The ASTI general secretary said a survey of its members indicated that a vast majority of schools did not have a ventilation system and many were keeping windows open to increase air flow. Photograph: iStock

Schools could end up closing if there is a cold snap due to the lack of adequate ventilation systems in classrooms, teachers’ unions have warned. The(...)

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do so. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do s(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley has stated on a number of occasions that it is the Government’s intention to hold the Leaving Cert exams next summer, subject to public health advice. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Next year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams will take place “as normally as possible” in line with public health advice, according to the Department of (...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘I would urge strongly any registered post-primary teacher with a potential interest in these subject areas to look into these programmes and assess their options further with the relevant higher education institutions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary school teachers will be able to apply for free third-level upskilling courses which will qualify them to teach maths, physics an(...)

The Department of Education has asked schools to withdraw more than 50 hand sanitisers, wipes and detergents from schools after it was unable to guarantee if they were safe to use. Photograph: iStock

Schools are scrambling to secure supplies of hand sanitiser after the Department of Education ordered the withdrawal more than 50 products due to pote(...)

The INTO described it as “incomprehensible” that primary schools would remain fully open when infection levels are high enough to rule out indoor gatherings. Photograph: iStock

Teachers are to demand clarity on what additional protective measures can be put in place in schools should Covid-19 restrictions escalate to Level 4 (...)

Many second-level students in Irish schools lack access to digital devices or an effective online learning platform, according to new data. Image: iStock.

Many second-level students in Irish schools lack access to digital devices or an effective online learning platform, according to new data. An intern(...)

An empty primary classroom in  Israel which has closed its schools as part of a lockdown in Tel Aviv. There have been 13 outbreaks of Covid-19 in Irish schools since September which have led to some classes being as to self-isolate. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

A total of 35 cases of Covid-19 have been identified after students at 96 schools were tested, according to the Health Service Executive. Some 2,100 (...)

Teachers’ unions have warned that some schools face a shortage of teachers in the months ahead, owing to illness and upcoming retirements. Photograph: iStock

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of teachers due to absences as a result of illness and retirements in the months ahead, trade unions have warned(...)

A Department of Education spokesman said Tusla would take the new public-health guidelines into account when supporting children and their parents. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Teachers have clashed with school principals over staging “risky” assemblies of pupils and staff ahead of the reopening of schools for up to a million(...)

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