Primary school pupils from St Patrick’s primary school in Augher, Co Tyrone, present their entry in last year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Photograph: Jerry Kennelly/JEP

Primary schools have one week to sign up classes to take part in this year’s programme

Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexiblity to hire and pay staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. Photograph: iStock

Top Irish colleges say changes are needed if they are to compete with Europe’s best

Temera O’Brien, who is studying to qualify as a primary school teacher at Maynooth University, pictured with her mother Sarah Connors. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teaching initiative endeavours to diversify what is a ‘white, middle-class’ profession

The upskilling plan will focus initially on existing language teachers who are qualified in a second language but do not teach it. Photograph: iStock

Plan aims to boost number of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian educators

“Kids who can’t learn arithmetic are regarded as being stupid. But they’re not – they’ve got this rather selective deficit,” says Brian Butterworth, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at University College London.

Many suffer from dyscalculia, a problem as common as dyslexia but seldom diagnosed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach suggests schools could honour the signatories of the Proclamation

A spokesman for the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said it was “alarming” to see gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools struggling to secure qualified teachers for permanent roles.

Some schools forced to advertise vacant positions on multiple occasions

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Investment will ensure children and the next generation will ‘get the best possible start in life’   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pledge comes after PE made a Leaving Cert subject and childhood obesity concerns

Seán Ashe, former chief executive of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investigation highlights flawed tender processes at Kildare Wicklow ETB

Almost 50 Junior Cert students are set to receive top marks across all subjects on Wednesday Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than 62,000 Junior Cert students set for results today

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

OECD report paints mixed picture of Ireland’s education system

Northern Irish researchers   have found   many children are suffering from dyscalculia. Photograph: iStock

Dyslexia more than 100 times more likely to be diagnosed than maths-learning disorder

A circular issued by Minister for Education Richard Bruton requires that students who do not want to participate in religious instruction or worship be timetabled for alternative subjects. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trustees respond to plan for pupils who do not want to take part in religious instruction

School management bodies say a “crisis” in the supply of teachers in key subjects is undermining the quality of education for students. File photograph: Getty Images

More training places for students who wish to teach subjects lacking qualified educators

 The former chair of St Patrick’s National School’s board of management says the local  Church of Ireland community is being “torn apart” due to controversy over enrolment policies at the school.  Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Former rector says row is damaging school and causing ‘serious crisis’ in Greystones parish

Current uptake of the HPV vaccine is about 62 per cent nationally in the schools programme. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Up to 100 women and 30 men die each year from cancers caused by HPV in Ireland

The Dublin Academy of Education is the newest grind school to open in the capital. From left to right, student Ava Hennessy, principal Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy, teacher Ronan Murdock and student Keerthana Kissan Thomas.

New grind school signs up 200 full-time students with fees of more than €7,000

A new model of career guidance is required which embraces lifelong learning and changing career paths throughout individuals’ lives, Ibec asserts. File photograph: Getty Images

System failing to meet the needs of people faced with changing world of work

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson has refused to dissolve the board of management at a primary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Controversy over school admissions policy which prioritises church attendance

St Patricks National School, Greystones. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Principal resigned over admissions rule which prioritises church-goers

At an extraordinary general meeting of the St Patrick’s National School  parent-teacher association on Wednesday night, parents held a series of confidence votes relating to the controversy. Photograph: iStock

Church of Ireland school at centre of admissions row

Committee chair Fiona O’Loughlin, a Fianna Fáil TD, said she was aware of parents who were asked to provide essentials such as toilet roll on a regular basis. Photograph: iStock

Oireachtas committee told State funding is falling well short of the real cost of education

The difficulties facing students trying to source accommodation in Dublin may be behind a significant drop in points for courses at some of the country’s biggest third-level institutions. File photograph: Getty Images

Second round offers see significant fall in points for some courses in Dublin and Cork

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, Thomas Byrne, said he was aware of a number of cases in Ashbourne, Co Meath, where parents  were unable to get a junior infant place at a primary school in the area.

Department of Education insists there is a school place for any child who needs it

Bruton’s plan promised extra funding for schools adopting cost-effective measures

Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, is to step down next year.

