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Portlaoise Educate Together National School, which has more than 400 pupils, told parents over the weekend that the school will close and lessons will take place online on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

A primary school in Co Laois has closed on advice from public health authorities due to an outbreak of 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Portlaoise Edu(...)

School principal, Padraig Lohan, at Derryoober National School, Gurteeney, Woodford, Co. Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A few years ago pupil numbers at Derryoober National School in Co Galway dwindled to just single figures. With just one teacher left, it seemed a mat(...)

Some schools say significant numbers of students have not yet returned due to health concerns linked to Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Schools have expressed concern ahead of Wednesday’s annual school census that they risk losing teachers due to the continued absence of pupils because(...)

Oatlands College in Stillorgan: the policy available on the school website at the time of writing in early September still had references to non-refundable payments.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two years ago legislation was enacted to end the practice of schools charging admission fees for enrolment. The law is clear: “A board shall not char(...)

The first day of “big school” will be like no other for those starting on Monday. That was the case not only for the 22 junior infants who on Fri(...)

Changes  to primary schooling as a result of coronavirus are reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emergency report. Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping primary school education, but the impact of the changes is reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emer(...)

‘In 2016, almost half of Irish pupils said they rarely or never used computers at home for schoolwork, compared to an international average of 23%.’ Photograph: iStock

Children are facing a large “digital divide” in access to computers in school versus the home, according to new research. Latest international data i(...)

The term ‘school refusal’ may conjure up the image of a brat who refuses point blank to go to school. However, it’s not usually a case of misbehaving

Almost 60,000 children in Ireland won’t have turned up for school today. Maybe they’re sick or unavoidably absent but many of them, despite the best e(...)

Tusla, the State’s child and family agency, strongly advises parents not to take children out of school for holidays during the school year. Photograph: iStock

It’s almost summer and the cost of taking a holiday is set to soar. For many parents, there’s a dilemma: do you skip school early to take advantage of(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he will not change the criteria relating to primary school teachers taking career breaks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has warned that supply panels to alleviate the shortages in teachers at primary school level may be “expensive a(...)

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