Aine Hyland

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Disadvantaged schools have much higher concentrations of students with special needs,  an Irish Times analysis of data on education supports found. Photograph: iStock

Fee-paying schools do not provide any special classes for children with autism or learning disabilities, it has emerged. Disadvantaged schools, by co(...)

New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda, Co Louth. The expulsion rate at the 700-pupil Christian Brothers school is 10 times the national average. Image: Google Streetview

Parents have complained to authorities regarding “excessive” disciplinary measures at a school where the number of suspensions is running at three tim(...)

The stories behind religion: Julia Poirier, book conservator with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle looking  a mid-16th century Koran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

I have always been sceptical about the position of religion in schools. Teaching the stories of saints alongside more provable subjects makes those st(...)

Concerns have been raised over the number of boys aged 12-16 who are being suspended or expelled from schools. Photograph: iStock

There are growing concerns over the “huge” numbers of school suspensions involving young boys at second level, an Oireachtas committee has been told. (...)

The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd (...)

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion classes in schools. The Catholic church, which controls about 90 per cent o(...)

Many associate Donagh O’ Malley as the politician who brought us free education, and O’Malley’s role was indeed significant. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

This year is a very significant year in the history of education in Ireland, marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of free post-primary edu(...)

Minister for education Donogh O’Malley in 1966, the year he announced the introduction of free second-level education. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It is 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education. It was not a radical policy(...)

 Aine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at UCC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BIOGRAPHY Áine Hyland has been one of the most influential figures in Irish education over the past 50 years. After serving initially as a civil se(...)

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