The cancellation of last summer’s exam exposed the main weakness in the current system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s time to rethink the Leaving Certificate. The cancellation of last summer’s exam and the debacle over calculated grades exposed the main weakness (...)

Students have had to adjust to changed classroom environments due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

1. Reopening  schools Another shutdown of the school system looks certain - the only question is how long will it last? Current speculation(...)

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being examined for reforming the senior cycle. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being exam(...)

Aimee Steven had been thinking of going to university until she tried a new foundation apprenticeship in her final year of secondary school.

Aimee Stephen had been thinking of going to university until she tried a new foundation apprenticeship in her final year of secondary school. “I pref(...)

  Norma Foley and the Department of Education have said it is their “firm intention” to hold the 2021 State exams with appropriate contingency and public health measures in place. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

The possibility of holding Leaving Cert oral and practical exams online or holding them during the Easter holidays are among a number of options being(...)

The Children’s School Lives study found that about half of teachers feel standardised tests are causing anxiety among children and parents. Photograph: iStock

Teachers are concerned about rising levels of anxiety among primary school children linked to issues such as parents’ working lives, family breakdown (...)

Photograph: Getty

Most primary school children had very limited remote tuition during school closures earlier this year, a new survey indicates. The findings are conta(...)

A review by the OECD  found the senior cycle system is “too narrow and rigid” and its main focus seems to be acting as a filter for entry into higher education.

In an ideal world, the classroom would be a space for free inquiry which develops students’ creativity and problem-solving while building up their soc(...)

Main focus of the Leaving Cert seems to be acting as a filter for entry into higher education, according to the  OECD review.

The Leaving Cert is “too narrow and rigid” and its main focus seems to be acting as a filter for entry into higher education, according to a review by(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘we have put in place all the precautions necessary and along with the dedication of the principals and teachers at a local school leve.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents can be assured that schools are taking all necessary precautions to ensure children will return to “safe and welcoming” classrooms from next w(...)

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