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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(...)

Narrowing the education gap: pupils at Francis Street CBS primary school, in Dublin, in a yoga class

At Francis Street CBS primary school, in south inner-city Dublin, the work of narrowing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peer(...)

SOS! The most valuable educational resource in this country is fighting for its very survival. Second level teaching is a rapidly sinking ship, and it(...)

Grangegorman will be the new home of Technological University Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaving Cert reform: decision time Classrooms in the run-up to the Leaving can resemble military training grounds where students are drilled to produ(...)

Mary Keane, President of National Association Principals and Deputy Principals: ‘Should not our senior cycle provide paths to learning for all our learners?’  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

It may be time to sever the link between the Leaving Cert and entry to university due to the “huge” rate of anxiety among students, school leaders hav(...)

Provision was ‘not a solution’ to people getting back into independent accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Long-term stays in emergency accommodation are not helping homeless people overcome the factors which forced them into homelessness in the first place(...)

Increased automation and artificial intelligence are set to make many white-collar jobs obsolete. Photograph: Getty
How to future-proof your child

Every parent wants the best for their child, and most of today’s parents grew up with the unspoken but widely accepted notion that their children woul(...)

 Anna Dowley, Piltown Co. Kilkenny; Kara Fitzherbert, Carlow; Nicola Pratt, Carlow; Sara Deacon, Carlow; Holly Moynan, Ballacolla Co.Laois; Vicky Woods, Tinahely Co. Wicklow and Hanah Condell, Abbeyleix Co. Laois pictured getting the Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said officials will examine whether there are “lessons to be learned” from the volume of students who failed(...)

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