“We are  heading into an era of unparalleled change, which means education will increasingly be a lifelong pursuit. Technological disruption is set to fundamentally alter the way we live and work.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Today is a moment of truth for tens of thousands of students across the State who are due to receive their Leaving Cert results. For those waiting anx(...)

Valerie Gaynor with some of the pre-school children at Creative Kids & Co in Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regina Bushell still remembers having to be brought in “kicking and screaming” on her first day at primary school, just a few weeks after her fourth b(...)

A separate survey found that 44.6 per cent of male students and more than 11 per cent of female students watch pornography a few times a week. Photograph: Istock

Some 70 per cent of female students and 40 per cent of male students experienced sexual hostility or crude gender harassment by the time they were fin(...)

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(...)

Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock

Catholic bishops told State-run primary schools last year they were not satisfied that children were being adequately prepared for Confirmation and Co(...)

Children from middle-class families are more likely to outperform those from less well-off homes from three years of age, according to a new study. Photo: iStock

Children from middle-class families are more likely to outperform those from less well-off homes from before they even begin primary school, according(...)

The questioned of whether schools are free to change the content of relationship and sex education classes in order to protect their ethos was raised by a number of Oireachtas members

All schools are to be given new guidelines over the appropriate use of external groups to deliver sex education to students. This move comes amid crit(...)

The Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill was introduced by Solidarity TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Legislation which provides for factual objective sex education without regard to a school’s ethos has unexpectedly passed second stage in the Dáil wit(...)

“Keep things fun and enjoy being young!” The official Department of Education advice on sex education hasn’t been updated since 1998. Photograph: Istock

The official Department of Education advice on sex education for teachers – published 20 years ago – hasn’t aged well. “Sex is a gift, a most sacred (...)

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(...)

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