Niall Horan pursued his dream of a career in music. Above, performing with One Direction at Croke Park in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Law school debt Daily regret Is that really what you dreamed as a kid? Or did you hope one day That you’d find a way To spend four years worki(...)

Higher Options 2018 will take place at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, on September 12th, 13th and 14th. Photograph: Eric Luke

You’ve been back in school a few weeks. Summer is over and the depressing reality of the Leaving Cert is ahead of you. On top of that, you’re going to(...)

Leaving Certificate jitters: although it’s a stressful time for both parents and students, try not to radiate your nervous tension on to your child in the run-up and throughout the Leaving Cert. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

I’ve read about them, listened to them, written about them and, to be honest, had the odd smirk about them. Now I am one – a Leaving Cert mum.  (...)

Proponents say the new system will drastically reduce the number of students who miss out on their course due to random selection, and will incentivise more students to take subjects at higher level. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

As if students didn’t have enough to contend with. Between the Leaving Cert exams and the looming CAO change-of-mind deadline, sixth years have a lot (...)

The first wellbeing classes, starting next September,  are aimed at enhancing students’ physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. File photograph: Getty Images

Schools will have to reduce the time spent teaching subjects such as science or European languages to facilitate the introduction of “wellbeing” class(...)

Luke McArdle with his mother Lynn, left, and  pre-school co-manager Margaret Hennessy at  Beaumont Community Pre-school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lynn McArdle was devastated when she heard her four-year-old son Luke would not be starting school in September 2016 because the age cut-off date had (...)

Third-level open days: parents and students should set out some ground rules ahead of the actual event.

Choosing a college is a big deal - and a big ordeal - for both students and parents or guardians. Will they pick the right course? Should they choose (...)

Jenny and Aidan McCabe with their 12-year-old daughter Sophie, who will be starting at Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, Co Leitrim. Photograph: James Connolly

Next week about 64,000 children in the Republic will embark on one of life’s significant transitions – the start of secondary school. After eight yea(...)

Back to school? Try to listen to your children but avoid grilling them

Establish a routine Every family is different so do what suits your circumstances in establishing a workable pattern around breakfast and getting o(...)

Apprentices typically combine college days and academic training with real work experience. Photograph: Getty.

The success or otherwise of those receiving their Leaving Cert results will be judged in large measure, by the students themselves, their schools, the(...)

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