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(...)

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland said the union was prepared to hold two ballots for industrial action next month. Photographs: The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary schools could close next month unless demands to improve teachers’ pay and conditions are met, a teacher’s union has warned. In(...)

Members of the ASTI protest outside the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Secondary schools are drawing up contingency plans to hire hundreds of staff to help prevent schools closing as a result of industrial action likely (...)

All second-level schools are being given education packs this week on tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying as part of a national campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Homophobic bullying remains a major problem in Irish schools despite greater openness to lesbian, gay and transgender issues, campaigners have warned.(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King. He is due to retire at the end of the year

Teachers at the ASTI conference have called for a reversal of the pay cuts which were introduced in 2011 and an end to different pay scales for teache(...)

Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of “21st century learning in s(...)

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