This year, 7,404 students sat the physics paper. Pat Doyle, a teacher at the Institute of Education, said that the higher level exam was fair and balanced with nothing nasty or unexpected. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The final week of the Leaving Cert has coincided with the start of a mini-heatwave, leaving more than 14,000 students sitting physics, physics and (...)

Archeology students and their teachers at a dig in Glendalough, Co Wicklow

Humanities and social science is a very broad church, encompassing a wide range of courses. But is it just for people who don’t yet know what they wan(...)

PhD student Monika Koziel, responsible for identifying potentially fatal species of bacteria in monkeys which can be passed onto humans at the CREATE build at Cork Institute of Technology. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Fancy living in a cave, picking beetles off the wall, shivering in fear for your life? That’s where you’d be without science. There’s no going back fr(...)

Emily Logan is the  Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children is to meet the State Examinations Commission (SEC) after 13 parents complained that their children, who have a range of lea(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Before the first English paper had even begun, students’ minds were already leaping ahead to the following day’s exam, and the all important questi(...)

When the school is a gallery: Pupils from  St Mary’s National School, Drung, Co Cavan consider  From an Abandoned Work VI by Diarmuid Delargy, as part of the Ark 1x1 project

How can you engage children with art? And does it even matter what they think of paintings? Eina McHugh, director of The Ark, the cultural centre for (...)

Steve Mort, head teacher of Corpus Christi Catholic College, reads the hundreds of tributes left in honour of slain teacher Ann Maguire on April 30th, 2014 in Leeds, England. A 15-year-old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

‘Teachers in my school have been brought to hospital by ambulance after being attacked by students. It has happened twice per term. They have suffered(...)

In August, the nation’s collective attention turns to the Leaving Cert results and the panic for college places. With reliable precision, The Irish(...)

‘Gay”, “faggot” and “queer” are regularly used as terms of abuse in schools. Is this about to change, and will it really make a difference to y(...)

Are young people really sending each other naked pictures? Is pornography moulding their ideas of sex? What pressures face young people, and how ca(...)