The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has identified more than 80 children in the area who require a place in a special school or special class in the south Dublin area this year or next, but do not have one. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Education activates new law which direct schools to open special classes

Prof Michael Draper of Swansea University has published a report on the sharp rise in “essay mills”. His research indicates that as many as one in seven recent graduates may have paid someone to undertake an assignment for them.

Conference hears one in seven students have used ‘essay mills’

Elaine Wyllie, founder of The Daily Mile, with pupils from St Brigid’s National School in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Most school-age children are out of shape and need more exercise, studies find

A school in Co Dublin built by Western Building Systems which required remedial work. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Joe McHugh refuses to reveal remediation costs of Western Building Systems schools

Ayrton Kelly from Donegal on the campus of UCD. He speaks about the experiences of LGBT teens in secondary school. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Despite recent changes, many schools are not welcoming places for LGBT students

More than a third of LGBT students reported being shoved or pushed because of their sexual orientation, while just over one in 10 reported being punched, kicked or injured. Photograph: iStock

Report paints ‘bleak picture’ of life for many LGBT students, says support group

Minister for Education Joe McHugh says he wants  help schools to instil a  familiarity with the language in the next generation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

PE, art and maths to be taught through Irish in almost 20 schools

Department  report shows students in fee-paying secondary schools more likely to have access to more languages. Photograph: iStock

Fee-paying schools more likely to teach languages such as German, Spanish and Chinese

The publicly-funded school transport scheme, which buses almost 120,000 children to school, urgently needs to change,   the Department of Public Expenditure has warned. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department calls for review of scheme as costs set to rise to above €200m next year

Scoil Bhríde in Ranelagh, Dublin, which has been closed since its heating system broke down this week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scoil Bhríde in Ranelagh has been closed for several days since heating system broke

‘In 2016, almost half of Irish pupils said they rarely or never used computers at home for schoolwork, compared to an international average of 23%.’ Photograph: iStock

Fewer pupils using computers for homework as ‘digital divide’ opens between home and school

Ana Kriégel. Photograph: RTÉ News

The school where her murderers went has been supporting students through the year

Participants  in a new study felt senior cycle should embed ‘life skills’ in the curriculum to better prepare young people for further or higher education, employment and adult life

ESRI report finds strong appetite for senior cycle reform among pupils, parents and teachers

Suaad Alshleh:  ‘I would say, never lose your ambition, work hard and . . . you’ll get there.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Suadd Alshleh who came to Ireland with her mother ‘hopes to be a success story for others’

Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust said the research will provide ‘robust evidence’  for  the future education strategies of the State. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Report calls for better student support instead of expelling or suspending pupils

Some of the steepest decreases in enrolments  are set to be in the west and southwest (-29 per cent), Dublin (-28 per cent), midwest and southeast (-24 per cent). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin set to record decline of 28 per cent in primary schoolgoing children

Unopened Dunshaughlin Community National School: “I’m not convinced that the department’s methods for measuring the demand for new schools is fully accurate,” says Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil education spokesman. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lack of demand casts doubt on Department of Education’s planning by demographics

Emer Nowlan: she  has been named as the new chief executive officer of Educate Together, the largest multi-denominational school patron

Emer Nowlan to take over body which is patron of 90 primary and 17 second-level schools with 30,000 pupils

International student numbers grew by 26 per cent in the past three years, climbing to 14,412 this year. Photograph: iStock

Pace of growth significantly outstrips number of Irish students

State Examinations Commission official Tim Desmond said it was welcome that the review of the senior cycle to date to date had highlighted a desire for a broad view of education.

