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# Leaving Cert

This year
'The AI excuse doesn't wash with me': Mixed reaction to plans to drop teacher-based assessment
Labour Party education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called the reforms “a missed opportunity”.
Government drops plans for teacher-based assessment of Leaving Cert, blaming AI
There will be changes to the Leaving Cert introduced in 2025.
CAO: 60% of courses see fall in point requirements
59% of level 8 applicants for their first choice, and 85% of students got their top three
Therapist: It's been a summer of tragedy and loss for many young people
Monica Jackman says it’s been a tough summer for young people in this country with tragic losses – she has some gentle advice for anyone grieving.
Poll: Do you remember how many points you got in your Leaving Cert?
Have your say.
Leaving Cert results: Grades adjusted upwards again due to pandemic disruption for students
71% of all grades went up with the adjustment, compared to just over 50% in 2022.
Tributes to 'bright, sporting young men' after deaths of two Dublin students on Greek island
Andrew O’Donnell and Max Wall were on holiday on the island after completing their exams.
What lesson can we learn from our Leaving Cert nightmares?
Do we attached too much importance to the Leaving Cert?
Leaving Cert: Commentary over higher-level maths paper one 'will be considered during marking'
It comes after the paper was criticised by students across the country for its difficulty.
Quiz: How well do you remember Leaving Certificate syllabus?
This year’s Leaving Certificate exams kicked off this week.
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.
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.
Poll: Do you have 'Leaving Cert nightmares'?
Have your say.
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.
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: How much do you know about Macbeth?
It’s due to be examined on the Leaving Cert English Paper Two this week.
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 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’.
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
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
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’.
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: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.
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 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 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.
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.
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.