Sheila Nunan has led country’s biggest teachers’ organisation for a decade

Rhonda Gerrish with her daughter Lauren and son Nathan in the new inclusive playground at the South Beach in Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wicklow playground designed for children with physical and sensory disabilities

In a statement, Bus Éireann said the availability of concessionary transport may vary from year to year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Education system says there is no shortage of places for ‘eligible’ children

The glacial pace of divestment progress prompted Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last year to criticise elements of the church for “dragging their feet” over the issue.

School population has changed since last papal visit but most of the system is the same

“Foreign language assistants” will be provided to schools to support the teaching and learning of languages such as Spanish, German, French and Italian. File photograph: Getty Images

Overseas language assistants to be recruited to support teaching and linguistic learning

Dr Graham Love is to resign from his post as chief executive of the Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sources claim some key proposed reforms have either been stymied or delayed

Members of DCU’s students’ union protest over high rents outside new student accommodation on Mill Street, Dublin.

Many students are opting to commute long distances due to rising rents

An ‘essential worker pass’ will be required for those travelling past Garda cordons during Saturday and Sunday

Lynn Ruane says it is ‘disrepectful’ to require staff to produce badge for crossing Garda cordons

Ailbhe O’Halloran of UCD students’ union says some students are being forced to commute from long distances. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

College unions refusing to advertise accommodation where students are ‘exploited’

While there were concerns many might struggle after opting for higher level maths, most students are flourishing

Some 92% of students secured bonus points this year; just 2% failed to pass the exam

In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday. Photograph: Getty Images

Engineering, teaching and nursing see some of the biggest points increases this year

The survey shows that seven in 10 students say they have to take part-time jobs to offset third level costs while more than a third skip lectures to work.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Students unions say on-campus housing booked out in most third-level institutions

 Gardaí are investigating following the fatal stabbing of a man in his 60s on Sunday night in Crumlin, Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating following fatal incident in Crumlin on Sunday night

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty has announced her intention to run for the presidency. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

She joins four other contenders seeking nomination to run in presidential election

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara, Co Kilkenny, and Lynn Fenton from Rathangan, Co Wicklow, getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Boys fare better at higher maths, while boys in North overtake girls for the first time

What is a fail? This question exercised many callers.

Brian Mooney: No one is automatically eligible, even if they secure ‘Hear’ or ‘Dare’ status

 Anna Dowley, Piltown Co. Kilkenny; Kara Fitzherbert, Carlow; Nicola Pratt, Carlow; Sara Deacon, Carlow; Holly Moynan, Ballacolla Co.Laois; Vicky Woods, Tinahely Co. Wicklow and Hanah Condell, Abbeyleix Co. Laois pictured getting the Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

State Examinations Commission to be asked to see if there are ‘lessons to be learned’

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara from Co Kilkenny and Lynn Fenton (left) from Rathangan Co Wicklow  getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny.Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

One of the biggest changes is an old E grade is no longer an automatic fail. File photograph: Eric Luke

The old familiar grading system - A1, B2, C3 - was replaced with grades from H1 to H8 and O1 to O8

While the maths failure rate at ordinary level is a source of concern, policymakers will be pleased at the record high in  numbers opting for higher-level maths.

Points bonus for record numbers who gambled on sitting higher-level maths paper

Christina Laurence and her  son Luke. “He gets sick very quickly, but doesn’t have any nursing support,” she says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Lack of nursing supports for severely disabled children ‘matter of urgency’

Call for greater medical support in schools for children with life-threatening conditions. Photograph: Istock

State body warns of ‘urgent’ need to provide support for pupils with complex medical conditions

Refunds at NUI Galway are giving rise to wider concerns over  the quality of programmes at third level.

Complaints are giving rise to concerns over third-level quality

Fruit pickers Ashlynn O’Leary and Aoife Guiney with Jimmy Kearns, owner of Kearns Fruit Farm outside Enniscorthy in  Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Picking strawberries or waiting tables used to be a rite of passage. But the summer job as we know it may be disappearing

A gender quality taskforce has been set up by Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, which is seeking ways to accelerate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Vast majority of top-paid posts held by men despite policies to promote equality

The CAO had a total of 77,171 applications for third-level places in 2018, compared with 80,568 in 2017, a fall of 4.2 per cent.

