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Dozens of Leaving Cert students are sitting three exams in one day - or almost nine hours in the exam hall - due to a timetable clash.

Dozens of Leaving Cert students are sitting three exams in one day - or almost nine hours in the exam hall - due to a timetable clash. Some of those (...)

Irish is perceived to be one of the most challenging subjects in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Department of Education is reviewing the granting of exemptions from studying Irish amid evidence that thousands of students who secure them are s(...)

The examinations run until Wednesday 20th June for Junior Certificate/Cycle subjects and Friday 22nd June for Leaving Certificate subjects.

Exams are under way this morning as more than 120,000 students start more than two weeks of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations. Examin(...)

Almost 35,000 students with additional care needs are  supported by more than 14,000 special needs assistants in school each day. Photograph: iStock

The Government has insisted that a major overhaul of the special needs assistant (SNA) scheme in schools will improve outcomes for young people and is(...)

About 70 students iin this year’s Leaving Cert exams face sitting three exams in a single day due to subject clashes and timetable congestion.

School principals have called for Leaving Cert exams to be held on Saturdays to help ease “appalling” pressure on students. About 70 students in tota(...)

‘The physical classroom needs to be ripped out. It’s pointless changing the message when the interface has remained the same since Dickens’

Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills requi(...)

A total of 80 teenagers from across the country have been trained as ‘safer internet day’ ambassadors to raise awareness   in their schools. Photograph: iStock

Online sexual coercion, or “webcam blackmail”, is to be addressed in the classroom under a new internet safety initiative. There has been rising conc(...)

School principals have proposed moving the Leaving Cert oral exams. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

School principals have proposed moving the Leaving Cert oral exams to the Easter holiday period to ease acute pressure on recruiting examiners for key(...)

Concern over the safety of children online has prompted a call for a smartphone ban in schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Primary teachers have played down calls for a ban on smartphones in schools on the basis that most have long-standing policies which prohibit mobile p(...)

The State Examinations Commission needs to hire about 3,000 qualified teachers to assist in the delivery of State oral and practical exams this year. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State Examinations Commission is struggling to recruit enough qualified language teachers to mark the Leaving Cert oral exams. The commission has(...)

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