Irish has emerged as the subject where teacher shortages are most acute at second level in a new survey.

TUI study states students in most schools taught by teachers not qualified in subjects

File image of IT Tralee

Financial challenges at Kerry institute raise alarm at CIT over proposed merger

New apprenticeships in engineering, wind turbine maintenance and hairdressing are among those to be rolled out soon under plans to expand career options for school-leavers. Image: iStock.

Engineering, hairdressing and wind turbine maintenance to form part of ‘earn and learn’ courses

Daniel Ohoka, Ella Giles, Sofia-Rose Deeleman and Andreï Zündell, members of The King’s Hospital School Chapel Choir. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former pupils of fee-paying school in Palmerstown include Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

It is almost three years since a report by an expert group chaired by Peter Cassells on the future funding of higher education was published. It recommended urgent changes to ensure the system was “fit for purpose”

Government applies to European Commission to carry out detailed economic analysis

Protective fencing erected outside Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin. It is one of five schools which will undergo detailed structural assessments from this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Schools in Dublin, Cork, Meath and Laois built by Western Building Systems to be assessed

Hundreds of Trinity students have  objected to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Students highlight ‘steep decline’ in participation in clubs and societies


Of those who graduated with honours degrees, 20% received first-class result

A spokesman for the State Examinations Commission  said it made “every possible effort” to accommodate candidates in emergency situations. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student tells of having to sit Leaving Cert exam the day after her mother died

An unintended consequence of the new grading system  is that disadvantaged schools are losing out and the gap with other schools is at risk of widening. File photograph: David Sleator

Analysis: Many students already feel our academic secondary school system is rigged against them

Leaving Cert students adopted the new grading scheme without much difficulty.

New study also says the changes have widened gaps for disadvantaged pupils

Research found children who own mobile phones at age nine perform less well in academic tests. Photograph: iStock

ESRI study finds about 40 per cent of Irish children have mobile phone by that age

Apprenticeship stands at The Irish Times Higher Options exhibitions in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands to apply for courses ahead of this month’s application deadline

Satisfaction levels with the quality of higher education graduates  and further education and training graduates  are virtually neck-and-neck, a new report has found. Photograph: Getty Images

Multinational firms concerned over standard of foreign languages among school-leavers

Irish student teachers at the launch of the USI report calling for greater financial assistance for struggling students. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Students will need to prove financial distress in order to get any payment, claims the USI

Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has appointed a meditor to examine employment conditions in English-language schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Collapse of Grafton College has drawn attention to conditions for many working in sector

A file image of Oxford, home to one of England’s best known universities. Irish students planning to start university in the UK in the coming academic year will not face a hike in fees regardless of whether there is a hard Brexit, Ministers have said. File image: Getty.

Ministers respond to concerns that EU exit could lead to dramatic increase in costs

The Yubo app has raised concerns with parents and teachers because of its potential to create friendships with strangers.

Social network dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ allows for live streaming of video and chat

The gathering heard that student career decisions are made on the basis, more or less, on what their mother tells them, not their father. File photograph: Getty Images

Work needs to be done in telling parents how workplace is changing, conference hears

Aerial view of Trinity College Dublin: Many people in Dublin have never set foot inside its walls. Photograph: TCD

Landmark campus long hidden from many Dubliners’ view to be more accessible to city

 Trinity College Dublin: A blueprint envisages opening up the campus with a series of new pedestrian entrances to forge closer links with the city around it

Ireland’s oldest university has long been criticised for neglecting surrounding areas

Grangegorman will be the new home of Technological University Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaving Cert reform, compulsory Irish and sex ed will be key issues in the coming year

The vast majority of students believe the Leaving Cert exam does not prepare them for third level or the world of work. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Vast majority of students want continuous assessment to ease summer exam pressure

Students from fee-paying schools account for between 25 and 30 per cent of new undergraduates at Trinity and UCD in the current academic year. Photograph: David Sleator

Fee-paying students much more likely to attend top Dublin-based universities


Draft proposals aim to simplify the way exemptions to native language awarded

In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin  is the most popular choice for undergraduates resident in the North.

