The president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals said there was “little or no stress and anxiety” for Leaving Cert students who had the option of written exams this year and major changes “did not bring the system to a halt”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Leaving Cert needs a “mammoth overhaul” to ease the anxiety facing sixth year students, according to president of the representative body for seco(...)

It is critical that we seize the opportunity to overhaul the Leaving Cert, says Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is a pressing need to bring the Leaving Certificate and senior cycle “forward into the 21st century”, Minister for Education Norma Foley has sai(...)

Unions are expect to finalise a return-to-school plan with Department of Education officials on Monday before a formal announcement is made following a Cabinet meeting the following day. File photograph: iStock

Many secondary students may have to wait until April 12th before they return to the classroom under school reopening plans related to the Covid-19 pan(...)

Alan Mongey, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said his organisation would like to see a full return of all students to school in late August-September, “provided it is safe, practical and possible to do so for students, all school staff and school leaders”. Photograph: PA

Additional funding must be provided to schools to enable them to implement in full Department of Education guidelines for reopening, the Irish Primary(...)

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) welcomed the clarity surrounding the examination intentions. File photograph: Eric Luke

The two main secondary teachers’ unions will meet on Friday evening to discuss the cancellation of the Leaving Certificate written examinations this s(...)

Second level teachers’ unions   said they will work to serve the ‘best interests of students’. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

The country’s largest secondary teachers union says it has “a number of serious concerns” over elements of the decision to postpone the Leaving Cert u(...)

The report identifies potential solutions such as better distribution of workload and improved salaries. Photograph: Eric Luke

The next “emergency” in education will be a shortage of secondary principals due to the growing burden on school leaders, a national representative bo(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: said he did not want to be specific on how many hours history should receive. Photoraph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Education Joe McHugh appears to have rowed back from plans to oblige schools to spend as much time studying history in the Junior Cycle a(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that history will be mandatory for all junior cycle students from next year onwards. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

School principals will warn on Friday that giving history “special core status” in the Junior Cycle will limit their ability to provide pupils with su(...)

Schools are struggling to attract applicants for the position of school principal due to growing workloads and responsibilities, according to the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Photograph: iStock

Schools are struggling to attract applicants for the position of principal due to growing workloads and responsibilities, according to the representat(...)

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