The Department of Education has confirmed that many primary schools are entitled to take next week off by using “discretionary days” even though a mid-term break is not scheduled. Photograph: iStock

Parents have expressed frustration that many primary schools are taking a week off next week despite disruption to children’s education over the past (...)

Adam Harris, chief executive of autism charity AsIAm, said  there appeared to be a ‘hierarchy of rights’ operating in some affluent schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social class is a key factor behind the reluctance of schools in wealthy areas to enrol students with special needs, an Oireachtas committee has heard(...)

Principal Fiona Lennon welcomes fourth-year students back to St Mary’s Academy CBS in Carlow as the last cohort of students returned to schools in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Children’s campaigners have called on all members of society to work together to suppress community transmission of Covid-19 and prioritise children’s(...)

Shane Corr, a senior civil servant with the department of health made a protected disclosure as a whistleblower. Photograph: Screen grab from RTÉ

The Data Protection Commission has said it is making contact with the Department of Health in relation to claims it secretly gathered information from(...)

Primary school pupils from junior infants up to second class and sixth-year second-level students are returning as part of a staggered resumption of in-person teaching. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Students with additional educational needs in mainstream classes are being “left behind” as schools reopen on a limited basis for tens of thousands of(...)

The Government ’s decision to close all schools  is “unconstitutional”, according to legal opinion obtained by children’s rights campaigners. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Government ’s decision to close all schools and the continued lack of education for some groups of children is “unconstitutional”, according to le(...)

Teacher Linda Ward Hanlon with seven-year-old Charlie Carr. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Charlie Carr (7) was up early on Thursday morning and waiting at his front door with his Avengers lunchbox and red raincoat. “He was happy out, laugh(...)

Advocacy organisations AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland criticised the lack of clarity being provided to children with additional needs and their guardians. File photograph: Getty

Four advocacy organisations have expressed “deep concern” at the prospects that schools for children with additional needs will not reopen as planned (...)

Schools and classes for children with additional needs are set to begin reopening next week after the department and school staff unions reached agreement on the safe reopening of schools. File photograph

The Government is planning to begin reopening special schools and primary classes for children with additional needs from next Thursday, January 21st.(...)

Fórsa, the union which represents special needs assistants, says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it is safe to do so. File photograph: iStock

The main special needs assistants’ union says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it (...)

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