Junior Cert

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Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the issuing of profiles of achievement marked an an important moment in the reform of the junior cycle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thousands of students who sat their Junior Cert earlier this year are set to receive the first ever State-recognised awards for extracurricular activi(...)

The 10-year foreign language strategy seeks to prepare Ireland for Brexit through a series of steps such as potential bonus  points for studying foreign languages.

An ambitious Government strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of students taking two foreign languages in the State exams despite an acute(...)

Terry and Noeleen Delaney, with their granddaughter Megan Delaney (16), whose father Robert Delaney has been in a permanent vegetative state for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A neat pile of clothes sits on Noeleen Delaney’s kitchen table. They have been washed, ironed and folded with almost military precision by a mother’s (...)

Tara O’Sullivan (15): “Trying to squeeze three years of learning into a two-hour exam for a subject like English seems ridiculous.”

A 15-year-old schoolgirl has told an Oireachtas committee how completing her mock junior cycle English exam was like “a competition to see how fast y(...)

A mixed picture of education standards in Ireland’s schools emerges in revised school inspection reports which measure the quality of schools on a sli(...)

Calum Geary, who is deaf, and his twin brother Donnacha, who has regular hearing. Their father Andrew says Calum has benefited hugely from having an  interpreter in his class since last year. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Soon after Calum Geary was born, doctors realised there was a problem: he didn’t have the vital auditory nerves that transmit sound information from h(...)

Teaching unions say a lack of regular work, two-tier pay gaps and difficulties securing permanent contracts mean that  working abroad for many  is a “no-brainer”. Photo: iStock

Many secondary schools are finding it near impossible to find qualified substitutes available to cover for teacher absences in key subject areas. Pri(...)

International athletics athlete Thomas Barr with students from Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So little time and so many teachers to talk to is a common complaint about teacher-parent meetings at secondary schools. But teachers of one subject a(...)

Sarah Johnson: ‘You can make your own choices and decisions and nobody is spoon-feeding you’

Sam Blanckensee Occupation: Sam Blanckensee is national development officer at the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland. Earlier this year, he was(...)

Eimear Kennedy (15) who got an A in Italian having learnt the language using the Duolingo website and app, and watching  YouTube clips.

Being one of four pupils in the country to have achieved perfect grades in the Junior Certificate is an impressive feat. But for 15-year-old student (...)

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