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All school staff ‘should have been given Covid-19 vaccines as a matter of priority’

Staff in special schools and classes for children with additional needs should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines as a matter of “extreme urgency”, (...)

JK Rowling dominated the leaderboard of most popular books at primary level. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/ Getty

Irish children’s reading skills improved during the Covid-19 lockdown with many picking up longer books of greater difficulty, new research shows. Th(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  “Our public debt is approaching a quarter of a trillion euros.” Photograph: Julien Behal

The Cabinet will be warned today that current levels of public spending are unsustainable at Ireland’s existing tax base. However, fearing a politic(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley will bring legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday to allow students found to have lobbied teachers in respect of the accredited grades scheme have their results withheld.

The Teachers Union of Ireland has welcomed a move to allow Leaving Certificate grades to be withheld from students in the event of lobbying, a sanctio(...)

The 68-page senior-cycle reform report acknowledges that the emphasis on final exams is seen by many as causing a ‘negative backwash’ in teaching and learning. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New plans to reform the Leaving Cert include reducing the focus on stressful end-of-school exams in June and creating a “curriculum for all” that incl(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley has invited applications from both primary and secondary schools. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Schools are being invited to apply for funding to work together on creative projects ranging from cartoons to coding. Successful applicants will rece(...)

It is critical that we seize the opportunity to overhaul the Leaving Cert, says Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is a pressing need to bring the Leaving Certificate and senior cycle “forward into the 21st century”, Minister for Education Norma Foley has sai(...)

The Government’s decision to change the Covid-19 vaccination schedule was not based on how those working in any particular profession are valued,  Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Industry Correspondent The Government’s decision to change the Covid-19 vaccination priority list was not based on how those working in any particula(...)

Staff in special schools in Wexford, Dublin and Galway have been vaccinated despite a Government decision to remove teachers from the priority vaccination list in favour of an age-based approach. File photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers and special needs assistants (SNAs) in special schools across at least three counties have been vaccinated ahead of schedule, it has emerged.(...)

Delegates at the ASTI conference voted by 281 to 70 to back a joint motion with other teaching unions mandating a ballot on strike action if the Government did not agree to schedule by the end of the current school year vaccination on a priority basis for teachers. File photograph: Alan Betson

A teacher who caught Covid-19 last year has told of how he “could not breathe” three minutes into a walk this week. Eugene Grace, an ASTI delegate fr(...)

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