Louise Holden

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The pressure on students to place minute emphasis on marks allocation is a frequently-criticised aspect of the Leaving Cert, as it leaves little room for creativity and imagination. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every year it’s the same refrain with Home Economics – great topics, just too many of them. This year’s ordinary and higher level papers roamed over (...)

From left: Lauren Vickers, Mark Ryan, Seán O’Callaghan, Orla Yeates, Clinton Byrne (back), Manav T Manoj and Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: Garry O’Neill.

Ten years ago, the fields at Burkeen, Co Wicklow, were just marked by a back road from Rathdrum to Wicklow town. Now it’s the site of hundreds of home(...)

Coder Dojo clubs are after-school or weekend get-togethers where basic programming and web development is taught, but the real success of the clubs is the philosophy of peer learning – students learning from each other in a sociable and creative environment.

The story of CoderDojo is well known: Cork teenager James Whelton set up a computer club in his school, spotted a gap for kids interested in co(...)

+A critical role of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office is to handle complaints from people who believe that the rights of a child have not bee(...)

Lámha suas: Delegates vote in 2011 at the Teachers Union of Ireland congress in the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee Co, Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At th(...)

Pauline O’Reilly with her children Finn (6) and Caragh (3) at their home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Mum, I don’t want to go to school!” We’ve all heard it at some stage. However, when Pauline O’Reilly’s young son Finn made the announcement, s(...)

When unemployment figures soared in 2008, many graduates turned to fourth level as a place to wait out the slump and give themselves the edge post-(...)

‘Gay”, “faggot” and “queer” are regularly used as terms of abuse in schools. Is this about to change, and will it really make a difference to y(...)

Are young people really sending each other naked pictures? Is pornography moulding their ideas of sex? What pressures face young people, and how ca(...)

Last November there was public dismay when the Department of Education and Skills (DES) inspectorate report discovered weaknesses in the teaching of I(...)

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