynooth University in Co Kildare. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish institute to establish college of engineering with major university in China

Max Woods and Emily Moore from Kildare in the Junior Infants class for their first day of school at the Kildare Town Educate Together National School in Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As parents delay school starting age, 75% of infants now five – up from above 50% in 2000

Dublin City University has suspended its accounting and finance society from social activity. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Accounting and finance group apologises for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour at EGM

Director of Equate  Michael Barron with Minister for Education Richard Bruton at a school admissions seminar organised by Equate last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Equate complains of campaign from groups opposed to making schools more inclusive

Prof Áine Hyland, one of the founding parents of the   Dalkey School Project, with David Rankin (10), Dylan O’Broin (11), Emily Roarty (5), Sophie Roarty (8), Matt O’Broin (7) and Oliver Donohue (9) at Educate Together’s 40th anniversary event. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Opening of Dalkey School Project in 1978 marked start of multi-denominational education

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said colleges had a long way to go to achieve gender equality. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mitchell O’Connor says women remain hugely under-represented at top levels of academia

A breakdown of the Leaving Cert exam paper appeals this year  shows that accountancy yielded the highest proportion of upgrades at 45 per cent.

1,400 upgrades awarded to students who appealed their exams results

The 1,300 extra classroom posts  will just keep pace with the continuing rise in student numbers, rather than reducing the pupil-teacher ratio to average levels for developed countries. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Analysis: More funding than ever going into education, though much of it is swallowed up on demographics and public pay deals

Overall, schools will receive 5 per cent more in capitation funding from September 2019 - the first increase in a decade - at a cost of just over €10 million. File photograph: Getty Images

Extra 1,300 classroom posts to keep pace with growing school population

Veterinary student  Rebecca Carter at the UCD Students Union on her first day of college following her High Court appeal case to get a marking mistake fixed. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Move follows High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter

The Dublin Academy of Education  says parents will learn how to assist and motivate their children to maximise their “confidence, preparation and ultimately their grades in the Leaving Cert exams”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Dublin school offers classes for parents so they can assist and motivate their children

Primary schools in the capital say they are running the risk of having to send pupils home from school early due to acute difficulties finding substitute teaching cover.

INTO warns that other schools in the capital may follow suit due to lack of substitute cover

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says a new  circular on the rules around religious tuition will bring clarification to schools. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Department of Education accused of ‘capitulating’ to lobbying on religion rules

Paul O’Toole, chief executive of Solas, is to head the Higher Education Authority.

Dr Graham Love resigned as authority chief amid claims of Government interference

Students will not be able to opt out of the State-approved curriculum on religious education, which is an an examinable subject. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Department of Education directive to affect up to 160,000 secondary school students

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘It should be possible to embed sexual consent education within the student experience’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘appalled’ at prevalence of sexual harrassment and assault

The extra cost to families for a child with autism runs to more than €28,000 annually due to the expense of private therapy, lost income and informal care, according to a new study.

Research shows extent to which access to services depends on family’s ability to pay

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton     has commenced key provisions of the School Admissions Act which removes religion as a ground for priority entry into most schools for the coming academic year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

INTO says schools have no guidance for changing their admissions policies

The order, to be signed by the Minister, will remove the existing provision permitting schools to use religion as a selection criteria in school admissions in most cases. Photograph: Getty

Bruton to initiate law which will remove religion as entry criterion for 90% of schools

A French teacher who was employed at Rathdown School, a private girls’ school in Glenageary, Co Dublin, has been awarded compensation of €34,000. File photograph: Google Street View

French teacher was subject to 'dismal treatment' commission found

There are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English.

More than 1,000 ‘new entrant’ students drop Irish in run-up to Leaving Cert each year

Lined up on one side are those who see the rule as crucial to keeping the language alive; they fear that removing compulsion will see students desert the language in droves. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Flawed exemption process shows students try to ditch language ahead of Leaving Cert

Student rape: most research suggests that rape and sexual assault involving students – especially first-years – are a feature across third-level campuses. Illustration: Getty Images

Sexual assault at college is usually a hidden issue. This week it tumbled into the open

Rebecca Carter with her parents, Annemaire and  Niall, all from  Castlebridge in Co Wexford, leaving the High Court in Dublin this week. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rebecca Carter celebrates official upgrade in exam results after winning legal case

The Minister for Education  Richard Bruton said the move followed last year’s Government decision to recognise the ethnicity of the Traveller community.  Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Intercultural education guidelines to be updated to recognise the minority ethnic group

Rebecca Carter: hoped her case would change the appeals process to ensure other students do not have to go through what she did. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Development follows High Court case in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter of Castlebridge in Co Wexford leaves the High Court in Dublin after successfully challenging the State Examinations Commission’s decision not to re-check her points score in time to allow her obtain a place at UCD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

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