Richard Bruton

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Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD and education spokesman, said teacher retirement figures show “people are literally running out of the profession”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education needs an extra €80 million to pay for a doubling in the number of projected retirements from teaching and other education (...)

Ireland’s 10-year-olds have been ranked as having the  best reading skills in Europe and among the top-performers in the world, according to a new  international study. Photo: iStock

Ireland’s 10-year-olds have the best reading skills in Europe and among the top-performers in the world, a major new international study shows. The P(...)

The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish information about how many students, from which school, go on to third-level. Photograph: iStock

They’re perhaps the most controversial feature of the Irish education landscape. Back in 2002, The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish info(...)

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Download the Feeder School PDFs here: http://iti.ms/2jQ8tpk Private schools dominate the top places in new league tables based on the proportion(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said subsidies for postgradiate education courses in key subjects could boost teacher numbers. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Subsidised teacher-training courses are being considered to help tackle an acute shortage of qualified teachers for key subjects such as language(...)

The 10-year foreign language strategy seeks to prepare Ireland for Brexit through a series of steps such as potential bonus  points for studying foreign languages.

An ambitious Government strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of students taking two foreign languages in the State exams despite an acute(...)

Science subjects and pay inequality

Sir, – In launching his department’s policy statement on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education, Minister for Education Ric(...)

Physics in action: The shortage of qualified teachers threatens to undermine Government plans to make Ireland the best in Europe in so-called Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – within a decade. File photograph: Getty Images

As few as six graduates are in training to be physics teachers in secondary schools, new figures indicate. The shortage of qualified teachers threate(...)

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(...)

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