Junior Cycle

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Former student Aoife Fleming  at  Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The postcode lottery has long determined a student’s prospects of going to college. We know that 100 per cent of students in some Dublin schools, part(...)

The postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams are due to take place between November 16th and December 11th. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A total of 2,820 students have applied to sit the postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams which are due to be held next month. This represents just under 5(...)

Poor broadband and limited access to devices means TV  is an optimal medium available to all. Photograph: iStock

A recent study by the the Economic and Social Research Institute outlined the impact of coronavirus on young people’s lives. It is fundamentally clear(...)

 Leaving Cert students protesting against calculated grades outside the Department of Education in Dublin in September.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, exactly how many students have now been affected by errors in grades? A total of 6,100 Leaving Cert students across 610 schools will get upgrade(...)

 Minister for Education Norma Foley has said some 6,500 students were affected by the errors. Photograph: PA

Some 6,100 students have been awarded improved Leaving Cert marks following a review of the calculated grades system after a number of errors were dis(...)

The precise number of students who will receive higher grades will not be available until a series of verification checks are completed. Photograph: The Irish Times

So how, exactly, did the errors occur? Two errors were discovered in the coding process or algorithm used to implement the standardisation process af(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley says “every effort” will be made to ensure these students can start in the coming year, and higher education institutions have said they do their best to accommodate students. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How many students, exactly, are affected by errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system? The precise number of students who will receive high(...)

Those who opt to sit the exams and go on to receive an improved CAO offer on foot of the results will also receive a deferred college offer, and can start their course in the 2021/22 academic year.

Applications to sit the 2020 Leaving Certificate in November will open on Monday, although this year’s exams will not include the usual oral or practi(...)

A statistical model was created to estimate how a student with a particular profile of Junior Cert results was likely to perform in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The exact process used to arrive at calculated grades has been shrouded in mystery – until now. A 200-page report from a unit established by the Depa(...)

My son’s school work at home since the lockdown in March has been patchy. Photograph: iStock

My son is due to sit his Leaving Cert next summer. His work at home since the lockdown in March was patchy. He has lost focus and motivation, and I’m (...)

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