Junior Cycle

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‘The poem, An tEarrach Thiar, was also one the students like to study.’ File photograph: Getty

Irish paper two Higher level students who covered the entire course will have been happy with Irish paper two, according to teachers. John Gavin of (...)

Jack Lynch Blennerville and Alex O’Shea  of Brookfield College in Tralee prepare for their exams. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The State examinations begin today for some 124,000 pupils with a range of new measures aimed at reducing stress and anxiety levels. Youth mental hea(...)

Reform of the senior cycle must cater for all students and their unique talents. Photograph: iStock

With this year’s State examinations almost upon us, and a review of the senior cycle underway, it is perhaps timely to consider how that review should(...)

Parents of children at Ratoath College at a meeting on Thursday night who expressed concern over the school’s ‘iPads-only’ policy for junior cycle students.

The principal of Co Meath secondary school at the centre of a row over the amount of time pupils are spending on screens has defended its iPads-only p(...)

There is a  shortage of examiners just over a week  before the start of the Junior and Leaving Cert. Photograph: The Irish Times

Education authorities have launched an urgent appeal for teachers to mark the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert with just over a week to go before the star(...)

Secondary-school teacher Róisín Scanlon

Last year was Bliain na Gaeilge when the Irish language was celebrated across the world. More and more people are working in the first language of the(...)

While extra-curricular work is invaluable, too much can affect pupils’ work and overall wellbeing. Photograph: iStock

Shane gleefully volunteering to go bag-packing to raise funds for the rugby team was the last straw. Ironically, when the coach came to the classroom(...)

The frantic pace of education reform means teachers feel increasingly insecure about what exactly it is we are supposed to be doing. Photograph: iStock

There is a wily so-and-so behind Leaving Cert reform. A recent report in this newspaper highlighted how the pressures of the current system are too mu(...)

“Not only are the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert/cycle exams an industry with offshoots, but so are the mocks.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mock exams are happening all over the country, a fact you are probably happily unaware of unless you are a student sitting them, a parent of a student(...)

Students Christopher Doyle and Caolán Ruane take part in Crana College’s transition year programme

Transition year is more popular than ever. By now it is available in 92 per cent of schools, and a record 72 per cent of third-year students went on t(...)

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