Luke McArdle with his mother Lynn, left, and  pre-school co-manager Margaret Hennessy at  Beaumont Community Pre-school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lynn McArdle was devastated when she heard her four-year-old son Luke would not be starting school in September 2016 because the age cut-off date had (...)

Third-level open days: parents and students should set out some ground rules ahead of the actual event.

Choosing a college is a big deal - and a big ordeal - for both students and parents or guardians. Will they pick the right course? Should they choose (...)

Jenny and Aidan McCabe with their 12-year-old daughter Sophie, who will be starting at Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, Co Leitrim. Photograph: James Connolly

Next week about 64,000 children in the Republic will embark on one of life’s significant transitions – the start of secondary school. After eight yea(...)

Back to school? Try to listen to your children but avoid grilling them

Establish a routine Every family is different so do what suits your circumstances in establishing a workable pattern around breakfast and getting o(...)

Apprentices typically combine college days and academic training with real work experience. Photograph: Getty.

The success or otherwise of those receiving their Leaving Cert results will be judged in large measure, by the students themselves, their schools, the(...)

Where next? Institute of Guidance Counsellors says equality of access to guidance counselling is essential. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The most marked drop in the availability of guidance counsellor services since the economic crash has been in the country’s poorest schools, accordin(...)

June 8th is a date that has been seared into their minds for a long time now. It evokes feelings of rising anxiety and dread, coupled with a sense of (...)

Gemma Linehan at CIT, where she is studying as an apprentice mechanic. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly th(...)

College is about new experiences and new friends, so don’t stick tightly to who or what you know

1 Picking a profession rather than a passion “Ah, the heart or the money?” says David Coyle of Methodius, which specialises in IT recruitment. “Heart(...)

One of the education goodwill gestures in Budget 2016 is an allocation of 300 teaching posts to guidance counselling, which effectively restores half of the provision withdrawn in Budget 2012.

Timing is everything, and the Coalition will be hoping the added investment in schools in this year’s budget will be returned in goodwill come polling(...)

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