Ireland’s movement to a more balanced academic/vocational model of post-second level education is gathering pace. Photgraph: Getty Images

The consultation with students and parents as part of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) review of the Leaving Cert, reveals a (...)

Students, in particular, support continuous assessment via regular class tests. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leaving Cert students should be assessed on a staggered basis over two years instead of facing a single set of summer exams, according to groups consu(...)

There is a strong consensus on the need for change to the Leaving Cert.

The Leaving Cert was introduced almost a century ago and its basic structure has remained broadly the same over the past 50 years or so. At a time wh(...)

The observations will feed into a report to the Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Leaving Certificate is too narrowly focused on academic learning and is not suitable for students of varying abilities, according to groups consul(...)

A  Constance Markievicz 1918 election poster, erected last year to mark a special exhibition. Photograph:  Getty Images

YES: “It is only by studying history that we learn who we are” Mary O’Rourke I want to give two cheers to Joe McHugh for reviewing the decision to r(...)

Joe McHugh said ‘at a national, European and international level, it has never been more important for people to understand the lessons of history.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has told the Dáil that in the decade of commemorations “the time has come for history to take ita rightful place”. (...)

Leaving Cert students adopted the new grading scheme without much difficulty.

Reforms which reward those who sit higher level exams are pressurising struggling students into taking on more challenging exam papers, according to n(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil TD  Fiona O’Loughlin says the sex education curriculum “is no longer reflective of society today”.

The Department of Education is set to consider whether the law should be changed to ensure schools under religious control cannot use their ethos as a(...)

Leaving Cert students receive a far broader education than is available to students in other education systems, such as Northern Ireland and the UK, where those who progress to A levels select a maximum of four. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Teachers in Irish second-level schools know their students and are highly skilled at helping them to acquire the skills of higher order thinking: prob(...)

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