Schools may have to close facilities outside of school hours due to restrictions on hiring caretakers. Photograph: iStock

Schools may be forced to stop providing access to their facilities by local communities outside of school hours due to restrictions on hiring caretake(...)

More work is needed to ensure greater equality of access to third level, the president of the Associaton of Community and Comprehensive Schools has said. Photograph: iStock.

Students from disadvantaged schools should receive extra CAO points in recognition of the barriers they face, the president of a school management bod(...)

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(...)

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