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(...)

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(...)

Senator Colette Kelleher (C) says a  Bill which would make Traveller history and culture part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school is a ‘milestone’ piece of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traveller history and culture would feature as an obligatory part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school under a piece of legislation that (...)

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(...)

Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan, a character encountered by history students: deep reforms of education require a compass. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty

The decision to grant the subject of history a special status in the Junior Cycle has been met with relief in many quarters. As a former history teac(...)

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(...)

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The Minister for Education is planning to give history “special core status” in the junior cycle following a review on whether the subject should rema(...)

Students at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, Co Dublin, are taking part in a review of the senior cycle, including Kadem Price, Rachel Dillon and Senan Monks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobody ever expected Liane McCarthy to drop out of school. She was always academic, and she loved learning. But when she was 15, she hit a rough pat(...)

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