Children under 13 who are close contacts of confirmed cases in schools or childcare will no longer be required to self-isolate from September 27th if they are symptom free. File photograph: iStock

The Government’s decision to relax close contact rules for pupils in primary schools and childcare from next Monday has sparked “confusion and conster(...)

The upheavals of the last two academic years mean that thorough reforms are required now more than ever. Photograph: iStock

The current focus in Government offices is on what is of national importance, the Leaving Certificate. It falls to leadership energy in schools to ac(...)

The Department of Education has asked schools to withdraw more than 50 hand sanitisers, wipes and detergents from schools after it was unable to guarantee if they were safe to use. Photograph: iStock

Schools are scrambling to secure supplies of hand sanitiser after the Department of Education ordered the withdrawal more than 50 products due to pote(...)

Martin Marjoram, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, right, with general secretary John Mac Gabhann, at Leinster House  earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s plans to reopen the State’s schools will be “massively complex” and demand constant vigilance for unexpected events, teachers have wa(...)

Over the last decade, marked by an avalanche of new initiatives, our school leaders have been put under extreme pressure, says John Boyle, INTO general secretary. Photograph: iStock

I was a primary school principal teacher for nearly 20 years. I have an intimate understanding of the role. School leaders are the cement that holds a(...)

A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots in society, school principals say.

A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots(...)