Subject choice: maths and English experienced mixed fortunes in this year’s Leaving Cert exams

Minority languages, which are taken by a very small number of students, continue to generate the highest rate of honours marks in the Leaving Cert. H(...)

Some of the estimated 360,000 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exam scripts at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone, being sorted for despatch to the  examiners around the State who will mark the papers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Students getting their Leaving Cert results might not think too much about what happened to their exam scripts after they left the exam hall. Their(...)

By popular criteria, a paper is “fair” if it features questions teachers can anticipate and prepare their students for. Educators should hope the exam offers a genuine reflection of students’ talents.   File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

During the tribulations of examination season there are many headlines on themes such as “Students happy with as-expected Leaving Cert Mathematics pap(...)

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Thursday morning’s freezing conditions did not deter teachers around the State from taking to the picket line in protest of the proposed junior cycle (...)

Mark Berney at Gorey Community College, Co Wexford, with his mother Nicky Deacon, holding a copy of his Leaving Cert results with 9 A1s last year. Photograph: Julien Behal

The proportion of Leaving Cert students getting As at higher level are down across all the major subjects this year. However, the trend is driven larg(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson.

As in 2013, the main focus of interest in the 2014 Leaving Cert results is in the fall-out from the new Project Maths curriculum and the response to t(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn speaking to media outside Leinster House yesterday in relation to protests by teachers over the new junior cycle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Teachers protested against the new junior cycle plans yesterday as the Minister for Education defended the programme and reje(...)

From left: Ciara Kirwan from Glenagerary, Orlaith Styles from Dalkey, Laura O’Carroll from Killiney and Ellen Boyd from Glenageary enjoy the sunshine and some last-minute study for the Leaving Certificate exams, at Dalkey, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The extent to which you fulfil your potential in the Leaving or the Junior Certificate is heavily influenced by the degree to which you tap into your (...)