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

Secondary school teachers are to be provided with free training under a plan to boost the number of educators for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Ru(...)

Last week’s provisional CAO figures show an increase in the numbers applying to study undergraduate teacher training courses.

The number of students applying for postgraduate teaching courses has increased amid concerns of a “crisis” in teacher supply. There has been a stead(...)

Schools are unable to fill 12-month contracts across a range of core subjects such as languages, maths, science and home economics.

Secondary schools need to hire students in order to tackle an acute shortage of qualified teachers for key subjects such as Irish, maths and modern la(...)

Surveys   by the Joint Managerial Body indicate that 70% of schools have had to employ either unregistered, retired or unqualified staff in the current academic year. Photograph: Getty Images

Some secondary schools are considering dropping languages such as French, Spanish and German due to a “crisis” in the supply of teachers, according to(...)

Under the new rules, pupils who opt out of religious education can choose alternative subjects. Photograph: Getty

Pupils in State-run secondary schools are to be given the option of opting out of religious instruction and studying alternative subjects on an annual(...)

The State Examinations Commission needs to hire about 3,000 qualified teachers to assist in the delivery of State oral and practical exams this year. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State Examinations Commission is struggling to recruit enough qualified language teachers to mark the Leaving Cert oral exams. The commission has(...)

Principals and school managers have urged measures such as lifting all restrictions on employing retired teachers and making it easier for foreign teachers to work here.

It is largely a hidden problem. No school wants to admit it has unqualified or “out of field” teachers delivering key subjects for students at Leaving(...)

The survey noted that at primary level special needs teachers are being redeployed as class teachers. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers applying for teacher-training courses have “collapsed” by more than 60 per cent over the past five years, new figures show. The dramatic fall(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has confirmed that a new circular will insist on “a proper timetable of beneficial work” for children who opt out of religion. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Pupils who opt-out of religious instruction classes in community and comprehensive secondary schools must be given access to tuition in other subjects(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to(...)

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