A ‘staggered return’ to schools would be better than everyone arriving back ‘in big bang theory on one day’, says Deirdre Mac Donald. Photograph: iStock

Teachers have cast doubt over whether schools will be able to reopen next month. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (Asti) said it has a (...)

Martin Marjoram, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, right, with general secretary John Mac Gabhann, at Leinster House  earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s plans to reopen the State’s schools will be “massively complex” and demand constant vigilance for unexpected events, teachers have wa(...)

One teacher who responded to the ASTI survey said ‘top students’ were ‘choosing to disengage as it has all become too much’. Photograph: iStock

Teachers are concerned about a lack of online security guidance for remote learning given their interaction with children, often in “very intimate spa(...)

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie: he said the “penny-pinching under-vestment in our schools has gone on for too long, the cuts have been too deep”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A commitment of €42 million to help secondary schools prepare classrooms for the return of students is insufficient, and the Government will have to “(...)

Plans to hold Junior Cycle exams in September have been cancelled.

Schools are to be given the freedom to decide whether to run school-based assessments for Junior Cycle students during May. The move means exams that(...)

The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has stated that it will work to support the Government’s decision to postpone the Leaving Cert exams until later this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has stated that it will work to support the Government’s decision to postpone the Leaving Cert exams u(...)

Luke Casserly: “We are the ‘lucky’ ones, getting to be the guinea pigs.” Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

“The class of 2020”. Back in September, 2013, that opening caption on the presentation at the introductory evening for parents of first-year students (...)

A dispute between the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education over the timing of professional collaboration meetings has escalated into a major stand-off which is threatening tuition hours for thousands of pupils. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A dispute between secondary teachers and the Department of Education over the timing of professional collaboration meetings has escalated into a major(...)

Teachers who are members of the TUI picket outside Greenhills College on Tuesday as part of a one-day strike over pay.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it(...)

Details of the timing of an  ASTI ballot on whether to strike  over the two-tier pay system for teachers are likely to be determined next week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Second-level teachers who are members of the ASTI are to ballot for strike action over the two-tier pay system in schools. Hundreds of schools are al(...)

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