Junior Cert

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The Dublin Academy of Education  says parents will learn how to assist and motivate their children to maximise their “confidence, preparation and ultimately their grades in the Leaving Cert exams”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

For middle-class families keen to boost their children’s grades in the State exams, there’s now a new frontier: grinds for parents. The Dublin Acade(...)

There are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English.

Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, ther(...)

From left: Ciara Murphy, Ivan Tretyakov, Kirsty Burke, Anna O’Connor and Hazel Wallace ride out on the Curragh for trainer Tracey Collins. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On the Curragh plains, the wind gives no quarter. You see the rain coming for miles, great bitter sheets of it. For the army of work riders who turn u(...)

Almost 50 Junior Cert students are set to receive top marks across all subjects on Wednesday Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than 62,000 Junior Cert students are set to receive their results today, with almost 50 pupils securing top marks across all subjects. New limit(...)

The Dublin Academy of Education is the newest grind school to open in the capital. From left to right, student Ava Hennessy, principal Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy, teacher Ronan Murdock and student Keerthana Kissan Thomas.

Grind schools charging more than €7,000 a year are reporting a surge in demand amid signs the economy is continuing to grow. The Dublin Academy of Ed(...)

Three new courses should be compulsory for all students. They should be taught philosophy, curiosity and how much is enough. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Jeremy Clarkson last week tried to reassure disappointed school leavers with the observation that, despite only one middling A-level grade, his bigges(...)

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham: winners of Love Island 2018. Photograph: ITV

The longest package holiday is over. No more fears of being “mugged off”, no more branded water bottles clutched in overly tanned hands, no more Flack(...)

Noel Hogan is not correcting exams this year due to the ‘gruelling’ work and low pay. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Noel Hogan, a history and geography teacher, used to spend his summers correcting hundreds of State exam papers. But not this year. “It’s gruelling w(...)

Junior Cert technical graphics students were faced with a question on Angry Birds.

There was widespread frustration among students who struggled to complete their Junior Cert technical graphics exam within the time allotted, accordin(...)

Overall, this was a very balanced paper but it really required higher-order thinking skills,” said Stephen O’Hara, who is a TUI subject representative

Students were asked to explore searching questions such as the meaning of life in a wide-ranging exam in the Junior Cert higher level religious studie(...)

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