Junior Cycle

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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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

While this year’s figures show greater participation across most higher level Junior Cert subjects, the number of students getting As is down significantly. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Results for the Junior Certificate examinations show a significant drop in the number of students performing at the very highest level across a broad (...)

Catholic school managers say it is “over-prescriptive” to have to set out details of arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious instruction.

Campaigners are calling for children who “opt out” of religious instruction classes to have their rights properly respected. The issue has emerged as(...)

Junior Cycle students were asked to identify the new Secretary General of the UN. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

The reaction to Wednesday afternoon’s Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) exam was largely positive despite featuring some challenging questi(...)

If at the end you still have a few minutes left, you can try to increase your mark by at least 5 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tomorrow sees the beginning of the written papers in this year’s Junior and Leaving Cert. In both cases, students will sit English paper one in the m(...)

The first wellbeing classes, starting next September,  are aimed at enhancing students’ physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. File photograph: Getty Images

Schools will have to reduce the time spent teaching subjects such as science or European languages to facilitate the introduction of “wellbeing” class(...)

  The ASTI picket at Monkstown Park College in Dublin during a strike in November. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Second-level teachers who are members of the ASTI are to take further industrial action “as appropriate”. The ASTI standing committee met on Friday t(...)

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