A sign at a school in the UK ask parents and carers of schoolchildren to adhere to the British government’s social distancing guidelines. Photograph: Oli Scarff/ AFP

The Department of Education planning document for reopening schools gives the first detailed glimpse of what classrooms may look like in September. I(...)

Disability support groups say they have recorded a marked increase in families contacting their organisation and reporting significant difficulties. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of children with special needs or at high risk of disadvantage will be able to apply for a summer education programme under proposals to be (...)

Catherine McGuinness said it was not a good idea to have children “pushed back to being a sidekick in some department”.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said she was “horrified” at a proposal to do away with the portfolio of Minister for Children. M(...)

NUI Galway rose 21 places in the latest QS World University rankings. Photograph: iStock

Five of Ireland’s top six universities have climbed up the latest set of global rankings with Trinity College Dublin placing just outside the top(...)

A period of uncertainty lies ahead for Ireland’s students and universities alike. Photograph: Getty

Before the pandemic, colleges and universities were creaking due to a decade of underfunding. Now, with vital income from international students, comm(...)

Leaving Cert grades are due to be issued as close as possible to the traditional date in mid-August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Secondary schools are due to begin sending calculated grades for more than 60,000 Leaving Cert students to the Department of Education from this week.(...)

‘Teachers know their students well and have no problem coming up with an accurate grade.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Within hours of the announcement, the phone calls and emails began to arrive. “One parent said his child joined the school recently and was concerned(...)

 A playground at Seagrange Park, Baldoyle, Dublin which was closed in March due  due to the Covid-19  pandemic.Photograph: Alan Betson

Children’s playgrounds across Dublin city will remain shut on Monday, despite assurances from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the facilities could open next we(...)

Groups which attended a meeting with officials on Thursday expressed alarm that draft proposals for a summer programme were ‘extremely limited’ in scope. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Education has played down concerns that thousands of children with special needs could be excluded from a Government “summer programm(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he is confident public health rules will change to allow a “maximum” number of pupils return to school. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell for The Irish Times

Minister for Education Joe McHugh says he is confident that public health advice will change soon to allow a “maximum” number of pupils return to scho(...)

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