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# exams - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school?

The Leaving Cert results have been occupying the minds of over 55,000 students today – team reflects on how much of the senior cycle curriculum we go on to use in real life…

Poll: Do you think Leaving Certificate results are important? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Leaving Certificate results are important?

Almost 56,000 students will be getting their results today – but do Leaving Cert results affect your future?

# exams - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sausage rolls and Samuel L Jackson: Leaving Cert result nerves kick in Leaving Cert This post contains images

Sausage rolls and Samuel L Jackson: Leaving Cert result nerves kick in

Feeling the nerves about tomorrow’s Leaving Cert results? Don’t worry – you’re not alone.

Column: ‘I fear failing expectations’ – how the Leaving Cert results wait feels

Shelley Stafford describes the strange sensation of being in limbo, counting the days until that fateful envelope arrives.

Need advice on your Leaving Cert results?

Guidance counsellors will be manning the 2012 Exam Helpline to provide information for students, parents and teachers.

# exams - Monday 13 August, 2012

Calls for greater vigilance of alcohol sales ahead of Leaving Cert results

Parents have been reminded of the influential they can play in guiding their children’s drinking behaviour by leading by example, discussing the topic of alcohol openly, setting out clear rules for them.

# exams - Sunday 12 August, 2012

5 alternative sixth year holiday ideas Celebrations This post contains videos

5 alternative sixth year holiday ideas

Leaving Certificate students have worked hard, now where are they going to play hard? Here are some less than ordinary sixth year holiday destinations.

# exams - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Column: Why the Leaving Cert is broken… by someone who just took it

Patrick Kelleher, who finished his exams last week, explains why the system needs a complete overhaul.

# exams - Monday 11 June, 2012

Contingency papers arrive at schools for today's Leaving Cert Irish exams

Schools are collecting replacement papers for this afternoon’s exam after a security breach last week.

# exams - Friday 8 June, 2012

Some Junior Cert students played CD for Irish Leaving Cert aural exam

The State Examinations Commission will now issue a new paper and CD for Irish Leaving Cert students sitting paper one on Monday.

'Worst day ever': Leaving Cert students react to English Paper Two Leaving Cert 2012 This post contains images

'Worst day ever': Leaving Cert students react to English Paper Two

Some people weren’t too happy about the examiners’ choices. Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.

# exams - Thursday 7 June, 2012

Minister to consider letting 'crisis' students sit exams later

The issue of allowing Leaving Cert students to take an exam after missing it due to a ‘crisis’, rather than having to re-do their year of study, is to be considered by the Minister of State for Education.

# exams - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Over to you: what advice do you have for people doing the Leaving Cert?

The first day of exams is officially over. Got any suggestions for how students can relax and get through the rest of them?

Leaving Cert students asked to reflect during 'challenging' English exam

The theme for today’s higher level paper was Memories.

Students advised to take care of mental health over exam period

Students undertaking Junior and Leaving Cert exams have been reminded to talk about any stress they might be feeling, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep over the next two weeks.

# exams - Friday 1 June, 2012

Fewer students to sit this year's Leaving Cert

Over 50,000 students, 13 days, 3.1 million exam papers, 105 subjects. Shudder.

# exams - Thursday 22 December, 2011

Exam board to address Leaving Cert 'predictability'

A report published by the Department of Education today was critical of “rote learning” and highlighted the common practice of memorising pre-packaged answers.

# exams - Saturday 17 December, 2011

Column: Our school system is broken – we need to look beyond exams

Irish students are falling behind, forcing companies to look abroad for staff. But a new approach could change that, writes University of Limerick founder Ed Walsh.

# exams - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Junior Cert to be significantly changed under new scheme

Minister of Education gives his approval to NCCA’s proposals to change the focus of the Junior Cert from rote learning and state exams.

# exams - Friday 21 October, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

Teachers welcome delay in changes to Junior Cert

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said the introduction of a limit on subjects for Junior Cert students will not be rolled out until 2014.

