Parents whose children  will be starting school in the next five years will be entitled to vote using the Department of Education’s new online patronage process system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Parents will on Monday be invited to vote for their preferred patron bodies to run 12 new primary schools which will be established next year in areas(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has highlighted shortcomings energy savings in health, education and commercial state bodies. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many public bodies are becoming much more energy efficient and beginning to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions, but some are only deli(...)

The Irish education system is highly unusual in its reliance on voluntary work to support schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Schools are struggling to recruit time-pressed parents and members of the community to serve in a voluntary basis on school boards. The move has prom(...)

Studies show that students in bilingual education settings outperform other children when it comes to comprehension and other social-linguistic and cognitive control skills.

Irish medium schools continue to outperform many of their peer schools with a higher rate of students progressing to higher level education than most (...)

Unite members pictured outside  Grafton College in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Teachers, staff and students from the Grafton College English-language school rallied for a second afternoon on Tuesday, following the overnight occup(...)

The Department of Education  spent more than €2.2 million on postage last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Department of Education spent nearly €1.8 million posting paper payslips to employees and retirees last year, figures show. According to spending(...)

“There’s a debate about how influential schools are in terms of academic success, with some studies saying it only accounts for about 20 per cent of a student’s academic achievement.” Photograph: iStock

It’s no surprise to find that schools in Dublin 4 send more students to third-level than schools in Dublin 24. Parents tend to be that bit more taken (...)

Secondary school teachers are trained through a two-year postgraduate masters in education, meaning most will have to spend six years at college. Photograph: iStock

Even the best schools, teachers and principals have problems that are outside their control. Schools don’t operate in a vacuum: education is highly po(...)

A growing number of parents want to make sure their child is going to a school that reflects their religious or secular values. Photograph: iStock

How can you choose the right school for your child? This year’s Irish Times feeder-school tables – which show the proportion of students who progress (...)

Veronica Fegan-Smith, her husband Tom and their children Griffin, Fiona, Erin and Kieran moved from New York to rural Clare last year. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Is the system for exempting schoolchildren from studying Irish fair? It’s a question that goes to the heart of a forthcoming Department of Educat(...)

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