Conall Wiliamson, a UCC student, started a “no detriment” petition  calling on the university to ensure students do not receive grades that are lower than ones they were awarded during the academic year.

More than 15,000 third-level students sign petitions about challenges in working online

A total of 60 per cent of Junior and Leaving Cert students support cancelling exams and using a predicted grade model. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Students union survey attracts 47,000 responses from Junior and Leaving Cert pupils

Margaret Lowndes and her son Noah (6). “I am really worried that he’s losing progress and worry that he’ll fall behind even further unless he is able to catch-up in some way,” she says.

Parents fear long-term school closures will rob children of their full potential

The Government is to shelve controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildren. Photograph: iStock

Support groups had opposed move over fears it would dilute support for vulnerable pupils

Thousands of special needs assistants who normally work in schools will be on standby to fill vacancies created by moving nurses and medical staff out of community healthcare setting and into frontline jobs. Photograph: iStock

SNAs will fill vacancies created by nurses and medical staff moving into frontline jobs

St Paul’s CBS on Brunswick Street – also known as The Brunner, where members of the food distribution group have set up in the carpark on Brunswick Street to deliver food. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

School meals programme resumes for families in disadvantaged areas

Teachers’ unions say they do not expect members will be redeployed to assist with health services. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department says main focus of staff in education sector is delivering tuition to students

A Usit stand at a jobs fair in 2012. The company, which has closed, offered  affordable travel to generations of students.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Company says outcome for students who booked travel with it is ‘uncertain’

Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn. Photograph: Tom Honan

Prendergast reassures secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn

RTE’s  “home school hub” will be aimed at first to sixth class pupils and will be broadcast on weekday mornings from 11am to 12 noon. Photograph: iStock

Home school hub will be aimed at primary school children from first to sixth class

Pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in  Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin, who benefit from the State-funded school meals programme. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government confirms funding for schools meals programme for 250,000 children

Síle McDonnell, teacher and  home school community liaison, and Fiona Nolan, a teacher at St Mary’s Primary School near Dorset Street, delivering donated school meals to disadvantaged families. Photograph: Alan Betson

School closures mean many disadvantaged children are unable to get lunch and dinner

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there is a ‘very good chance’ Leaving Cert exams will go ahead and urged students to continue studying.

Contingency plan being explored in case of delay to June exams

Schools are set to remain closed until well beyond March 29th, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed.

Taoiseach says ‘very good chance’ Leaving Cert exams will go ahead

Secondary school Irish teacher John Gavin teaches his class from a home-made studio in Co Clare.

Many do not have access to broadband or teachers are ill-equipped to teach remotely

Some working parents say they are struggling to home school their children with little support from their teachers or schools. Stock photograph: iStock

National Parents Council says supports from schools and teachers vary significantly

Edward Gray and his sons Tom (9) and Charlie (5). Like  thousands of parents, he has been plunged into home-schooling’s his children.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Veteran advises parents to ‘trust that children will always be learning even if they don’t appear to be’

‘The reality is if the Junior Cycle wasn’t to go ahead, it would free up resources’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach says school closures could be extended into April or May

Ellen Kenny, Longford: ‘I think cancelling the orals was the best option in this strange situation.’

Leaving Cert students’ reaction to the decision to cancel oral and practical exams

Minister for Education Joe McHugh  said  the decision was being taken with the students’ best interests in mind. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Minister working on assumption Leaving Cert written exam will go ahead as planned

Leaving Cert student Luke Casserly. Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

Coronavirus: Leaving Cert students feel anxious and uncertain over what lies ahead

School disruption: “Whatever is put in place will need to meet the need of this year’s sixth-year students.”

Contingency plans for Junior and Leaving Certs being worked on, department says

Final year RCSI medicine student Anthony Javed Machikan who has faced earlier exams this year to help prepare for the coronavirus threat.

‘We’re know there’s a tsunami coming. We’re ready to to help’

Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, president of UL, says it is likely the  campus will  be needed to assist health services. Photograph:  Alan Place

UL president expects it will be at least mid-June before college reopens to students

The number of children being confirmed increased from just under 15,000 to almost 17,000 between 2017 and 2018. Photograph: iStock

In a slowly secularising school system, the numbers getting confirmed are holding up

Cora McCauley, a mother of four in Co Galway, has been home-schooling two of her children for the past six years. “Ask then what do they want to get out of the experience. Don’t try to replicate school at home,” she says.

