Junior Cycle

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Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project members pictured with (second from left) Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton

The Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project has been awarded the top prize at the 2019 Pakman Awards for its work transforming waste and recycling infras(...)

State Examinations Commission official Tim Desmond said it was welcome that the review of the senior cycle to date to date had highlighted a desire for a broad view of education.

The “relentless pursuit of CAO points” is having an extreme influence on how students are engaging with teaching and learning, according to a senior S(...)

ASTI delegates at its  annual convention last year. The union is to hold a ballot of members over the timing of teacher meetings during  the school day. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union is to ballot members over a directive which would require members to only attend meetings relating to (...)

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(...)

Senior cycle education in secondary school could have a more rigorous vocational dimension, according to an OECD analysis.

The Leaving Cert should have a more rigorous vocational focus and give real work-based experience to students, according to a review of senior cycle b(...)

ASTI president Deirdre Mac Donald says additional work generated by Junior Cycle changes are just one of a range of new demands on teachers in recent years.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Major curriculum change at senior cycle level should not take place until there is a comprehensive review of the impact of Junior Cycle changes, a tea(...)

In ordinary level maths, a relatively high proportion of students - 6 per cent or more than 1,330 candidates – failed the exam. File image: Getty

One in ten Junior Cert students who sat the higher level history exam this year did not pass it, one of the highest fail rates for any subject. While(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I think there has been a perception that history was being downgraded and obviously I had to address that head-on.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh has ruled out making subjects such as geography or science mandatory after moving to make the study of history (...)

A move to make history mandatory , say some at the coalface, threatens to undo much of the philosophy behind Junior Cycle  reforms. Photo: iStock

Minister for Education Joe McHugh’s decision to give history “special status” on the Junior Cycle curriculum will be cheered by those who feared the s(...)

Ciara Roosli, Tramore, Co Waterford, says she has difficulties opting her child out of religious education.  ‘I can’t continue to take him out of the school. I run a business.’  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Many parents are finding it “impossible” to opt-out their children from religion classes despite their legal right to do so, according to campaigners.(...)

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