policymakers say the area of learning will be incorporated into the wider primary school curriculum. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans to introduce a new subject on world religions and ethics in primary schools have been watered down in the face of concerns it could challenge th(...)

The pieces in the exhibition were selected from the British Council collection by fifth-year art students from St Oliver’s Community College and Our Lady’s College-Greenhills in Drogheda, Co Louth

In Drogheda, there was a march with placards and black balloons; in Clondalkin, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys sat for a portrait; in Thurles, they m(...)

New proposals suggest there should be a greater focus on creative play during the early years of primary school. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Religious education will no longer feature as part of the State’s core curriculum at primary school under new proposals being considered by policy-ma(...)

Children in Ireland begin formal lessons – and up to 11 subjects – from the moment they start primary school at age four or five. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ever since Finland developed a reputation as Europe’s education powerhouse, it has become a source of fascination among policy-makers. It doesn’t st(...)

Students taking part in group work as part of the new Junior Cycle curriculum.

April has been set as a final deadline for up to 40,000 Junior Cert students to complete a classroom-based assessment task and avoid a 10 per cent pen(...)

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty says a very small minority of parents withdraw their children from the patron’s programme of religious education.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just 1 per cent of pupils in Catholic schools are opting out of religious classes, according to research conducted by bishops and school managers. Th(...)

‘Philosophy is a powerful preparation for the journey upon which young people will embark’, Sabina Higgins told the launch of Philosophy Ireland at City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin.

Teaching philosophy in schools is essential to prepare children for modern life, Sabina Higgins has said at the launch of a new organisation aimed at (...)

All schools teach a worldview. All schools have mission statements

Peter Berger, the veteran sociologist of religion, was among the first to formulate the secularisation thesis; that is, that religion would fade away (...)

Atheist Ireland has launched a report in which it says the State’s religious education course is breaching human and Constitutional rights. Pictured at the publication were Michael Nugent, chair of Atheist Ireland, and Jane Donnelly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many students in secondary schools are being forced to study religious education despite rules which state it is an optional subject, it has been cla(...)

The NCCA says the requirement for questions based on the Koran are explicitly stated in the syllabus. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

A requirement that all students who sit the Arabic exam in the Leaving Cert must study the Koran is to be reviewed by education authorities. Ever s(...)

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