Employers rate further-education graduates slightly higher than college graduates in areas such as team working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills. File photograph: Getty Images

For all the psychometric testing, career guidance and college open days available nowadays, the biggest influence on students’ career course choices c(...)

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said the doubling of the programme is a ‘significant step’ towards the arts being a ‘lived experience for every child and young person in the country’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An initiative that sees artists work with children and young people will be rolled out to a further 150 schools across the country this year(...)

 Nearly €20,000 was spent in 2015 at one five-star hotel and golf resort – a third of all of the accommodation costs incurred by the organisation that year.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board repeatedly broke public contract rules and indulged in “excessive” spending on five-star hotels, acco(...)

At a disadvantage: while middle-class girls thrive, working-class boys struggle. Photograph: Moment/Getty

No Child 2020 is an initiative by The Irish Times providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems facing c(...)

Pupils from Scoil Úna Naofa in Crumlin preparing for their performance in the National Youth Orchestra festival. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

There was no money in our house for music lessons when I was a kid. Yes, I know, get your tiny violins out and play a symphony for me. I do seem to r(...)

Last year, some 2,971 students availed of exemptions from Irish for entry to the NUI, an 8 per cent increase in just three years. Photograph: Alan Betson

The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges mu(...)

Minister for Education  Joe McHugh said overtaxed substitute teachers will be repaid in full as soon as possible. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education is to repay substitute staff who were taxed the wrong amount due to a software glitch earlier this month. Substitute teac(...)

Students Christopher Doyle and Caolán Ruane take part in Crana College’s transition year programme

Transition year is more popular than ever. By now it is available in 92 per cent of schools, and a record 72 per cent of third-year students went on t(...)

Language requirements for entry to third level vary, but exemptions are available. Photograph: iStock

My son is exempted from Irish and on the advice of his school did not study any other language other than English. He is now finalising his CAO course(...)

In 2013 the Irish Deaf Society held a protest outside Leinster House calling on the government to legally recognise Irish Sign Language. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A warning from the Irish Deaf Society that it will have to close next month, unless the State grants €300,000 in funding, has led to tensions in Gover(...)

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