Parents may make complaints over teachers to the Teaching Council, the Department of Education or the Ombudsman for  Education. Photo: iStock

Question: My daughter is nine and has become anxious in class. I’m convinced it relates to her treatment by a “difficult” teacher. Other parents are a(...)

Teachers say a lack of extra staff threatens to jeopardise the changes aimed at reflecting a decrease in religious belief and practice among students. File photograph: iStock

No additional resources will be given to State secondary schools so that students who opt out of religion can study something else. Teachers and scho(...)

While the Catholic Church plays a significant governance role in about 50 ETB schools,  they were set up by the State as multidenominational schools and are obliged to reflect the needs of all pupils. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

State-run secondary schools expect large numbers of pupils to opt out of religious instruction following a new directive that requires schools to ensu(...)

‘I wanted my professional and sporting careers to not alone continue in Ireland, but flourish; after all, I was coming back to my homeland.’

While living in Australia, I followed the news from Ireland closely. In 2015 and 2016, Enda Kenny repeatedly pleaded with the Irish abroad to bring th(...)

Thomas Byrne TD, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, says his party will expand enrolment to multi-denominational schools which have been instructed to restrict their student intake. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil has pledged to expand enrolment to multi-denominational schools which have been controversially instructed to restrict their student intak(...)

Under the new rules, pupils who opt out of religious education can choose alternative subjects. Photograph: Getty

Pupils in State-run secondary schools are to be given the option of opting out of religious instruction and studying alternative subjects on an annual(...)

There will always be substitute work available as a primary school teacher, given the need to cover maternity leaves, normal sickness and career breaks. Photograph: iStock

Question: My daughter is a primary teacher who’s on the second year of a career break. She’s teaching in the United Arab Emirates, while her fiance is(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he wished ‘to promote the Irish language and Irish-medium schools as far as possible’. Photograph: Getty Images

Four-year-old children could face interviews to test their ability to speak Irish under new measures to prioritise admission for children from Irish-s(...)

Children from  schools in Tipperary gather at the Department of Education in 2017 to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government’s support scheme for children in disadvantaged schools is failing to narrow the achievement gap with other schools, an Oireachtas commi(...)

Key finding: a quarter of Irish inmates never attended secondary school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just over half of prisoners dropped out of school before the Junior Certificate, according to an unpublished survey by the Irish Prison Service. The s(...)

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