The Irish Primary Principals’ Network said surveys showed difficulties in sourcing substitute teachers for teachers on short-term absences were getting worse. Photograph: PA

Pupils left without qualified teachers, Oireachtas committee hears

Ireland currently has the highest proportion of school-leavers in the EU who progress to third level. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Policy-makers highlight trends in senior cycle across other jurisdictions

Surveys   by the Joint Managerial Body indicate that 70% of schools have had to employ either unregistered, retired or unqualified staff in the current academic year. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee will hear schools are being forced to hire ‘inappropriate’ staff

The Leaving Cert has often been criticised for being too exam-focused and failing to engage less academic students

Ireland has the highest proportion of school-leavers in EU who go to third level

Teachers say a lack of extra staff threatens to jeopardise the changes aimed at reflecting a decrease in religious belief and practice among students. File photograph: iStock

Lack of teachers threatens to jeopardise reforms, school managers say

While the Catholic Church plays a significant governance role in about 50 ETB schools,  they were set up by the State as multidenominational schools and are obliged to reflect the needs of all pupils. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Circular requires schools to consult with parents over alternatives to religion

More than €2 billion will go towards expanding institutes of technology and part-funding ambitious developments in the university sector.

School building programme to lead to additional 20,000 places annually

Columbia University in New York, which is partnering with Trinity College Dublin to offer dual degrees in the arts and humanities

Partnership with Columbia University will see students receive degree from both

Thomas Byrne TD, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, says his party will expand enrolment to multi-denominational schools which have been instructed to restrict their student intake. Photograph: Alan Betson

Schools established as part of process to divest patronage of Catholic schools

Dr Ali Selim, a member of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, lectures in an evening language course in Arabic at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dr Ali Selim ’s support for female circumcision has sparked calls for his removal from teaching post

Under the new rules, pupils who opt out of religious education can choose alternative subjects. Photograph: Getty

Move aimed at reflecting changing student profile and decrease in religious belief

Patrick Fitzgerald, King’s Inns, speaking for the proposition “this house would edit historically sensitive writing/literature”, at the last semi-final of The Irish Times Debate at Blackhall Place, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Student debaters battle it out for place in final

Overall, the 2018 report gives the Government an overall C- grade in relation to progress on its commitments to children.

Alliance issues a ‘C- grade’ to Government over progress for young people

Schoolchildren from Central Model Senior School, Marlborough St, Dublin, at the launch of the “creative schools” programme. From left: Tia Fitzgerald, Hongbo Chen, Tamzin Kelly and Katie Ellen McEvoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

150 schools to take part in programme to explore impact of arts on school life

The Union of Students in Ireland has joined with the HSE  to launch a sexual health awareness and guidance - dubbed the  Shag campaign - in college campuses this week.

More than 5,000 15-24 year olds diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or herpes

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he wished ‘to promote the Irish language and Irish-medium schools as far as possible’. Photograph: Getty Images

The move is under consideration to prioritise Irish speakers in Gaelscoileanna

Dr Anne Looney, head of Dublin City University’s faculty of education, says DCU planning to extend its range of undergraduate teacher education programmes. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Richard Bruton has proposed move to boost supply of science and language teachers

Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly said Irish charities caught up in the collapse of Ammado are owed about €70,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Up to 40 aid organisations owed about €70,000 from online company

Giving school students access to iPads, laptops or e-books in the classroom appears to hurt their learning, new research indicates. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New study finds giving pupils access to laptops in the classroom has a negative effect

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

Report prompted by concerns over potential conflicts of interest among staff over commercialisation of research

The number of students with disabilities in higher education has grown more than 12 times since  the 1993/1994 academic year. Photograph: iStock

Access and disability body attributes 46% rise in 2017 to better supports and less stigma

The Government’s National Development Plan will commit to a new acute hospital in Cork. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

‘Irish Times’ learns the Western Rail Corridor will not be extended in the scheme

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at St Audeon’s National School, Cook Street, Dublin: learning languages to be encouraged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Education action plan highlights need to prepare for ‘changed dynamic’ in Europe

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: December agreement contains ‘black and white’ commitments and guarantees. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Varadkar says ‘black and white’ commitments and guarantees are contained in December deal

A total of 80 teenagers from across the country have been trained as ‘safer internet day’ ambassadors to raise awareness   in their schools. Photograph: iStock

New internet safety initiative to support teachers address online sexual coercion

Children from  schools in Tipperary gather at the Department of Education in 2017 to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Academic calls for changes to school scheme to boost outcomes for less well-off children

Key finding: a quarter of Irish inmates never attended secondary school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unpublished prison service survey shows link between poor education and jail

Blasket Island storyteller, Peig Sayers.  Courtesy Department of Irish Folklore,  UCD.

