One of the education goodwill gestures in Budget 2016 is an allocation of 300 teaching posts to guidance counselling, which effectively restores half of the provision withdrawn in Budget 2012.

Timing is everything, and the Coalition will be hoping the added investment in schools in this year’s budget will be returned in goodwill come polling(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and Emirjeta Doda, a student attending Westland Row Secondary School, Dublin launching

Hundreds of events will be taking place at schools, third level institutions, community centres and libraries for this year’s College Awareness Week. (...)

Students at last year’s Irish Times Higher Options at the RDS in Dublin

What will you do after school? Many sixth years haven’t given it much thought yet. Others may have a firm idea of their future career and will have(...)

Careers guidance is seen as a priority in curtailing college drop-out rates, according to a study by UCD researchers. Image: Getty

Fresh calls are being made for the restoration of guidance counselling in schools after the publication of research showing that more than half of st(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan visits ‘The Irish Times’ helpdesk in the paper’s offices on Tara Street in Dublin. Pictured with her are career guidance counsellors Brian Mooney, Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan says she will give “every assistance” to an asylum seeker who is trying to secure a place in college (...)

Conor Gallagher from Ballsbridge, who got nine A1s in the Leaving Cert last year, celebrates with classmates. One student repeated the feat this year and got nine A1s. Photograph: Eric Luke

For every Leaving Cert student, today is a landmark occasion in a very personal educational journey. But the results are also being closely watched by(...)

Diving back into studying for the Leaving Cert takes courage and motivation throughout is critical. Photograph: Getty Images

If you didn’t get the Leaving Cert results you wanted or needed, these next few days and weeks will naturally be taken up with a bit of soul-search(...)

A surge in the number of students taking higher level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate is set to push more college courses through the 500 point(...)

An exam hall.  Almost 119,000 students are registered for this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The number of Leaving Certificate students taking higher-level maths continues to rise with over a third of those sitting this year’s exams declaring(...)

Students are besieged with constant reminders of the importance of the Leaving Cert on their life choices and the significance of good results. Pressu(...)