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Additional payments to retiring school teachers are responsible for close to a quarter of the €103 million over-run in education budget, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan revealed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Additional lump sum payments to retiring school teachers are responsible for close to a quarter of the €103 million overrun in the education budget th(...)

The concept of advocacy is central to the relationship between second-level teachers and students. We bat on their behalf until they are old and matur(...)

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan had made “significant concessions”. Photograph: Maura Hickey

More than 730 schools are closed today as secondary teachers across the State strike over a junior cycle reform plan.The action is affecting the 333,1(...)

Secondary school teachers are to stage two, one-day strikes in protest at the planned reform of the junior cycle despite a decision this week to water(...)

Compromise offered by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan was rejected by teachers. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/ Fennells

Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the Nationa(...)

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It will be interesting to see who turns up for the ASTI’s special rules convention on November 14th and 15th. Like other trade unions, the ASTI has(...)

The former   minister for education and skills Ruairí Quinn with his special adviser at the department, John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A former ministerial advisor has described how the Coalition parties repeatedly clashed over the allocation of posts on State boards, with Fine Gael (...)

For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat of strike action.

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat o(...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann said its executive committee had yet to meet on the matter but it would concur with the ASTI’s stance. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A science course to be taught under the new Junior Cycle programme has been put out for consultation but teachers are being ordered by their unions n(...)

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