Committee chair Fiona O’Loughlin, a Fianna Fáil TD, said she was aware of parents who were asked to provide essentials such as toilet roll on a regular basis. Photograph: iStock

Some school principals are asking children to bring toilet rolls with them because their schools are under such financial pressure. The claim was mad(...)

The Department of Education does not have any power to force schools to cut the cost of uniforms or books for parents, according to internal records. (...)

Valerie Gaynor with some of the pre-school children at Creative Kids & Co in Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regina Bushell still remembers having to be brought in “kicking and screaming” on her first day at primary school, just a few weeks after her fourth b(...)

In European terms, Ireland has come very late to investing in the care and education of children under four.

Step through the door of your local creche or pre-school centre and you are walking into an uneasy relationship between the private sector and the Sta(...)

The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students, parents’ representatives have claimed.

The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have clai(...)

‘Being completely honest, we all hate homework. We know it has to be done but it has a big impact,’ says Sarah Jayne Tobin (above) with her son Nathan Fanagan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Do young children really need to do more work when they get home after a day at school? The Oireachtas committee on public petitions is currently exam(...)

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(...)

Moving on up? “It is one of the first times you are going to have your beautiful child going into a situation that you can’t really control,” says teacher Ray Silke.

“Walking school bags” is one name for them. The first-year pupils arriving at their new secondary school, barely visible underneath a huge, brand new (...)

 According to a report published  this year by the National Parents’ Council, almost one-third of parents of primary school pupils said their children could not walk to school because of the weight of their schoolbags. Photograph: iStock

August This is the most stressful month of the year for many parents and back to school cost are all to blame. It is 50 years since the then minister (...)

 Educate Together schoolchildren protest for a bigger school in Ballinteer during the week: places in Educate Together schools are highly sought-after. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Why are school waiting lists in the news? The Department of Education is planning to phase out the practice of schools being allowed to admit childre(...)

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