Teaching standards are falling short at primary and secondary, report finds

Department of Education inspectors’ concern over poor Irish standards in schools

School principals have proposed moving the Leaving Cert oral exams. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

School heads propose changing exam dates to tackle crisis in recruiting examiners

Ronan Moore, parent of a two-year-old child who was pre-enrolled in the Trim Educate Together school, said intake restrictions were “incredibly disappointing”. Photograph: Paul Sharp

Schools were established as part of process to divest patronage of Catholic schools

CAO applications have fallen to their lowest level in a number of years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lowest number of applicants in five years may ease pressure on points for some courses

Teachers  during a lunchtime protest outside Greenhills College, Dublin over pay inequality. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister says gap is being bridged with new teachers out of college earning €36,000

Among 2010 graduates, 66% were in substantial employment in the first year after graduation. This increased to 76%  in substantial employment for 2014 graduates. Photograph: Getty Images

CSO research indicates ICT graduates were best paid, followed by education and health

Concern over the safety of children online has prompted a call for a smartphone ban in schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Concern over safety sparks age restriction request for primary school smartphone use

Where difficulties arise between parents and their children’s schools, there is an agreed resolution procedure. Photo: iStock

There is a five-stage process s for handing complaints which is important to follow

The blueprint on the structure and time allocation for a redeveloped primary school curriculum represents some of the biggest proposed changes to teaching and learning at primary level in over 20 years

Proposed reforms could ‘undermine and downgrade’ religion in schools, warn groups

Recently retired Irish rugby player Sophie Spence said: “Forming the habit of regular exercise at an early age is crucial to maintaining and improving your fitness levels throughout your life.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Survey finds students have much less interest in physical education during exam years

Dr Mary Aitken, an academic adviser to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre, said it was no longer good enough to simply give “helpful hints” to parents in the hope they can prevent their children being harmed online. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Expert says ‘helpful hints’ for parents are not enough to keep young people safe

In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school. The aim was to attract creative students whose potential was not being measured by traditional exams. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Students in scheme ‘feel particularly lucky to be in college and demonstrate more commitment’

Edward Melly, principal of Clonkeen College, by school grounds the Christian Brothers want to sell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Christian Brothers congregation is selling 7.5 acres of Clonkeen College’s pitches in Deansgrange for €18m

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: is set to signal changes in teacher training to help address staff shortages in key subjects at second level. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Unions claim staff problem is short-term absences not teachers on career breaks

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network says it has noticed a “disturbing trend” relating to the emotional wellbeing of students. File photograph: Getty Images

Survey finds only 12 % of principals see their schools as being in sound financial position

Jill Abramson, pictured in 2011 when she was announced as executive editor of the New York Times, flanked by then managing editor Dean Baquet and outgoing editor Bill Keller. Photograph: The New York Times

Jill Abramson will serve two-year term at university’s school of communications

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: “Springboard+ is a key part of the Government’s strategy to ensure we are planning for the future skills needs of our economy.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Springboard+ initiative previously targeted at unemployed in need of upskilling

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “The creation of technological universities provides the opportunity to drive regional development, and provide more opportunities for individuals, enterprise and the community”

Ten of the State’s 14 Institutes of Technology are bidding to secure new ‘university’ status

Loreto College, Wexford. Principal  Billy O’Shea said teachers and students have been waiting 19 years for a new premises

Work postponed indefinitely at sites following collapse of UK construction firm Carillion

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, which represents 700 US firms such as Facebook and Google,  said it was vital that Ireland attracts talent to fill the growing number of opportunities within its companies. Photograph: Eric Luke

American chamber says easier access to schools key for multinational workforce

Prof Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl from DCU’s Irish language school

