Joan Bruton: “We have to make sure students aren’t sacrificing their future for relatively or very low-paid employment while they’re in school.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of 16- and 17-year-olds in paid employment has increased more than 20 per cent in a three-year period. Statistics released by the Departme(...)

Many of the 5,500 students surveyed have set their social media accounts to private mode, which limits how much of their information is shared publicly. Photograph: iStock

Nearly half of second-level students believe smartphones should be banned in schools, according to a new survey. There have been increasing calls for(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and Emirjeta Doda, a student attending Westland Row Secondary School, Dublin launching

Hundreds of events will be taking place at schools, third level institutions, community centres and libraries for this year’s College Awareness Week. (...)

Niamh Donnelly from  Leopardstown is congratulated by her mother Marion Donnelly on getting her Leaving Certificate results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Students seeking to enter third level education should do the course they have the capacity for and not one solely dicated by the CAO points they achi(...)

Second level teachers from Newpark Comprehensive school in Dublin protest the proposed changes to the Junior Cycle programme. A 2008 OECD study showed the percentage of Irish teachers who had received an appraisal of their teaching was the lowest of 24 countries surveyed. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Department of Education says it has no intention of conducting regular performance reviews of teachers and principals, despite admitting in intern(...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Sept(...)

Tralee IT was shown to offer four tourism-related, higher-degree courses last year with 15 places. These included “travel and tourism management”, which had just two places and an entry requirement of 340 points.

More than one-third of courses being offered by universities and institutes of technology have 15 or fewer places, latest figures show, in a pattern (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “There is a vast array of opportunities for education, training and to get new skills throughout [students’] lives.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has welcomed an increase in the number of Leaving Cert students planning to sit higher level maths thi(...)

Department of Education wants 30 per cent of Leaving Cert students to take higher maths by 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The rapid rise in the numbers of students electing to sit higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is unlikely to outpace the availabil(...)

Survey indicates primary schools have moved to reduce the availability of fizzy drinks, sweets and crisps in school shops and vending machines.

Secondary schools are slow to give up vending machines selling “junk food”, according to a study. And Minister for Education R(...)

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