Ryan O’Neill, a secondary school student with Terenure College,  remotely learning at his home in Churchtown, Dublin. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/Coalesce

An Irish-led team has secured €300,000 in EU funding to develop resources to help second-level teachers deliver learning in a digital age. Prompted (...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley. A key aim of the Coalition’s programme for government is to establish a Citizens’ Assembly on the future of education. File photograph: Maxwells

In September 2018 I was invited to an education conference at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. Unlike every other academ(...)

Despite the introduction of “free” secondary education in 1967 and the abolition of third level fees in 1995, access to third level education in Ireland continues to be contingent on socio-economic status. Photograph: iStock

News this week that the class gap in higher education has not narrowed and that students from more affluent families dominate high points courses is h(...)

Students in disadvantaged secondary schools are three times more likely to have  disengaged with their teachers since schools closed last March. Photograph: iStock

Students in disadvantaged secondary schools are three times more likely to have disengaged with their teachers during the lockdown, according to a new(...)

Noel Casey, principal Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School, Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

“It was like there was a death in the family,” said Noel Casey, principal of Our Lady’s Bower secondary school, Athlone, speaking after a staff meetin(...)

In cases where vulnerable children remain out of school for a protracted period, the impact will be long lasting and profound. Photograph: iStock

As we emerge from lockdown and the immediate threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to talk about the impact of school closure on the younger genera(...)

A volunteer is injected with a syringe containing either the vaccine or a placebo, at the start of a clinical trial being set up by TASK, a clinical research organisation based in Cape Town, to see whether the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, which is given to babies in the country to protect them against tuberculosis, helps limit the damage caused by Covid-19. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty

Scientists have been central to Ireland’s Covid-19 response. As we move from the initial reaction, to a potentially bumpy phase of lifting and applyin(...)

Secondary-school teacher Róisín Scanlon

Last year was Bliain na Gaeilge when the Irish language was celebrated across the world. More and more people are working in the first language of the(...)

A key impact on children’s lives The heightened scheduling of children’s lives and their “hot housing” to ever greater levels of “success”. Photograph: iStock

A landmark study of primary schooling in Ireland is being conducted by UCD school of education. Funded by the National Council for Curriculum and As(...)

File image of cousins Ann  and Maryann during a celebration  of Traveller ethnicity at   Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Racism among teachers towards Traveller children must be addressed as part of any move to teach Traveller culture in schools, a leading expert on dive(...)

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