Students at Belvedere College, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Parents who have put down their children’s names years in advance for fee-paying secondary schools will lose their advantage under new legislation whi(...)

The Hogan Family at their home in Dublin: with Jen and Paul Hogan are their seven children:Tobey (2), Chloe (14), Adam (11), Jamie (9), Noah (seven months), Luke (7) and Zach (5). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Hogan family is going on its first foreign holiday this May and mother Jen feels “no guilt” about taking her children out of school for a week in (...)

Sadhbh Kurawaska and her two-year-old son Oisín. She says her conversations with parents suggest Dublin is the most oversubscribed area. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

On the way to their first pregnancy scan, the parents stop by the local school. Places are scarce, and they’re here to put the name of their future ch(...)

Research indicates most Irish schoolchildren carry schoolbags that weight more than 10 per cent of their bodyweight. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In a fit of frustration, Margo Fleming placed her daughter’s schoolbag on a weighing scales. The hardback books, sports equipment and copybooks amou(...)

Junior cycle reforms: The ASTI is opposed  and says teachers should not be asked to assess their own students for work linked in any way to State exams. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Teachers in some fee-paying schools have been criticised by Department of Education inspectors for failing to implement changes linked to the reformed(...)

ASTI on the picket line outside Monkstown Park College in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has said it is open to the idea of a third-party mediator stepping in to help resolve its dispute(...)

Staff at Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co Wicklow stage industrial action. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The president of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has said the union may cooperate with contingency plans to keep schools open af(...)

A credit union survey earlier this year found the average cost of sending a child to a non-fee-paying primary school in the coming year will be just under €1,000, while the cost of a “free” education in any of the State’s secondary schools will climb to almost €1,500. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents with school-going children are set to get some financial relief on the cost of books and uniforms under the Government’s new education strateg(...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, is determined to listen to children’s voices.

With the proposed introduction of a parent-student charter in all schools, cynics may question what sort of meaningful contribution young children can(...)

An emmotional four-year-old Luke Delaney on his first day at school, at Griffeen Valley Educate Together School, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is a familiar flurry of pristine school uniforms, bulging school bags and squeaky new lunch boxes this week as children around the country retur(...)

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