The most likely scenario is that up to 696 fewer primary teachers will be required between 2019 to 2021 as a result. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 700 fewer primary teachers will be required between 2019 to 2021, review finds

(L to R) Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe,  Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at DIT’s campus in Grangegorman on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Jury out on whether technological universities will be more than a name-plate change

 Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe pictured at DIT’s Grangegorman campus on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Taoiseach says ‘new departure’ in Irish education will drive regional development

The Irish Episcopal Commission has warned students who opt out of religion will receive an unfair advantage if they are allowed to take extra classes in examinable subjects. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Pupils studying religion will be at ‘disadvantage’ to others if change goes ahead

Parents and students of Coláiste Ráithín in Bray, Co Wicklow, protesting against delays in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools in Bray and Wexford may not now open in time for forthcoming school year

An artist’s impression of DIT’s new Grangegorman campus	, which is set to become the State’s first technological university

DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown will merge to form new type of university

An Oireachtas committee this week recommended a ban on vending machines which dispense junk food in schools. Photograph: iStock

Children tempted by fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps on a daily basis in schools

An image of  Trinity College Dublin’s plans for its ‘Grand Canal Innovation District’. Photograph: TCD

Trinity’s plan for a Grand Canal Innovation District aims to attract investment and jobs

The bathroom at the Global Student Accommodation  residence at New Mill, Dublin 8.

Almost 3,000 new student beds built in the past year, claims Government report

Research by the Irish Heart Foundation has found that half of Irish schools  had vending machines. File photograph: iStock

Oireachtas education committee report says facilities can play key role in tackling obesity

Teachers’ unions have warned of a ‘crisis’ in the supply of teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

Department official says demographic bulge will cause pressure ‘across all subject areas’

Noel Hogan is not correcting exams this year due to the ‘gruelling’ work and low pay. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Analysis: Low pay and ‘gruelling’ work mean many teachers unwilling to correct exams

Dozens of Leaving Cert students are sitting three exams in one day - or almost nine hours in the exam hall - due to a timetable clash.

Timetable congestion means some students face almost nine hours of exams in one day

The report recommends the urgent establishment of a nationwide primary schools’ counselling service. Photograph: Istock

Major study of 1,000 primary school principals highlights scale of emotional problems

Most teachers said the Leaving Cert accounting exam was a fair test of students’ knowledge. Photograph: Getty Images

Students quizzed on costing projects and preparing budgets in challenging exam

Junior Cert technical graphics students were faced with a question on Angry Birds.

Many candidates bogged down in ‘ridiculous’ and complex questions, say irate teachers

Agricultural science faced a series of detailed questions ranging from soil conditions to sheep rearing. Photo: iStock

Level of detail in some questions challenging but consensus is paper was very fair

Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock

Letter to State-run primary schools warns that faith programmes do not satisfy the requirements for sacramental preparation for Ca(...)

The Department of Education is to launch an independent inquiry into a series of allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (UL).

Move follows allegations of misspending taxpayers’ money at University of Limerick

Dr Des Fitzgerald, president of University of Limerick, says his priority has been to deal with damaging revelations involving the college. Photograph: Alan Place

President Des Fitzgerald says safeguards will ensure old practices ‘never happen again’

Ciaran Murtagh, chair of Isme, the organisation representing small and medium businesses, who wrote to Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department refers concerns over spending at Kildare and Wicklow ETB to Garda Síochána

Overall, this was a very balanced paper but it really required higher-order thinking skills,” said Stephen O’Hara, who is a TUI subject representative

Topics range from atheism to fundamentalism

Junior Certs  were quizzed about the advantages and the disadvantages of using ready meals. Photo: iStock

Candidates quizzed about the advantages and disadvantages of using convenience foods

Irish is perceived to be one of the most challenging subjects in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department reviewing process following claims the system is being ‘gamed’

Readers already make 17 million visits annually and borrow 18 million books, DVDs and journals. Photograph: David Sleator

Library fines to be abolished under plan to double visitor numbers

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that university rankings  can impact on international perceptions of our education system.

