The Irish education system is highly unusual in its reliance on voluntary work to support schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Schools are struggling to recruit time-pressed parents and members of the community to serve in a voluntary basis on school boards. The move has prom(...)

The fact that 16 per cent of school-leavers do not apply for a CAO college place is not an indication of failure. They may be planning to pursue a further-education course, which is more appropriate to their career goals. Photograph: iStock

To make sense of the feeder tables, it is important to understand its component parts, and in particular, the two key numbers associated with each sch(...)

The SEC does not keep data on “grind schools”, which do not receive any public funding. Photograph: iStock

The best way to use these lists is by looking at them alongside other information, including whole-school evaluations (WSEs) and subject inspection re(...)

“Too much of money seems to be coming out of the students’ households into education and too little of it out of the Government’s coffers.” Photograph: iStock

In The Truman Show Jim Carey plays the part of a person whose life has been broadcast unedited around the globe for over 30 years. The character him(...)

UCD has allowed students with upgrades to be accepted on to courses after September 30th this year on an “exceptional basis”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

My son narrowly missed out on his first preference in the CAO – engineering in UCD – and is now studying engineering at DIT. He recently got an upgrad(...)

Veterinary student Rebecca Carter at the UCD Students Union on her first day of college following her High Court appeal case to get a marking mistake fixed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leaving Certificate students who appeal their results will from next year get their results in time to start their chosen college course in the same a(...)

A breakdown of the Leaving Cert exam paper appeals this year  shows that accountancy yielded the highest proportion of upgrades at 45 per cent.

About 300 Leaving Cert students look set to secure higher preference CAO offers after receiving upgrades to their exam results. On Wednesday, the Sta(...)

Veterinary student  Rebecca Carter at the UCD Students Union on her first day of college following her High Court appeal case to get a marking mistake fixed. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted on to degree courses in UCD this year on an “exceptional” basis fo(...)

Rebecca Carter with her parents, Annemaire and  Niall, all from  Castlebridge in Co Wexford, leaving the High Court in Dublin this week. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This (...)

Rebecca Carter: hoped her case would change the appeals process to ensure other students do not have to go through what she did. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has pledged to help speed up the appeals process for Leaving Cert exam students to ensure students do not lose o(...)

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