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

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

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

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

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, speaking to media on the recent school closures  in the Courtyard at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says it is likely that more schools will close due to structural concerns

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Part of the school has been closed due to structural flaws. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Assessments to be carried out on 40 schools between now and the end of mid-term break

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Its  first phase, constructed during 2009, involved a building period of just 26 weeks.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Analysis: Up to 40 schools built within the last decade face structural assessments

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan: school has asked some pupils to stay home over health and safety concerns arising from construction. Photograph:  Garrett White

Western Building Systems still constructing schools while litigation over four under way

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan: school has asked some pupils to stay home over health and safety concerns arising from construction. Photograph: Garrett White

Forty schools built by Western Building Systems since 2008 face inspections

Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School which is to close following structual assessment inspections

Schools were fast-track builds by same developer, with two already closed

Joanne O’Riordan said she hoped pursue sports journalism following her graduation from UCC.

Campaigner conferred with BA in criminology

Tyrellstown Educate Together National School which is to close following structual assessment inspections.

Alternative accommodation to be sought for 1,200 pupils

Trade union Fórsa,which represents the staff concerned, said the move is part of a campaign to secure  comprehensive job evaluation. File photograph: Getty Images

Move comes from library, clerical and administrative staff at State’s 14 tech institutes

A Department of Education working group has been meeting to examine ways of boosting teacher supply in a number of subjects. Photograph: David Sleator

Move under consideration to boost supply of Irish, science and home economics teachers

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Committee told of ‘resistance’ towards profession within Department of Education

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, has been forced to find alternative accommodation for some studendents following ‘structural issues’ at its school. Photograph: Collins

Ardgillan Community College forced to find alternative accommodation for 200 pupils

Mary Keane, President of National Association Principals and Deputy Principals: ‘Should not our senior cycle provide paths to learning for all our learners?’  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Conference hears of ‘huge’ rate of anxiety among Leaving Cert students

Joe McHugh, the newly appointed Minister for Education, said thousands of teachers are based in places like Dubai or Abu Dhabi and many feel unable to fly back to Ireland for job interviews. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

New Minister for Education says initiative could help to ease classroom staff shortages

Minister for Education Joe McHugh says he has detected a sense of ‘initiative overload’ among teachers who feel pressurised into implementing a range of new policies. Photo: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joe McHugh says it is time to take stock of his predecessor’s plans

Members of DCU’s students’ union campaign to prevent the deportation of student Shepherd Machaya.

Shepherd Machaya is due to be deported to Zimbabwe after his asylum application was refused

Dublin City University said it had initiated a process under its student code of conduct and discipline with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of “grossly inappropriate behaviour”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Student group apologises for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour during election of representatives

A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots in society, school principals say.

School principals say practice is deepening socio-economic divide in Irish education

Facebook insisted it was not involved in writing the content of the new safety programme. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Tech firm at centre of allegations it is not doing enough to moderate harmful content

A screenshot of St Cronan’s School’s campaign to prevent the deportation of a nine-year-old student, Eric Zhi Ying Xue.

Eric Zhi Ying Xue, a fourth class pupil at St Cronan’s in Bray, has never lived abroad

A view of Maynooth University in Co Kildare. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish institute to establish college of engineering with major university in China

Max Woods and Emily Moore from Kildare in the Junior Infants class for their first day of school at the Kildare Town Educate Together National School in Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As parents delay school starting age, 75% of infants now five – up from above 50% in 2000

Dublin City University has suspended its accounting and finance society from social activity. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Accounting and finance group apologises for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour at EGM

Director of Equate  Michael Barron with Minister for Education Richard Bruton at a school admissions seminar organised by Equate last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Equate complains of campaign from groups opposed to making schools more inclusive

Prof Áine Hyland, one of the founding parents of the   Dalkey School Project, with David Rankin (10), Dylan O’Broin (11), Emily Roarty (5), Sophie Roarty (8), Matt O’Broin (7) and Oliver Donohue (9) at Educate Together’s 40th anniversary event. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Opening of Dalkey School Project in 1978 marked start of multi-denominational education

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said colleges had a long way to go to achieve gender equality. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mitchell O’Connor says women remain hugely under-represented at top levels of academia

A breakdown of the Leaving Cert exam paper appeals this year  shows that accountancy yielded the highest proportion of upgrades at 45 per cent.

