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

Education has a unique capacity to break down cycles of disadvantage. But much more ambition is needed to tackle the class divide (...)

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

Milly posted a message on Instagram that she was unhappy with her appearance and wanted to die.

Inquest told that suicidal ideation is on the rise among schoolchildren as young as seven

Physics in action: The shortage of qualified teachers threatens to undermine Government plans to make Ireland the best in Europe in so-called Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – within a decade. File photograph: Getty Images

Shortage of teachers in key subjects threatens to derail Government’s Stem strategy

Kate McDonald, a recently qualified maths teacher, is now based in the Middle East.

New maths teacher Kate McDonald opts for Middle East for travel, experience and earnings

Job prospects for tens of thousands of young people will depend on Ireland being at the forefront of what is sometimes described as the fourth industrial revolution.

Analysis: We have plenty of teachers – but they are qualified for the wrong subjects

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the funeral of Donal Creed, father of Minister Michael Creed, in St Colman’s Church, Macroom, co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Reaction: Taoiseach and ministers insist they don’t want election

Saoirse Ní Shúilleabháin, from Cork, at the Dell Robotics tournament. Minister for Education Richard Bruton wants to increase the number of female students taking Stem subjects in the Leaving Cert by 40%. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Lack of supply will impact on Government plans to boost uptake of Stem subjects

Limerick billionaire JP McManus is funding third-level scholarships for top-achieving students from low-income families. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘My reaction when I opened it? Happiness and relief. It lifted a lot of the financial burden on us. I was worried I wouldn’t be ab(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: draft legislation prohibits schools from applying a priority in admission based on attendance at a specific pre-school.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Admissions legislation aiming at greater fairness in Irish school enrolment

An independent report on the University of Limerick  (above) found  more than €1.7 million had been spent on severance packages for eight former employees between 2008 and 2015. File photograph: Press 22

University president accepts ‘serious mistakes in past’ and apologises for hurt caused

Tara O’Sullivan (15): “Trying to squeeze three years of learning into a two-hour exam for a subject like English seems ridiculous.”

Tara O’Sullivan (15) says students need longer completion times on Junior Cycle exams

The RCSI is allowed to describe itself abroad as a “university of medicine and health science”, but  is prohibited from doing so within the State. File photograph: Getty Images

College seeks removal of ‘bizarre’ obstacle allowing it university status abroad only

Photograph: Getty

New initiative will see junior infants taught subjects only through French, German or other languages

The Special Needs Parents’ Association said it is troubled by the language used given the State’s obligation to provide education to all young people. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance warned there are now ‘more special needs assistants than gardaí’

It is now estimated that about 25% of school-going children in Ireland have some form of physical, learning and emotional or behavioural difficulty. File photograph: Getty Images

Fears mount that reform of special needs assistant scheme a cover for cost-cutting

Gillian Duffy and her sons, Joshua (11) and William (17), at home in Ballindangan, Mitchelstown, Co Cork. She   says she is worried a review of the SNA scheme could downgrade children’s entitlement to support. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘SNA provides Joshua with a vital conduit to learning in the classroom and socialising’

Spending on special education has grown by almost half a billion euro since 2011, a rise of almost 40%. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance warns there are now ‘more special needs assistants than gardaí’

Ireland now has the second-highest student retention rate in the European Union, with 94% of students remaining in “upper secondary education”. File photograph: Getty Images

Retention rate between disadvantaged schools and wealthier ones narrows

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like a new technological university to play a part in the French president’s proposal. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Emmanuel Macron aims to create networks where students could move between institutes

Tadhg Ó Laoire, Saoirse Ní Mhechair, Jatan Brahmbhatt and Aobhaí Ní Dhuiginn, pupils at  Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Stepaside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresh figures indicate Irish-speaking schools have fewer foreign students

A Department of Education analysis of school enrolment for 2015/2016 shows non-Irish nationals accounted for 10.6 per cent of pupils in primary education. By contrast, among all-Irish primary schools, this fell to 1.6 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gaelscoileanna reject claims ‘soft barriers’ discriminate against foreign nationals

Joan Burton:  Labour’s education spokeswoman says: “I talk to principals who are constantly at the end of their tether in relation to being able to access qualified staff when they need replacements for cover.” Photograph:  Collins Courts

Individuals provided 32,000 days of cover in schools during 2016/17

Fifth-year students across 40 schools are due to begin learning the subject next year, with the first Leaving Cert exam in computer science set to take place in June 2019. Photograph: iStock

End of the written exam? Experts say other subjects are set to follow the same route

Ryan Bell, a student of Oatlands College in Stillorgan, Dublin, got his results rechecked this year and obtained a higher result. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Education bodies are afraid of highlighting the volume of upgraded results, academic says

NUI Galway borrowed €60 million from the European Investment Bank for student residences and a new building for the college of medicine, nursing and health sciences.

