Transition year guidelines were last written over a quarter of a century ago and would benefit from a 2020 perspective. Photograph: iStock

Recent letters published to this newspaper have shone a welcome spotlight on the transition tear (TY) programme. Some questioned where it was a “waste(...)

Concerns about the the Turkish supplier’s products first surfaced in Ireland in late September. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The HSE was warned by the Department of Agriculture about the ViraPro hand sanitiser more than a fortnight before it was officially recalled from scho(...)

The draft model also showed schools with a historically poor performance in the Leaving Cert would benefit from the exclusion of historical school data,  the High Court heard.  File Photograph: Peter Thursfield

A draft grade standardisation model showed Mount Anville school in Dublin would see a substantial reduction of its traditionally high Leaving Cert gra(...)

Teacher staff rooms and school break times are an area of concern for the potential spread of Covid-19, according to a mid-term review of schools comp(...)

The ASTI general secretary said a survey of its members indicated that a vast majority of schools did not have a ventilation system and many were keeping windows open to increase air flow. Photograph: iStock

Schools could end up closing if there is a cold snap due to the lack of adequate ventilation systems in classrooms, teachers’ unions have warned. The(...)

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do so. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do s(...)

A room set up for Leaving Cert exams at Gonzaga College, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 1,000 students sat the first examination of the traditional Leaving Certificate this year, taking the biology paper on Monday. In May the (...)

Pat Burke, chair of the SEC, said he recognised ‘this year has been particularly difficult and stressful for Leaving Certificate candidates and their families’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 2,500 students who chose to sit the traditional written Leaving Certificate this year will begin their exams on Monday morning, with over ha(...)

A recent OECD report shows that Irish primary schools are second only to Israel in the amount of time spent on compulsory religious instruction. Photograph: iStock

Most schools are not complying with legal requirements which require them to detail arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious inst(...)

Kate Ryan, one of about 2,000 students due to sit the delayed Leaving Cert exam, outside the school she attended, Coláiste Iognáid at Sea Road in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Kate Ryan was in the middle of her Leaving Cert studies last March when her school suddenly shut. Eight months later and the 19-year-old is still rev(...)

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