Richard Bruton

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Richard Bruton said new guidelines on inspections and best practice in schools make clear the standards which we want schools to aspire to achieve.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Inspectors are now measuring the quality of education in schools on a sliding scale that ranges from “very good” to “weak”. The changes are part of b(...)

Fitness to practise: most of the complaints the Teaching Council is investigating involve primary teachers. Photograph: Getty

The first teacher in Ireland to face a public fitness-to-practise hearing is to remain anonymous after a decision by the Teaching Council’s disciplina(...)

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place from January 10th to 13th at the RDS in Dublin. File  Photograph: Eric Luke

Concern about social issues such as homelessness, mental health and the problems faced by transgender people feature in projects submitted for this ye(...)

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon , Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Dublin Aerospace chief executive Michael Tyrrell at the announcement of 150 new jobs at the company. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Irish aircraft maintenance specialist born out of the closure of a multinational plans to boost jobs by 150 to 350 over the next three years. Dubl(...)

Many primary schools are finding it difficult to fill gaps for career breaks and maternity leave, while secondary schools report major difficulties sourcing teachers in key subjects. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The number of retired teachers returning to the classroom is set to reach a record high as schools struggle to fill gaps for short-term absences. Man(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: “Homemakers make a huge contribution to society. It is important the Government supports people who have worked in the home to reskill and return to work.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+(...)

Fitness to practise: most of the complaints the Teaching Council is investigating involve primary teachers. Photograph: Getty

The first public inquiry into a teacher accused of misconduct is due to be held next month. While fitness to teach measures have been provided for in(...)

The number of people with disabilities attending third level or higher education has grown from 3,800 in 2008 to more than 12,000 students this year. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of students with disabilities in third level or further education has more than tripled in a decade, new research shows. The dramatic incr(...)

President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne: the university is nearing the conclusion of a capital development plan, which has “transformed” the campus. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The European Investment Bank is to provide €60 million towards development of the NUI Galway campus. The first ever loan to the university from Euro(...)

 ASTI delegates at a meeting in June. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The leadership of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is to meet next month to consider whether to reinstate a campaign of industrial(...)

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