Students in further education set to find out if they have received ‘round zero’ offers

The Higher Education Authority has warned that the quality of third level courses is at risk due to a deterioration in staff-student ratios in colleges. Photograph: iStock

Staff-student ratios resulting in larger class sizes, Higher Education Authority says

NUI Galway upheld complaints filed by students over recent years and accepted their expectations had not been met. Dozens were refunded some or all of their fees.

Deterioration of staff-student ratios among factors posing risk to calibre of education

Postgraduate journalism students received thousands of euro over several years

Between 30 and 40  students on the undergraduate journalism programme at NUI Galway have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Journalism undergraduates at NUI Galway lodge complaints about placements

While the “baptism barrier” has been removed for most schools, minority faith schools may are entitled to discriminate based on religion in their admissions. Photograph: iStock

Principal’s resignation over admissions puts issue of faith and education in the spotlight

Of those parents in debt, more than a quarter say they have turned to a moneylender in an effort to cope with back-to-school costs.

More than a third of parents taking out loans to pay for uniforms and books

Waterford Institute of Technology. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Up to €400 million required over next five years to ensure sector is fit for purpose

Minister for Community Development Michael Ring said new technology for libraries will help ensure the become “an invaluable community resource”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Initiative forms part of rolling plan to double visitor numbers over the next five years

Four female NUI Galway lecturers whose gender discrimination cases against the university has been settled. They are pictured with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

Confidential settlement involving four lecturers required sign-off by the Government

The four NUI Galway lecturers who say they were discriminated against on gender grounds with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

Settlement costs likely to run to hundreds of thousands of euro

Former DCU president Ferdinand Von Prondzynski has been at the centre of a conflict of interest row at a Scottish university. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Von Prondzynski expresses ‘deep regret’ after probe finds he did not declare business relationship with newly-appointed vice-princ(...)

Church of Ireland primary school St Patrick’s in Greystones, Co Wicklow, has insisted that it is a “diverse and inclusive school”. Photograph: iStock

Greystones C of I principal resigns over ranking based on ‘parochial engagement’

Students who take the new physical education  exam in the Leaving Cert are to be given digital devices to submit videos of themselves taking part in an activity  for examiners to grade. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Schools to get grants totalling €330,000 for the technology for the recordings

Minority faith schools are legally permitted to discriminate on the basis of religion in their admission policies. Photograph: iStock

St Patrick’s National School seeking evidence of ‘parochial engagement’ among children

Ireland’s secondary school population is projected to rise until 2024. Photograph: iStock

Supply crisis solution suggested as pupils in post-primary set to reach record highs

Students from fee-paying schools are far more likely to attend a handful of top Dublin-based universities, new figures show. Photograph: iStock

Fee-paying students much more likely to attend top Dublin-based universities

The most likely scenario is that up to 696 fewer primary teachers will be required between 2019 to 2021 as a result. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 700 fewer primary teachers will be required between 2019 to 2021, review finds

(L to R) Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe,  Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at DIT’s campus in Grangegorman on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Jury out on whether technological universities will be more than a name-plate change

 Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe pictured at DIT’s Grangegorman campus on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Taoiseach says ‘new departure’ in Irish education will drive regional development

The Irish Episcopal Commission has warned students who opt out of religion will receive an unfair advantage if they are allowed to take extra classes in examinable subjects. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Pupils studying religion will be at ‘disadvantage’ to others if change goes ahead

Parents and students of Coláiste Ráithín in Bray, Co Wicklow, protesting against delays in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools in Bray and Wexford may not now open in time for forthcoming school year

An artist’s impression of DIT’s new Grangegorman campus	, which is set to become the State’s first technological university

DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown will merge to form new type of university

An Oireachtas committee this week recommended a ban on vending machines which dispense junk food in schools. Photograph: iStock

Children tempted by fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps on a daily basis in schools

An image of  Trinity College Dublin’s plans for its ‘Grand Canal Innovation District’. Photograph: TCD

Trinity’s plan for a Grand Canal Innovation District aims to attract investment and jobs

The bathroom at the Global Student Accommodation  residence at New Mill, Dublin 8.

