A total of 16 Leaving Cert students will be obliged to sit their politics exam in a special evening sitting. File photograph: The Irish Times

Some Leaving Cert students face the prospect of sitting three exams over the course of nine hours in a single day due to a scheduling clash. Almost 9(...)

2018 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards finalist Caoimhe Bennett, right, from Loreto Grammar School in Omagh, with Andrea McBride, vice-president of Pramerica Systems Ireland, and guest-of-honour Joanne O’Riordan

Caoimhe Bennett is a sixth-year student at Loreto Grammar School in Omagh, Co Tyrone. She is taking A levels in history, religious education and healt(...)

Many secondary schools have “bring your own device” policies to allow students use smartphones or tablets for educational purposes in some classes

Parents and students are to be consulted on whether smartphones should be allowed in schools. The use of smartphones and tablet devices among young p(...)

At the 2018 National Teacher Awards are Brian Mooney, lifetime achievement award winner and Dan Hobbs CEO, BetterExaminations.ie

Brian Mooney, guidance counsellor and Irish Times columnist, has been recognised for his lifetime contribution to education at the National Teacher of(...)

‘The physical classroom needs to be ripped out. It’s pointless changing the message when the interface has remained the same since Dickens’

Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills requi(...)

A total of 80 teenagers from across the country have been trained as ‘safer internet day’ ambassadors to raise awareness   in their schools. Photograph: iStock

Online sexual coercion, or “webcam blackmail”, is to be addressed in the classroom under a new internet safety initiative. There has been rising conc(...)

School principals have proposed moving the Leaving Cert oral exams. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

School principals have proposed moving the Leaving Cert oral exams to the Easter holiday period to ease acute pressure on recruiting examiners for key(...)

The State Examinations Commission needs to hire about 3,000 qualified teachers to assist in the delivery of State oral and practical exams this year. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State Examinations Commission is struggling to recruit enough qualified language teachers to mark the Leaving Cert oral exams. The commission has(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: The Minister has pledged a number of steps including using more trainee and retired teachers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Urgent action is needed to address a growing staffing shortage in secondary schools which is depriving students of qualified teachers to teach key sub(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to(...)

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