Developing more specialised third-level courses increases pressure on senior cycle, says Desmond

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the event aims to allow students to engage on a range of universal issues affecting them. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Initiative aims to help students to share ideas on how to tackle common problems

Image of stolen Dublin Marathon merchandise. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Hundreds of hats and jackets were due to be used by stewards and volunteers

A view of the UCD campus at Belfield, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New research shows affluent students are far more likely to study such programmes

Wicklow Sudbury School’s Elliott Biddle, Lili Egan, Beni Somerville, Billy Roche and Fiachra Murphy with staff and seniors in Bray. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

State’s first ‘democratic school’ has waiting list for enrolment, but needs suitable premises

Adam O’Flaherty of Letterkenny IT’s students’ union. “It’s hard for a lot of students, 100 per cent,” he says. Photograph:  Clive Wasson

Despite access initiatives, a large divide remains between rich and poor at third level

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to make a formal State apology on Tuesday to women and their families who have been affected by the controversy over cervical smear test results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Hundreds of women with cervical cancer not told for years of audit findings

ASTI delegates at its  annual convention last year. The union is to hold a ballot of members over the timing of teacher meetings during  the school day. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Move could lead to drop tuition time for thousands of secondary students

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: said he did not want to be specific on how many hours history should receive. Photoraph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Education previously said history must be taught for same duration as English, maths and Irish

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that history will be mandatory for all junior cycle students from next year onwards. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

School leaders say Minister’s move will have an impact on junior cycle reform

Schools are struggling to attract applicants for the position of school principal due to growing workloads and responsibilities, according to the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Photograph: iStock

Schools struggling to attract applicants for vacant positions, representative group says

Senator Colette Kelleher (C) says a  Bill which would make Traveller history and culture part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school is a ‘milestone’ piece of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister expresses concerns over the draft legislation as Seanad votes to pass it

Aftermath of the fire at Scoil Chaitríona GNS, which is just off the Malahide Road in Coolock. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Six fire engines called to scene after blaze rips through building at about 6am in the morning

Senior cycle education in secondary school could have a more rigorous vocational dimension, according to an OECD analysis.

Concern expressed over lack of ‘rigorous and attractive’ vocational segment in senior cycle

ASTI president Deirdre Mac Donald says additional work generated by Junior Cycle changes are just one of a range of new demands on teachers in recent years.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Teacher’s union says many teachers are ‘overwhelmed’ by recent changes

Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, says the new InSPIREurope alliances aims to support scholars who are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence.

Initiative will source temporary posts for scholars in countries such as Syria and Turkey

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the entire schools transport scheme would be reviewed over the coming year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lack of local school places for special needs pupils a key factor behind increase

Students, teachers and parents from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School protest outside Leinster House, Dublin recently. The school is still awaiting a permanent home.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

McHugh insists cut will ‘not impact’ on delivery of thousands of school places next year

Teachers from the Teachers’ Union of Ireland as well as the INTO and ASTI protesting over pay equalisation in 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers’ union says members have ‘run out of patience’

Minister for Education Joe McHugh says millions of euro from the planned capital budget for next year is being diverted into day-to-day spending on resources for special needs and other pupils. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Millions of euro from capital education budget diverted into teaching supports

Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year under measures contained in Budget 2020. File photograph: David Sleator

Budget 2020: Focus on special needs and small schools, with capitation to increase by 2.5 per cent

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the Government was “committed to the continued provision of higher education in Kerry Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Government ‘committed to the continued provision of higher education in Kerry ’

Thousands of pupils attend 270 secondary schools run by State-owned Education and Training Boards. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Numerous State schools being inspected by diocesan examiners, report indicates

Just over a quarter of multidenominational State schools have legally-binding agreements or deeds of trust with the Catholic Church

Church officials seeking information on number of religion classes taught in schools

Lucan Community College students Josh Murphy,  Sam Doyle, Dana Sulaiman, Sheik Bah and Monica Matei.

Lucan Community College no longer records pupils’ religion and has no faith-based events

Prof Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and a former president of UCD, says the decline of Irish universities is  linked to the global financial crisis and the threat of Brexit. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Colleges will plummet further down rankings unless action taken, says Hugh Brady

In ordinary level maths, a relatively high proportion of students - 6 per cent or more than 1,330 candidates – failed the exam. File image: Getty

More than 64,000 students due to receive results, almost a month later than scheduled

Parents are being urged to discuss the risks of drinking with teens ahead of the released of Junior Cert results. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Teenagers need parents to steer them in the right direction, says health expert

Minister for Finance Paschal  Donohoe will have €2.8b   to spend on budget day, although €2.1bn   has already been committed. Photograph: Getty Images

Reports of Government tensions over next year’s education budget due to costs of pay, pensions

The Department of Education said schools, third level colleges and further education centres in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant. File photograph: EPA

