Jolanta Burke

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Long before babies can talk and understand words, they’ve begun their life education by watching. Photograph: iStock

As with most aspects of parenting, the example you set is likely to be the biggest factor in raising a kind-hearted child. Long before babies can talk(...)

Manager, Eilish Balfe,  with children Siabhe, Minnie, Hary and Jack at Happy Days pre-school in Ratoath, reading The Story of the Kindness Elves.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A kind thought that has rippled out into an award-winning movement of kindness through the Co Meath village of Ratoath all started with one little gir(...)

Changes  to primary schooling as a result of coronavirus are reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emergency report. Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping primary school education, but the impact of the changes is reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emer(...)

Third class  pupils at Kildare Town Educate Together National School work on their intercultural play presentation which they will do at a conference in Dublin on January 17th to launch ‘Grow from Seeds’, an intercultural education resource for primary schools. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Every time Jolanta Burke, a Polish-born, assistant professor at Maynooth University’s Department of Education, is asked where she’s from, “I die insid(...)

Third-class pupils at Kildare Town Educate Together National School. Photo: Laura Hutton

“It is a brand new time. . . We say let it grow”: more than 50 children in third class at a Kildare primary school belt out their version of the song (...)

 Members of the wellbeing committee at  St Wolstan’s Community School in Celbridge, Co Kildare. They are   teachers Laura Gerraghty and Margaret Bennett, and pupils   Rosaleen Byrne (15), Codi Long (15), Swati Joshi (14) and Beth Corry (17). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The wellbeing of Irish secondary school students decreases steadily from first year through to sixth, with girls suffering more of a decline than boys(...)

Happy days: children enjoy the adventure of going away and having their parents to themselves for seven days

When one of my teenage sons started rhapsodising at the dinner table one dark winter’s evening about how that summer’s holiday had been “one of the be(...)

People who have been bullied at school tend to be more optimistic than their peers  when they face negative situations in the future.  Illustration: iStockphoto

School’s out and, for some, leaving school behind also means leaving bullying behind. They carry the scars – but it’s not all bad news. As you might e(...)

 Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher at Trinity College Dublin, says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial.Photograph: Eric Luke

We all want our children to be happy and the temptation, in this era of “over-parenting”, is to rush in to try to fix their problems. A child down (...)