Eurostat to determine if university borrowing should be on exchequer balance sheet

TCD Science Gallery. Over the past decade, Irish universities including TCD have borrowed at least €675 million from the European Investment Bank and other sources.

Eurostat to decide if borrowings should be listed on exchequer balance sheet

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move to ease pay caps could lead to pressure for higher salaries in top tier of public sector

University College Dublin: New Government measures are aimed at attracting top academic talent to Irish universities from third-level colleges in the UK and elsewhere. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move means senior academics will be on salaries higher than the Taoiseach’s

Leona O’Callaghan: “My career floored as a result of my efforts to make the right and ethical decisions in my role in UL.” Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Investigation vindicates Leona O’Callaghan who discovered UL misuse of public money

University of Limerick

Authorities kept in dark over pay-offs to eight employees which breached public pay policies

More than a decade after legislation was first signed into law, parents and students finally have a formal process to make complaints about the conduct of teachers. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Parents and students finally have formal process to make complaints about teachers

The teacher’s name, school and other identifying details will remain anonymous. File photograph: Getty Images

Inquiry hears teacher told fifth class students to ‘whisht’ as they were chatting and giggling

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “We still want universities to be autonomous, but we want them to be honest brokers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education to be given power to appoint inspectors to investigate misconduct

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “I want to be able to stand in front of young women starting college and say that there is no gender inequality in the institution you are going to join for the next three or four years”

Minister says there are days she is ashamed to be a public representative due to behaviour in Dáil

Views of more than 3,200 young people aged between 12 and 17 published: almost three-quarters feel either “very stressed” or “stressed” over exams. Photograph: Getty Images

Most pupils critical of poor guidance counselling and teaching methods

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘We need to send a message loud and clear to the institutions’. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says colleges involved in gender discrimination have ‘nowhere to hide’

School education rated from ‘very good’ to ‘poor’ under inspection regime

‘Unresolved issues in professional relationships among staff’ in Gonzaga

Students of Trinity College Dublin: a nationwide study  found that one in eight students had had an unwanted sexual experience during their third level years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boundaries around consent on college campuses are changing. But are we are at risk of reducing flirtation to an anxiety-ridden aff(...)

Richard Bruton said new guidelines on inspections and best practice in schools make clear the standards which we want schools to aspire to achieve.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Bruton says changes will give parents better information on school performance

Fitness to practise: most of the complaints the Teaching Council is investigating involve primary teachers. Photograph: Getty

Teaching Council can investigate performance, medical fitness, and criminal record

Policy-makers in Ireland are examining options on how to fund higher education. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 40% of students in Ireland are entitled to grants and are exempt from fees

Many primary schools are finding it difficult to fill gaps for career breaks and maternity leave, while secondary schools report major difficulties sourcing teachers in key subjects. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Some schools forced to divert support teachers from special needs pupils due to shortages

Tom Mullins: ‘It’s a different world to what I was used to . . . every classroom has an interactive whiteboard. Young teachers are downloading stuff from the internet.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Mullins is one of many retired teachers covering short-term absences in schools

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: “Homemakers make a huge contribution to society. It is important the Government supports people who have worked in the home to reskill and return to work.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Springboard offers manufacturing, business, entrepreneurship and ICT courses

University of Limerick: “The president of UL has also been on the record in acknowledging that suspending employees for over two years is not acceptable management practice”

College says it has completed ‘root and branch’ reform of governance

New York is among the more expensive destinations as four out of five secondary schools now organise tours abroad. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Families question educational value of tours and ask for costs to be kept down

Fitness to practise: most of the complaints the Teaching Council is investigating involve primary teachers. Photograph: Getty

Teachers may be removed for serious misconduct or poor performance

 Cora Sherlock: the Pro Life Campaign said the UN’s disability committee’s views were “welcome news”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Disability committee says no guarantee whether impairments are fatal or not

The number of people with disabilities attending third level or higher education has grown from 3,800 in 2008 to more than 12,000 students this year. File photograph: Getty Images

Support funding per student drops by almost two-thirds to €1,025 between 2007 and 2015

Margaret Turley at the Trinity Centre for people with intellectual disabilities: now getting work experience at  consultancy firm EY and living away from home.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trinity Centre for people with intellectual disabilities among winners of funding

An Irish Heart Foundation survey indicated that over a quarter of schools had tuck shops selling sweets and soft drinks, and half had vending machines. Photograph: Getty Images

Schools making progress in improving access to healthy eating, experts tell Oireachtas

President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne: the university is nearing the conclusion of a capital development plan, which has “transformed” the campus. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

European Investment Bank funding will help build new college of medicine, nursing and health

Today, one in 10 of the population has no religion. More than one in three people in some parts of the State – such as Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Galway – are non-Catholic.

