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# Leaving Cert

7th June 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is it like to sit the Leaving Cert in 2023?
Luke Saunders, co-founder and CEO of Studyclix, joins us on this week’s episode to give the lie of the land for anyone whose own memory of sitting the exams might be fading. We look at the lasting impact of the Covid pandemic on the exams, and share advice for students and parents alike.
# English Paper One
Leaving Cert 2023: Students begin exams with 'well-pitched and broadly appealing' paper
This year’s higher-level English paper one featured readings about technology, imagery and immigration.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have 'Leaving Cert nightmares'?
Have your say.
# Leaving Cert
Over 130,000 students begin state examinations today - most sitting their first one ever
The majority of students in both exam years will be sitting their first state exam this morning as Junior Cycle exams were cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
This week
4th June 2023 - 8th June 2023
Leaving Cert 2023: Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed ahead of the exams, you're not alone
Fiona O’Malley of Turn2Me mental health charity has lots of good advice for students and parents ahead of the exams tomorrow.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about Macbeth?
It’s due to be examined on the Leaving Cert English Paper Two this week.
Last month
May 2023
# Leaving Cert
CAO Round One offers to be released on 30 August
Leaving Cert results will come out on 25 August, which is closer to the usual release date than the last two years.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert results to be issued on 25 August in 'significant step towards pre-pandemic norms'
The Education Minister said it marks a ‘significant step towards pre-pandemic norms in relation to the timing for issue of results’.
This year
# Exams
Leaving Cert students ask Foley to keep 'no cliff edge' vow - and avoid clash with Harry Styles gig
Norma Foley has a challenge ahead to keep everyone happy as she aims to reform the Leaving Certificate.
Last year
# Leaving Cert
Close to 19,000 individual Leaving Cert results appealed this year, with more than 20% upheld
3,769 individual results were upgraded, meaning more than 20% of the appeals were successful.
# Results Day
‘I’m over the moon’: Dublin student gets top mark of 625 in Leaving Certificate
Some 61,000 students opened their Leaving Certificate results today.
# Results Day
Leaving Cert 2022: Students urged not to 'obsess' over points as they open results
Education Minister Norma Foley announced changes to next year’s Leaving Cert as over 60,000 students got their results today.
# Changes
Education minister defends plans to move Leaving Cert English and Irish Paper One to fifth year
Internal documents have shown the State Examinations Commission expressed concern about the reformed timeline for the senior cycle exams.
# Courts
Student brings Department of Education to court over Leaving Cert Mandarin examination
The 15-year-old is challenging the requirement that examination answers must be in simplified Mandarin characters.
# Leaving Cert
College lecturers facing admin 'Groundhog Day' due to late release of Leaving Cert results
First year students in most colleges will be starting term several weeks late due to the late release of CAO offers.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: CAO round one offers to come out on 8 September
Leaving Cert results will be delayed again this year, coming out in early September rather than mid-August.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: CAO round one offers to come out on 8 September
Leaving Cert results will be delayed again this year, coming out in early September rather than mid-August.
# Exams
Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'
The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.
Leaving Cert students won't lose marks because of error in Irish language Maths paper
The State Examinations Commission said that the error will be taken into account during marking.
# State Exams
Leaving and Junior Cert exams start today with over 130,000 students taking part
It marks the full return of traditional written exams following two years of Covid disruption.
# Students
Parents' group accuse Foley of 'kicking the ball down the road' on 2023 Leaving Cert
The CSSPA, which represents parents from over 340 schools, says students will be ‘hugely disadvantaged and unfairly treated’.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a moratorium on reporting about the Leaving Cert while it's on?
The State Examinations Commission chief said that media coverage “undoubtedly” contributes to students’ stress during the exams.
# Explainer
Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.
# Leaving Cert
Major revamp to Leaving Cert planned as fifth year students to sit some exams starting in 2024
There will also be two new subjects introduced: Drama, Film and Theatre Studies and Climate Action and Sustainable Development.
# leaving cert 2022
Leaving and Junior Cert fees waived by Education Minister
Fees of €116 and €109 for the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert respectively will not have to be paid.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert to go ahead on exams-only basis this year as minister rules out accredited grades
Both the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert are set to go ahead in June.
The Minister for Education said that there would be additional choices within the exams.
She added that grades would be standardised against grades in 2021, to avoid issues with grade inflation.
The Junior Cert exams are also set to go ahead later this year.
Opinion: If government parties want future votes, they must listen to the Class of 2022
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
Opinion: If government parties want future votes, they must listen to the Class of 2022
Harry McCann says if the government ignores students’ calls for a change to the Leaving Cert, they risk alienating future voters.
Opinion: Time to go back to the whiteboard and reimagine our education system
Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance argues that we need a more modern, dynamic approach to education in Ireland.
# Leaving Cert
Universities body prefers a return to 'normalised grading' for Leaving Cert
A survey released by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union this week showed 68% of students want a ‘hybrid-model’ Leaving Cert.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think there should be a 'hybrid' Leaving Cert this year?
Current plans will see a pre-pandemic Leaving Cert carried out this summer.
# Leaving Cert
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
Two teachers unions – the ASTI and the TUI – said speculation that State exams would not be held as usual was “unhelpful”.
# State Exams
Leaving Cert 2022: Teaching unions hit out at 'unhelpful' speculation about hybrid model
Students had a choice last year whether to sit an exam or receive an accredited grade.
All time
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break
It was decided that the exams will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays.
# State Exams
'Traumatic' structure of the Leaving Cert 'can’t get any worse', says Ombudsman
Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said reforms can’t make things worse than they are.
# Points Race
The second round of CAO offers are out - and they're all right here
Compare every course and institution with our dedicated site.
# College
Nearly 1,500 students receive first higher education offer in second CAO round
The CAO released its second round of offers to applicants this morning.
# Leaving Cert
45 students suspected of cheating in Leaving Cert exams have results provisionally withheld
The decision to withhold a result or marks is open to appeal.
Opinion: If the way we live and work after Covid can be reformed, why not education too?
It’s an ideal time to reform the Irish educational system, writes Emma DeSouza.
Leaving Cert student: Is the 2021 CAO fiasco proof that the 'points race' has been run?
Luke Heffernan missed out on his dream course this year – he feels the ‘points race’ is redundant.
# Points Race
Higher education minister questions if Leaving Cert is ‘right way to go’
Simon Harris said the points race for third level places is ‘not the international norm’.