More than half (61 per cent) of Irish Times readers do not agree with plans to introduce new classes about religion into primary schools, according to(...)

The curriculum would focus on learning about the major forms of religions, traditions and views of people around the world, including secular beliefs. Photograph: Getty

Fears over “curriculum overload” have emerged as one of the key concerns in a consultation process over controversial plans to introduce classes about(...)

Seán Fenton, a student at Glenstal Abbey: “I always wanted to be a doctor. That’s gone now.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

What happens if a student has an epileptic seizure during his or her Leaving Cert? You might presume they would be allowed to resit or that they woul(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: as minister for education he tried to cut spending by adding the abolition of external assessment of Junior Certificate exams. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As a practising teacher I work in a hugely supportive environment among colleagues who energise each other through their love of their job. I cannot i(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Timeline to Junior Cycle reform: November 2011: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) publishes report proposing a major reform of the(...)

A statue of Socrates in Athens: the philosopher  was a “midwife” to the truth. Teachers must interrogate pupils’ standpoints and create critical thinking

We’re only about 2,500 years behind the Greeks but Philosophy is finally making it on to the school curriculum. The National Council for Curriculum an(...)

For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

Aodhan Ó Dea, from Conradh na Gaeilge, with Transition Year students at an Irish language workshop in Loreto Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

In a chilly hall in Loreto Bray, Co Wicklow, a group of Transition Year students are arguing about whether learning Chinese would be a better option (...)

Andreas Schleicher has spent years examining the relationship between education reform and outcomes across a range of countries. The OECD’s spe(...)

Less than half of primary school teachers teach religion willingly in schools across the State, a new survey has found. The research, car(...)

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