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’

The mother of the boy said she was advised by the school that if she was not happy she had other “options”. Her son was the only non-Catholic child in his class. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Atheist parent alleges son discriminated against for not attending Communion choir

Ciara Roosli, Tramore, Co Waterford, says she has difficulties opting her child out of religious education.  ‘I can’t continue to take him out of the school. I run a business.’  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Constitution gives parents a right to withdraw their child from religion classes

Alannah Bradley; Lorna Barron; Denise Dowds and Marie Barr, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph : Julian Behal

New initiative aims to recognise contribution of the teaching profession to society

Ardgillan College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, one of dozens built by Western Building Systems that have required remedial works. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Academics to examine use of ‘design and build’ construction model abroad

Resource teachers and special needs assistants should be used only for supporting vulnerable pupils with additional needs. Photograph: iStock

Department investigates more than 50 cases of ‘potentially inappropriate’ use of resources

The cost of iPads and other digital devices in schools is a major issue for parents, say campaign groups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No financial support towards €800 cost of devices, Oireachtas committee hears

Educate Together to become ‘patron partner’ for Cabra Community College iand St Kevin’s College in Crumlin. Photograph: iStock

Educate Together in new partnership to run schools in Cabra and Crumlin

Amy Shovlin; Mia Conlon; Caroline Fahey; Sarah Clarke and Alicia Mason from Holy Child School in Killiney who will be attending the 2020 I WISH Showcase. Photograph: Julian Behal

Survey shows many feel there are easier ways to get CAO points than studying Stem

Trinity College Dublin has dropped 40 places in university rankings. Photograph: thinkstock

Sharp decline in Times Higher Education rankings sparks call for urgent State funding

The latest rankings show Trinity has slipped 44 places to 164th

Steady performance no longer good enough in competitive world of global education

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lack of official engagement a central challenge for families, says charity

Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD during the announcement of the publication of new legislation which will allow for a  stronger complaints procedure and charter for parents. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Law to set up ‘customer service charter’ may not, however, commence for another two years

Young people in Ireland have among the highest levels of education in the world, according to a major new international study. Photograph: iStock

OECD report shows Irish degree-holders earn signifant wage premium

Agricultural science students are not allowed to appeal the results of their practical project which is worth 25 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Parents of pupils say their marks were unfairly reduced

A breakdown of the children supported by Barnardos last year show that the bulk were aged between six and 12. Photograph: iStock

Children’s charity says waiting lists are the result of 16% increase in demand for supports

An unregistered person may be appointed “where a school has made all reasonable efforts to appoint a registered teacher in accordance with the normal appointment procedures and no registered teacher is available to take up the position in question”.

School management bodies say there are growing difficulties recruiting teachers

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has invited parents to help select patron bodies for new secondary schools in the greater Dublin area. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Various patron body bids to run six new secondary schools to be voted on by parents

Minister for Education says use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister stops short of taking new steps to monitor or restrict the practice

Sharon Saunders from Kingswood in Tallaght with her son Scott (9) who has Down syndrome and is on a reduced school timetable. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Scott Saunders is on a reduced timetable due to the lack of an appropriate school place

Nicola Cunningham and her son Kaiden at their home in Blanchardstown.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Kaiden Cunningham was placed on reduced hours at school before being expelled

The Constitution obliges the State to provide free primary education for all children – regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

The practice, involving families with little voice, is almost certainly illegal in most cases

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has previously said that short school days should not be used for ‘behaviour management’. Photograph: Alan Betson

One in four children with disabilities and behaviour issues are on curbed timetables

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he wanted to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish language groups welcome move but Educate Together says parents’ choice will be ‘restricted’

Andrew Brownlee, the new chief executive of Solas, the further education and training agency, wants to include vocational ‘taster’ courses in secondary schools. Photograph: iStock

Incoming Solas chief hopes to include vocational ‘taster’ courses in secondary schools

Campaign group ETHX during Friday’s protest. Spokeswoman Roisin Kelly said many pupils end up passing Harold’s Cross and crossing the city to access multidenominational secondary schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parents in Dublin 8 and 12 say they will be unable to access school on their doorstep

Any pupil seeking an exemption on the grounds of a learning difficulty will have to show documentary evidence that these problems have been persistent over time. Photograph: Getty

New directive for pupils receives mixed response from education groups

A demographic bubble means student numbers in Ireland are forecast to grow by almost 40,000 over the next decade. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Higher-education construction schemes to generate 14,000 more places when complete

Over 9,000 students appealed some 17,000 Leaving Cert grades this year, the highest number on record. File photograph: Getty

Number hits record high amid greater awareness and online access to exam scripts

Road Safety Authority distributes free high-visibility vests to children starting school

Teacher Christine Kelly, with Julia Fay in junior infants on her first day at school in Belmayne Educate Together National School, Belmayne, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Anxious parents linger outside the classroom for a last glimpse of their loved ones

A placard from a teachers’ strike led by the  ASTI in 2016. The TUI is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TUI to renew mandate for potential strike action as INTO warns members are losing patience


No Child 2020: Hundreds of children with special needs are without school places

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I am deeply conscious of the stress and anxiety facing parents and their children as we work to secure more places. It is a priority issue for the department.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Total of 384 children are in receipt of home tuition grants, latest figures show

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The heated debate on mandatory Irish in the classroom was rekindled this week

UCD acknowledged the 601-point course reflected strong competition for the course’s 50 places. Photograph: Alan Betson

UCD students union president says development `incredibly concerning'

Points for degrees in science, technology and engineering have jumped as students flock towards courses with strong job prospects. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition for high-points courses see first degree exceed 600 points

Ballybunion student Sarah O’Connor, who received 650 points in her Leaving Cert. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Boys fare better in maths, applied maths and chemistry, both at higher and ordinary level

Seventy one Leaving Cert students have not been given their exam results over fears they may have cheated.

