Junior Cycle

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Ciara O’Donnell, national director of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. Also pictured are students Ciarán Mulvey, Ava Murphy, Fiona Clune, Ellen Murphy and  Ben Farrelly. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Young people need to develop digital literacy skills in order to navigate their way safely online in a post-truth world. That was the warning at the (...)

New Junior Cycle reforms are aimed at acquiring key skills such as working with others.

My eldest child started secondary school last September and I am completely confused over the changes currently under way in the Junior Cycle. Can you(...)

Cillian Murphy and students:  empathy scheme seeks to show  young people “everyone has a different story and everyone’s story is valuable”.  Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

As a father of two teenagers, actor Cillian Murphy says he sees the challenges facing young people growing up today first-hand. On top of adolescence(...)

Junior Cycle reform was under-funded and the same is likely to be true of the Leaving Cert.

If I were to bet that education will not be a major electoral issue, my money would be completely safe. Yet there are 371,455 pupils currently enroll(...)

TUI members during a demonstration in 2016. Industrial action is likely to rear its head again this year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Industrial strife resumes After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put “(...)

Schoolchildren should know nothing of anxiety and homelessness, but they do, and to disturbing and unacceptable levels.  Photograph: iStock

Eamonn seemed a perfectly normal pupil when he started secondary school in 2017, and until Christmas of second year too, which is when the sporadic ab(...)

Secondary school managers have warned the Department of Education that time-tabling meetings during class time will lead to a ‘staggering’ loss of teaching hours. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of secondary school students are losing out on tuition time due to an escalating dispute over whether teachers’ professional collaboration m(...)

Fifteen-year-olds in Ireland are among the best in the world at reading and are significantly above average for maths and science, according to the latest Pisa results. Photograph: iStock

The release of the OECD’s Pisa rankings every three years is a revealing moment for twitchy politicians and policy-makers. It’s a two-hour test under(...)

Irish 15 year olds perform strongly in reading literacy, according to the latest Pisa rankings.

Teenagers in Ireland are among the top performers in the world in reading literacy, according to latest international standardised test scores. Irish(...)

‘We are well into November and third year students are only now seeing sample papers for exams new Junior Cycle exams which take place in June.’ Photograph: iStock

First they came for the English teachers, and I did not speak out - because I was not an English teacher. Then they came for the science and business (...)

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