Pictured outside Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin were Rebecca Black, Darcey Barrett, Emily McAndrew and Aoife Byrne. Photograph: Dave Meehan

While the Eucharistic Congress made an appearance instead of an anticipated question on the Treaty, higher level Leaving Cert history students woul(...)

A comprehension question concerning a woman smuggling a tortoise onto an airplane   was one of the highlights of this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French exam. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whoever set this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French paper must have been in a good mood, judging by the general reaction to the paper. Many of t(...)

In the context of major stories - water charges, Charlie Hebdo, marriage equality referendum were all topics students could have written about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Higher level Irish students who prepared well for the oral Irish exam were doubly rewarded with a paper that was rich in the issues of the day, accord(...)

Students and teachers have responded positively to this year’s Junior Cert maths papers, which were sat by just under 60,000 students. John Brennan, a(...)

Poet Sylvia Plath: her absence from the English paper in 2012 was ‘a black day for poetry students’.

21st anniversary of Mr WB Yeats going AWOL on my English paper 2. “Tread softly because you tread on my leaving cert” #neverforget @AodhanORior(...)

“It wasn’t a predictable paper,” said Elaine Dobbyn, a teacher in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway. “I thought the State Examinations Commission did a good job of challenging the students without throwing them completely.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There were no tears today for Leaving Cert students of English as Paper 2 performed as students hoped and, dare one suggest, expected on Thursday afte(...)

The somewhat uncanny inclusion of both a short and a long question about rollercoaster safety brought the higher level engineering paper bang up to(...)

Leaving Cert student Michael O’Connor: ‘The sight I have isn’t a huge amount of use but it does help with mobility, together with my cane. I can tell day from night, shadows and shapes, that sort of thing’. Photograph: Eric Luke

If I could change one thing about the Leaving it would be that you can’t re-sit any of the subjects in the same year. It’s so cruel. You get sick, you(...)

Tara McCarthy of St Angela’s College, Cork; Maedbh Heaney, Scoil Mhuire, Cork; Gillian Keating of Cork Chamber; and Saoirse Terry of Coachford College, Cork, at the launch of the I Wish events in Cork on February 12th, promoting Stem careers to girls and women. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as Stem) has a women problem. These areas have always attracted and retained more bo(...)

How do you choose a school?

Yet again, The Irish Times Feeder Schools Lists are out, and yet again, they will be snapped up by Irish parents thirsty for information – any informa(...)