A spokesman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said it remained her ‘firm intention’ to hold a traditional Leaving Cert next June. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A plan to hold a second set of Leaving Cert exams for students affected by coronavirus is under consideration by education authorities. The move woul(...)

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being examined for reforming the senior cycle. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being exam(...)

Maintaining low levels of infection in schools will depend on how well the wider community does in holding off a broader spread in the population. Photograph: iStock

Not so long ago there were siren voices warning that schools could become vectors of coronavirus infection when they reopened. But, two months on, la(...)

A recent snapshot survey carried out by the ASTI found a quarter of secondary schools didn’t have warm water while more than eight out of 10 had poor ventilation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers with underlying health issues, who are worried about the risks of returning to teach children and young adults, need further reassurance that(...)

A Department of Education spokesman said Tusla would take the new public-health guidelines into account when supporting children and their parents. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Teachers have clashed with school principals over staging “risky” assemblies of pupils and staff ahead of the reopening of schools for up to a million(...)

A ‘staggered return’ to schools would be better than everyone arriving back ‘in big bang theory on one day’, says Deirdre Mac Donald. Photograph: iStock

Teachers have cast doubt over whether schools will be able to reopen next month. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (Asti) said it has a (...)

Martin Marjoram, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, right, with general secretary John Mac Gabhann, at Leinster House  earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s plans to reopen the State’s schools will be “massively complex” and demand constant vigilance for unexpected events, teachers have wa(...)

Pupils will not be required to wear face masks in class under public health guidelines to be issued to schools this week, it is understood. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Government has agreed a financial package to support schools reopening in late August worth over €375 million which includes more than 1,000 extra(...)

Monica Hickey, 5th class teacher, and Matt Melvin, school principal, at St Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath in a classroom that can now accomodate 20 pupils according to the HSE guidelines on social distancing in schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

When public health guidelines for the safe reopening of schools were published this week, they worried Matt Melvin, principal of St Etchen’s National (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the Leaving Certificate exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The Government is concerned over its exposure to legal action by students who may miss out on college places following its decision to replace the Lea(...)

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