‘Irish 101’ – the university’s first mooc – will teach Irish greetings, blessings and curses

There has been a drop in the number of students applying for postgraduate courses for second-level teaching. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Department of Education insists there is no overall problem with teacher supply

Points for many science courses have shot up over over recent years, while points for arts courses have fallen

On the contrary, employers say arts graduates have vital 21st century skills

ICT graduates earn most while those who hold arts degrees have lowest incomes

One-third of teaching applicants say they rarely or never practise their religion

Minister For Education Richard Bruton said universities would not lose out under the new funding model for third level. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government needs to tackle ‘structural deficit’ in funding , universities association says

Loreto College’s new school building in  Wexford. It had been due to move its 750 pupils to the new   facility towards the middle of next week. Photo: Loreto College, Wexford.

Concern voiced over future of six school buildings following firm’s liquidation

On average, arts graduates’  pay rose almost 70% over the five-years of the study.

Highest earning graduates after five years were in computer or ICT courses

Teachers and INTO members at  a rally for pay equality for lower paid teachers outside the Dáil in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Draft report based on teachers’ earnings before lower pay scales introduced

Draft findings  indicate that one year after graduation, graduates from education courses topped the table of weekly earnings at €705 a week. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Arts and humanities graduates earned least in years following college

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says a new funding model for third level will ensure “innovation, good governance and excellent research are prioritised by our institutions, in line with our overall national goals”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Reforms will see colleges receive increased funding for Stem courses

A moratorium on filling middle-management posts of responsibility in secondary schools has been the subject of regular criticism from unions over recent years. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Restored management posts to be filled on the basis of suitability rather than seniority

The State Examinations Commission needs to hire about 3,000 qualified teachers to assist in the delivery of State oral and practical exams this year. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Teacher shortages are most acute in subjects Irish, French and German, say unions

Steven Poole from Ballyfermot College and Minister for Education Richard Bruton at the launch of the PLC evaluation review  at  Liberties College, Dublin

Teacher unions insist two-tier pay gap is causing ‘crisis’ in filling short-term absences

Former tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed as chancellor of University of Limerick.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former tánaiste will also chair UL’s governing authority

The study says engagement with employers at a local level is crucial, especially for smaller PLCs. Photograph: Getty Images

Study says PLCs have not moved to meet dramatic shift in kind of jobs available

Over 5,000 permanent, full-time teachers have been hired since Minister for Education Richard  Bruton was appointed, the department has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials acknowledge there are ‘pinch points’ across key subjects

Kennedy O’Brien SJ and Joe Brennan SJ were long-serving staff at Gonzaga College Dublin.

Jesuit secondary school says priests were each in their own way irreplaceable

Principals and school managers have urged measures such as lifting all restrictions on employing retired teachers and making it easier for foreign teachers to work here.

Analysis: Acute shortages having major impact on schools, managers and unions warn

Julia Dolan (21), a science student at UCD, who is hoping to go on become a maths and science teacher

Shortage of teachers in Stem subjects is having a big impact on secondary schools

The survey noted that at primary level special needs teachers are being redeployed as class teachers. File photograph: Getty Images

Decline comes as mounting concern felt over impact on students of unqualified tutors

Dr Ali Selim of the  Irish Muslim Board:  the group says Muslim children can feel alienated at school, particularly in activities that revolve around Christmas such as nativity plays and carol services. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Muslim Board calls for clothes with crucifixes to be made optional

It’s the future: Hundreds of fifth-year students across 40 schools will be the first to take on computer science from next September. File photograph: Getty Images

Bruton says introduction of computer science will help pupils prepare for ‘digital revolution’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit Catholic primary schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are oversubscribed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister’s proposals will allow minority faiths to use religion as barrier to entry

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says the proposals to remove the Baptism barrier will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a ‘living faith environment’.

Schools body tells the Government the plan will open the State up to a ‘multiplicity of civil suits’

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says  proposals will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a “living faith environment”.

Catholic primary school group says issue is ‘mismatch of resources rather than religion’

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Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick, where fees are up to €19,300 for boarders, has recorded its largest enrolment in its 80-year history. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Numbers at boarding school also rising, with fees ranging from €8,000 to almost €23,000

Barbara Ennis, principal of Alexandra College in Dublin 6: “Parents have a choice and they want to invest in their children’s education.”  Photograph: David Sleator

As the economy grows, more parents are opting for private education for their children

Nord Anglia International School Dublin is set to open its doors in Leopardstown this September and will charge up to €24,000 for day pupils.

