US analysis of research found that, for children aged under 11, there was no link between homework and improved academic achievement. Photograph: iStock

It’s hard to know who hates homework more: teachers who have to set and correct it, children who have to do it or parents who struggle to make sure it(...)

The Leaving Cert has moved from being an exam taken by an elite minority to one which caters for over 90 per cent of the school leaver age cohort. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This morning is one of anticipation, anxiety and hope in more than 120,000 homes across the State as those setting off to exam centres to take the fir(...)

Some 85 per cent of teachers surveyed said it would be unacceptable if the same template of syllabus design used at junior cycle was to be used for  the Leaving Cert

Science teachers say a new science curriculum for pupils completing the junior cycle amounts to a “dumbing down” of the subject. The finding is conta(...)

Peter Gunning, former school principal, says responsibility for children’s sacraments during their formative years should be exclusive to the parents and the local church with no school involvement.

When it comes to discussing the patronage of its primary schools, the Catholic Church often acts like the bully in the yard who owns the football, pic(...)

‘National reputation’: Richard III, staged by Druid, whose director, Garry Hynes, pointed out the arts’ contribution to Ireland’s standing

Arts funding should be restored to boom-era levels to compensate for the sector’s lack of resources, a new Oireachtas report suggests. The Arts Matte(...)

Youth Work Ireland says its online survey of more than 1,300 young people shows a huge appetite for education on issues such as consent, the law and contraception. File photograph: iStock

The largest youth organisation in Ireland has launched a campaign urging the Government to remove religious ethos as a barrier to safe and inclusive s(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh declined to say whether he will follow the NCCA’s advice when he is given it. Photograph: Alan Betson

Official advice to the Minister for Education on whether history should be compulsory for junior cycle students has been delayed until next month. Th(...)

Students sitting the Junior Certificate. File photo. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to be told by the State’s curriculum advisers that making history compulsory for junior-cycle students could (...)

Pupils say they receive little information about issues such as consent and sexual orientation. Photograph: iStock

Sex education was officially introduced to Irish schools in the mid-1990s. And if the official guidance is anything to go by, it hasn’t aged well. A (...)

A Constance Markievicz 1918 election poster, erected last year to mark a special exhibition. File Photograph: Getty Images

History could remain an optional subject in the Junior Certificate cycle, under a draft report from a government-ordered review. The National Counci(...)

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