Department says schools should make closure decisions based on their own judgment

 Trinity College Dublin: considering options. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move would lead to increase in CAO points for courses at Dublin city centre university

The  Long Room library in Trinity College Dublin.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Provost says it is time for sculptures in Long Room library to better represent diversity

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I think there has been a perception that history was being downgraded and obviously I had to address that head-on.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State schools say move to make history mandatory will decrease options for students

A move to make history mandatory , say some at the coalface, threatens to undo much of the philosophy behind Junior Cycle  reforms. Photo: iStock

Principals fear decision could hamper efforts to engage some of the hardest-to-reach pupils

class kids

Decision amounts to rejection of advice given by State advisory body on the curriculum

Photograph: Getty

Campaigners say vulnerable pupils excluded from education through short school days

The number of upgraded college offers is up by almost 140%  this year due to the large volume of students appealing their results. Photograph: Getty Images

Some students told there were no college places this year after they secured places following Leaving Cert upgrades

Áine Nic Chárthaigh and her daughter Iona Logan (17), from Raheen, Limerick. She says her daugher has helped her become more eco-conscious. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

‘Iona’s always giving out to me about driving, this year we decided not to do any air travel’

Hundreds of school secretaries are set to engage in a one-hour work stoppage today in protest over ‘precarious’ working conditions. Photograph: iStock

Fórsa warns of ‘significant’ work-to-rule action by secretaries following the protest

Pupils from Loreto College Swords, Sophie Ellen Burch, Chloe Cooper, Amy Riley, Niamh Fulton, Tara Fitzgerald and Hannah Brady with Gunner Aaron Craig, Newbridge Recruitment, Defence Forces at  Higher Options, RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Thousands of students get chance to quiz colleges in person about study options

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai at St Patrick’s Girls’ National School in Ringsend, Dublin with pupils Naomi Duffy (left) and Sophie Browne. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Google chief visits Dublin to announce €1 million grant for charity Barnardos

Most upgrades were awarded in higher-level subjects, including biology (392), followed by maths (325), Irish (256), English (245) and French (205). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hundreds of students set to receive higher CAO offers following successful appeals

IT Tralee with the new Kerry Sports Academy in the background. The institute has received €5 million in emergency funding from the Government. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Money needed to ensure ‘stability’ of third-level institution with 2,800 students

ILO director general Guy Ryder has warred that “accelerating disruptions” in the world of work and in societies are leaving people disoriented and growing inequalities are fuelling resentment.

International Labour Organisation director general warns of growing inequality

Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association:  ‘The funding problem will get considerably worse unless there’s a significant step-up in investment.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Student numbers set to grow by 40,000 over coming decade, Oireachtas committee told

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  Food banks are called by schools to help children who return after school holidays “visibly thinner”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Diarmuid Martin warns Irish education system remains ‘marked by inequality’

The mother of the boy said she was advised by the school that if she was not happy she had other “options”. Her son was the only non-Catholic child in his class. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Atheist parent alleges son discriminated against for not attending Communion choir

Ciara Roosli, Tramore, Co Waterford, says she has difficulties opting her child out of religious education.  ‘I can’t continue to take him out of the school. I run a business.’  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Constitution gives parents a right to withdraw their child from religion classes

Alannah Bradley; Lorna Barron; Denise Dowds and Marie Barr, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph : Julian Behal

New initiative aims to recognise contribution of the teaching profession to society

Ardgillan College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, one of dozens built by Western Building Systems that have required remedial works. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Academics to examine use of ‘design and build’ construction model abroad

Resource teachers and special needs assistants should be used only for supporting vulnerable pupils with additional needs. Photograph: iStock

Department investigates more than 50 cases of ‘potentially inappropriate’ use of resources

The cost of iPads and other digital devices in schools is a major issue for parents, say campaign groups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No financial support towards €800 cost of devices, Oireachtas committee hears

Educate Together to become ‘patron partner’ for Cabra Community College iand St Kevin’s College in Crumlin. Photograph: iStock

Educate Together in new partnership to run schools in Cabra and Crumlin

Amy Shovlin; Mia Conlon; Caroline Fahey; Sarah Clarke and Alicia Mason from Holy Child School in Killiney who will be attending the 2020 I WISH Showcase. Photograph: Julian Behal

