Ger O’Donovan, principal of St Mary’s on the Hill national school, Knocknaheeny, Cork City. A major barrier facing Deis schools, he says, is their reliance on over-stretched public services for assessments. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s a short distance from Knocknaheeny on Cork’s northside to the gates of University College Cork. But it’s a route that crosses some of the deepest(...)

Narrowing the education gap: pupils at Francis Street CBS primary school, in Dublin, in a yoga class

At Francis Street CBS primary school, in south inner-city Dublin, the work of narrowing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peer(...)

Pat Kenny’s interview with the   CEO of emigrant support charity Safe Home Ireland  turns into an unexpectedly spirited encounter

In a week when much radio coverage is given to the disproportionately high number of pupils from affluent areas entering third-level education, Pat Ke(...)

Students taking part in a “Think About Teaching” university foundation course at Maynooth University. (From top left) Anne O’Brien, Wendy Dixon, Temera O’Brien, Emma O’Brien, Aoife O’Reilly, Megan Shannon and Nicola Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who get into to university through special access routes can outperform regular students when they have on-cam(...)

Temera O’Brien, who is studying to qualify as a primary school teacher at Maynooth University, pictured with her mother Sarah Connors. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As a child, Temera O’Brien dreamed of becoming a teacher. By the time she approached her Leaving Cert, however, the 17-year-old Traveller didn’t think(...)

Children from  schools in Tipperary gather at the Department of Education in 2017 to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government’s support scheme for children in disadvantaged schools is failing to narrow the achievement gap with other schools, an Oireachtas commi(...)