More than 3,000 higher education students flow across the Border

 Technological University Dublin: main campus is at Grangegorman and it has a staff of 3,000-plus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Technological University Dublin has 28,000 students with Grangegorman main campus

Exam boards are ‘having to put up a fight’ to avoid grades being inflated. Photograph: iStock

Authorities reject claims that colleges are under pressure to increase their grades

Students are most likely to get a first-class honour in Trinity (20 per cent) than in any other university, figures show. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Grade inflation risks undermining confidence in degrees, campaigners claim

The Centra shop on Kilmacud Road Lower in south Dublin Photograph: Google Maps

Gardaí intercept car and recover hammer, axe and cash

Many Irish boarding schools are reporting a rise in interest from Spanish and German families as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union

Private-school pupil numbers on the rise as family incomes return to boom-time high

Clongowes Wood College: The second most expensive boarding school in Ireland at  €19,890 a year.

Fee-paying schools report growing interest from Spanish and German families

The National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education has set a target of raising the number of Travellers at third level to 80 by next year, but concedes it may be difficult to achieve this. Image: Higher Education Authority

New report shows gaps remain in numbers from marginalised groups at third-level

Fianna Fáil TD  Fiona O’Loughlin says the sex education curriculum “is no longer reflective of society today”.

Oireachtas report says religious schools should not use ‘ethos’ as bar to fair education

Professor David FitzPatrick, dean of engineering at UCD, is set to become the first president of Technological University Dublin. Photograph:

Prof David FitzPatrick to head Technological University Dublin

Pictured at the launch of Education Matters Ireland’s Yearbook of Education were from left to right: Brian McCraith President of DCU, Brian Mooney editor of the book, Maurice Manning Chancellor NUI Photograph: Aidan Crawley

School admission changes now due to come into force in the 2020/2021 school year

A union for secondary school teachers has been condemned for its refusal to implement individual education plans for students with disabilities. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Teachers union’s move condemned as ‘truly shocking discrimination’

Dates for up to a dozen exams are set to changes due to a new, extended Leaving Cert timetable. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dates set to move for up to a dozen subjects

Two extra days are to be added to the Leaving Cert written exam timetable from next year to minimise clashes.

Move aims to ease crowded exam schedule which forced students to sit three exams in one day

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces with students from Ringsend College at the launch of the  Global Schools programme. Photograph: Julien Behal

More than 700 schools to receive UN flags and copies of UN Charter

Prof Séamus Davis graduated with  a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983 and has since gone on to become a leading global figure in the field of quantum matter. Photograph: Clare Keogh

UCC and Oxford jointly hire top quantum scientist, capitalising on uncertainty in UK

John Boyle: “We must grow in membership and influence, strengthening ties with sister unions and professional organisations and delivering additional services to members.” File photograph: YouTube

INTO general secretary designate John Boyle pledges to help remove inequities in funding

Ictu has written to Minister for Education Joe McHugh seeking a meeting to raise concerns

Industry to have central role in oversight of how €300m education fund is spent

On the question of how the system could be changed, many students said they should have fewer subjects and greater subject choice that suited their abilities. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Students tell official review that senior cycle is crushing their creativity

In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin has the bulk of undergraduate students from Northern Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson

3,400 higher education students cross the Border to study

A total of 117,000 children are being transported to school daily  but an estimated 35 per cent of seats on school buses are empty, the Public Accounts Committee heard.

School transport scheme costs more than €1 million a day

The State’s school transport service is heavily subsidised, with only 8 per cent of the cost recouped from fare-paying pupils in 2015.

Government officials say cost-saving and efficiency measures needed for €190m scheme

Research shows recruitment firms are struggling to fill vacancies in rapidly growing areas such as IT, science/engineering and business. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

‘Economically inactive’ groups could be encouraged into labour force with flexible working hours

Official report finds dislike of Irish linked to bedwetting and refusal to go to school

Parents whose children  will be starting school in the next five years will be entitled to vote using the Department of Education’s new online patronage process system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The schools will be based in areas of Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow and Cork

UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald has led changes to promote transparency in university spending. Photograph: Alan Place

Move follows C&AG report into controversial spending practices at university

Prior to the last budget, the then minister for education Richard Bruton  requested actions to secure “greater employer engagement and to strengthen governance and oversight” of the National Training Fund. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Industry to have central role in oversight of how €300 million fund is spent

