Minister of State for Special Education Josepha Madigan said, “Recent months have been very difficult for staff and students, and we want to work with our schools to ensure that the necessary special class places are available for those who need them.” Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

CARL O’BRIEN, Education Editor Twenty-five primary schools in the south Dublin area have been ordered to open classes for children with special needs(...)

Dawn Bateman (right),  her husband Chris and children Samy and Pippa are pictured at their home in the Northern Territory in Australia.

Dawn Bateman grew up on the remote and beautiful Horn Head near Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal, attending Holy Trinity National School and later Pobalscoil (...)

Children taking part in a craft and cookery class at Holy Trinity National School, Leopardstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“The arts are essential to a child’s development. They are as important as the air we breathe,” says Gráinne Powell, the chief executive of Sticky Fi(...)

Children at Holy Trinity National School did a workshop on the physical changes in the brain when a new skill or knowledge is mastered, which neuroscientists call “neuroplasticity”. The fixed mindset sees intelligence as unchanging from cradle to grave; the growth mindset sees intelligence as a malleable attribute that can grow through effort and persistence

One of the best aspects of being a teacher is that I have never stopped learning. Last year I had the opportunity to put a theory of learning to th(...)