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(...)

Where next? Institute of Guidance Counsellors says equality of access to guidance counselling is essential. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The most marked drop in the availability of guidance counsellor services since the economic crash has been in the country’s poorest schools, accordin(...)

June 8th is a date that has been seared into their minds for a long time now. It evokes feelings of rising anxiety and dread, coupled with a sense of (...)

Gemma Linehan at CIT, where she is studying as an apprentice mechanic. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly th(...)

College is about new experiences and new friends, so don’t stick tightly to who or what you know

1 Picking a profession rather than a passion “Ah, the heart or the money?” says David Coyle of Methodius, which specialises in IT recruitment. “Heart(...)

One of the education goodwill gestures in Budget 2016 is an allocation of 300 teaching posts to guidance counselling, which effectively restores half of the provision withdrawn in Budget 2012.

Timing is everything, and the Coalition will be hoping the added investment in schools in this year’s budget will be returned in goodwill come polling(...)

Conor Gallagher from Ballsbridge, who got nine A1s in the Leaving Cert last year, celebrates with classmates. One student repeated the feat this year and got nine A1s. Photograph: Eric Luke

For every Leaving Cert student, today is a landmark occasion in a very personal educational journey. But the results are also being closely watched by(...)

Diving back into studying for the Leaving Cert takes courage and motivation throughout is critical. Photograph: Getty Images

If you didn’t get the Leaving Cert results you wanted or needed, these next few days and weeks will naturally be taken up with a bit of soul-search(...)

A surge in the number of students taking higher level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate is set to push more college courses through the 500 point(...)

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