Pupils could start learning foreign languages as early as third class under  changes proposed. Photograph: iStock

Pupils could start learning foreign languages as early as third class under sweeping changes being proposed for the primary curriculum. The planned s(...)

The radical impact of Covid on our exam systems has had one beneficial outcome: it has given us a glimpse of a green field on which to build. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“I wouldn’t start from here” has never been a good response to receive when looking for directions. Education reform has always been bedevilled by th(...)

Children have a constitutional right not to attend religious instruction and the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 obliges schools to detail how they will facilitate this in their admissions policies.

Living abroad, he walked tall. He laughed a lot, had a certain ease about him. Within weeks of moving back to Ireland, he began to keep his head down.(...)

Teachers’ unions say they support spreading assessment for the Leaving Cert across fifth and sixth year through greater emphasis on project or practical work. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Teachers’ unions say they support spreading assessment for the Leaving Cert across fifth and sixth year by placing a greater emphasis on project or pr(...)

 Josna Joy, a teacher at North Wicklow Educates Together secondary school in Bray, Co Wicklow. “The principal was so kind and open to giving migrants a chance. I’m so glad that I kept trying and didn’t give up.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In all the misery that the pandemic heaped onto schools, post-primary principals have been struggling to recruit the right teachers for the right role(...)

Has  the nature of the Leaving Certificate changed forever? Photograph: iStock/Getty

This year, students have been given a choice for every subject of accredited grades, sitting an exam or both, with the student automatically getting t(...)

There is expected to be additional choice on exam papers in next year’s Leaving Certificate

Accredited grades will not be offered as part of next year’s Leaving Certificate, but students are expected to be given additional choices on papers. (...)

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The teaching of foreign languages is to be introduced to primary schools from third class onwards on a pilot basis. The “language sampler module” wi(...)

Sand, stones and flowers feature in some of the outdoor creations by students at Knocknacarra National School in Galway.

“Learning outdoors provides more opportunities for risk-taking, problem-solving, moving the whole body, using the imagination, overcoming fears, engag(...)

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(...)

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