Previous minister for education Joe McHugh conceded there were ‘legal vulnerabilities’ relating to the predicted grades shift. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ministers have been warned by Government officials of potential lawsuits being taken by Leaving Cert students against the State due to the introductio(...)

If after further weeks online and back in school it’s not possible to hold exams, what’s plan B? For everybody’s sanity a further extension is simply not an option. File photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Minister for Education has had to make difficult decisions to provide certainty to Leaving Cert students, postponing exams to August. By August we(...)

New Junior Cycle reforms are aimed at acquiring key skills such as working with others.

My eldest child started secondary school last September and I am completely confused over the changes currently under way in the Junior Cycle. Can you(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Once you receive your paper, read it carefully and fully before you do anything else. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Wednesday sees the beginning of the written papers in this year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams. In both cases, students will sit English exams in th(...)

The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd (...)

Exams scripts for the mocks exams are a vital source of learning ahead of the State exams in June. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Question: My son has just received a less than stellar set of Leaving Cert mock results and scraped passes in higher level maths and Irish. Should he (...)

Many parents are concerned that their children may lose out due to industrial action. Above, teachers on strike outside a secondary school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Question: What can I do to ensure that my children do not fall behind in their studies while their schools are closed due to the industrial action? (...)

From 2017 onwards, everybody who ever sat the Leaving Cert will have their results reclassified according to the new State Exams Commission (SEC) grading system. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Question: I sat my Leaving Cert in 2015 and went on to do speech therapy at Trinity. However, I am now taking a year away from college and want to cho(...)

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