The proportion of Leaving Cert students taking on higher-level subjects looks set to match last year’s record numbers.

Some 124,000 students are due to begin this year’s State exams on Wednesday, Two additional days have been added to the exam timetable in order to mi(...)

The vast majority of students believe the Leaving Cert exam does not prepare them for third level or the world of work. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Just one in 25 Leaving Cert students believe the exam is a fair and accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills, according to a new survey. Th(...)

Secondary school teachers are trained through a two-year postgraduate masters in education, meaning most will have to spend six years at college. Photograph: iStock

Even the best schools, teachers and principals have problems that are outside their control. Schools don’t operate in a vacuum: education is highly po(...)

Concern over the safety of children online has prompted a call for a smartphone ban in schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Primary teachers have played down calls for a ban on smartphones in schools on the basis that most have long-standing policies which prohibit mobile p(...)

Saoirse Ní Shúilleabháin, from Cork, at the Dell Robotics tournament. Minister for Education Richard Bruton wants to increase the number of female students taking Stem subjects in the Leaving Cert by 40%. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

An acute shortage of teachers in key subject areas such as maths and science threatens to undermine ambitious Government plans to boost uptake of Stem(...)

The Health Service Executive has suggested parents participate in the celebration this year by organising alcohol-free events. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Parents are being asked to take steps to ensure their teenage children celebrate their Junior Certificate exam results safely and are aware of the dan(...)

ASTI members  take part in a strike at Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin, last November. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Recently, secondary teachers from the ASTI and TUI unions met at two separate conferences to discuss the state of Ireland’s post-primary education sys(...)

Minister for Mental Health Helen McEntee and Clive Byrne, Director of the NAPD, with 5th year students (from left, Lisa Hamilton, Angelika McDermott and Megan Brodie) in Eureka Girls Secondary school in Kells. Photograph: Maxwells

A majority of senior-cycle students who participated in a nationwide survey on mental health in adolescents would like to see the availability of grea(...)

Students sitting the Leaving Certificate. “At last, pressure from pupils, parents and teachers is inspiring meaningful change.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Leaving Certificate is almost upon us, and with it comes a new class of bright young pupils hoping to get through two stressful weeks as quickly a(...)

Any time a child starts to use a new technology, such as a smartphone,  as a parent you must take time to get to know the technology yourself first. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 11-year-old daughter is pushing to have her own smartphone to play games and to email her friends. I have resisted so far because, to be honest, (...)

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