Leaving Cert

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Some 1,730 students received a “Distinction” grade in the Leaving Certificate, 79 per cent of whom were girls

Girls outperformed boys in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers at higher and ordinary level, a gender breakdown of this year’s results shows. At h(...)

From left:  Joe Humphreys, Irish Times  Education Correspondent, with guidance counsellors   Brian Howard   and Deirdre Garrett,  at the Exams Helpdesk.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Since the Leaving Cert results came out on Wednesday, guidance counsellors at the Irish Times Help Desk have been busy answering inquiries and respond(...)

Amy Lynch from Tralee, who was award a merit in the Leaving Cert Applied with her mother Jean. Photograph:  Eye Focus Ltd

The grade on Amy Lynch’s certificate read “merit” but behind that single word lay a series of huge achievements.“It was a long journey, thinking back(...)

Almost two in five families take out loans or use credit cards to cover the cost of sending their children to college, an Irish League of Credit Unions survey has found. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Almost two in five families are taking out loans or using credit cards to cover the cost of sending their children to college, an Irish League of Cred(...)

Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, who got Nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate, celebrates with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Conor Gallagher, the student who achieved the highest results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams, said “nothing could have prepared him” for ach(...)

Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

A surge in the number of students who sat higher level maths in this year’s Leaving Cert has been welcomed by industry groups and Minister for Educati(...)

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(...)

The ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) report highlights the importance of creating “a culture of high expectations” in all schools, as well as a “whole-school approach to guidance”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The social class of a school is a greater determinant of whether a Leaving Cert student will go to college than his or her family background, a study (...)

Dr Merike Darmody (left), research officer Economic and Social Research Institute, and Dr Emer Smyth, ESRI research professor, at the launch of the institute’s report on challenges faced by young people after post-primary education. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Young people who had high stress in sixth year or who favoured studying at home experienced greatest difficulty in making the transition to higher edu(...)

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