Parents of children with autism and other special needs at a  protest last week to demand equal access to education at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Almost 90 children with autism in a single Dublin postal district have no school place available for them next September. While they have all been di(...)

‘This isn’t a situation where the children can move to another school.’ File image: iStock

The closure of a Galway school for children with special needs has been averted but only it until the end of the summer when it says it will need emer(...)

Patrons control the ethos and philosophy of a school, appoint the chair of the board of management and approve the membership of the board. Photograph: iStock

Over the next 10 years, the Government will spend an eye-watering €8 billion on new school buildings. It will then hand over the keys – and control – (...)

Taking part in the  “scooter train”  which travels from Harold’s Cross Park to St Clare’s National School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tracksuits will be the dress code for both pupils and teachers in many primary schools around the country next week, and homework won’t be done sittin(...)

The role of special needs assistants is likely to broaden significantly under a new support scheme for schools. Photograph: iStock

The union representing thousands of special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools is to seek better terms and conditions for members if they are given in(...)

 ASTI delegates at the union’s annual convention in Wexford, where members voted to reverse austerity-era sick leave cuts. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Second-level teachers are seeking the reversal of significant cuts made to their sick leave arrangements during the economic crisis. However, the Dep(...)

ASTI delegates during the annual convention in Wexford during debates on the motions on  teachers’ pay. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The teachers’ conferences are on and there are loud demands for pay equality and higher spending – and a clear preparing of the ground for wider pay d(...)

Tara O’Sullivan and Helen Fields, Dublin North branch delegates at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation annual congress in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Pupils in single-teacher schools are practicing emergency drills in case their teacher falls ill in the classroom, the Irish National Teachers’ Organi(...)

Guidance counsellors can play an influential role by impartial one-to-one advice. Photograph: iStock

Major gaps in career guidance are leaving secondary school pupils without information on alternative options to university such as apprenticeships, ac(...)

Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland hands Minister for Education Joe McHugh her protest at the TUI conference in Killarney on Wednesday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Pupils are being “forced” to study religion and schools are failing in their duty to allow young people opt out of the subject, Atheist Ireland has cl(...)

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