Staff Picks:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2011

We don’t seem to know how to talk about suicide

Is giftedness always a gift?

Tables of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ suggest a form of educational apartheid


Higher & Further Education News & Views

College places to be capped as funds crisis hits

Education body denies low take-up of work and study places abroad

Learning curve for North’s universities as cheaper fees may create free-for-all

Keen to map a new way forward

Ireland pushes education ties with Vietnam in bid to court student market

UCC to run €9m wave energy trials

Graduate students need to brush up to get into medicine


Disability Headlines

Statement in relation to People with disabilities in Ireland (PWDI)

Minister defends cut in funding to disability group

Pirate queen makes waves with online learning game

Presidential praise for novice poets


General Education Stories

Primary schools employ up to 1,500 unqualified people in defiance of ban

Ahead of the rest in the schoolyard

Pay rises for 30,000 teachers to cost €22m

School funding can’t be topped up by parents

Teachers say literacy training inadequate

Diary of a Schoolteacher: It’s time to sex up the classics for today’s iPhone teens

Guidance service in schools at risk under budget proposals


Mental Health in the Media

Are anti-depressants the cure . . .or the problem?

Suicide prevention – Look out for each other Christmas

Suicide prevention group urges against spending cuts

Homegrown cannabis raises risk of psychosis

Children wait for mental health checks

Psychiatrist calls for lithium to be added to water


Employment Features

Employers warn on disability cuts

Almost 50% EU retraining fund to be returned

40,000 jobless people snub Fás interview

One in six still jobless after finishing training courses


Don’t forget to catch up on our Ted Talks as well. This week’s one about Work Life Balance is well worth a watch.