Almost 3,000 new student beds built in the past year, claims Government report

Research by the Irish Heart Foundation has found that half of Irish schools  had vending machines. File photograph: iStock

Oireachtas education committee report says facilities can play key role in tackling obesity

Teachers’ unions have warned of a ‘crisis’ in the supply of teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

Department official says demographic bulge will cause pressure ‘across all subject areas’

Noel Hogan is not correcting exams this year due to the ‘gruelling’ work and low pay. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Analysis: Low pay and ‘gruelling’ work mean many teachers unwilling to correct exams

Dozens of Leaving Cert students are sitting three exams in one day - or almost nine hours in the exam hall - due to a timetable clash.

Timetable congestion means some students face almost nine hours of exams in one day

The report recommends the urgent establishment of a nationwide primary schools’ counselling service. Photograph: Istock

Major study of 1,000 primary school principals highlights scale of emotional problems

Most teachers said the Leaving Cert accounting exam was a fair test of students’ knowledge. Photograph: Getty Images

Students quizzed on costing projects and preparing budgets in challenging exam

Junior Cert technical graphics students were faced with a question on Angry Birds.

Many candidates bogged down in ‘ridiculous’ and complex questions, say irate teachers

Agricultural science faced a series of detailed questions ranging from soil conditions to sheep rearing. Photo: iStock

Level of detail in some questions challenging but consensus is paper was very fair

Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock

Letter to State-run primary schools warns that faith programmes do not satisfy the requirements for sacramental preparation for Ca(...)

The Department of Education is to launch an independent inquiry into a series of allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (UL).

Move follows allegations of misspending taxpayers’ money at University of Limerick

Dr Des Fitzgerald, president of University of Limerick, says his priority has been to deal with damaging revelations involving the college. Photograph: Alan Place

President Des Fitzgerald says safeguards will ensure old practices ‘never happen again’

Ciaran Murtagh, chair of Isme, the organisation representing small and medium businesses, who wrote to Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department refers concerns over spending at Kildare and Wicklow ETB to Garda Síochána

Overall, this was a very balanced paper but it really required higher-order thinking skills,” said Stephen O’Hara, who is a TUI subject representative

Topics range from atheism to fundamentalism

Junior Certs  were quizzed about the advantages and the disadvantages of using ready meals. Photo: iStock

Candidates quizzed about the advantages and disadvantages of using convenience foods

Irish is perceived to be one of the most challenging subjects in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department reviewing process following claims the system is being ‘gamed’

Readers already make 17 million visits annually and borrow 18 million books, DVDs and journals. Photograph: David Sleator

Library fines to be abolished under plan to double visitor numbers

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that university rankings  can impact on international perceptions of our education system.

Higher Education Authority chief warns that funding for system is ‘not sustainable’

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina congratulate Pádraig Yeates after he was conferred a degree of Doctor of Literature by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Former journalist recognised for research on Irish social and labour history

A question on the film Cáca Milis appeared which asked students about about the main character’s effect on the viewing audience. Photograph: Irish Film Board/Youtube

Technical vocabulary challenges even the best-prepared students

Question 11 was one for the Harry Potter fans and involved a complex geometric construction to create a Horcrux symbol.  File photograph: Warner Bros/Reuters/Handout

Paper criticised for ‘high level of literacy’ required to answer key questions

Fiona Nevin from Kildare with her metalwork jewellery creation at the NCAD Graduate Exhibition 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HEA-backed report says the two institutions should form a ‘university of creative arts’

From left:  Aleksandra Nicpon, Grace Akinwunmi and Aliona Tanase, after their Leaving Cert English paper, at Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ambition to be the best education system in Europe seems a long way off

Trinity College Dublin has lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university. File photograph: Getty Images

Call for Government to tackle funding crisis as TCD loses status as only top-100 Irish university

Research indicates there are rising levels of anxiety among schoolchildren which experts say may be linked to factors such as social media and a growing culture of expectation around students.

‘There’s a reason grown adults still have nightmares about it’

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