Survey shows many feel there are easier ways to get CAO points than studying Stem

Trinity College Dublin has dropped 40 places in university rankings. Photograph: thinkstock

Sharp decline in Times Higher Education rankings sparks call for urgent State funding

The latest rankings show Trinity has slipped 44 places to 164th

Steady performance no longer good enough in competitive world of global education

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lack of official engagement a central challenge for families, says charity

Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD during the announcement of the publication of new legislation which will allow for a  stronger complaints procedure and charter for parents. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Law to set up ‘customer service charter’ may not, however, commence for another two years

Young people in Ireland have among the highest levels of education in the world, according to a major new international study. Photograph: iStock

OECD report shows Irish degree-holders earn signifant wage premium

Agricultural science students are not allowed to appeal the results of their practical project which is worth 25 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Parents of pupils say their marks were unfairly reduced

A breakdown of the children supported by Barnardos last year show that the bulk were aged between six and 12. Photograph: iStock

Children’s charity says waiting lists are the result of 16% increase in demand for supports

An unregistered person may be appointed “where a school has made all reasonable efforts to appoint a registered teacher in accordance with the normal appointment procedures and no registered teacher is available to take up the position in question”.

School management bodies say there are growing difficulties recruiting teachers

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has invited parents to help select patron bodies for new secondary schools in the greater Dublin area. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Various patron body bids to run six new secondary schools to be voted on by parents

Minister for Education says use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister stops short of taking new steps to monitor or restrict the practice

Sharon Saunders from Kingswood in Tallaght with her son Scott (9) who has Down syndrome and is on a reduced school timetable. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Scott Saunders is on a reduced timetable due to the lack of an appropriate school place

Nicola Cunningham and her son Kaiden at their home in Blanchardstown.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Kaiden Cunningham was placed on reduced hours at school before being expelled

The Constitution obliges the State to provide free primary education for all children – regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

The practice, involving families with little voice, is almost certainly illegal in most cases

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has previously said that short school days should not be used for ‘behaviour management’. Photograph: Alan Betson

One in four children with disabilities and behaviour issues are on curbed timetables

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he wanted to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish language groups welcome move but Educate Together says parents’ choice will be ‘restricted’

Andrew Brownlee, the new chief executive of Solas, the further education and training agency, wants to include vocational ‘taster’ courses in secondary schools. Photograph: iStock

Incoming Solas chief hopes to include vocational ‘taster’ courses in secondary schools

Campaign group ETHX during Friday’s protest. Spokeswoman Roisin Kelly said many pupils end up passing Harold’s Cross and crossing the city to access multidenominational secondary schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parents in Dublin 8 and 12 say they will be unable to access school on their doorstep

Any pupil seeking an exemption on the grounds of a learning difficulty will have to show documentary evidence that these problems have been persistent over time. Photograph: Getty

New directive for pupils receives mixed response from education groups

A demographic bubble means student numbers in Ireland are forecast to grow by almost 40,000 over the next decade. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Higher-education construction schemes to generate 14,000 more places when complete

Over 9,000 students appealed some 17,000 Leaving Cert grades this year, the highest number on record. File photograph: Getty

Number hits record high amid greater awareness and online access to exam scripts

Road Safety Authority distributes free high-visibility vests to children starting school

Teacher Christine Kelly, with Julia Fay in junior infants on her first day at school in Belmayne Educate Together National School, Belmayne, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Anxious parents linger outside the classroom for a last glimpse of their loved ones

A placard from a teachers’ strike led by the  ASTI in 2016. The TUI is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TUI to renew mandate for potential strike action as INTO warns members are losing patience


No Child 2020: Hundreds of children with special needs are without school places

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I am deeply conscious of the stress and anxiety facing parents and their children as we work to secure more places. It is a priority issue for the department.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Total of 384 children are in receipt of home tuition grants, latest figures show

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The heated debate on mandatory Irish in the classroom was rekindled this week

UCD acknowledged the 601-point course reflected strong competition for the course’s 50 places. Photograph: Alan Betson

UCD students union president says development `incredibly concerning'

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