Moira Leydon

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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 way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students, parents’ representatives have claimed.

The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have clai(...)

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(...)

Many modern children have been taught to be ‘over sensitive’ to their own feelings. Photograph: iStock

Your teenage daughter doesn’t want to go to school. She’s upset by the mere thought of it, she says; yet she seems to be performing well academically (...)

Job prospects for tens of thousands of young people will depend on Ireland being at the forefront of what is sometimes described as the fourth industrial revolution.

There is no faulting the Government’s vaulting ambition in seeking to become the European leader in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering a(...)

Saoirse Ní Shúilleabháin, from Cork, at the Dell Robotics tournament. Minister for Education Richard Bruton wants to increase the number of female students taking Stem subjects in the Leaving Cert by 40%. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

An acute shortage of teachers in key subject areas such as maths and science threatens to undermine ambitious Government plans to boost uptake of Stem(...)

Because of the difficulty of obtaining teaching practice hours here, many young teachers are going to the UK where there is a crisis in teacher recruitment. Photograph: iStock

A new series for Irish Times Abroad focuses on the opportunities for Irish teachers who are interested in moving overseas. Where can they find a job?(...)

“The biggest challenge facing second-level schools is not the degree of autonomy they enjoy, but their lack of capacity to offer greater choice for their students,” an ASTI representative said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Plans to give school principals greater autonomy over budgeting and staffing will end up with schools being managed like businesses, the largest secon(...)

Teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was supposed to herald a new dawn in Irish education, training young people to think creatively and critically. Now, with one teacher union refusi(...)

Prof Moyna thinks the change should start with how health is taught at primary level with classes which also cover health and wellness issues.

Primary schools should teach daily classes, covering not just physical education, but also health and wellness topics, according to a leading expert o(...)