Work, rest or play? There’s a lot to get your head around in the first few months of college, not all of it academic: NCAD students Aoife Irwin Moore and Eimear Walshe at a preview of the 2014 NCAD Graduate Show. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Starting college is a momentous change, marking the first real years of adult life and independence. It is a daunting and exciting time in which, i(...)

Your son or daughter is about to get the results of the Leaving Cert. Everyone knows that because you have been chewing ears all year about how tough(...)

Lucille Holden (7): spends hours watching looming tutorials online and trying to copy them. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:31

They come in waves: collectible doohickeys that fixate schoolchildren, vex teachers and keep corner shops in business. From figurines to trading ca(...)

It was an “unnerving” day for the almost 5,000 students sitting Leaving Cert economics

Outdated software is hampering the work of students and teachers of Leaving Certificate design and communication graphics (DCG), subject advocates (...)

The song of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz was just one of the musical compositions under scrutiny in this year’s Junior Cert music.

Musicals were a strong theme in this year’s Junior Certificate music exam, much to the delight of students. The song of the cowardly lion from the (...)

Soccer was a welcome theme on the Junior Cert Spanish paper. Photograph: Andre Camara/Reuters.

Soccer was a welcome theme on this year’s Junior Cert Spanish exam as most students had prepared material on the subject of the World Cup. There were(...)

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad.

Fans of TV series Breaking Bad may have recognised a picture of Werner Heisenberg on the Leaving Cert chemistry paper. The German theoretical physicis(...)

The Junior Cert German  exam and syllabus are being modified to reflect the norms of the Common European Framework for Languages. Numbers taking up German t at this level had been slipping as the exam was considered quite challenging.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

More than 10,000 Junior Cert students sat a German exam that was “not dumbed down but definitely getting easier”, according to one teacher.“This was (...)

A good knowledge of plumbing and a firm grasp of the English language were the tools of the trade on the Leaving Cert Construction Studies exam. Photograph: Getty Images

A good knowledge of plumbing and a firm grasp of the English language were the tools of the trade on the Leaving Cert Construction Studies exam. De(...)

The practice of locking your love to a city bridge and throwing the key into the river was in the news this week as Parisian city fathers began removi(...)