Minister for Education  Joe McHugh  and President of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan at the opening of the new school of education at Maynooth University. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Science and maths teachers hired to work abroad despite acute shortages in Irish classrooms

The patron bodies for 12 new primary schools will all be non-denominational or multidenominational in nature.

Educate Together awarded patronage of seven new commuter belt schools

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board chief executive Dr Deirdre Keyes will attend the Dáil public accounts committee on Thursday.

Criminal probe into concerns over spending of taxpayers’ money

Despite the OECD findings, latest employers’ surveys indicate that most businesses are happy with the standard of Irish graduates. Photograph: iStock

Up to 6% of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate

Nine months after graduating,  those whose studied education and teaching have the highest reported average salaries, at €38,701.

Higher Education Authority reports 90% of graduates get jobs in Ireland

A total of 78 per cent of graduates are in employment or due to start a job nine months after leaving college, the latest figures show.

Starting salaries rising, employment rates climbing and emigration going down

Overall, 78% of the class of 2017 were in employment within nine months of graduation.

Of working graduates, 90% find employment in Ireland with average starting pay at €33k

Health benefits: “Kids who exercise have better attention spans and can store, retrieve and process information better than those who don’t.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 15-year-olds are less healthy than their grandparents. How do we avoid an epidemic?

The changes are being introduced in the wake of a High Court challenge taken by Wexford student Rebecca Carter. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Changes mean students will have to wait just 48 hours for offers after results

Employers rate further-education graduates slightly higher than college graduates in areas such as team working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills. File photograph: Getty Images

It seems increasingly clear that student aptitude should determine learning pathways

Many colleges have low minimum entry requirements for what are often highly demanding courses. Photograph: Getty Images

ETBI chief says many students may flourish in more hands-on further education courses

In advice to members late last year, both the ASTI and the TUI told members not to implement individual education plans. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Education issues warning to secondary teachers’ unions

In some individual courses, only a handful of students are making it to the end.

Significant number of students with low CAO points are struggling

A gender gap is present across all institutions and levels of study, although it  varies significantly across different colleges and levels of study. Photograph: Getty Images

Study shows male students with lower Leaving Cert points more likely to drop out

The highest non-completion rates were in courses such as computing (45 per cent), hospitality and services (35 per cent), and engineering/construction (33 per cent). Photograph: Getty

High non-completion rates in certain areas of ‘huge concern’ to education authorities

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said about 4,000  Irish students in the UK and Northern Ireland were postgraduate students. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish students may stay home from UK over fees uncertainty, Oireachtas committee hears

The concluding semi final of The Irish Times Debate took place in UCD on Monday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Student teams debated decision to invite Pope to Ireland in hotly contested competition

Many students give up sport in the lead-up to the Leaving Cert.

Age indicates a trend towards neglecting fitness in the lead-up to the Leaving Cert

Trinity College Dublin has had a number of cases of mumps confirmed over the past week or so. Photograph: Getty

Cases of the virus confirmed in Trinity College and some schools

The Royal College Surgeons’s new medical education building on York Street.   The RCSI is set to become the country’s eighth university under legislation likely to pass through the Oireachtas shortly

Status matters more than ever in fiercely competitive global education marketplace

 RCSI is planning to expand to create a ‘university quarter’  in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New legislation would enable 235-year-old college to secure university status

Appeal documents filed on behalf of the Minister for Education Joe McHugh show he will argue that no such right to a third level education  exists Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister promoting greater access to third level while arguing no one has a right to it

Rebecca Carter: won a landmark case in the High Court after her points were inaccurately added up.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Court ‘erred’ in Leaving Cert student’s case over CAO points, Joe McHugh believes

Some union and school management bodies have suggested that oral   exams should be held during the Easter break, which could make it easier to source teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

State Examinations Commission may recruit teachers right up to start of exams

A study into the implications of longer working lives says employers will need to invest in redesigning offices or factory floors to allow older workers to thrive for longer. Photograph: Getty Images

DCU report says proportion of workers aged over 65 is set to increase dramatically

More  than 73,000 people have applied through the  CAO for a place in higher education Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Modest 400 applicant increase reverses last year’s fall in applications

Last year, some 2,971 students availed of exemptions from Irish for entry to the NUI, an 8 per cent increase in just three years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long-standing policy has been under review in light of diverse student population

Minister for Education  Joe McHugh said overtaxed substitute teachers will be repaid in full as soon as possible. Photograph: Alan Betson

Temporary staff have had hundreds of euro wrongly deducted from their wages

A total of 80 per cent of TUI members at Cork Institute of Technology (above) and 68 per cent of members at IT Tralee voted in favour of the merger.

Formal application to create technological university for Munster likely within weeks

A total of 14,000 young people,  including hundreds of Irish,  are taking part in education and training programmes in the UK under the Erasmus+ programme Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of Irish students participating in Erasmus programme had faced uncertainty

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Trinity College said the university “takes matters such as these very seriously and absolutely condemns such practices”.

Initiation ceremony allegedly involved members being told to strip to their underwear

‘Funding per student has declined, and third-level capital infrastructure is underfunded.’ Photograph: iStock

Research finds Ireland is one of only two European countries where system is at risk

Mark Ronan, the new headmaster of King’s Hospital school in Dublin. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennells

King’s Hospital: 350th anniversary, bullying allegations and growing numbers of boarders

In particualr, children in commuter-belt areas are seeing longer journeys to school, earlier in the morning, than previous years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Children with long commutes or in need of pre-school care travelling earlier than before

In international reading assessments,  Irish children are the best readers in Europe and among the best in the world Photograph: iStock

Young ‘digital natives’ more likely to skim longer pieces and not take notes when using screens

The consent workshops, developed by researchers at NUI Galway, will be offered to transition-year students

NUI Galway researchers devise new national ‘active consent’ programme

Narrowing the education gap: pupils at Francis Street CBS primary school, in Dublin, in a yoga class

In Irish schools, middle-class girls thrive but boys from working-class backgrounds struggle

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has signalled he will establish panels of substitute teachers who would be employed on full-time salaries to provide cover in schools at short notice.

Many schools now rely on unqualified or retired staff to fill posts, conference hears

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network says many schools provide a ‘safe haven’ for vulnerable and homeless children. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Schools are acting as a safe haven for ‘exhausted’ homeless children, review says

University of Limerick president  Prof Desmond Fitzgerald:  “I want to assure families and students that the information is accurate – and we will continue to improve the system.” Photograph: Alan Place

Unpublished report highlighted concerns over university’s student records system

 Karen Byrne, (right) principal of St Michael’s House Special School, Skerries, Co Dublin,  with students, teachers and assistants, outside the old building. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘We feel we’re falling through the cracks of the system’

Many principals of special schools  say they face challenges ensuring sufficient access to essential clinical services such as psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. Photograph: Getty Images

Many school principals worried about behavioural problems and violent behaviour

Dr Anne Looney, executive dean at DCU, said: ‘Now ISL gets its full recognition, and equal status as a path to primary teaching’

New pathway to Irish Sign Language teaching degree launched at DCU

File image of IT Tralee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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