Josna Joy, a teacher at North Wicklow Educates Together secondary school in Bray, Co Wicklow. “The principal was so kind and open to giving migrants a chance. I’m so glad that I kept trying and didn’t give up.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In all the misery that the pandemic heaped onto schools, post-primary principals have been struggling to recruit the right teachers for the right role(...)

Has  the nature of the Leaving Certificate changed forever? Photograph: iStock/Getty

This year, students have been given a choice for every subject of accredited grades, sitting an exam or both, with the student automatically getting t(...)

There is expected to be additional choice on exam papers in next year’s Leaving Certificate

Accredited grades will not be offered as part of next year’s Leaving Certificate, but students are expected to be given additional choices on papers. (...)


The teaching of foreign languages is to be introduced to primary schools from third class onwards on a pilot basis. The “language sampler module” wi(...)

Sand, stones and flowers feature in some of the outdoor creations by students at Knocknacarra National School in Galway.

“Learning outdoors provides more opportunities for risk-taking, problem-solving, moving the whole body, using the imagination, overcoming fears, engag(...)

It is critical that we seize the opportunity to overhaul the Leaving Cert, says Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is a pressing need to bring the Leaving Certificate and senior cycle “forward into the 21st century”, Minister for Education Norma Foley has sai(...)

This year’s Teachers Union of Ireland annual conference took place online for public health reasons. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Teachers have renewed their call for an end to unequal pay scales, which sees those appointed after 2011 paid less than their colleagues for the same (...)

Leaving Cert students will have fewer questions to answer and greater choice in their written exams this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Leaving Cert students will have fewer questions to answer and greater choice in their written exams this year under changes announced on Tuesday eveni(...)

Under proposed reforms, Leaving Cert Irish will comprise two specifications.

In a rare step several Irish language and education stakeholder groups have come together to jointly call for the postponement of a consultation proce(...)

As noted in the recently published OECD review of the senior cycle, the traditional Leaving Cert has simply become a “filter for entry into higher education”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The debate over the best way to assess Leaving Cert students this year is in full flow. Should be it be calculated grades? A more traditional exam? A (...)

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