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Speculation has mounted that mainstream schools may not be back in operation until the end of February with lockdown restrictions remaining in place at Level 5 until after the mid-term break. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Education Norma Foley has reiterated that it is her priority to get Leaving Certificate students back in class by February 1st. Speculat(...)

Fórsa, the union which represents special needs assistants, says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it is safe to do so. File photograph: iStock

The main special needs assistants’ union says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it (...)

The Cabinet has been examining plans to keep secondary schools open for three days a week for up to 60,000 Leaving Cert students. File photograph: David Jones/PA

Unions representing school staff have expressed alarm over the Government’s decision to partially reopen schools for special needs and Leaving Certifi(...)

The ASTI general secretary said a survey of its members indicated that a vast majority of schools did not have a ventilation system and many were keeping windows open to increase air flow. Photograph: iStock

Schools could end up closing if there is a cold snap due to the lack of adequate ventilation systems in classrooms, teachers’ unions have warned. The(...)

Members of Fórsa’s school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education earlier this year. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Industry Correspondent An agreement has been reached on a pathway to regularising the pay, conditions and pensions of school secretaries and caretake(...)

Members of Fórsa’s school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education earlier this year. The union has deferred plans for fresh industrial action. Photograph: Damien Eagers / The Irish Times

Plans for a series of work stoppages by school secretaries have been put on hold to allow for fresh talks aimed at ending a dispute over their employm(...)

School secretaries gathered for a rally at the Dáil in January this year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government wants to regularise the employment, terms and conditions and pension rights of school secretaries, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the D(...)

 School secretaries gathered for a rally at the Dáil in January this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

School secretaries are set to stage three days of strikes in the coming weeks over pay. They are also planning to follow this up with an indefinite (...)

Teachers’ unions have warned that some schools face a shortage of teachers in the months ahead, owing to illness and upcoming retirements. Photograph: iStock

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of teachers due to absences as a result of illness and retirements in the months ahead, trade unions have warned(...)

Special needs assistants (SNAs) with underlying health conditions face an unnecessarily high risk of contracting Covid-19 in schools, according to a trade union. Image: iStock.

Special needs assistants (SNAs) with underlying health conditions face an unnecessarily high risk of contracting Covid-19 in schools, according to a t(...)

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