Almost one in ten  of ICT graduates were earning more than €45,000 within nine months of leaving college, compared to a much smaller proportion  of overall graduates. Photograph: iStock

But new data shows fall in new entrants to ICT courses

Students taking part in a “Think About Teaching” university foundation course at Maynooth University. (From top left) Anne O’Brien, Wendy Dixon, Temera O’Brien, Emma O’Brien, Aoife O’Reilly, Megan Shannon and Nicola Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers

Disadvantaged students fare better socially and academically with on-campus supports

The Irish education system is highly unusual in its reliance on voluntary work to support schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Department may create ‘federal boards’ to be responsible for number of schools

Alice Albright, chief executive of the Global Partnership for Education, visits students at  Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount.

Global Partnership for Education salutes Government pledge to double overseas aid

Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is exploring ways of protecting English language teachers’ employment rights Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Move comes after Grafton College closure left about 20 staff without wages

Enrolment policies at St Patrick’s National School, Church Road, Greystones, have stirred controversy locally. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

C of I archbishop’s move comes after Edgar Swann warned Greystones, Co Wicklow, community being ‘torn apart’ by controversy

University of Limerick: Outside Dublin, proximity to a third-level college and socio-economic status seemed to be key determining factors in whether or not students go on to third level. Photograph: iStock

Educational inequality: ‘Feeder Schools’ data shows the extent of two-tier schools system

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders, of Grafton Architects were recognised for their outstanding global contribution at an event at the university on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Grafton Architects founders receive Ulysses medal for ‘outstanding global contribution’

Teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting over pay rates for new entrants earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Move increases potential for disruption in schools

Angela Dunne, a teaching principal at Loughmore national school, Co Tipperary, with a copy of a research report produced by the National Principals’ Forum. Photograph: Alan Betson

National forum says members will not engage with initiatives or training days

Tarlach McGonagle of the University of Amsterdam, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission chief commissioner Emily Logan and Siobhán Cummiskey of Facebook.

Users seldom report hate speech, study tracking ‘racially-loaded toxic speech’ finds

  The Department of Education is understood to have proposed a series of changes which would relax and clarify rules around Irish exemptions, especially in the areas of special needs Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Unpublished report finds exemptions system for Irish language is ‘not fit for purpose’

A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5 per cent of Leaving Cert students in 2011. Photograph: iStock

Irish teachers’ qualification standards still among the world’s top countries despite fall

A Comptroller and Auditor General report says the University of Limerick  added executives to State-funded pension scheme at cost of €1.2m.

C&AG report finds benefits received by executives has been valued at over €1.2 million

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the department treated all protected disclosures seriously and followed up on all the issues raised. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enrolment at Ennis Educate Together fell by two-thirds following poor inspection reports

Alice Leahy is presented with her award for Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year by  Irish Red Cross ambassador Jason Black and chairman of the Irish Red Cross Pat Carey. Photograph: Conor Healy

Irish Red Cross awards recognise pupils’ campaign to revoke classmate’s deportation

Dr Graham Love resigned from the Higher Education Authority amid frustration over what sources described as ‘micro-managing’ by the Department of Education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HEA chief resigned this year amid frustration over Department ‘micro-managing’

 Emer Foley teacher (with megaphone) joined other Students, teachers and parents from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School protest outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Principal flags mounting anxiety among staff and students as temporary home up for sale

Top-selling games in the run-up to Christmas include a host of over-18s titles including Far Cry 5, above

Parents warned against buying over-18s games ahead of Black Friday sales

In Switzerland about two thirds of 15 year olds enter apprenticeships which are “highly valued” in their society, the  Oireachtas education committee has heard. Image: iStock

Long-term marketing plan needed to boost the image of the sector, committee hears

The consequences for cheating vary across different institutions, ranging from penalties such as a reduction in marks, letters of warning, fines, suspension or even expulsion. Photograph: iStock

Business studies students most likely to be accused of ‘academic dishonesty’

Irish-medium schools account for 4.5 per cent of primary schools in the State, though research by the ESRI indicates the level of demand is about 23 per cent. Photograph: iStock

School management body for gaelscoileanna says ‘first past the post’ system is biased

Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children, is planning to provide extra funding for high quality preschools under a new plan to boost standards in the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Plans feature in early-years strategy to be published by Minister Zappone next week

 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe with students at Larkin Community College at the at the launch of a project to boost pupils’ opportunities in the digital economy. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Schools to take part in programme to give students career pathways into digital economy

Builders engaged in remedial work at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘I don’t have the estimates ... assessments will need to be carried out on all 42 schools’

Latest forecasts indicate that the number of students at second level is due to jump by 40,000 by 2024. Photograph: iStock

40,000 more students set join second level over next six years

A ‘for sale’ sign outside the temporary home of North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School in Bray, Co Wicklow. The school is due to vacate the property by May 1st next year.

