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(...)

School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Education has defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents. Minister for (...)

Joe Lyons, principal of Ballybrown St Joseph’s National School in Limerick, says having to split or cram several classes into one room is a health and safety issue. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Sunnier climes, the chance to save for a mortgage and a better quality of life are just some of the reasons that newly qualified teachers are ditching(...)

A survey of 90 secondary schools found 96% reported difficulties recruiting part-time or temporary teaching cover

Pupils in secondary schools are increasingly being taught by unqualified staff due to a major shortage of teachers in key subject areas, a school man(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: “It beggars belief that the ASTI will close schools over 33 hours a year.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A further 100 secondary schools are set to close today as the dispute between the Government and a teachers’ union over pay for new entrants continues(...)

Hundreds of secondary schools are unlikely to reopen following the mid-term break unless a teachers’ dispute is resolved, school managers have warned. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary schools are unlikely to reopen following the mid-term break unless a teachers’ dispute is resolved, school managers have warned.(...)

Contingency plans during looming industrial action by teachers will give priority supervisor cover to Leaving and Junior Cert classes. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Secondary schools will begin to advertise for supervisors from today in a bid to keep schools open in the face of looming industrial action. School m(...)

Schools are planning to hire hundreds of parents and other members of the public as supervisors for €19.18 an hour in a bid to keep schools open during the ASTI’s planned industrial action. Photograph: Eric Luke

Secondary schools are planning to hire hundreds of parents and other members of the public as supervisors for €19.18 an hour in a bid to keep schools(...)

ASTI secondary school teachers are balloting for industrial action over a number of issues, including the pay of recently-recruited teachers and penalties imposed on them by the Government for “repudiating” the Lansdowne Road agreement. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has warned more than 500 secondary schools are at risk of closure over the coming weeks if the Association of Secondary Te(...)

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