Hitting the road: the presence of nuns, priests and brothers in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The presence of religious personnel in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades, falling from 3,700 at postprimary level in 1970 to just 30 i(...)

Pressure of exam preparation leads to more didactic ‘teach to the test’ methods rather than innovative teaching

There is a long tradition of public interest in and recognition of the value of education and the role of teachers in Ireland. Research by the Teac(...)

Level playground: the futures of children as they progress through the system become increasingly determined by gender. Above, Blessington primary school in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Our education system is askew. Boys are underperforming in school. Girls are making big strides and achievements in education, but women are massiv(...)