Honor takes one look at our tent-slash-tipi and I know exactly what’s going through her mind. It’s the exact same thing that’s going through mine. (...)

Teacher Michael Leyden said the higher-level exam, while well-pitched, probably kept most students busy until the end of the exam. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

While the technical graphics paper was in tune with the syllabus, ordinary-level materials technology was surprisingly difficult, according to Juni(...)

A Department of Education survey into the deployment of secondary school staff has found a mismatch between teachers’ formal qualifications and the subjects they teach.  Photograph: Nicolas Peschier/AFP/Getty Images

A survey by the Department of Education into how staff are deployed in secondary schools has identified a mismatch between teachers’ formal qualifi(...)

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(...)

Aselection of handwritten letters and postcards written to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. Photograph:  Leon Neal /Getty Images

  The Junior Cert business syllabus needs an update, according to teachers. Higher-level business students sat two papers, while ordinary-(...)

There was no sign of Bono on the Junior Cert geography higher-level paper - the only major rock groups were igneous and sedimentary. Nevertheless, (...)

Former Dublin footballer Tommy Carr and his son 15-year-old Simon, who is hoping to make it as a professional tennis player. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Courts along the yellow brick road of tennis are littered with burned out prodigies. Families have spilt, mug shots of parents have been plastered to (...)

A stiff vocabulary test kicked off of this year’s Junior Certificate, as higher level English students pored over a dense reading on the astronomer(...)

Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys at the count at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They are down on the ground at the Yes Equality party in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. Three rows of campaigners, legs around the person in front, (...)

Sinéad O’Sullivan tutors second-year students in digital media literacy in Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is Wednesday afternoon in Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore. There is a man in reception talking about robots. He has one in his bag to show som(...)