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A further 800 college places are to be found in third-level colleges in a last-minute bid to ease the expected upward pressure on CAO points due to grade inflation this year. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Government is not planning to recalculate grades for individual schools despite calls from some who insist they have “lost out” under the process.(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that “hundreds” of additional placed had been sources following discussion with representative bodies for the universities and institutes of technology. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government is to fund an extra 500 higher education places on high-demand courses in areas such as medicine, nursing, law and business in a last-m(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD with students Lauren Smyth, Claire Geoghegan and Róisín Culligan from Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin on Leaving Cert Results day. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

The Irish Times helpdesk has received a steady stream of questions from students who are deeply disappointed with their calculated grades. Many stude(...)

“I knew exactly what I wanted to do after my Leaving Cert, and where I wanted to study. I didn’t even fill out a CAO application. There was no need to(...)

Amie McNamara got nine distinctions at Kerry College, which enabled her to study nursing at UCD

“I was disappointed when I got my Leaving Cert results and didn’t get the points for nursing. I got offered arts in UCC but I would only have been acc(...)

Traineeships are available in a wide selection or roles ranging from horticulture to engineering, fashion and beauty.

We’re all having to be adaptable during Covid-19. The certainties of both education and employment are melting away. More remote working requiring ver(...)

Stephanie Thompson: ‘I could not settle in school. I was battling anxiety. At times I felt like I was drowning.’ Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

The teenage years were a struggle. We moved from Dublin to Athy in Co Kildare when I was 13, and it was a real culture shock for me. I experienced bul(...)

Matthew Casey: ‘If I’d gone to college it would have taken four years for the degree and another three-and-a-half for the chartered training contract.’  Photograph: Billy MacGill

During the last recession apprenticeship numbers plummeted from a high of 20,000 to just 1,000. With another downturn looming, could that happen again(...)

The UCD campus in Belfield. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

From early on Monday, following the release of the Leaving Cert estimated grades for the class of 2020, the queries poured into The Irish Times helpde(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said ‘all students were treated fairly and equitably’.  Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Lawyers have reported a surge in queries from parents and teaching staff in fee-charging and grind schools who feel they lost out under the new calcul(...)

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