Minister for Education Joe McHugh: said he did not want to be specific on how many hours history should receive. Photoraph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Education Joe McHugh appears to have rowed back from plans to oblige schools to spend as much time studying history in the Junior Cycle a(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that history will be mandatory for all junior cycle students from next year onwards. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

School principals will warn on Friday that giving history “special core status” in the Junior Cycle will limit their ability to provide pupils with su(...)

Schools are struggling to attract applicants for the position of school principal due to growing workloads and responsibilities, according to the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Photograph: iStock

Schools are struggling to attract applicants for the position of principal due to growing workloads and responsibilities, according to the representat(...)

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(...)

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