Imagine knowing the individual charged with grading your performance in an exam you have spent two years preparing for is an overworked, last-resort recruit?

Shane burst into class late and with no sign of an apology. He was too full of the joys of having passed his driving test. “Next stop, the Leaving C(...)

Records indicate that last year a total of 148 students were awarded   estimated grades. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Hundreds of Junior and Leaving Cert students have been awarded grades based on estimates by their schools due to errors such as scripts being lost or (...)

Keep note of all important dates in the 2020 college application process. Photograph: iStock

January 20th (5.15pm): Closing date for the CAO early-bird online applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date and increases after that date to(...)

Be aware of key dates if applying for college in 2019. Photograph: iStock

January 20th, 2019 (5.15 pm): Closing date for CAO early-bird online applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date and increases then to €45, un(...)

January 20th, 2018 (5.15 pm): Closing date for the CAO early-bird on-line applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date and increases then to €4(...)

A Leaving Cert paper in 2015 may be much easier than the equivalent exam in 2014. Photograph: The Irish Times

Each year policy-makers and employers watch whether Leaving Cert grades go up or down. A rise in the number of students getting “honours” – an A, B or(...)