Higher Education Authority chief warns that funding for system is ‘not sustainable’

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina congratulate Pádraig Yeates after he was conferred a degree of Doctor of Literature by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Former journalist recognised for research on Irish social and labour history

A question on the film Cáca Milis appeared which asked students about about the main character’s effect on the viewing audience. Photograph: Irish Film Board/Youtube

Technical vocabulary challenges even the best-prepared students

Question 11 was one for the Harry Potter fans and involved a complex geometric construction to create a Horcrux symbol.  File photograph: Warner Bros/Reuters/Handout

Paper criticised for ‘high level of literacy’ required to answer key questions

Fiona Nevin from Kildare with her metalwork jewellery creation at the NCAD Graduate Exhibition 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HEA-backed report says the two institutions should form a ‘university of creative arts’

From left:  Aleksandra Nicpon, Grace Akinwunmi and Aliona Tanase, after their Leaving Cert English paper, at Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ambition to be the best education system in Europe seems a long way off

Trinity College Dublin has lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university. File photograph: Getty Images

Call for Government to tackle funding crisis as TCD loses status as only top-100 Irish university

Research indicates there are rising levels of anxiety among schoolchildren which experts say may be linked to factors such as social media and a growing culture of expectation around students.

‘There’s a reason grown adults still have nightmares about it’

“We would urge anyone involved in exams and supporting young people with their studies to ensure students look after their emotional health”

Almost 121,000 students due to sit Junior and Leaving Cert exams from Wednesday

A total of just under 55,770 students are due to sit the Leaving Cert, a figure similar to last year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Changes to CAO points means candidates can secure points for old ‘E’ grades at higher level

School leavers have until the end of June to finalise their course choices through the CAO system.

Parental outlook on what might suit fails to take account of the changing world of work

Special classes are designed to cater to the needs of young people who have been assessed as requiring more specialised support and might not cope in a regular classroom. Photograph: iStock

Disadvantaged schools more likely to have special classes for children with autism

The State Examinations Commission is  seeking teachers to fill vacancies for examiners across several subjects ahead of this week’s exams.

State Examinations Commission seeking qualified teachers to correct 10 subjects

Disadvantaged schools have much higher concentrations of students with special needs,  an Irish Times analysis of data on education supports found. Photograph: iStock

Campaigners say special needs children concentrated in disadvantaged schools

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said nearly 50,000 people have helped to re-invent themselves by using Springboard to change their careers in recent years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Employed people to be eligible for Springboard+ initiative for first time

 John Coolahan, a pivotal figure in Irish education policy for more than 50 years,  has died. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kerry-born teacher was pivotal figure in Irish education for more than 50 years

DCU students who were named Enactus Ireland national competition winners on Thursday night. Pictured are Liam Redmond of Enactus Ireland; students Robert Kelly, Thomas Hand, Daniel Kyne, Ashling McGovern, Josh Clinton; and Terence O’Rourke, chairman of Enactus Ireland and activist Sinead Burke. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Students showcase a range of innovations at Enactus Ireland national event

There are plans to provide in-school therapy, such as speech and language and occupational therapy. Photograph: iStock

Analysis: Amid parental anxiety, Bruton says changes will boost outcomes for children

Almost 35,000 students with additional care needs are  supported by more than 14,000 special needs assistants in school each day. Photograph: iStock

‘Radical changes’ are not a cover for cost-cutting, says Richard Bruton

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of a guide on measuring community engagement at third level. Photograph: Jason Clarke

New initiative set to measure the impact of higher education on wider community

Children from middle-class families are more likely to outperform those from less well-off homes from three years of age, according to a new study. Photo: iStock

ESRI study highlights significant gaps in skills and wellbeing even at age of three

Privileged parents will always find a way to give their children an advantage in education despite public policies aimed at promoting equality of opportunity, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Oireachtas committee hears of need to better represent children in care in policy making

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the Citizens’ Assembly should be reconvened to examine the link between church and State in education. Photograph: Frank Miller

Party says body should revisit Constitutional protection for faith schools

Many trainee teachers are struggling to find work placements in schools. Photo: iStock

Despite acute staff shortages in key subjects, many schools say they cannot offer teaching placements for students

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton: this new process has ‘the potential to change the course of education in Ireland by providing a system which reflects the changing needs of families’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Education: 90% of primary schools remain under the patronage of Catholic Church

Counsellors say they believe social media is playing a key role by amplifying stressful events such as relationship break-ups. Photograph: Getty Images

Counsellors believe social media may play key role in surge since 2010

“In the last five to 10 years, I would say anxiety has become the epidemic of this generation,” says Dr Colman Noctor, a child and adolescent psychotherapist with St Patrick’s mental health services.

