Irish actor Eve Hewson in BBC’s new period drama The Luminaries. Photograph: Kirsty Griffin

Opium! Gold! Astrolabes! Fancy hats! Olde-timey sidearms! Colonialism! Sailboats! It’s the olden days again on the British national broadcaster. And t(...)

There was   much greater reliance on phone-based communication – such as WhatsApp – for some classes in disadvantaged schools. Photograph: iStock

School closures have had a much more severe impact on students’ learning and motivation in disadvantaged secondary schools, a new ESRI study indicates(...)

Ardgillan College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, is one of dozens of schools which has been at the centre of structural-safety concerns. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Plans to carry out urgent repair works to dozens of schools at the centre of structural safety concerns will not be completed until the end of next ye(...)

Leaving Cert candidates will be required to opt-in to receive calcuated grades next month. Photograph: Mark Stedman/

Leaving Cert students who wish to receive a calculated grade will be required to “opt in” online next month in advance of results being issued. More (...)

Paddy Mallon, consultant in Infectious Diseases in St Monicas ward on the Nutley Wing for Covid-19 patients at St Vincents University Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

An infectious diseases specialist will on Thursday warn the Oireachtas about a second wave of Covid-19 and call on the Government for greater healthca(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland will tell the committee of its ‘shock and distress’ that many children are ineligible for the summer scheme. File photograph: Getty

School closures are presenting a “real risk of regression” for many vulnerable children with complex needs, the Department of Education has warned. A(...)

Cleaning crews work to deep clean a primary school in Melbourne, Australia, after some students tested positive for Covid-19 this week.  Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty

All schools will be required to have designated isolation areas for any staff or pupils with symptoms of Covid-19, according to new official guidance.(...)

Teachers’ unions have a written guarantee from the Department of Education  that teachers are providing predicted grades on a one-off basis only because of the current pandemic.

“Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam” – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teache(...)

Research shows that students from more affluent backgrounds continue to do better in the Leaving Certificate and consequently are more likely to go to college and indeed, dominate the ‘high points’ courses. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is no other country in the world where the final exam at second level dominates public discourse as much as in Ireland. Newspapers analyse why a(...)

Once the marks have been provided by all schools they will be subject to a process of national standardisation. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A “small number” of schools have yet to complete the process of uploading data relating to calculated grades for Leaving Certificate 2020. The Depart(...)

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