Harold Hislop

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Harold Hislop, department chief inspector, said estimated grades awarded to students by their teachers had only been adjusted by a standardisation process on “solid evidence”.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The calculated grades awarded to students by some schools and teachers in the Leaving Cert had been a “severe overestimation,” officials from the Depa(...)

Minister for  Higher Education  Simon Harris TD and the CAO held a meeting on Monday to discuss the number of places which are likely to be required for upgraded students.

Up to 450 new CAO offers will be issued on Thursday to students whose Leaving Cert results were upgraded following errors in the calculated grades pro(...)

Valerie Gaynor with some of the pre-school children at Creative Kids & Co in Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regina Bushell still remembers having to be brought in “kicking and screaming” on her first day at primary school, just a few weeks after her fourth b(...)

Department of Education inspectors have expressed concern over poor standards of Irish teaching at both primary and secondary level. The findings are(...)

Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of “21st century learning in s(...)

 Primary school pupils   have benefited from additional spending over the past decade as well as a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The latest report on literacy and numeracy standards among primary pupils makes for welcome reading. Assessments are carried out every five years for (...)

In its latest report, the UN committee told Ireland to do more to provide non- denominational schools and Atheist Ireland said it was “self- serving for Educate Together, at the expense of possible non-denominational schools” to use this recommendation to “to plead for Government funding”.

Patron de jour Educate Together has been under attack from an unlikely quarter these days. Atheist Ireland has accused the organisation of misl(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Joint Managerial Body has called on her to revert to the pre-October 2012 NCCA Framework for the junior cycle for a five-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strik(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

 Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A quarter of parents are unsure about the effectiveness of anti-bullying measures in their children’s schools(...)

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