The  Leaving Cert class of 2021 will benefit from being given the only hybrid exam structure in the world when they collect their results today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1. A record-breaking year for the class of 2021 The demand by representatives of the Leaving Cert class of 2021 to be given the only hybrid exam struc(...)

Of the 57,952 students who sat the traditional Leaving Cert this year, 5, 087, or 8.8 per cent, opted to fully accept their teachers’ assessed grades. Photograph: iStock

The demand by representatives of the Leaving Cert class of 2021 to be given the only hybrid exam structure in the world will pay handsome dividends wh(...)

The high levels of vaccination among young people is a good omen for the coming academic year. Photograph: iStock

Students receiving the results of their Leaving Certificate today will probably jump to an instant assumption of their success or failure based on the(...)

Tori Douglas from Castlecomer Community School in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Everything I’d studied for in history came up including Stalin and the Sunningdale Agreement. A hundred years after the foundation of Northern Ireland(...)

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(...)

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