Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the Government’s National Broadband Plan would allow more people to work remotely and could help breathe new life into isolated rural schools as a result. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Education is involved in “intense discussions” over securing more favourable pupil-teacher ratios to help secure the future of small (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is hosting a symposium with education stakeholders on Wednesday on initiatives to strengthen small schools. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dozens of primary schools have either closed or had to amalgamate over the past five years amid concern for the future viability of small schools in r(...)

Schools will receive 5 per cent more in capitation funding from September 2019. Photograph: iStock

Schools have warned that they will still be forced to fundraise and seek “voluntary contributions” from parents despite a small restoration increase i(...)

Three out of every four teachers feel some pupils in their classes are anxious about taking standardised tests and about half feel parents take the results too seriously. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

Standardised tests in primary schools are causing stress and anxiety and resulting in many pupils being “taught to the test”, a new study has found. (...)

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(...)

Josephine Byrne, a primary teacher in Edenderry, says leave should be available for anyone who suffers a miscarriage. Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Primary school teachers are calling for leave to be available to them if they suffer a miscarriage. Reproductive-health related issues such as miscar(...)

An actuarial review published by the Government in December 2017 maintained that the State overall had an accrued liability of about €114.5bn in respect of retirement benefits.

Teachers are urging the Government to upgrade pension arrangements for those appointed in recent years. Unions maintain that changes introduced in 20(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged that moves to abolish two-tier pay scales for teachers will be given “full consideration” by the Government over the coming months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged that moves to abolish two-tier pay scales for teachers will be given “full consideration” by the Governm(...)

Delegates display their votes at the ASTI’s annual convention in Cork last year. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

When Minister for Education Joe McHugh arrives at teachers’ conferences this week, he will find a profession highly exercised about a number of key is(...)

The INTO says  class sizes in primary schools should be capped at 20 pupils to ensure teachers can give students the individual attention and support they need. Photograph: iStock

More than 100,000 children in primary school classes of more than 30 pupils are being “crowded out of education”, according to the country’s largest t(...)

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