Prof Andrew Deeks, president of UCD, with Rising to the Future, the university’s strategy document for  2020-2024: ‘We  rethought our Plan B and Plan C in order to come up with this ambitious, but achievable, plan.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke

Prof Andrew Deeks says students are increasingly expected to be resilient

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the ethos of schools would be protected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ethos of religious schools will be protected, Minister for Education says

 Prof Andrew Deeks, president of UCD,  Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor,  and Marie O’Connor, chairwoman of the UCD governing authority, launching the UCD Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

University to hire 500 new academic staff and enrol thousands more students

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been formally authorised to use the title of ‘university’ for the first time in 235 years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin institution says change will help it secure top staff, research funding and students

At NUI Galway, Laoise McNamara received funding for the study of Bone disease; and Dimitrios Zeugolis for research on cellular tissue.

Trinity, NUIG and Maynooth secure funding from ‘gold standard’ of academic research

Secondary school managers have warned the Department of Education that time-tabling meetings during class time will lead to a ‘staggering’ loss of teaching hours. Photograph: iStock

Schools advised to begin teachers’ meetings during class time in bid to diffuse row

Transition year students at a Languages Connect event at the Convention Centre in Dublin. File photo.

Supporting ‘heritage languages’ boosts wellbeing of pupils from different backgrounds

Total cost of the State’s contribution to redress for survivors of residential institutions is likely to be in the region of €1.5bn.

Religious congregations provide €110m in cash but owe twice that amount in property

Secondary school students at the Languages Connect event at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday.

3,000 students attend transition year languages event

Newly elected Chancellor of the University and former president of Ireland, Prof Mary McAleese (front left) in Trinity on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

From one former president to another as role is inherited from Mary Robinson

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste Mary Harney and Joan Freeman among other recipients

Prof Daire Keogh is to take over as DCU president next year, succeeding Prof Brian MacCraith. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Prof Dáire Keogh will take over as DCU’s fourth president next July

Until recently, official recruitment and appointment procedures did not allow  job interviews to take place using video conferencing. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Move aims to make it easier for qualified educationalists based abroad to move home

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  has announced changes  aimed at moving the focus of sacramental preparation away from schools and towards parishes. Photograph: iStock

Archbishop of Dublin announces reforms aimed at moving sacramental preparation to parishes

Accenture says the research results point to a need to build awareness of Stem jobs in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Research suggests students’ participation in Stem subjects ‘stagnating’ despite job growth in sector

Fifteen-year-olds in Ireland are among the best in the world at reading and are significantly above average for maths and science, according to the latest Pisa results. Photograph: iStock

Irish teens are among world’s best readers, but could do better in maths and science

Irish 15 year olds perform strongly in reading literacy, according to the latest Pisa rankings.

15-year-olds above average in maths and science, but low number of high achievers

Half of the 25 schools which sent the highest proportion of their students to third level this year were fee-paying schools

Feeder Schools list: Dominance of fee-paying sector likely to spark debate on €90m in State subsidies

A spokeswoman for the Department of Children  defended the regulations and said funding is being provided to help childcare providers with any costs. Photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of creches must submit ‘essential’ documents if they are to reopen in new year

A representative group said some smaller childcare facilities would require costly modifications or rebuilding work if they were to get fire certs. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Many smaller facilities warn they may not meet mid-December deadline for documentation

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, gets a quick music lesson from  students during the launch of ‘Know the Score’ – a new educational resource on drugs and alcohol for senior cycle students, at Rosary College,  Crumlin. Photograph: Alan Betson

New HSE resource aims to improve pupils’ knowledge about risks of alcohol and drugs

Experts issue warnings about sharing of smartphone screens amid ‘major infestation’

Irish Times education columnist Brian Mooney receiving an honorary degree from the National University of Ireland,  pictured with NUI registrar Dr Attracta Halpin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Times columnist recognised for ‘exceptional contribution’ to Irish education

Department of Education inspectors’ reports released under the Freedom of Information Act show dozens of examples of schools breaching these rules. Photograph: iStock

Campaigners say vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports as a result

Peter Kearns, director of the institute, said it was taking the move in response to growing demand from parents and students. Photograph: Brendan Duffy

Institute of Education says it is offering a more ‘academic’ fourth year due to demand

Supporters of the Save Clondalkin Convent Campaign demonstrate against plans to develop the Presentation Convent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Locals demonstrate against Clondalkin plan involving developer Richard Barrett

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation’s general secretary John Boyle says schools will not be able to deliver inclusive education without sufficient resources.

Teachers criticise measure which is set to apply to enrolment policies within two years

Educate Together said it will not not apply to become a patron for two of the new schools to be established next year – Donabate and Saggart. File photograph: Getty

Parents unable to choose language of instruction in schools, says Educate Together

Poor policy support, a failure to attract world-class academics and an unhelpful policy on immigration are factors feeding  scepticism over Government’s plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Scepticism over Government plan to build ‘best’ education system in Europe

Minister for Education Joe McHugh intends to commence legislation by 2021 which will prohibit schools from asking parents whether their children have disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Any move to close special schools and classes will require ‘careful consideration’

The NCSE says a change is needed to help remove the soft barriers that special-needs pupils face when trying to find school places. Photograph: iStock

State should consider moving to ‘total inclusion’ model, Minister to be advised

Philip McGiff and his autistic daughter Nicole, who is six and has no school place. Photograph: Alan Betson

Divisions on whether mainstream classes should accommodate all special needs pupils

Nathan Henchy, Dean Murray, Nicole Mannion and Tomas Griffin, at Jigsaw, national youth mental health service, in Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Climate change and a relentless digital revolution are taking their toll on today’s youth

A new study found just over a third of adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years (34 per cent) reported spending more than three hours online per day. Photograph: Adam Hester/Tetra/Getty

Study shows overall rates of anxiety and depression on the rise among young people

22 per cent of adolescents surveyed reported severe anxiety. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Mental health study captured the views of more than 19,000 Irish young people

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’

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