Schoolkids learning musical instruments with tutor Michael Mullins at Scoil na Croise Naofa, Avenue de Rennes, Mahon, Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

If your children aren’t getting the chance to learn how to play music, they’re really missing out – “aspects of their holistic development are just no(...)

The unused Kishogue train station which was built in anticipation of future development near Adamstown and Clonburris in Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans for a new town for more than 21,000 people at Clonburris in southwest Dublin are expected to be approved by South Dublin county councillors this(...)

Don’t ask children what they would do if they got requests from a stranger online but say “if your friend came to you and said this happened, what would you tell them?”

The little girl had bought the phone with her Holy Communion money to watch cartoons, dancing and singing online. It was a very innocent and very mode(...)

“There are a number of key elements of the proposals that cause, or should cause, a degree of alarm in educationalists.”

The phrase “a recipe for disaster” comes to mind while reading through Department of Education and Skills proposals to alter the funding regime for ou(...)

The study says engagement with employers at a local level is crucial, especially for smaller PLCs. Photograph: Getty Images

Students see post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses as a low-status option for school-leavers who do not get enough points to go to college, according to a m(...)

On average, and all things being equal, girls generally outperform boys in Leaving Cert subjects, whether or not they have boys sitting beside them in the classroom.

Boys and girls About a third of Ireland’s post-primary school are single-sex. By international standards, this is unusual. Today’s feeder school lis(...)

Dr Peter Thompson will tell the Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment that more than  3,000 women a year travel from the Republic of Ireland to England or Wales for a termination of pregnancy. Photograph: Coloroftime/E+/Getty.

The Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, will be strongly advised n(...)

The report, published by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung philanthropic group, says Ireland spends the smallest amount of money in the EU on pre-primary education. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Education has disputed the findings of a report on social justice in the European Union which said government spending on education (...)

John Halligan:   rural colleagues are rightly furious at how he has managed to leave the Independent Alliance open to even more ridicule. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At this stage one wonders why or whether John Halligan wants to be a Minister of State. Apart from making up the numbers, it is not clear what functio(...)

 Irish mathematician, research meteorologist, academic and Irish Times columnist, Dr Peter Lynch has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Maths Week Ireland Award for his contribution to raising public awareness of maths, pictured receiving his award from Sheila Donegan of Maths Week Ireland.

Mathematician, meteorologist and Irish Times columnist, Dr Peter Lynch, has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Maths Week Ireland award for(...)

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