The boy exhibited a letter from a clinical psychologist who said the student’s fluctuations in attention and listening are exacerbated by anxiety in exam situations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A student with dyslexia has challenged the Minister for Education’s refusal to grant him an adult “reader” to help him understand Leaving Certificate (...)

Key dates for CAO applications

January 20th, 2016 (5.15 pm): Closing date for the CAO early-bird on-line applications. A fee of €25 applies before this date and increases then to €(...)

Róisín Lowe at St Leo’s College, Carlow: “I see a word and think I’m spelling it correctly but the words move about on the page.”  Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Róisín Lowe is a star student. She got an A in Junior Cert English. There’s almost no reason she shouldn’t perform well in her Leaving Cert next ye(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon criticised the administration of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Certificate Examinations (Race) scheme for exam support. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State Examinations Commission has bowed to pressure from the Ombudsman for Children and disability rights organisations over a lack of transparen(...)

A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new “politics and society” subject is to introduced to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year and will require students to be familiar with political t(...)

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was among those who raised concerns about the Leaving Certificate  maths exam. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has refused a Freedom of Information request for details of how it altered its marking scheme for a controvers(...)

Almost a quarter of Leaving Cert candidates who appealed their result in higher level Mathematics received an upgrade, figures published by the State Examinations Commission on Wednesday show. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Almost a quarter of Leaving Cert candidates who appealed their result in higher level Mathematics received an upgrade, figures published by the State (...)

A separate settlement of €12.25 million was made this year by the State Examinations Commission  for its failure to treat properly for taxation purposes payments to examiners and other contract staff. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Over €5.7 million was paid in fees and travel expenses to the members of 11 Department of Education boards and committees over a four-year period, the(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection overpaid €1.5 million a week in illness benefit last year, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has foun(...)