Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 February]

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Leaving Cert students set to receive college offers four days earlier than normal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert students will have to wait just 48 hours after they get their exam results to find out if they have a college place. Up until now, thousands of students have faced the agony of a five-day wait after their results to see if they secured a CAO offer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 February]

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College entry applications edge up on last year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications for college entry are up slightly on this time last year. The CAO received 73,157 applications when the main deadline passed yesterday. The final tally will likely be higher as there is a facility for late applications, and normally a few thousand more come in …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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CAO applications rise to over 73,000 for higher education courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO applications this year has increased slightly with more than 73,000 people applying for a place in higher education. The modest increase of just over 400 applications, or 0.6%, reverses last year’s trend when the total number of applications fell by 5%. This was due mainly due a decline in mature applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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School ‘league tables’ and apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a chairman of a board of management of a secondary school, I understand the natural objective of school managements to encourage as many pupils to choose third-level courses as possible in order to maintain the position or progress up the league table …” (more)

[Robert Berney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Tables reveal – but don’t explain – progression rates for different schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re obsessed with college degrees in Ireland. In less than four years’ time full-time student numbers will reach the 200,000 mark, according to the latest official Department of Education and Skills projections. That’s double the total in 1995/96 and an increase of 30,000 in universities, institutes of technology and other colleges of education in a decade …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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Fee-paying schools: do you get what you pay for?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Parents will often wonder if paying extra for their child’s education is worthwhile when so many of the country’s non fee-paying schools perform exceptionally well when it comes to seeing students progress to third level. For some, private education is a worthwhile investment. Others may want their son or daughter to follow their path and attend their own alma mater …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 January]

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Senator thinks students should get CAO points for ‘civic activities’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Senator believes school students’ ‘civic activities’ should be included in the CAO Points System. Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly thinks 80 points should be set aside for the personal development of students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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The Leaving Cert and the Premier League

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the purported aims of the new Leaving Cert grading and points-awarding system (in the news today) was to ‘take the heat out of the CAO system’. The argument was that by having fewer grade bands, students would be under less pressure to scramble for every point to get to the next grade and earn more points …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 17 January]

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Grade reforms push ‘ill-equipped’ students to take higher-level exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reforms which reward those who sit higher level exams are pressurising struggling students into taking on more challenging exam papers, according to new research. The ESRI study into the impact of grading reforms introduced in 2017 finds there is also evidence of growing inequality, with students in disadvantaged schools less likely to take up higher level subjects compared with students in better-off areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Grading changes risk further alienating less academic pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new grading system introduced two years ago was supposed to ease pressure on Leaving Cert students and take some of the heat out of the points race. However, a new study by the ESRI finds that, for some students, it has had the opposite effect …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Research shows some increase in number of students taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was introduced in June 2017 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 January]

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Rise in Leaving Cert numbers set to drive up CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A rise in Leaving Cert student numbers this year could drive up points for college entry on popular courses. It will be some months before the final candidate figures are available, but it is understood an increase of 3%, or slightly more, is on the cards. It is the first significant increase in Leaving Cert exam candidates in many years and expected to translate into more CAO applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 January]

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CAO countdown: Industries facing skills shortages battle to attract school-leavers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Industries facing acute skills shortages, such as the tech and construction sectors, are battling to attract school-leavers in the run up to this month’s CAO closing date. Up to 70,000 young people are selecting their courses and career choices, with most set to apply before the closing date for discounted application fees (€30) which expires this Sunday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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‘Class gap’ in top universities revealed in latest enrolment figures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from fee-paying schools far more likely to attend a handful of top Dublin-based universities, according to new figures that highlight the extent of the ‘class gap’ in higher education. Students from fee-paying schools account for between 25% and 30% of new undergraduates at Trinity and UCD in the current academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Revised timeline for college offers still not approved by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not yet agreed a shortened timeline for offering places to Leaving Certificate students, seven weeks after it was hastily announced by two Government ministers. Education Minister Joe McHugh and Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on November 1 that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would get exam results out a day earlier than usual next August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, BreakingNews.ie, 18 December]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Feeder schools and education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I think we should congratulate our Department of Education – otherwise known as the permanent government – and the many ministers for education who have worked hard over the decades to achieve a college progression rate of 100% for students from those challenging postcodes of Dublin 2, 4 and 6. What a result …” (more)

[Sheila Maher, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Irish Times view on the latest feeder school tables: making progress, must do better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest feeder school tables, charting progression from second to third-level colleges, underline the educational challenges faced by both society and Government. At a societal level the aspiration of families to support their children in securing appropriate post second level education has never been higher, as demonstrated by the fact that close to 70% of school leavers now access third level through the CAO …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 November]

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The 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The huge surge in college progression rates nationally has seen many schools in different parts of the country achieve 100% progression rates. Feeder Schools: Click here for the full breakdown of where Leaving Cert pupils have gone to college over the past 10 years …” (more)

[Independent, 4 December]

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