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Talks are under way with teachers’ unions and school managers this week over this phased reopening of mainstream primary and secondary schools. File photograph: Alan Betson

So, when exactly are schools set to reopen? Education sources say Monday, March 1st, is a likely reopening date for primary schools on a phased basi(...)

Homeschooling: ‘I hate the battle of wills that must follow if we are to progress with the curriculum.’ Photograph: iStock

It doesn’t take much to distract me these days. The lure of the laundry, wondering what might happen in today’s episode of Little House on the Prairie(...)

Laura McCarthy at her home in Ballivor, Co Meath, with her family James, Robyn and Peter and dog, Chad. Photograph: Alan Betson

The pandemic has slammed school doors shut for the second time in less than a year. In general, teachers and students are better prepared than they we(...)

Teachers have learned key lessons on what works - and what doesn’t  - from their experiences during the last lockdown. File photograph: iStock

As teachers take part in another round of remote teaching, many are using the lessons they learned during the previous lockdown to inform their work. (...)

With schools closed, there are ample resourses online to help parents and students with home-based learning. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA

Here we go again. Three weeks? Three months? The truth is nobody – including the Department of Education – really knows how long the schools will be c(...)

Do you feel that you and the school are better prepared this time compared to last spring?

Homeschooling is no easy task, whether you’re a parent, pupil or teacher. As families across Ireland get to grips with learning from home again, what (...)

Try to prioritise the general wellbeing of the family over trying to cover a set amount of school work. Photograph: iStock

Here we go again. Homeschooling is once more obligatory for all children rather than a parental choice for a tiny minority. January is Heal(...)

Katie Gannon (left) and Aoife Wall, 5th year students at the Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore, celebrating the launch of the DPS Aspire To Programme with DPS programme manager Janice Mc Garry and principal Michelle O’ Kelly (right). Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The best schools focus less on teaching, more on learning. Barry O’Callaghan, chair of the National Association of Principal and Deputies leading fo(...)

Parents and guardians should keep other factors in mind besides academic achievement when choosing a school for their child. Photograph: iStock

Click here to download the full 2020 Feeder School tables Critics of feeder school data contend that there is so much more to a school than(...)

Students have had to adjust to changed classroom environments due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

1. Reopening  schools Another shutdown of the school system looks certain - the only question is how long will it last? Current speculation(...)

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