“It’s a really good forum for parents and guidance counsellors and students to come up and just get their questions answered.” Ann Heelan, executive director of Ahead, opens Better Options 2013.

Finding out about the options for third-level study can be a hugely interesting, stimulating and even enjoyable experience for most secondary-schoo(...)

Learners from the Southill Men’s Shed celebrate receiving their certificates at All Hallows College. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The term “adult education” is something of a misnomer. It brings to mind an image of sitting awkwardly on tiny chairs in the local primary school and (...)

Learning the ropes: graduates from the Open Training College (above), which offers adult learning in human services and the non-profit sector
The A to Z of adult education

Access: Not everyone got the Leaving Cert they wanted. Mature students missed the chance to attend college. Students with disabilities and students fr(...)

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