Q&A: What you need to know about timetables, rewards and parents’ resources

A file image of delegates at the TUI annual conference which has been suspended this year due to coronavirus.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Asti, TUI and INTO did not say if there is a provisional date later in the year for conference

View of an empty classroom of a school in Barcelona, where all schools and universities have also been shut down to help contain the coronavirus threat. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

‘No playdates, no parties and no playgrounds,’ warns hospital consultant

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and Minister for Education Joe McHugh at the announcement of school closures at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert oral and practical exams to be postponed

Teachers Ciara Weir (left), computer teacher, and Cathy Kehoe, English and ICT, prepare for online classes  at Mount Carmel Secondary School, King’s Inns Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Disruption due to mass school closures set to be unmatched by any weather event in living memory

Schools are being asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert oral and practical examinations are set to be postponed

The State Examinations Commission says oral and practical exams for Junior and Leaving Cert students are still scheduled to take place later this month. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish  Times

State Examinations Commission says oral and practical exams are set to take place

Students graduating from CSN College of Further Education in Cork. Further education is becoming an important route for entry into third-level degree courses. File photograph: Diane Cusack

Quarter of institute of technology students now come from further education sector

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice, according to the Department of Education. “There is no such advice at this point,” a spokesmans said.

Department of Education says decision to shut schools would be made on public health advice

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice, according to the Department of Education. “There is no such advice at this point,” a spokesmans said.

Department of Education says decision to shut schools would be made on public health advice

Trinity College Dublin is  cancelling  lectures  as part its attempt to limit the impact of  coronavirus. Photograph: iStock

University closes Book of Kells exhibition and Old Library to visitors

The report identifies potential solutions such as better distribution of workload and improved salaries. Photograph: Eric Luke

Less than a third say they will remain in a school leadership role in five years’ time

Applications for science-based third-level courses have increased significantly, according to the latest trends from CAO. Photograph:  Johnny Greig/iStock

Figures reflect interest among young people in climate change and sustainability

Students at Trinity College Dublin protesting in February in opposition to  proposed student rent increases. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Up to 14,000 to get payments from Student Assistance Fund in current academic year

Apprenticeships and traineeships don’t feature as part of the CAO system, meaning many school-leavers don’t see them as an option

Analysis: Consultation paper points to closer links between further and higher education

Students checking the CAO first round offers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Education paper questions whether too many students go to college

Fees for non-EU undergraduate students range between €10,000-€20,000 in engineering and science, while they climb to between €40,000-€55,000 for those studying medicine.

Colleges fear losing millions as foreign students may be obliged to cancel enrolment

Dr Aedin Doris  outside the ESRI where she was the guest speaker at its seminar Good schools or good students? The importance of selectivity for school rankings. Photograph: Laura Hutton

School performance often distorted by students’ prior ability or family background

A spokeswoman for Queen’s University said it  would closely monitor the situation and was providing online guidance for staff and students. Photograph: Press Eye

State exams body taking Department of Health advice over Junior and Leaving Cert

Using platforms such as Snapchat and WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family actually diminishes fatigue levels, the study found. File photograph: Alan Betson

Those prone to feeling bored on social media more likely to feel overwhelmed, study finds

A spokeswoman for Trinity College Dublin said it had up to 2,500 students sitting exams at any one time in large venues such as the RDS. Photograph: Getty Images

Contingency plans drawn up to ensure teaching and learning can continue

Chief Justice Frank Clarke as he addresses the audience at The Irish Times Debate 2020. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

‘Revolving door’ means many offenders choose prison over alternatives, says Chief Justice

The Irish Times Debate 2020: Team champions Aislinn Carty and Eoghan Quinn of TCD Phil and individual winner Rachael Mullally of UCD Law. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Individual speaker’s award goes to Rachael Mullally representing UCD Law

A dispute between the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education over the timing of professional collaboration meetings has escalated into a major stand-off which is threatening tuition hours for thousands of pupils. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

ASTI insists Department of Educaton circular aimed at resolving row is ‘unacceptable’

Rachel Prendergast Spollen and her son Hunter (12). Rachel’s son Hunter has autism and is high-functioning  and has the support of a special needs assistant. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mother increasingly concerned son’s access to special needs assistant has been diluted

The Department of Education  says the move means parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability and schools will not require a formal application in order to access support.

