Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the ethos of schools would be protected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The ethos of religious schools to determine what they consider is appropriate sex education for their children will be protected, Minister for Educati(...)

Since Ireland signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, much critical work has been done in promoting and integrating this charter across government departmental policies and across wider society. Photograph: iStock

I recently read guidance on being a good wife and mother from the 1955 Housekeeping Monthly entitled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. It stated: “Children are(...)

The new Junior Cycle Irish exam will drive pupils away from Irish and will lead to an increase in applications for exemptions from the study of the la(...)

Participants  in a new study felt senior cycle should embed ‘life skills’ in the curriculum to better prepare young people for further or higher education, employment and adult life

Students are giving up sports and social activities due to the stress and pressure of the Leaving Cert, according to new research on pupils’ experienc(...)

Senior cycle education in secondary school could have a more rigorous vocational dimension, according to an OECD analysis.

The Leaving Cert should have a more rigorous vocational focus and give real work-based experience to students, according to a review of senior cycle b(...)

ASTI president Deirdre Mac Donald says additional work generated by Junior Cycle changes are just one of a range of new demands on teachers in recent years.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Major curriculum change at senior cycle level should not take place until there is a comprehensive review of the impact of Junior Cycle changes, a tea(...)

Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan, a character encountered by history students: deep reforms of education require a compass. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty

The decision to grant the subject of history a special status in the Junior Cycle has been met with relief in many quarters. As a former history teac(...)

Students at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, Co Dublin, are taking part in a review of the senior cycle, including Kadem Price, Rachel Dillon and Senan Monks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobody ever expected Liane McCarthy to drop out of school. She was always academic, and she loved learning. But when she was 15, she hit a rough pat(...)

Climate activist Lucy Sky Dunne (14): “Everyone needs to know about this – it’s not something that can be learned by some, but not others. It’s something that’s going to affect literally everyone.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley for The Irish Times

Lucy Sky Dunne’s awakening as a climate activist came not on the streets of a school strike, nor on social media, but in a classroom. The key for the(...)

An  interim report into a review of the senior cycle indicates a strong desire for the  Leaving Cert to be assessed on a staggered basis instead of facing a single set of summer exams. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Secondary school principals say the findings of a review into the senior cycle support its calls for including continuous assessment as part of a refo(...)

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