North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School says students are being affected by uncertain future

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

WIT retained less than €1m from €65m sale of firm developed on its campus

Panti Bliss told young people at a wellness event in Dublin: “If everyone was captain of the football team, everyone would come up with the same solutions.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Wellbeing and education seminar for ‘generation Z’ attracts thousands of school pupils

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has welcomed moves to streamline oral Irish exams for teaching applicants.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Move aims to streamline entry process for postgraduate programmes

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington won a landmark Equality Tribunal case in 2014 after it found she lost out on a promotion on the basis of her gender Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says sexism against women in third level is widespread

Research shows that children from middle-class families outperform those from less well-off homes even before they begin primary school. Photograph: iStock

Deis-style support model to be extended to early years care and education

Many argue there is unconscious bias and subtle sexism against women in higher education. The stereotype of a professor remains an erudite, tweed-jacketed older gent. Photograph: Digital Vision

Creation of women-only posts in academia set to spark objections from many factions

In order to speed up the pace of change, the taskforce – established by Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor – has proposed gender specific appointments. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government to back roles in third level institutions at cost of €6 million

Graham Love, who emailed his resignation as chief executive to the chair of the Higher Education Authority and expressed frustration over the limits of the role to help reform the sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Graham Love resigned as HEA boss amid frustration over ‘risk’ faced by colleges

Builders carry out remedial work on November 5th at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

Some parents refusing to return children to affected Tyrrelstown school over safety fears

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: “We have to find innovative ways to resolve the issue of teacher supply.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Joe McHugh publishes action plan to help tackle shortages of teachers in key subjects

New study finds that the vast majority of nine-year-olds are not overweight or obese and have a generally good diet. Photograph: Istock

It’s easy to feel gloomy about the state of children’s lives – but a new study paints a much brighter picture

Dublin City University is leading a new EU project to tackle ‘fake news’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Initiative will use digital technologies to identify modifications and similarities in social media content

Tyrrelstown Educate Together School is due to partially reopen today after its board of management received positive results from an independent health and safety assessment on the internal alterations to the school. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘The schoolyard looks like Mountjoy Prison’: Protest planned over ‘unsafe’ alterations

Builders pictured carrying out remedial work on November 5th at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. The school had closed to pupils due to building defects Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Protest planned outside St Luke’s national school over threats posed by remedial works

Protective fencing erected outside Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin. It is one of dozens of schools at the centre of structural concerns.  Photograph: Tom Honan

TD claims in Dáil that ‘bottom feeder’ firms undercutting competitors by up to 30%

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin, one of the  42 schools that have undergone structural assessments in recent weeks. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Minister says contractors responsible for sub-standard schools could face prison

Scaffolding at Tyrrelstown Educate Together school in Dublin, which was closed due to concerns over ‘significant structural issues’. File photograph: Cate McCurry/PA

Most schools set to reopen after engineering teams worked through the weekend to complete remedial works

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  with Vivienne Bourke, principal of St Luke’s National School, and Tim Stapleton, principal of Tyrrelstown Educate Together, during a visit to the two schools which were closed this week over structrual concerns. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Engineering solutions mean many students will be able to return to their schools

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured  during a visit to two schools in Tyrrelstown, Dublin,  which are currently closed due to concerns over  structural defects. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

The Department of Education is conducting structural safety checks of more than 40 schools over the coming days

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Vivienne Bourke, principal of St. Luke’s National School and Tim Stapleton, principal of Tyrrelstown Educate Together during a visit. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Department signed off on rapid build schools, says Western Building Systems

 Building materials outside Tyrrelstown Educate Together school which  is closed  due to a structural defect. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Minister says it is likely that more schools will be ordered to close over the coming days

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