Department is planning to ‘frontload’ 10,000 special needs assistants to mainstream schools

A student from Ratoath College, Co Meath, which recently decided to drop its iPad-only policy. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Highly critical review commissioned by Ratoath College is likely to be influential

Banbridge Academy in Co Down is one of three schools in the North that have returning pupils from trips to Italy. They have been sent home and their families asked to self-isolate. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Confusion among schools over advice to students returning from affected areas

The ASTI central executive meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Department puts ASTI under pressure over junior cycle meetings

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has tasked colleges with taking steps to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among students. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Government health drive also urges drug and alcohol-free social spaces on campus

The shake-up in how teaching and learning takes place in primary schools could  see a reduction in time allocated to religious faith formation and other core subjects. Photograph: Getty Images

Sweeping changes proposed to primary school curriculum

University wants to transform prominent grassy area in response to biodiversity crisis

Prof Tewfik Soulimane, an Algerian national who is head of chemical sciences at UL’s Bernal Institute with Dr Maireád Moriarty, assistant dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at UL. Photograph: Brian Arthur

UL says €20m ‘game changing’ English-language deal will boost international presence

The same study also polled the opinions of more than 600 teachers, parents of secondary school pupils and young adults.

Accenture report finds education and businesses at odds over students’ preparedness

The ASTI claims the practice of holding meetings outside teaching hours is contrary to a 2015 agreement with the Government on junior cycle reforms. Photograph: David Sleator

Department seeks to stop practice of placing pupils in ‘free classes’ to fit in junior cycle meetings

The provision of SNAs to schools will be made by the Department of Education and its agencies using a formula based on how many special education teachers are based in individual schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Concern among groups over ‘rushed’ and ‘partial delivery’ of planned changes

The Department of Education is planning to automatically ‘frontload’ more than 10,000 SNAs to mainstream schools in advance of the new school year in September. Photograph: iStock

Department of Education insists no school will lose out next year under new reforms

The  behaviour of some supporters during recent Leinster schools senior cup games has raised  broader questions over the values of many of our most prestigious schools.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Has obsession and privilege skewed attitudes of many in private schools?

The Irish Times debate semi-final at UCD in 1966.

The first Irish Times Debate took place 60 years ago. Former student debaters look back

Eoin Fitzpatrick, principal of Bunscoil Chríost Rí in Cork: movement breaks are vital for school children. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Excess sitting has been linked to depression among adolescents. So what can be done?

Adolescents who spend too much time sitting still are at a higher risk of depression, according to a new study. Photograph: iStock

Light activity such as walking associated with significant reduction in depression

Ciara O’Donnell, national director of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. Also pictured are students Ciarán Mulvey, Ava Murphy, Fiona Clune, Ellen Murphy and  Ben Farrelly. Photograph: Andres Poveda

All secondary schools to receive new resources aimed at empowering young people

Stephen Matthews

Wicklow candidate elected on 15th count

Jennifer Whitmore is a founding member of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Wicklow – Elected 14th count

A State Examinations Commission report found the bonus scheme delivered an average CAO bonus of 12 points, though in some cases it was as high as 30-35 points

Students who answer Leaving Cert exams in Irish can receive bonus of up to 10 per cent

Votes being counted in Greystones earlier. Photograph: Carl O’Brien

FF’s Stephen Donnelly and Green Party councillor Steven Matthews take seats

A pilot group of 40 schools will undertake the  first-ever Leaving Cert computer science exam. Photograph: iStock

New computer science exam to be held on May 27th to help avoid timetable congestion

Early childcare providers, educators, and parents  taking part in the protest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Up to half of childcare facilities shut for ‘day of protest’ over pay and conditions

Protest organisers expect up to 10,000 workers, parents and providers to take part in a march that is due to leave Parnell Square, Dublin,  at 12.15pm, and finish at Government Buildings. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of staff and parents to take part in ‘day of protest’ over pay and conditions in the sector

Brian Fitzgerald of Meadowlands, Youghal, Co Cork, is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography on various dates between February and May 2017. Photograph: iStock

Inquiry heard Co Cork primary teacher had thousands of images and videos of abuse

Caitríona Ní Cheallaigh, principal at Pelletstown Educate Together National School, addresses pupils in a corridor which doubles up as a PE space when the weather is wet. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many communities are fed up of hanging on for years for permanent school buildings

 Tara Ní Mhóráin, who is on the new entrants pay scale, is one of thousands of teachers set to strike on Tuesday.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Thousands of teachers are set to strike on Tuesday to protest over two-tier payscales

Members of the TUI prepare for Tuesday’s one-day strike. Pictured on right is TUI president Seamus Lahart, with (from left) teachers Rachel Flynn, Kyle Clarke, Conor Crowley and Ciara Stack. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hundreds of secondary schools set to shut on Tuesday in strike over two-tier pay

About 19,000 members of the TUI plan to hold a one-day stoppage on February 4th over the two-tier pay issue in schools.

