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# Leaving Cert

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# Explainer
A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a school's historical performance be used to help calculate a student's exam grades?
Leaving Certificate students will receive a predicted grade next month which will be subject to standardisation from the Department of Education.
# Testing times
'A victory for young people': UK government forced into u-turn over A-level grades
Boris Johnson, who is on holiday in Scotland, held crisis talks with the minister and senior officials this morning.
# Exam Results
Grade inflation of 'more than 10%' expected in NI as students to receive highest predicted grades
Stormont Education minister Peter Weir abandoned plans to use centralised standardisation following an outcry from teachers, parents and pupils.
# State Exams
Northern Ireland GCSE students will now be awarded teachers' grades without standardisation
This comes after accusations of inequality over the calculated A-level results, which were issued to students last Thursday.
# Explainer
What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?
There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.
# Scotland
Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?
Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.
# predictive grades
Leaving Cert results to issue directly to students through online portal at 9am on Monday 7 September
Minister for Education Norma Foley said she was “pleased that we have been able to bring clarity for students”.
# CAO offers
5,800 CAO applicants will receive Round A offers this morning
4,769 applicants will get Level 8 course offers with 2,241 applicants being offered a Level 7/6 course.
# Results Day
Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says 'at least there's now certainty'
The publication of this year’s results will not be available until 7 September.
# Deadline Day
Last chance for students to alter applications as CAO change-of-mind option closes today
CAO points, which are based on Leaving Cert grades, determine what college courses are offered to students.
Professor Sam McConkey: The reality is it could be November before schools are back in full
But Professor McConkey says if we went for a trial return this month, schools could be up and running by September.
A tribute to the Class of 2020: How one group of teachers marked the end of school for sixth years
As schools end an academic year in the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of secondary teachers in Tallaght had to pay tribute to their students.
# State Exam
Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says
Education Minister Joe McHugh said he was against this partial return, and would “move mountains” for students.
# Schools
Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system
The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.
# State Exams
Over 48,000 Leaving Cert students have registered for Calculated Grades system
That leaves around 13,000 Leaving Cert students who have not yet registered.
# Calculated Grades
Over 33,000 Leaving Cert students have registered for Calculated Grades system
Students have until 10pm on Thursday 28 May to register.
# Calculated Grades
Leaving Cert students urged to register for Calculated Grades system from tomorrow
Students have until Thursday to register.
# Indemnity
ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.
# predictive grades
Teachers union urges members not to engage with Leaving Cert grading system
The guidance was published by the Department of Education this evening.
# Leaving Cert
'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students
Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.
# Joe McHugh
'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister
Schools and colleges have been shut since March.
# Leaving Cert
'Unacceptable' and 'inappropriate' that teachers would be lobbied by parents and students
The main teachers’ union said it still has “a number of major concerns” with the new Leaving Cert plan.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be awarded full marks for oral and practical exams?
The main teachers’ union the ASTI called for that measure today.
# State Exams
Here's the score: What we know about marks, grades and appeals in the Leaving Cert 'Plan C'
There has been a lot of concerns about bright students in schools with poor Leaving Cert track records suffering under these rules.
# closed door policy
Teachers' Union calls for 'sanction' of parents who lobby teachers over child's Leaving Cert grade
TUI general secretary John McGabhann said this could take the form of a “public record” of any lobbying that took place.
# State Exams
Why was the 29 July date cancelled? When will results be out? Questions about the new Leaving Cert plan answered
Here’s the detail and practicalities of what’s been decided.
# Leaving Cert
'It's not a perfect solution': The government's u-turn on holding Leaving Certificate exams
Last month the Education Minister was adamant that the exams would go ahead in late July.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government
Teachers will provide an estimate of the percentage mark each student is likely to have achieved.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet decision about Leaving Cert exams to be announced this afternoon, Taoiseach confirms
Leo Varadkar spoke to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the current plan for the Leaving Cert is fair?
We’re expecting confirmation of what is planned for the Leaving Cert after 3pm today.
# Covid-19
Memo being brought to Cabinet as speculation about Leaving Cert cancellation mounts
However, concerns have been raised about the legality of predicted grades.
# Education
Explainer: What are the options for this year's Leaving Cert, and why is it so complicated?
There’s a growing feeling among parents and students that the Leaving Cert should be cancelled.
# Coronavirus
'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert should be cancelled this year?
The sit-down exams are expected to start on 29 July.
# State Exams
Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert
The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the delay of the Leaving Cert exams?
71% of parents in one survey were not in favour of deferring the exams to July/August.
# State Exams
'It's not realistic or viable' to hold Leaving Cert practical exams in current timeframe
Students with oral exams and music practicals have been awarded full marks – but other practical exams are to still go ahead.
# Education Minister
Leaving Cert exams most likely to start on 29 July, Joe McHugh says
McHugh said that if there is a Plan B for the Leaving Cert, it will be made during the first week in June.
'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams
Poppy Kane says despite the challenges, many students believe the exams give them a sense of control in an uncertain time.