The idea of training  pre-school to integrate foreign languages in early years learning settings should be considered, according to Department of Education inspectors. Photograph: iStock

Teaching foreign languages should be considered in preschools and primary schools, according to Department of Education school inspectors. In a new r(...)

A teacher distributes individual student stationary packs ahead of the return of students to a school in London this week. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has warned against a rush to reopen schools. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

It will not be possible for all pupils to be in a classroom at the same time when schools reopen, the head of the primary teachers’ union has said. J(...)

Inspectors found evidence of restrictive enrolment practices where schools prioritise places in special classes for higher-functioning students at the expense of those with more complex needs. Photograph: iStock

The reluctance of many mainstream schools to open special classes for children with autism risks creating a “segregated” education system, according t(...)

Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert students did not register in time for last Friday’s deadline to receive calculated grades. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This year’s calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students could influence how future end-of-school exams are carried out, the president of a tea(...)

As minister for education in the late 1960s, Donogh O’Malley opened up secondary education to all Irish people. Photograph: Eddie Kelly / The Irish Times

Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Ma(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed yesterday that primary and secondary schools would reopen at the end of August. Speaking to reporters, he said the G(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the Department of Education will continue to engage with schools over the coming weeks in an effort to establish why some students may not have registered on the portal. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert students have failed to register for their calculated grades ahead of Friday’s extended noon deadline. A total of 98 per ce(...)

Officials are examining school reopening policies in other countries. Above, Tunisian school students wearing face masks in a classroom on May 28th, after authorities approved the easing of measures put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

There’s lots of commentary about reopening schools. How safe would it be to do this? Latest research by the HSE has concluded schools are “not a hig(...)

Minister of Education  Joe McHugh has said it is difficult to see all students being able to return to school in September if the two-metre social distancing rule remains in place.  Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The Minister of Education Joe McHugh has said it is difficult to see all students being able to return to school in September if the two-metre social (...)

Some school principals have expressed concern that a significant cohort of students who have disconnected from school may not register in time for the deadline.

The deadline for Leaving Cert students to register for calculated grades has been extended until noon on Friday, the Minister for Education has confir(...)

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