Meeting between TUI and public service oversight group ends without breakthrough

From left to right in the back is Emily Evans (11), Ali Mooney (12), Crystabele Adenuyi (11), Kayden Spooner (11) while in the front row from left is Emmie Keating (11), Giorgi Khachirashvili (11) and Denisa Baci (10) from St Audoen’s Primary School. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Pupils from St Audoen’s National School give their verdict on our political leaders

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD Fine Gael, Deputy Thomas Byrne (FF) Senator Ivana Bacik (Labour), Deputy Donnchadh O’Laoghaire (SF) Cllr Neasa Hourigan, (GP) Deputy  Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP)and Aengus O’Maolain, (Social Democrats), at the election debate on the future funding of higher education and research in Ireland  at the TCD Business School, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Debate hears government gives more State funding to ‘horses than students’

Gearing up for their first time to vote: Lucan Community College students (back row) Megan Miclea, Seán Egan and Lucy Rhodes; (front) Sheik Bah and Lia Stokes. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Some quarter of a million young people can vote on February 8th for the first time

New laws around admission to schools will ensure greater transparency, equity and consistency in school enrolment generally. Photograph: iStock

A ban on putting baby’s name down for school, limits on places for children of past pupils and rules for opting out of religion: t(...)

Girls scored higher than boys in skills requiring control of the body such as balance and skipping, a new study found. Photograph:   Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Findings emerged from data gathered as part of project involving DCU and GAA

“If children don’t have a solid foundation of basic movement skills how can we expect them to do more complex skills as part of organised sport?”  Photograph: Getty Images

DCU research shows children’s skills in running and jumping plateau at the age of 10

The Irish Primary Principals Network’s annual conference in Dublin  heard that many schools are struggling to source substitute teachers to cover short-term absences. Photograph: Alan Betson

Temporary move may ease teacher supply ‘crisis’ – Irish Primary Principals Network

Cillian Murphy and students:  empathy scheme seeks to show  young people “everyone has a different story and everyone’s story is valuable”.  Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Actor Cillian Murphy promotes plan to bring empathy training to secondary schools

Trinity College Dublin’s old library. Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland “losing ground” against nternational competitors. Photograph: iStock

Group call on politicial parties to commit to extra funding to address ‘crisis’

Lee Devery: 'For me it’s the best way to learn: it’s hands-on and you practise what you learn'

Lee Devery is completing a two-year apprenticeship in property services. He is one of thousands of school leavers to choose 'earn (...)

The bulk of apprentices are still in traditional craft areas which continue to be dominated by men.

Rising number want to ‘earn and learn’, but women make up just 3% of 17,500 apprentices

Irish Times education columnist Brian Mooney, Dr Maurice Manning and publisher  Phyllis Mitchell at the recent publication of Ireland’s Yearbook of Education.

Science Foundation Ireland told of ‘clear risk’ its strategy is out of step with national plans

The Government has previously imposed financial penalties on the ASTI as they were considered to have ‘repudiated’ a public service agreement by taking industrial action.

Home-help staff may stage separate strike a day before election to push for pay restoration

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: it would be “regrettable” if teachers went ahead with the strike.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

TUI stoppage on February 4th aimed at making two-tier pay rates an election issue

Leyla Kaya, a student at Ratoath College: The school is dropping its iPad-only policy for junior cycle students. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ratoath College to change policy that led to a campaign by parents concerned at screen time

Instead of revising the marking scheme, an examiner is directed to select a number of scripts with a view to changing grades. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Claim exam scripts close to ‘grade boundaries’ deliberately manipulated up or down

An exam hall in a Dublin school between State exams. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sources say some grades are changed to ensure consistent results each year

One student was awarded an ‘estimated grade’ after being distracted by ants on their desk. Photograph: iStock

State exams body says practice aims to ensure students not unfairly disadvantaged

Student Rhona Butler had to sit a Leaving Cert exam the day after her mother, Margaret, died. Photograph: Courtesy of Rhona Butler

Hundreds of pupils have received estimated grades under a little-known system

The State exams body said the volume of such grades awarded – typically between 100 and 150 in a given year – should be seen in the context of exams with just under 120,000 candidates and more than 1 million grades. Photograph: iStock

Measures used in exceptional situations where errors occur outside students’ control

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