TUI general secretary John MacGabhann: ‘If an idea has merit and is worth pursuing, it will survive the tests we apply and we can support it.’ Photograph: Tommy Clancy

The Government must enter into real negotiations with teachers on proposed Senior Cycle reforms, or else risk them failing, the Teachers Union of Irel(...)

“There’s a debate about how influential schools are in terms of academic success, with some studies saying it only accounts for about 20 per cent of a student’s academic achievement.” Photograph: iStock

It’s no surprise to find that schools in Dublin 4 send more students to third-level than schools in Dublin 24. Parents tend to be that bit more taken (...)

Secondary school teachers are trained through a two-year postgraduate masters in education, meaning most will have to spend six years at college. Photograph: iStock

Even the best schools, teachers and principals have problems that are outside their control. Schools don’t operate in a vacuum: education is highly po(...)

The Government is expected to announce new proposals to end the controversial lower pay arrangements in place for about 60,000 staff who were recruited to the public service since 2011.

The Government will not go beyond the measures announced on Monday to end lower-pay arrangements for personnel recruited since 2011, Minister for Publ(...)

Annette Dolan, Deputy General Secretary and John MacGabhann, General Secretary at the TUI conference on Tuesday. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) should tell politicians that neither they nor their families will support any candidate or party until(...)

The State Examinations Commission needs to hire about 3,000 qualified teachers to assist in the delivery of State oral and practical exams this year. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State Examinations Commission is struggling to recruit enough qualified language teachers to mark the Leaving Cert oral exams. The commission has(...)

The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish information about how many students, from which school, go on to third-level. Photograph: iStock

They’re perhaps the most controversial feature of the Irish education landscape. Back in 2002, The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish info(...)

General secretary of the TUI John MacGabhann advised delegates to ‘pause before you press’. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Teachers have been warned to think carefully about becoming friends on Facebook with their students. The general secretary of the Teachers’ Union of (...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann also reiterated the union’s concern about proposed new legislation to establish technological universities. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The Government should introduce a 1 per cent levy on corporation profits to generate a dedicated fund to finance higher education, the Teachers’ Union(...)

Madeleine Ní Ghallchobhair, a teacher of Irish and English who graduated in 2012, feels there has been a deliberate strategy at Government level to divide the different teacher unions. Above, TUI and ASTI members on strike in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachers’ unions are usually at one on most issues: protecting pay rates, investing in education and improving outcomes for children. But today, tea(...)

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