Privileged young people are often among the most emotionally distressed

Dr Graham Love, head of the Higher Education Authority, told the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee that his board will determine what sanction may be imposed on Cork Institute of Technology.

CIT may face penalties over €13,000 retirement function which featured ice sculpture

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has urged the Christian Brothers and Clonkeen College to  enter into mediation talks over a row involving the sale of the school’s playing fields. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mary Mitchell O’Connor calls on Christian Brothers and Clonkeen College to enter

A file image showing teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting before a Government report on pay equalisation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department estimates it would cost €200m to end two-tier pay structure that affects 60,000

 Charmaine Van Maren, with her daughter Charlotte, joined supporters at the Save the 8th campaign’s final press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No campaign warns proposals are an excuse to do nothing else to help women

Anti-abortion campaigner Maria Steen will take part in a TV3 debate on Wednesday night.

Move comes as Love Both representative Cora Sherlock pulls out of RTÉ debate

St Louis’s secondary students pictured on the Dundalk IT campus where they will complete the school year after their school was damaged in a fire. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

‘It’s raising their aspirations. Many are from families where there isn’t history of third level’

The Royal College Surgeons in Ireland’s new medical education building on York Street. The college is planning to create a new “university quarter” for the area

First phase of new development at St Stephen’s Green being planned

Ireland’s oldest primary school. Children, suitably attired, from Powerscourt National School celebrate 200 years in Enniskerry with the release of doves. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Suits you: Powerscourt National School in Enniskerry celebrates 200th anniversary

Investment in special education – which stands at about €1.7 billion – now accounts for a fifth of the overall education budget. Photograph: Istock

Increase in children with special needs in mainstream schools requiring support

The proportion of students who did not complete their first year varied significantly across different sectors. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Concern over males failing to progress studying computers and construction

Almost a quarter of students from Trinity College Dublin (above) and UCD are from fee-paying schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Too many students with low points are falling through the cracks of the system

A Garda forensic team examined fire damage at St Louis secondary school in Co Louth on Monday following a blaze at the weekend

Classrooms out of use as gardaí and insurance workers carry out inspections

Students queue up to register to vote at Trinity College Dublin following a registration drive by USI.

Students may play significant role in determining outcome of hard-fought referendum

Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools to be allowed to reserve up to 25% of places for past pupils

Is it fair that publicly-funded schools are allowed to discriminate against non-religious children in their admission policies? Photograph: iStock

Analysis: Removal of ‘Baptism barrier’ aims to make school admission fairer

The vast majority of primary schools – just over 90 per cent – are of a Catholic ethos. Photograph: The Irish Times

School Admissions Bill will remove religion as entry criterion for 90% of primary schools

The new changes will remove religion (or lack of it) as a ground for entry into Catholic primary schools.

New school admissions legislation will impact on all 4,000 schools across the State

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to bring an Amendment to school admissions legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government prepares for potential challenges to enrolment reforms for Catholic schools

The Government has projected it will cost up to €3bn to carry out a ‘deep energy retrofit’ of schools over the next decade. File photograph: PA

Government projects it will spend billions on ‘energy retrofit’ of schools to meet new rules

Clongowes Wood College:  its  numbers have climbed to 450 students, the highest in more than 200 years. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Supervised study and sports mean students ‘don’t have time to waste’ on smartphones

Minister with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said achieving gender equality was a key priority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

NUI Galway and Maynooth University show ‘solid foundation’ in tackling gender bias

The crowded corridors at St Paul’s Secondary School in Monasterevin, Co  Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Principal says St Paul’s has been based out of temporary prefabs for 18 years

The Irish Times reported recently that there are about 575 school applications for major refurbishments which the department has not been able to prioritise to date

Basic building costs have increased by almost 40 per cent since 2014

ASTI members  picketing Rosmini Community College during a recent industrial dispute.  The union  lost about 2,000 members during a recent dispute. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachers’ Union of Ireland told it should pay ASTI to make up for loss of members

Children attending the Nord Anglia International School in a drum workshop. About €14m has been invested in the school to date. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Nord Anglia may well have a real impact in shaking up Ireland’s educational offering

John Allen (third from left) and other members of campaign group for victims of  school child abuse, outside Leinster House. They are joined by  Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan (second from right).

