Katherine Donnelly: Teachers are well placed to take pulse of family life
With about 550,000 four- to 12-year-olds attending primary schools every day, principals and teachers are well placed to take the pulse of the nation's family life as it affects young children.
Overwhelmingly, children are happy and that is obvious in the classroom and yard. But, for several years, principals have been highlighting increasing levels of child emotional ill-health among their charges.
The Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) tracks it through annual member surveys in the weeks before its annual conference, taking place this week.