Ireland sleep walking into a calculated Leaving Certificate grades disaster

As currently configured, the system for the Leaving Certificate has the same basic components as used across the UK

After climbdowns from governments in Edinburgh and London on their calculated grades systems,  Ireland’s exam authorities need to avoid the same breakdown in confidence. Photograph: Alan Lewis/ Photopress

After climbdowns from governments in Edinburgh and London on their calculated grades systems, Ireland’s exam authorities need to avoid the same breakdown in confidence. Photograph: Alan Lewis/ Photopress

Since the publication of Scotland’s exam results in early August there has been unprecedented tumult in the UK’s education system, with the fairness of this year’s results thrown into question. After climbdowns from governments in Edinburgh and London on their calculated grades systems, can Ireland’s exam authorities avoid the same breakdown in confidence? Will they jump, and if not, can they avoid being pushed?

The cancellation of exams at the beginning of summer created an unprecedented policy challenge. How can you recognise and certify the achievements of young people without national exams, in a way that facilitates their progression, while ensuring fairness to individuals, along with maintaining standards across schools, and across years?

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