Survivors’ group says claims are being fought ‘tooth and nail’ by Department of Education

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Labour attempts to raise bar to 16 years rejected by Oireachtas committee

The questioned of whether schools are free to change the content of relationship and sex education classes in order to protect their ethos was raised by a number of Oireachtas members

Students say they are not being taught key topics such as how to use contraception

The proportion of students who felt upset or threatened due to social media or internet postings was highest in the girls’ school. File photograph: Getty Images

Sharp focus on body image, particularly on social media, likely to be factor, say teachers

Hibernia said the approach was not a replacement for teachers, but had potential to ease difficulties facing students and school principals. Photograph: Google Street View

Hibernia teacher training college reveals project running where classes taught remotely

The State Examinations Commission is still seeking qualified teachers to work as examiners across all subjects just six weeks ahead of the start of the Leaving Cert exams.

State exams body asks school principals to encourage teachers to correct exams

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said his department had hired more than 5,000 extra teachers in the last two years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Students may be denied chance to study languages, warn school managers

PE teacher Agata Suszczynska, principal Declan Hughes and councillor Lettie McCarthy at St Tiernan’s Community School, Dundrum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

St Tiernan’s is yards from fee-paying school at the centre of hockey pitches controversy

The final version of the National Development Plan included a standalone section on a new ‘technological university for the southeast’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach’s office intervened on National Development Plan following rural criticism

Irish students feel that advice from schools on sex and relationships falls short. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish students feel that advice from schools on sex and relationships falls short

A review of sex education in schools has been launched. Photograph: Getty

Poll indicates that young people do not find parents or teachers useful for advice

Members of the TUI and the ASTI on picket in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ictu finds TUI did not act in line with rules in accepting 1,070 teachers as new members

About 70 students iin this year’s Leaving Cert exams face sitting three exams in a single day due to subject clashes and timetable congestion.

About 70 pupils face sitting three exams in a single day due to timetable congestion

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann at a recent protest by lecturers who  have voted by a margin of 96% to 4% to embark on a campaign of industrial action. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

TUI members in the institutes of technology vote overwhelmingly for industrial action

A total of 16 Leaving Cert students will be obliged to sit their politics exam in a special evening sitting. File photograph: The Irish Times

State Examinations Commission confirms some students affected by scheduling clash

Thomas Byrne TD, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, says many schools are waiting years for vital upgrades. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil says school-building programme is ‘not keeping up with demand’

 Fifth-year students Michael O’Donnell,  from Finglas, and Steve Andrew McDonagh, from Darndale,  at St Thomas’s school in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Dublin school fears students will drop out of education system without proper supports

Maynooth University’s “turn to teaching” programme seeks to address barriers faced by marginalised students in entering teaching. Photograph: Eric Luke

Maynooth University programme to support migrants, Travellers and disadvantaged students

Jialimey Vuong, a pupil in Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, dreams of becoming a science and maths teacher. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jialimey Vuong wants to bring Chinese Vietnamese background to the classroom

St Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, was damaged by an explosion in 2000 and subsequently provided with replacement prefab units. Photograph: Google Street View

Oireachtas committee hears concerns from principals over delays in school buildings

DIT campus at Grangegorman:  substantial European Investment Bank borrowings are funding the next phase. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universities relieved at EU stance as they owe hundreds of millions for expansion projects

Some 66 per cent of Irish 16- to 18-year-olds surveyed would find life difficult  without their phones. File photograph: Getty Images

Proportion of Irish school-leavers going to third-level is 60%, the highest in Europe

The first truly digital natives are conscientious, ambitious, and over-anxious

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