Real change across junior cycle will begin by changing what happens at the end of junior cycle, the NCCA says. But teacher unions are opposed to current reform plans. Above, members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike late last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a frequently heard reference in education about assessment being the tail that wags the curriculum dog. Judging by the number of column inc(...)

Teachers are warning against using Applied Maths as a way of “fixing” problems that have emerged with the Project Maths curriculum. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans to include computer science in a new applied maths syllabus have been criticised as “tokenistic” and retrograde by maths teachers.The proposal t(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: believes philosophy will make “a significant contribution to giving students the tools to critically engage in an informed manner with the world around them”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Philosophy is set to become a subject on the school curriculum for the first time under a plan formulated by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to (...)

Teachers strike: Philip Irwin (left) president ASTI and Gerry Quinn (right) president of thre TUI with members on picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road in Dublin. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, retailers enjoyed another pre-Christmas bounce yesterday – thanks to Teacher Tuesday. More than 330,000 post-p(...)

Uunions don’t strike lightly. In the past 30 years, secondary teachers withdrew their services during three different disputes, all relating to pay a(...)

Observations about corruption in Irish society shouldn’t stand in the way of junior cycle reform, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Observations about corruption in Irish society shouldn’t stand in the way of junior cycle reform, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said.In a (...)

 Enda Kenny:  “The only ones who suffer from a strike in circumstances like this are the pupils.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he regretted the decision by teachers to close secondary schools next Tuesday in protest over junior cycle reform. “The only(...)

Helen Mortimer

While Jan O’Sullivan and the teacher unions remain at loggerheads over the junior cycle reforms, the National Parents’ Council Post-Primary claimed(...)

Junior masterchefs: junior finalist Maeve McManus and senior finalist Jordan Harrison taking part in Safefood’s Takeaway My Way all-Ireland competition

Most young people know that they need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and that processed and sugary foods aren’t good for them. They’ve been told(...)

For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

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