Students warned over risks of bringing smartwatches and phones into exam halls

Latest data on first preferences shows where demand is up and down this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Latest data on first preferences shows where demand is up and down this year

Minister for Education Joe McHugh visiting the National Parents’ Council Post Primary helpline in Croke Park, alongside  Beatrice Dooley, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

Joe McHugh admits he was very disappointed with his own Leaving Cert results years ago

Ellen O’Carroll of the Presentation Girls’ School in Kilkenny scored eight H1s in her exams. Photograph: Facebook

Four boys and one girl from around country secure the maximum grades

With more than 421,000 additional CAO points awarded  because of the maths bonus points system, points for many highly sought-after programmes will increase.

More students sitting higher-level subjects but concern for 3,700 failing maths

Irish will remain compulsory in schools and opt-outs will continue to be made available for pupils with learning difficulties or who have spent long periods outside the State.

Irish language group warns measure could be a ‘back door’ to making subject optional

From left, Matas Martinaitis, Firhouse Community College; Caitlin Young, Institute of Education; Eric Ehigie, Moyne Community School; Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh, Loreto College, Mullingar and Mark Seale,  CBS Westland Row, Dublin 2. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Students who appeal grades set to receive results three weeks earlier than normal

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: under the new rules students will be granted an exemption from the study of Irish “only in rare and exceptional circumstances”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Psychological assessments no longer necessary to process applications for study opt-out

 Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the new system would make the system fairer and more supportive of students. Photograph: Alan Betson

School principals to decide on basis of standardised tests

Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Academics say use of electronic devices is difficult to police in crowded exam halls

Owners of purpose-built student accommodation have been accused of hiking prices ahead of new caps on rent increases coming into force next week. Image: iStock.

Prices in purpose-built facilities up by 10 to 15 per cent to €1,500 a month in some cases

Sixth-year students at Muckross Park College on their last day of school alongside nuns from the Dominican convent

Tributes to Dominican Sisters who pushed boundaries of education for young women

Dr Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority. ‘What is the point of having a specialist agency, conferring functions upon it and then ignoring or discouraging its advice?’ he writes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Higher Education Authority chief criticises Government ‘control’ over sector

The seven elected female members of Trinity College’s students’ union:  Shaz Oye, president of graduate students’ union; Gisèle Scanlon, vice-president of the graduate students’ union; Laura Beston, president of Trinity students’ union; Niamh McCay, education officer; Aisling Leen, welfare and equality officer; Muireann Kane, communications and marketing officer; Judith Robinson, entertainment officer. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Trinity’s all-female students’ union team a shift towards greater visibility in third level

SEC insists shorter timeframe will ‘not impact the quality or accuracy’ of results .

Examination body insists shorter time frame not to affect ‘quality or accuracy’ of results

A branch of Hyde & Seek in Dublin’s City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parents of children at creches in RTÉ documentary to seek compensation

Minister for Education Joe McHugh:  he said   the Government was committed to tackling back-to-school costs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation will require schools to consult with parents over ways to reduce expenses

More than 4,000 mature students are set to receive Central Applications Office offers (CAO) for third-level courses on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most Leaving Cert students due to receive third level offers next month

Dozens of parents who protested outside a meeting of the Ratoath College’s board of management on Wednesday evening.

Dozens of parents protest outside meeting of Ratoath College’s board of management

Atheist Ireland said the failure of State schools to implement these measures means non-religious students are being discriminated against. File photograph: Getty

Department of Education directive was aimed at affecting up to 160,000 students

Helen O’Shea: ‘It shouldn’t be so hard to uphold a child’s constitutional right to drop out of religion.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many State-run schools ignoring guidelines for accommodating non-religious students

An  interim report into a review of the senior cycle indicates a strong desire for the  Leaving Cert to be assessed on a staggered basis instead of facing a single set of summer exams. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Senior cycle review highlights high stress levels for students facing ‘high stakes’ exam

Sutton Park in Dublin 13 is the second most expensive private school for day pupils, with fees of €7,900 a year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Enrolments in fee-paying schools return to boom-time levels

The annual hunt for rental accommodation is due to get under way  in a few weeks after the release of the Leaving Cert results. Photograph: iStock

Garda, banks and students’ union issue advice to avoid falling victim to fraud

About 150 doctors were affected by the cancellation of a Royal  College of Physicians in Ireland exam. Photograph: iStock

Doctors say they were forced to wait up to three hours for the exam to begin

Cork Institute of Technology has failed in its bid to secure university status with Tralee IT.

Lack of clarity over research activity may prove ‘problematic’ in future reviews

EnglishLanguage school pic

Government moves to introduce minimum employment standards for sector

Within five years of leaving college, graduates from information and communication technology courses were by far the highest earners, earning €815 a week on average. Photograph: iStock

Study tracks earnings of hundreds of thousands of graduates via PAYE system

Graduates with a PhD or doctoral degree earned the most within a year of qualification (€710 per week), followed by master’s (€560), honours degree (€475), ordinary degree (€380) and advanced certificate (€285).

Higher qualifications attract a significant earnings premium

University College Dublin. An outline of proposed legislation for reforming the Higher Education Authority Act was approved by the Cabinet in recent days.

Withholding of funds among the proposals in biggest regulation shake-up in almost 50 years

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government insists moves will simply place key functions on a legal footing

A still image from a recent video by Gemma O’Doherty on YouTube. The company said her account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech.

Move comes after video included criticism of ethnic minorities living in Ireland

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