1,400 upgrades awarded to students who appealed their exams results

The 1,300 extra classroom posts  will just keep pace with the continuing rise in student numbers, rather than reducing the pupil-teacher ratio to average levels for developed countries. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Analysis: More funding than ever going into education, though much of it is swallowed up on demographics and public pay deals

Overall, schools will receive 5 per cent more in capitation funding from September 2019 - the first increase in a decade - at a cost of just over €10 million. File photograph: Getty Images

Extra 1,300 classroom posts to keep pace with growing school population

Veterinary student  Rebecca Carter at the UCD Students Union on her first day of college following her High Court appeal case to get a marking mistake fixed. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Move follows High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter

The Dublin Academy of Education  says parents will learn how to assist and motivate their children to maximise their “confidence, preparation and ultimately their grades in the Leaving Cert exams”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Dublin school offers classes for parents so they can assist and motivate their children

Primary schools in the capital say they are running the risk of having to send pupils home from school early due to acute difficulties finding substitute teaching cover.

INTO warns that other schools in the capital may follow suit due to lack of substitute cover

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says a new  circular on the rules around religious tuition will bring clarification to schools. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Department of Education accused of ‘capitulating’ to lobbying on religion rules

Paul O’Toole, chief executive of Solas, is to head the Higher Education Authority.

Dr Graham Love resigned as authority chief amid claims of Government interference

Students will not be able to opt out of the State-approved curriculum on religious education, which is an an examinable subject. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Department of Education directive to affect up to 160,000 secondary school students

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘It should be possible to embed sexual consent education within the student experience’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘appalled’ at prevalence of sexual harrassment and assault

The extra cost to families for a child with autism runs to more than €28,000 annually due to the expense of private therapy, lost income and informal care, according to a new study.

Research shows extent to which access to services depends on family’s ability to pay

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton     has commenced key provisions of the School Admissions Act which removes religion as a ground for priority entry into most schools for the coming academic year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

INTO says schools have no guidance for changing their admissions policies

The order, to be signed by the Minister, will remove the existing provision permitting schools to use religion as a selection criteria in school admissions in most cases. Photograph: Getty

Bruton to initiate law which will remove religion as entry criterion for 90% of schools

A French teacher who was employed at Rathdown School, a private girls’ school in Glenageary, Co Dublin, has been awarded compensation of €34,000. File photograph: Google Street View

French teacher was subject to 'dismal treatment' commission found

There are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English.

More than 1,000 ‘new entrant’ students drop Irish in run-up to Leaving Cert each year

Lined up on one side are those who see the rule as crucial to keeping the language alive; they fear that removing compulsion will see students desert the language in droves. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Flawed exemption process shows students try to ditch language ahead of Leaving Cert

Student rape: most research suggests that rape and sexual assault involving students – especially first-years – are a feature across third-level campuses. Illustration: Getty Images

Sexual assault at college is usually a hidden issue. This week it tumbled into the open

Rebecca Carter with her parents, Annemaire and  Niall, all from  Castlebridge in Co Wexford, leaving the High Court in Dublin this week. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rebecca Carter celebrates official upgrade in exam results after winning legal case

The Minister for Education  Richard Bruton said the move followed last year’s Government decision to recognise the ethnicity of the Traveller community.  Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Intercultural education guidelines to be updated to recognise the minority ethnic group

Rebecca Carter: hoped her case would change the appeals process to ensure other students do not have to go through what she did. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Development follows High Court case in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter of Castlebridge in Co Wexford leaves the High Court in Dublin after successfully challenging the State Examinations Commission’s decision not to re-check her points score in time to allow her obtain a place at UCD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Reforming an outdated system presents a huge headache for policymakers

Rebecca Carter of Castlebridge, Co Wexford, leaves the High Court. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ruling may result in appeals having to be processed within weeks rather than months

Students gather outside Stepaside Educate Together National School, Sandyford, Dublin, which was officially opened on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Educate Together school set to accommodation up to 600 pupils

The country’s top-ranked unversity fell three places to 120th place in The Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Alarm among academics over impact of funding ‘crisis’ on third level

Paddy Connolly of Inclusion Ireland says a lack of training among staff means vulnerable children are being placed in isolation for hours at a time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many school staff not trained to deal with challenging behaviour, say campaigners

The isolation room used by a primary school for handing children with challenging behaviour, taken by a mother who says her boy was regularly placed there against his will.

