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Use of seclusion in schools for pupils with ‘behaviours of concern’ to end under new guidance

Schools are to be advised to review their behaviour policies for students on foot of new Department of Education guidelines which will end the...

Teacher alleged to have shouted and pulled at autistic pupil accused of professional misconduct

A teacher is facing allegations of professional misconduct after he “reefed” ear defenders from the head of a nine-year-old autistic pupil and shouted at...

‘Most students have no connection to working farms. It’s good to understand where food comes from’

It’s Wednesday morning and students at Wesley College are settling into class. The subject is agricultural science, although most students at this suburban Dublin...

‘Only Catholics need apply’: Is religion a barrier to getting a job as a primary teacher?

Luke Lennon has been teaching in a multi-denominational school in Greystones, Co Wicklow, for ten years. He loves the job, but it is a...

How AI could change language learning: 6 takeaways from Ireland’s largest ever event for language teachers

It was billed as the largest ever event for language teachers in Ireland. But, if you weren’t one of the 1,200 attendees at the...

Ireland ranks last in spending on education ‘as a percentage of GDP’, study finds

Ireland spends less on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) than almost all developed countries, according to an international study.However, the...

Bombscares, gossip and scented rubbers: the school journey remembered

Robert Burns, director of housing and community development at Fingal County Council, first approached the Museum of Childhood with an idea for a project...

‘Is this a real job?’ For teachers, sending in a CV can feel like a roll of the dice

At this time of year, school reception areas are filled with nervous teachers waiting to be interviewed. Most candidates will have taken the time...

Parents forced to pay up to €1,000 for digital devices in school despite cost-of-living crisis

Many parents of secondary school students are being forced to pay up to €1,000 for digital devices even though they may not always be...

‘I don’t see any sign of things getting better’: Soaring rents and living costs take toll on teachers

When Conall Ó Dufaigh graduated from a two-year professional master’s in education several years ago, many of his former classmates immediately went to the...

Schools struggling to find qualified teachers for vacant posts

Last week principal Rachel O’Connor checked the school post to see how many applications had arrived for vacant teaching posts at her school in...

‘Left out of birthday parties and sports’: Autism a barrier to making friends in school, study finds

Most people with autism and their families do not believe the education system is inclusive and regularly face barriers to inclusiveness such as being...

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