Youth conference hears that creative thinking is increasingly vital for young people and wider society. File photograph: Getty

A new “artist residency programme” is to be established in schools to give students a chance to work on creative projects with established painters, d(...)

Sand, stones and flowers feature in some of the outdoor creations by students at Knocknacarra National School in Galway.

“Learning outdoors provides more opportunities for risk-taking, problem-solving, moving the whole body, using the imagination, overcoming fears, engag(...)

Andreas Schleicher, head of education for the OECD, says Ireland’s education system is based on a 20th century model of learning. Photograph: Marco Illuminati

Ireland’s education system is based on a 20th century model of learning and needs to modernise to avoid producing “second-class robots” in a world of (...)

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director for education: Ireland’s education system ‘is quite industrial in its outlook and its design. Students get taught one curriculum.’ Photograph: Marco Illuminati/OECD

The most influential person in Irish education doesn’t teach in an Irish school, doesn’t hold elected office and isn’t an official in the Department o(...)

Ro Lynam’s exhibit Slum room 400 euro permonth headspace not included. Based on her accommodation in Dublin, it is part of NCAD’s graduate show. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

If you believe the stereotype, art college is a middle-class indulgence for students to dabble in before going on to get a “proper job”. But, as far (...)

Sarah-Jayne Carey, an education teacher at Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, with students Kelly Anne Cooling, Leah Walsh, Nicola Ovakpoyen and Erica Payne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Do educational apps and technology represent the future of teaching and learning in the classroom? You might expect someone such as Derek Breen, wh(...)

Overall, 7 per cent of 15-year-olds in Ireland are classed as low-performing across maths, reading, and science, compared to an OECD average of 12 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

One in six Irish students are classified as “low performers” in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation(...)

Just 3.4 per cent of Irish teenagers use the internet for more than six hours during a typical weekday

Irish teenagers are among the most savvy in the world in navigating the internet, even though they have less screen time than the European norm, acco(...)

Ireland has ranked 15th highest out of 76 countries for mathematics and science test scores in a new report published by the OECD. The report warns, h(...)

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While Jan O’Sullivan and the teacher unions remain at loggerheads over the junior cycle reforms, the National Parents’ Council Post-Primary claimed(...)

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