Carol-Anne O’Brien, Michael Barron, Anthony Burrowes, Siobhan Cuddy and Oisin O’Reilly of Belong To, the Youth Service for gay and lesbian teenagers. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A couple of years ago Michael Barron, the director of Belong To, the national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young p(...)

Imagine being the only person to respond to your own newspaper appeal? This was the rather dispiriting situation that Seán Keane found himself in duri(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn rowed back on a decision to cut extra resource teaching hours by about half an hour for 42,000 children following a public backlash.

Many children with special needs will end up with a reduction in education support despite the Government’s decision to reverse planned cuts, new figu(...)

No child who requires access to SNA support will be deprived of this support, says Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn

MARIE O’HALLORANMinister for Education Ruairí Quinn last night moved to assure the parents of children with special needs that they would not be disad(...)

Aodhan Ó Ríordáin: criticised school patrons who he said were responsible for a “vacuum of leadership”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentExpensive e-books and tablet computers are being introduced to Irish schools without any consideration of th(...)

Olaf Liukowska with fellow pupils playing outdoors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish children are finding it difficult to stay slim. A delegation from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute recently told the Oireachtas that I(...)

Beechpark Services, Woodford Business Park, Santry, Co Dublin, a HSE-run clinical service for children up to 18 years old who have a diagnosis of ASD (autism spectrum disorder): At a meeting in June 2012, Dr Reilly expressed his concern at the high level of investment in Beechpark services. Photograph: Eric Luke

As anyone who has a child with special needs will attest, getting the right help is a difficult task. But for parents of children with autism that tas(...)

Schools should be banned from insisting students wear expensive crested uniforms, according to a new report

Schools should be banned from insisting students wear expensive crested uniforms, workbooks should be outlawed and voluntary contributions should be “(...)

“We have to separate very clearly the difference between the seduction of modern technology, which is a phenomenon of short duration, and the necessity of European education which goes right back to the Acropolis and Socrates,” Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said.

We should not get “seduced” by technology and fall into a “commercial trap” by providing the latest hardware to schools, Minister for Education Ruairí(...)

UCD history professor Diarmaid Ferriter said plans to remove history as a compulsory subject under the new Junior Cycle programme were ’very worrying for the future’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UCD history professor Diarmaid Ferriter said plans to remove history as a compulsory subject under the new junior cycle programme were “very worrying (...)

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