Analysis: Modernising religion rules will – belatedly – help respect rights of all pupils

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has confirmed that a new circular will insist on “a proper timetable of beneficial work” for children who opt out of religion. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

New rules to ensure ‘proper timetable of beneficial work’ for those not studying topic

It all adds up: Significant numbers of teachers said they provide additional classes for maths on a voluntary basis in their own time, outside of school hours.

Some pupils receive twice as much maths tuition as others

The president of the NAPD has called for a national school admissions policy which is ‘fair, transparent, and realistic’. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Principals warn that students are being left without qualified teachers in key subjects

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: The Minister has pledged a number of steps including using more trainee and retired teachers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Principals warn Government that urgent action is needed to tackle staffing ‘crisis’

Schoolchildren who are frequently reprimanded by teachers are much more likely to lose self-confidence in their ability to do schoolwork, new research shows. Photo: iStock

ESRI study shows young people who receive praise more likely to do better at second level

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Official guidance indicates tuition may be prioritised over extra-curricular activities

School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Some parents criticised move as an ‘overreaction’ on social media

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Board chief’s decision to retire prompts calls for accelerated inquiry into its spending

The #ClickWithCompassion film shows actors confronting one another with real comments from the internet.

#ClickWithCompassion shows impact of hurtful comments in the real world

UCD students’ union president Katie Ascough (pictured second from right) in a promotional picture released as part of her campaign against an  impeachment bid.

Katie Ascough says group of students have been determined to impeach her

The population bulge is set to continue into our creaking third-level sector. That’s why €367m  has been allocated for capital projects for the higher education sector between 2018 and 2021

While 1,300 extra teaching posts are due next year, 550 of them will simply keep pace with demographic growth

More than 1,400 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded this year following appeals by students. Photo: Bryan O’Brien

Almost 15 per cent of all rechecks were successful, with just four results downgraded

The State’s 16 Education and Training Boards, which deliver most further education courses, currently receive more than €500m   a year from Solas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solas says the move will help meet skills needs and deliver value for money

The investment in employing more teachers will bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to the lowest ever level recorded of 26:1. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Budget 2018: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both want credit for reducing pupil-teacher ratio

Employers’ groups such as Ibec  say any  rises in the training fund levy amount to an “employment tax”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Rise in payroll levy expected in this week’s budget to help fund colleges

Heath National School in Portlaoise, Co Laois. It  is one of a number of schools which have turned to mindfulness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New programme to be rolled out in more than 900 disadvantaged schools

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton was  urged to implement the findings of an Oireachtas report which says grants should be made available to eligible students attending private colleges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hundreds of students from less well-off families say they are unfairly denied support

Richard Bruton: he  has appointed an external investigator to examine the ETB’s functions into “public procurement, usage and disposal of assets and propriety matters”

Audit flagged governance issues at Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

Seas Suas, a new representative group for independent childcare providers wants ‘radical reform’ of early education and childcare services. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Group says interim measure needed to prevent services being ‘forced out’ of sector due to excessive regulation

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton:  has appointed an external investigator to examine the ETB’s functions into “public procurement, usage and disposal of assets and propriety matters”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Concerns raised by C&AG audit of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

For most of the last decade, State funding for higher education has been dropping

Issues surrounding the funding of higher education explained . . .

Thousands of students are marching through the capital this afternoon to voice their opposition to student loan scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Thousands of students march in Dublin to oppose any plan for a student loan scheme

 Trinity College, Dublin. The Cassells report on the future funding of higher education said that €100m a year in extra funding was needed if the State was to build a world-class system. File photograph: Alan Betson

Party spokesman Thomas Byrne says up to €100m needed for higher education in budget

Alice Albright, chief executive of Global  Partnership for Education, has urged donors including Ireland to increase their commitment to help more children receive a quality basic education.

About 825 million young people 'likely to be locked out of job opportunities by 2030'

Higher level maths entry requirements for students training to be primary teachers are to be lowered from next year. Photograph: iStock

Students will be able to qualify on 30% at higher level, but ordinary level bar is to rise

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