Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘we have put in place all the precautions necessary and along with the dedication of the principals and teachers at a local school leve.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents can be assured that schools are taking all necessary precautions to ensure children will return to “safe and welcoming” classrooms from next w(...)

“The idea is that a student who has completed, say, 75-80 per cent of the course will still be able to complete the exam without losing out.”

Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate candidates are to be given greater choice in next year’s State exam papers to help ease pressure on student(...)

A  major financial package is intended to help schools reopen ‘as fully as possible’ in the autumn

The Government is working on a major financial package to help schools reopen “as fully as possible” in the autumn, including extra funding for substi(...)

‘It could mean giving students more options in the exam and not making every aspect of the exam compulsory.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Education authorities are being urged to give next year’s Leaving Cert students a greater choice of questions in the exams to help make up for lost te(...)

Teachers’ unions have a written guarantee from the Department of Education  that teachers are providing predicted grades on a one-off basis only because of the current pandemic.

“Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam” – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teache(...)

Once the marks have been provided by all schools they will be subject to a process of national standardisation. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A “small number” of schools have yet to complete the process of uploading data relating to calculated grades for Leaving Certificate 2020. The Depart(...)

Leaving Cert grades are due to be issued as close as possible to the traditional date in mid-August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Secondary schools are due to begin sending calculated grades for more than 60,000 Leaving Cert students to the Department of Education from this week.(...)

Department fo Education sources say option of awarding grades to students in the absence of exams will be discussedPhotograph: Eric Luke

Teachers’ unions have voiced concerns with Department of Education officials about the health implications for members if the Leaving Cert goes ahead (...)

The shake-up in how teaching and learning takes place in primary schools could  see a reduction in time allocated to religious faith formation and other core subjects. Photograph: Getty Images

School children could start learning foreign languages as early as third class under sweeping changes being proposed for the primary curriculum. The (...)

TUI members during a demonstration in 2016. Industrial action is likely to rear its head again this year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Industrial strife resumes After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put “(...)

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