There is an acute shortage of qualified teachers in a number of subject areas, including STEM and modern languages. Photo: iStock

Question: I work in business and have a degree in commerce and law, and a post-grad in technology. I have been reading about teacher shortages and am (...)

Philosopher Roger Scruton:  uses soccer as an analogy to illustrate his point on the primary objective on education

The Teaching Council of Ireland recently tweeted a quotation from Fr Peter McVerry, the well-known Jesuit priest who works with the homeless: “The sin(...)

“As teacher supply and demand is a complex issue, all stakeholders need to come together if we are going to come up with feasible solutions that will have impact” -  Tomás Ó Ruairc. File photograph: iStockPhoto

In the Irish Times last week, Brian Mooney highlighted a number of issues that are impacting on the supply of teachers into the future. At the Teachi(...)

There are shortages of qualified teachers in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, along with Irish and home economics. Photograph: iStock

I’m in my Leaving Cert year and am worried that I won’t get the 550 CAO points I need for the maths degree I want to study. I think I am able – but m(...)

Any person including members of the public, employers and other teachers may make a complaint about a registered teacher.

The first “fitness-to-practise” case involving a teacher has come before the president of the High Court. The case, brought by the Teaching Council,(...)

Applicants who hold primary teaching qualifications  awarded outside Europe must apply to have their qualifications assessed by the Teaching Council. Photograph: iStock

Question: I am a special education teacher in the US, married to an Irishwoman from Co Monaghan. We’ve have been talking about moving home and raising(...)

Thousands of teachers will undergo  vetting checks by the Garda this year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than 32,000 teachers who qualified a decade or more ago must pass child-protection vetting checks by the Garda in the next year. Until recently,(...)

“Children spend such a huge amount of time in the school environment it is especially important that they are safe and protected. However, we have quite a way to go in regards to the protection of children in Ireland”

More than 30,000 teachers who qualified a decade or more ago face being vetted for the first time by gardaí. Until recently only new teachers and th(...)

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QUESTION: I am currently doing a professional master’s in education (PME), the new two-year second-level teaching qualification. Some of my clas(...)

Jessie Falvey (26), a new teacher at Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Jessie Falvey has heard the stories from older colleagues of how they waited in dread for the nerve-jangling knock on the door. “I’ve heard how str(...)

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