Parent with autistic son says primary school’s use of ‘punishment room’ led to dramatic change

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive, Stephen Kent, acknowledged that the service could do better, but insisted that ‘98-99 per cent’ of children were getting to school.

Children being ‘left at side of the road’ due to poor handling of transport scheme – TDs say

Dr Florian Maisonneuve  during senior science class at the Nord Anglia International School. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The south Dublin facility is determined to shake up our educational offering

Teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting in March in advance of a Government report on pay equalisation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers, nurses, gardaí hired since 2011 to benefit by average of about €3,300

Primary school pupils from St Patrick’s primary school in Augher, Co Tyrone, present their entry in last year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Photograph: Jerry Kennelly/JEP

Primary schools have one week to sign up classes to take part in this year’s programme

Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexiblity to hire and pay staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. Photograph: iStock

Top Irish colleges say changes are needed if they are to compete with Europe’s best

Temera O’Brien, who is studying to qualify as a primary school teacher at Maynooth University, pictured with her mother Sarah Connors. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teaching initiative endeavours to diversify what is a ‘white, middle-class’ profession

The upskilling plan will focus initially on existing language teachers who are qualified in a second language but do not teach it. Photograph: iStock

Plan aims to boost number of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian educators

“Kids who can’t learn arithmetic are regarded as being stupid. But they’re not – they’ve got this rather selective deficit,” says Brian Butterworth, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at University College London.

Many suffer from dyscalculia, a problem as common as dyslexia but seldom diagnosed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach suggests schools could honour the signatories of the Proclamation

A spokesman for the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said it was “alarming” to see gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools struggling to secure qualified teachers for permanent roles.

Some schools forced to advertise vacant positions on multiple occasions

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Investment will ensure children and the next generation will ‘get the best possible start in life’   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pledge comes after PE made a Leaving Cert subject and childhood obesity concerns

Seán Ashe, former chief executive of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investigation highlights flawed tender processes at Kildare Wicklow ETB

Almost 50 Junior Cert students are set to receive top marks across all subjects on Wednesday Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than 62,000 Junior Cert students set for results today

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

OECD report paints mixed picture of Ireland’s education system

Northern Irish researchers   have found   many children are suffering from dyscalculia. Photograph: iStock

Dyslexia more than 100 times more likely to be diagnosed than maths-learning disorder

A circular issued by Minister for Education Richard Bruton requires that students who do not want to participate in religious instruction or worship be timetabled for alternative subjects. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trustees respond to plan for pupils who do not want to take part in religious instruction

School management bodies say a “crisis” in the supply of teachers in key subjects is undermining the quality of education for students. File photograph: Getty Images

More training places for students who wish to teach subjects lacking qualified educators

 The former chair of St Patrick’s National School’s board of management says the local  Church of Ireland community is being “torn apart” due to controversy over enrolment policies at the school.  Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Former rector says row is damaging school and causing ‘serious crisis’ in Greystones parish

Current uptake of the HPV vaccine is about 62 per cent nationally in the schools programme. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Up to 100 women and 30 men die each year from cancers caused by HPV in Ireland

The Dublin Academy of Education is the newest grind school to open in the capital. From left to right, student Ava Hennessy, principal Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy, teacher Ronan Murdock and student Keerthana Kissan Thomas.

New grind school signs up 200 full-time students with fees of more than €7,000

A new model of career guidance is required which embraces lifelong learning and changing career paths throughout individuals’ lives, Ibec asserts. File photograph: Getty Images

System failing to meet the needs of people faced with changing world of work

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson has refused to dissolve the board of management at a primary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Controversy over school admissions policy which prioritises church attendance

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