An exam hall.  Almost 119,000 students are registered for this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The number of Leaving Certificate students taking higher-level maths continues to rise with over a third of those sitting this year’s exams declaring(...)

Students are besieged with constant reminders of the importance of the Leaving Cert on their life choices and the significance of good results. Pressu(...)

As the the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams kick off from June 3rd, thousands of students are making last minute preparations for the state exa(...)

President of Institute of Guidance Counsellors Betty McLaughlin with a student at her school, Colaiste Mhuire in, Mullingar Co Westmeath. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The removal of a dedicated guidance counselling service from secondary schools “has entrenched the privilege of those who are already privileged”, the(...)

The Institute of Guidance Councillors has welcomed plans to award “compensatory” CAO points to students who score below the existing 40 per cent pass (...)

NUI Maynooth: Aims to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options

Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility (...)

 Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Mark Patrick Hederman: “In Ireland at any rate, the child is the very last item in the pecking order.” Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The education system is at risk of becoming enslaved “to the imperative of economic growth”, the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey has said in a biting critique(...)

 Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher at Trinity College Dublin, says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial.Photograph: Eric Luke

We all want our children to be happy and the temptation, in this era of “over-parenting”, is to rush in to try to fix their problems. A child down (...)

By second year, the novelty of secondary school has worn off and there is no State exam to concentrate their minds, so it can become a tug of wills.Photograph: Thinkstock

This time last year they were the children who stood out with their brand new, oversized uniforms, bulging school bags and a tendency to get lost in t(...)

Ger Rowe (centre), youth worker BeLonGTo, with the Ladybirds group. Back row: Eileen, Donna, Alison and Stacy Lee. Front: Rachel and Sarah. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sarah was just 12 and a half years old and still in sixth class in primary school when she “came out” to her mother, Mandy.“I was really scared. I don(...)

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