Eoin Kelly, Elizabeth Osikomaiya, Jack Goodman, Tara O’Sullivan and Amy Birmingham, who were all due to sit their Leaving Certificate exams this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Elizabeth Osikomaiya was “buzzed” about the prospect of schools closing for a few weeks in March, as “sixth year was driving me crazy”. Little did she(...)

 TY students take part in a Soar workshop in Athboy Community College, Mullaghstones, Athboy, Co Meath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Visions of excruciating embarrassment flash before the eyes of nearly all the teenagers sitting in a Co Meath school classroom on a bright, wintry wee(...)