Nord Anglia to charge up to €24,000 for day pupils at its Leopardstown campus

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said children were naturally curious, adaptable and inquisitive and could benefit from the scheme.

Minister says €1 million fund to target innovative projects aimed at boosting learning

A spokesman for the Department of Education confirmed that a planned amendment to the Technological University Bill will not now go ahead due to a number of “important technical issues”.

Department insists intention is to press ahead with controversial move at later date

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor (second left) says some third-level students may be more suited to alternatives study paths. Also pictured at the launch of Education Matters, Ireland’s yearbook of education, edited by Irish Times careers analyst Brian Mooney, were Prof Maurice Manning, chancellor NUI; Phyllis Mitchell (centre), publisher; Mr Mooney,  and Dr Attracta Halpin, NUI registrar.

Other study routes are equally valid career paths, says Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Louise Tobin, the principal of St Joseph’s Primary School in Tipperary town. Photograph: John D Kelly

Despite high levels of deprivation, the town has failed to benefit from the revamped scheme

Louise Tobin, principal of St Joseph’s primary school, leads children from five schools in Tipperary town who gathered at the Department of Education earlier this year to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme for disadvantaged schools. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Records indicate up to 257 additional schools identified as meeting threshold

Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced last February that  79 schools were to be added into the Deis system for the first time using the new index.  Photograph: Jason Clarke

Records indicate many disadvantaged schools not in receipt of extra resources

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the issuing of profiles of achievement marked an an important moment in the reform of the junior cycle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Reforms aim to recognise pupils’ achievements outside traditional exams

Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  launch of  the new Leaving Cert  PE exam. Also pictured are students Conal Kehoe,  Emma Crumlish, Ciara Rooney,  Bernard Brogan, Dublin GAA footballer; and Mark Winters. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Department of Education will next week invite schools to apply to pilot the new exam subject

Photograph: Getty

Government aims to double number of young people taking ‘earn and learn’ route

Cyberharassment: The Law Reform Commission has recommended a specific offence to address the publishing of intimate photos or videos of another person

Laws aimed at tackling cyberharassment have yet to be drafted, say legal experts

Minister for Education Richard  Bruton said the new allocations will see the total number of SNAs rise to more than 14,100 by the end of the current school year. Photograph: iStock

Bruton says investment ensures every child who needs support can access it

The Iveagh Grounds sports faciliity, which Trinity College has purchased from Guinness owners, Diageo.

17-acre site in Crumlin gives university access to GAA, rugby, tennis and hockey pitches

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Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD and education spokesman, said teacher retirement figures show “people are literally running out of the profession”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton rejects claims that teachers are ‘running out of the profession’

Ireland’s 10-year-olds have been ranked as having the  best reading skills in Europe and among the top-performers in the world, according to a new  international study. Photo: iStock

Minister for Education pays tribute to teachers and parents for ‘fantastic’ results

Irish ten year olds are now the best at reading in Europe and among the top-performers in the world. Photo: iStock

Not so long ago there was real anxiety Irish students were falling behind others

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fee-paying schools account for half of top 20 sending most students to college

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said subsidies for postgradiate education courses in key subjects could boost teacher numbers. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Schools report major difficulties recruiting teachers in science, maths and languages

The 10-year foreign language strategy seeks to prepare Ireland for Brexit through a series of steps such as potential bonus  points for studying foreign languages.

Despite teacher shortage, 10-year strategy aims to boost learning of languages at school

St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda, Co Louth. The expulsion rate at the 700-pupil Christian Brothers school is 10 times the national average. Image: Google Streetview

Drogheda school says most of 69 suspensions and expulsions relate to violent behaviour

University College Dublin campus at Belfield: The Irish Survey of Student Engagement asked students directly about their experiences of higher education during the 2016-2017 academic year.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Survey reveals concerns over some lecturing methods and large class sizes in third level

The chair and vice chair of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board which is at  the centre of an investigation into spending and potential conflicts of interest have resigned.

Chair and vice-chair of Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board stand down

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