A total of 61 parents complained to the Ombudsman last year about the SEC’s decision not to give their child exam support

The State Examinations Commission is to review its policy on the provision of supports for students with special needs after complaints this year from(...)

Sorting and dispatching:  Some of the estimated 360,000 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate scripts being sent to over 4,500 examiners at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For students, the ordeal is over. For examiners, the work is just beginning. Over 1.9 million individual test items, including written examination (...)

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres (...)

Twitter: the topic of the day at Junior Cert level. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The majority of Leaving Cert candidates who applied for exam support were granted one or more supports last year, according to new figures released by(...)

Poet Sylvia Plath: her absence from the English paper in 2012 was ‘a black day for poetry students’.

21st anniversary of Mr WB Yeats going AWOL on my English paper 2. “Tread softly because you tread on my leaving cert” #neverforget @AodhanORior(...)

“It wasn’t a predictable paper,” said Elaine Dobbyn, a teacher in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway. “I thought the State Examinations Commission did a good job of challenging the students without throwing them completely.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There were no tears today for Leaving Cert students of English as Paper 2 performed as students hoped and, dare one suggest, expected on Thursday afte(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the 118,784 students starting the State exams had reached “a significant milestone in a young person’s life”. Photograph: Frank Miller

  The Department of Education and the teacher unions don’t normally sing off the same hymn sheet but today they united in cheer for the Cl(...)

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(...)

Ann Heelan: the SEC’s view on what constitutes a reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability is “not up-to-date with modern technology”. Photograph: Lensmen

At least 1,000 students with a range of special needs – including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Asperger’s – have been denied access to Leaving C(...)

Teachers will assess own their students in two classroom-based projects for each subject under the latest junior cycle reform plan published on Friday and signed by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A compromise reform plan for the junior cycle will “deliver the best of both worlds” for secondary students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’S(...)