Department of Education figures show the number of teacher absences climbed from 9,278 in December to 14,390, a 55 per cent increase. Photograph: iStock

A record 14,000 teachers were absent for Covid reasons last month as schools struggled to find enough staff to keep classes open. Department of Educa(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley says the National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet next Thursday  to review safety measures in schools. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Schools say they remain “in the dark” about whether the academic year will be shortened in light of the Government’s new bank holiday. There is to be(...)

Updated guidance is due to issue in advance of the return of school following the mid-term break on February 28th. File photograph: Getty

New advice on whether face masks should remain mandatory in schools is expected shortly. Minister for Education Norma Foley said the National Public (...)

The findings from the April 2019 survey come as the Government faces calls to act on its pledge to divest hundreds of Catholic schools to multi-denominational patrons

Many parents in local communities are often reluctant to change the patronage of their school, according to a national survey commissioned by Catholic(...)

‘Things are stabilising but still immensely challenging. School communities are making a huge effort to maintain some continuity.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Following a bumpy start to the school term, many schools say school attendance has climbed back upwards this week. Michael Gillespie, general secreta(...)

Teachers’ unions have stated that they will wait for public health guidance next week before deciding what to recommend to their members on school reopening.  Photograph: Getty Images

A secondary school principal in south Dublin has warned that many schools may not be in a position to reopen next week due to the volume of teaching s(...)

Schools expect ‘huge absenteeism’ rates this week due to fears among parents over rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and proximity to the Christmas holidays. Photograph: iStock

Schools expect “huge absenteeism” rates this week due to fears among parents over rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and proximity to the Christmas holi(...)

While antigen testing will be encouraged, it will not be mandatory for children. File photograph: Getty

Antigen tests will be provided to primary school children where another child in their pod has tested positive for Covid-19, Minister for Education No(...)

While welcoming the new Covid containment  measures, school managers say they will make their work more challenging. Photograph: Getty

Parents may see more primary school classes being sent home over the coming weeks due to a “crisis” in substitution cover which will worsen due to new(...)

Department of Education officials had been planning to relax existing guidelines to allow more extra-curricular activities, school excursions and school events.  File photograph: iStock

Schools have not been given the green light to host Christmas plays, fundraisers or face-to-face parent-teaching meetings. Department of Education of(...)

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