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A grant from the State’s grants agency can be a crucial factor in a student’s decision on whether to accept a course offer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It’s easy to choose a college course – but being in a position to pay registration fees, living costs and spiralling rental accommodation is something(...)

Angela Kaya, and daughter Leyla at their home in Ratoath, Co Meath. Ratoath College’s iPad-only policy for junior cycle students has divided parents. Photograph: Alan Betson

At Ratoath College, a 1,000-pupil secondary school in Co Meath, hundreds of parents are locked into a bitter row with school management over its iPad-(...)

Jack Lynch Blennerville and Alex O’Shea  of Brookfield College in Tralee prepare for their exams. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The State examinations begin today for some 124,000 pupils with a range of new measures aimed at reducing stress and anxiety levels. Youth mental hea(...)

Minister Children and Youth Affairs Katharine Zappone. A spokesman for  the Minister said that “overall” her department did not expect to see an increase in “average” school-age childcare fees. Photograph: Eric Luke

Aftercare costs for school children are set to climb by up to 40 per cent for many upper- and middle-income parents, childcare providers have warned. (...)

Tusla, the State’s child and family agency, strongly advises parents not to take children out of school for holidays during the school year. Photograph: iStock

It’s almost summer and the cost of taking a holiday is set to soar. For many parents, there’s a dilemma: do you skip school early to take advantage of(...)

Meg O’Kelly (24) from Dublin is one of the chosen few on the ESB’s apprentice programme for network technicians.

A recent survey investigating the biggest influence on young people’s career choices has confirmed what many of us suspected all along: it’s the Irish(...)

Gluten-free living: Mina Campbell was seven when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease

Our daughter never enjoyed sandwiches. We all used to roll our eyes when Mina would, from the age of about three, eat the cheese but throw away the br(...)

Some parishes have introduced programmes aimed at boosting parental involvement around the sacraments.

Schools are entitled to set aside up to 30 minutes of the school day for religious instruction, twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as p(...)

A survey  reveals a strong demand for parents and local parishes to play a much greater role in preparing children for sacraments. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is unique in its dependence on schools in preparing for the sacraments. And, as any primary school teacher will tell you, preparation for Comm(...)

There is a strong demand for parents and local parishes to play a much greater role in preparing children for sacraments, according to the findings of a survey by the Archdiocese of Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Catholic schools want key preparations for sacraments such as Confirmation and Communion to take place outside the classroom, according to the finding(...)

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