TUI members during a demonstration in 2016. Industrial action is likely to rear its head again this year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Industrial strife resumes After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put “(...)

A file image of  INTO members attending a rally for pay equality for lower paid teachers outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Primary school teachers have set the Government a deadline of the end of the current school year to deal with the two-tier pay system. The Irish Nat(...)

Department of Education inspectors’ reports released under the Freedom of Information Act show dozens of examples of schools breaching these rules. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of vulnerable children are missing out on vital education supports due to schools using resources ring-fenced for special needs to hire teach(...)

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation’s general secretary John Boyle says schools will not be able to deliver inclusive education without sufficient resources.

A plan to prohibit schools from asking parents who wish to enrol a pupil whether their child has special needs is “ill-conceived” and risks failing vu(...)

Photograph: iStock

There is still a shortage of special needs assistants in primary schools, despite a new Department of Education report showing a significant increase (...)

‘The evidence shows teachers are going abroad or doing other work.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of retired teachers returning to schools to help deal with teacher shortages rose by a fifth (21 per cent) last year to 1,626. Data releas(...)

Fire damage to Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní, which is located off the Malahide Road near Mask Avenue Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos.

A fire has substantially damaged a primary school in Artane, north Dublin which will remain closed for the forseeable future. Six units from Dublin F(...)

Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year under measures contained in Budget 2020. File photograph: David Sleator

Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year to meet the needs of our growing school population. Overall, the(...)

Over the last decade, marked by an avalanche of new initiatives, our school leaders have been put under extreme pressure, says John Boyle, INTO general secretary. Photograph: iStock

I was a primary school principal teacher for nearly 20 years. I have an intimate understanding of the role. School leaders are the cement that holds a(...)

Minister for Education says use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

The use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is “unacceptable” in an education system that promotes inclusion at its cor(...)

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