While antigen testing will be encouraged, it will not be mandatory for children. File photograph: Getty

Antigen tests will be provided to primary school children where another child in their pod has tested positive for Covid-19, Minister for Education No(...)

While welcoming the new Covid containment  measures, school managers say they will make their work more challenging. Photograph: Getty

Parents may see more primary school classes being sent home over the coming weeks due to a “crisis” in substitution cover which will worsen due to new(...)

Department of Education officials had been planning to relax existing guidelines to allow more extra-curricular activities, school excursions and school events.  File photograph: iStock

Schools have not been given the green light to host Christmas plays, fundraisers or face-to-face parent-teaching meetings. Department of Education of(...)

Are parents at fault? Do we need to let our children play in a more natural way, and not worry about scrapes and bruises?

Are we damaging our children’s mental health by bubble-wrapping them? Is stopping them playing the way we used to, and even from running in playground(...)

While physical bullying is decreasing, online bullying and mental health problems are growing among pupils, an Oireacthas committee has heard. Photograph: iStock

Parents “bubble-wrapping” their children and increased use of social media appear to be damaging the mental health of young people, a school manager h(...)

The Department of Education  says the move means parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability and schools will not require a formal application in order to access support.

Opposition is growing to plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildr(...)

The cost of iPads and other digital devices in schools is a major issue for parents, say campaign groups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

School policies which require the mandatory purchase of iPads at a cost of up to €1,000 are forcing many hard-pressed parents to borrow money, accordi(...)

Pictured at the launch of Education Matters Ireland’s Yearbook of Education were from left to right: Brian McCraith President of DCU, Brian Mooney editor of the book, Maurice Manning Chancellor NUI Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is to slow down the pace of reform in schools on foot of concerns of “initiative overload” among teachers, principal(...)

Funding cuts have meant more spending for parents of schoolchildren, according to the CPSMA. Photograph: Getty Images

Parents of Irish schoolchildren have had to spend €46 million to make up for shortfalls following funding cuts, the Catholic Primary Schools Managers’(...)

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation  said there were plenty of options to make up lost time other than cutting short holidays. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School managers say any move to cut short Easter holidays in order to make up for lost tuition time due to adverse weather would be “unfair” on parent(...)

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