The cost of iPads and other digital devices in schools is a major issue for parents, say campaign groups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

School policies which require the mandatory purchase of iPads at a cost of up to €1,000 are forcing many hard-pressed parents to borrow money, accordi(...)

Cork Life Centre students Jessica Griffin, Liam McCormac, Michael Hartnett and Kyle O’Connor with their teacher Jason Kelleher. The centre helps provide the ‘bare necessities’ for students who are struggling financially. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“Young people don’t just decide to leave education. It’s not a one-day event. It all starts in primary school, when their parents can’t afford to buy (...)

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(...)

Jack Lynch Blennerville and Alex O’Shea  of Brookfield College in Tralee prepare for their exams. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The State examinations begin today for some 124,000 pupils with a range of new measures aimed at reducing stress and anxiety levels. Youth mental hea(...)

Yvonne Woods with Donncha Woods and Zoe Gogan-O’Brien take part in the OurKidsCode family workshop at the Dublin 7 Educate Together National School, Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten-year-old Daniel Hughes is pulling the wires, alligator clips and MakeyMakey board out of the box and firing up the laptop computer. His mother Luc(...)

There are no more powerful institutions in Ireland than the school management bodies and our teachers’ union. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

My child’s fourth-class teacher seems to be going through a tough time, which is adversely affecting both the quality of her teaching and her attendan(...)

Committee chair Fiona O’Loughlin, a Fianna Fáil TD, said she was aware of parents who were asked to provide essentials such as toilet roll on a regular basis. Photograph: iStock

Some school principals are asking children to bring toilet rolls with them because their schools are under such financial pressure. The claim was mad(...)

The Department of Education does not have any power to force schools to cut the cost of uniforms or books for parents, according to internal records. (...)

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(...)

In European terms, Ireland has come very late to investing in the care and education of children under four.

Step through the door of your local creche or pre-school centre and you are walking into an uneasy relationship between the private sector and the Sta(...)

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