Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “For the first time we see the concerns around the high-stakes nature of the points system and the Leaving Certificate being addressed in a coherent way across both second and third level.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaving Certificate students are facing a new grading system for exams aimed at reducing the culture of “teaching to the test” and rote learnin(...)

Students sitting the Leaving Cert: a review of grading bands and an external analysis of the predictability of exam papers are on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A significant reduction in degree programmes and an end to “problematic predictability” in the Leaving Certificate have been announced as part of a(...)