All six pupils at Cloghans Hill National School – ranging in age from eight to 11 – alongside school secretary Ann Shally

Iseult Mangan, principal of Cloghans Hill National School, Co Mayo, does not need to do a roll call each morning. Instead, she simply has to look down(...)

Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Ombudsman for Children has said there is “no justifiable reason” to allow schools to give children of past pupils priority in their enrolment. At(...)

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network said surveys showed difficulties in sourcing substitute teachers for teachers on short-term absences were getting worse. Photograph: PA

Children’s education is now suffering because of growing difficulties finding qualified teachers, school managers have warned. The Oireachtas educat(...)

The blueprint on the structure and time allocation for a redeveloped primary school curriculum represents some of the biggest proposed changes to teaching and learning at primary level in over 20 years

Catholic groups have expressed concern that proposed reforms to the primary curriculum could “undermine and downgrade” religion in schools. Under pro(...)

The very fact that non-Catholics arrogantly expect the same treatment as everybody else is a challenge to the whole concept of faith-based medicine. Photograph: iStock

I have a modest proposal to help ease the terrible congestion in our A&E departments. Patients turning up at Catholic hospitals should be required(...)

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(...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says the proposals to remove the Baptism barrier will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a ‘living faith environment’.

Catholic groups have told the Government that plans to remove the “Baptism barrier” for entry to school will create major constitutional problems and (...)

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 (...)

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