# exams - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Teachers say Junior Cert reform plans 'would do more damage than good'

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland warns that plans to reform the exams, including limiting the subjects to 8, could damage education.

# exams - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Leaving Cert study 'leaves students stressed and with narrow education'

The system has come under fire in a wide-ranging new study which says many teachers simply ‘cover the course’.

# exams - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Almost 60,000 Junior Cert students to receive results

There has been an increase in the number of pupils sitting higher level maths and science.

# exams - Friday 26 August, 2011

Poll: Should exams matter less in the Junior Certificate? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should exams matter less in the Junior Certificate?

Many Junior Cert exams are likely to be replaced with portfolio-based assessments under new proposals currently being considered. What do you think – should exams matter less in the Junior Certificate?

Exams likely to be downgraded in radical Junior Cert reforms

A new system of portfolio-based assessment is “on the cards”, the Department of Education has confirmed.

# exams - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

In numbers: how Ireland's students fared in Leaving Cert 2011

Which subjects had the best pass rates? Which had the fewest taking higher level? We’ve crunched the numbers to find out.

In photos: Teenagers get their Leaving Cert results Leaving Cert This post contains images

In photos: Teenagers get their Leaving Cert results

With 58,000 students picking up their results today, here’s how some of them reacted…

Does the Leaving Cert really count? Leaving Cert This post contains images

Does the Leaving Cert really count?

All the advice Leaving Cert students are being given this morning… from ‘keep calm and carry on’ to wearing machine-washable shoes tonight.

Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert results are important? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert results are important?

The Leaving Cert results are out – but do the grades you achieve in the State’s second-level finals really affect the rest of your life?

# exams - Monday 8 August, 2011

Calls for marking state exams to be part of teachers' jobs

Teachers who choose to mark exam papers during the summer are paid extra on top of their salaries. There are calls for the bonus payments system to be reviewed.

# exams - Sunday 3 July, 2011

Column: Dear student, the Leaving Cert is damaging your brain

Economics lecturer Stephen Kinsella on second-level education’s “wheel of regurgitation” – and why the next generation of decision-makers must get rid of it.

Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert should be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert should be scrapped?

An American academic has criticised our second-level senior cycle as “dysfunctional”. Do you agree with him?

# exams - Monday 13 June, 2011

Maths Paper 2 deemed to be "grand" after Paper 1 shocker

The Leaving Certificate honours Maths second paper has come as a relief to many after a “very difficult” paper 1.

# exams - Monday 30 May, 2011

Education minister says the CAO system needs to change

Ruairi Quinn says that radical new approaches and more complex entry routes to third level education are needed. He says it is a priority for his department.

# exams - Monday 15 November, 2010

College denies letting plagiarism students off the hook

Galway-Mayo IT says letting students continue their course was an “appropriate response”.

# exams - Thursday 12 August, 2010

“CONFUSIONISM” is the ancient Chinese system of philosophical teaching and Galileo discovered AIDS – at least that’s what some third-level students wrote in their exams.

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THE) has published its annual list of exam howlers and it makes for interesting reading.

The competition asks academics to send in their favourite exam cock-ups.

One student in the University of Dundee said “Vagina Henderson” was one of the first modern nurses in the 20th century – the woman’s name was actually Virginia.

A journalism student wrote a piece on “complimentary” medicine, rather than complementary medicine. Her lecturer saw the bright side, however, saying: “I quite liked the idea of picking up a pill and it saying nice things to you to make you feel better.

She also appreciated a fashion article that described the subject’s sense of style as very “sheikh”.

Another student said Polari – a coded language spoke by gay men to disguise their sexuality – was an ancient language of the Inuit, while another wrote about “anus” crime, before the lecturer realised they had meant “heinous” crime.

Finally, one student of Warwick Business School signed an email off with the line “I am sorry if this caused you any incontinence” – oops!