The Irish Episcopal Commission has warned students who opt out of religion will receive an unfair advantage if they are allowed to take extra classes in examinable subjects. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Catholics bishops have called on the Minister for Education to withdraw a directive which allows students who opt out of religious instruction in Stat(...)

Ireland currently has the highest proportion of school-leavers in the EU who progress to third level. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pupils and teachers in 40 secondary schools will play a key role in a major review of the Leaving Cert, which is set to pave the way for significant c(...)

The Leaving Cert has often been criticised for being too exam-focused and failing to engage less academic students

A major review of the Leaving Cert which gets under way on Tuesday is to examine ways of easing the “points race” and better preparing students for al(...)

Moves to changes how religion is taught in primary schools have met with resistance from many Catholic groups, who fear it will undermine the ethos of their schools. Photograph: iStock

Should primary teachers only be permitted to teach in the classroom if they pass a certificate in religious studies? With the majority of schools und(...)

The blueprint on the structure and time allocation for a redeveloped primary school curriculum represents some of the biggest proposed changes to teaching and learning at primary level in over 20 years

Catholic groups have expressed concern that proposed reforms to the primary curriculum could “undermine and downgrade” religion in schools. Under pro(...)

Community national schools are practising a variety of approaches when it come to faith formation, ranging from sacramental preparing during the school day to facilitating the sacraments outside the normal school time. Photograph: iStock

Much has been reported on the new community national school model in the absence of any systematic research. These are State-supported, multidenomin(...)

Young pupils prefer learning about  different religions together as a class. Photograph: iStock

A new study on religious education has found young students do not want to be separated from each other according to faith. The research conducted b(...)

Project Maths reforms and bonus points mean record numbers are sitting higher level maths, but examiners  say  many struggle with basic skills.  Photograph: iStock

Five years ago, Project Maths was rolled out to secondary schools around the country. Around the same time, students were offered the incentive of 2(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton: Proposed reforms to primary schools are based loosely on some of the features of top-performing education systems in countries such as Finland, as well as new research on how children learn. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Children at primary schools would not study traditional subjects until as late as 10 years of age, under proposals being considered by policymakers. (...)

The State Examinations Commission is satisfied pupils will have sufficient time to complete the Junior Cycle English exam despite concerns among students.

The State Examinations Commission has moved to reassure Junior Cert students that they will have enough time to complete the new English exam next Jun(...)

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