Members of the wellbeing committee at  St Wolstan’s Community School in Celbridge, Co Kildare. They are   teachers Laura Gerraghty and Margaret Bennett, and pupils   Rosaleen Byrne (15), Codi Long (15), Swati Joshi (14) and Beth Corry (17). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The wellbeing of Irish secondary school students decreases steadily from first year through to sixth, with girls suffering more of a decline than boys(...)

US analysis of research found that, for children aged under 11, there was no link between homework and improved academic achievement. Photograph: iStock

It’s hard to know who hates homework more: teachers who have to set and correct it, children who have to do it or parents who struggle to make sure it(...)

Reform of the senior cycle must cater for all students and their unique talents. Photograph: iStock

With this year’s State examinations almost upon us, and a review of the senior cycle underway, it is perhaps timely to consider how that review should(...)

In their High Court actions, the teachers claim the decision to redeploy them breaches the Department of Education’s circular and is contrary to fair procedures, irrational and unreasonable. Image: iStock

Two secondary school teachers have launched High Court challenges over a decision to redeploy them. The cases have been brought by Aisling McTiernan (...)

Unfortunately, bullying is an issue which continues to affect significant numbers of children, according to Childline. Photograph: iStock

As parents we send our children to school in the hope it’s a safe place for them to grow academically, socially and emotionally. But while schooldays (...)

 An Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) protest outside Leinster House, Dublin, in 2016.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Second-level teachers have indicated they will now be seeking additional pay benefits in the wake of the Government’s proposed settlement of the recen(...)

The Teaching Council’s draft guidelines say teachers should ‘never accept or initiate Facebook friend requests with current students’. Photograph: Getty

Teachers could face fitness-to-practise complaints over “inappropriate” use of social media such as making Facebook friends with students or criticisi(...)

Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Department of Education and Skills is suing a company over alleged defects in a €5m “rapid build” school which had to be closed for a part of a te(...)

Competition has increased, so many graduates go on to  enhance their skill set. Photograph: iStock

How to differentiate between what’s on offer and, more particularly, how to ensure your course has credibility in the labour market, is a major challe(...)

 Joe O’Connor, lead organiser Forsa Trade Union with Maria Dunne, chairwoman, School Secretary Branch and Marion Jackson, treasurer at the launch of a nationwide campaign calling for respect and fair conditions for all school secretaries. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

School secretaries are being treated like “second-class” employees by the Government, with some earning as little as €12,000 a year and no entitlement(...)

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