Departmental Functions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the transfer of research and innovation components from Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; when the transfer will be complete; if the units as they currently exist in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will be transferred in their entirety; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Next year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams will take place ‘as normally as possible’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams will take place ‘as normally as possible’ in line with public health advice, according to the Department of Education. In a statement, a department spokesman said all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure compliance with public health guidance in place at the time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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‘Severe overestimation’ of Leaving Cert calculated grades by some schools – official

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The calculated grades awarded to students by some schools and teachers in the Leaving Cert had been a ‘severe overestimation’, officials from the Department of Education told an Oireachtas committee …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Statement from the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Department of Education and Skills regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has updated Leaving Certificate 2020 students on matters relating to the corrected, higher Calculated Grades which are to issue to some students. The Department of Education and Skills will re-open the student Calculated Grades portal at 6pm today, Saturday 3 October, and all students who are due to receive corrected, higher grades, will be able to access their results …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 October]

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The Department of Education loosening third-level grant requirements for asylum seekers is a step in the right direction, but not enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While students in direct provision no longer need to attend school in Ireland for three years, or obtain a Leaving Certificate to qualify for a college grant, structural inequalities in the education system persist for asylum seekers …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 2 October]

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High Court case challenging UCC and CAO dropped

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As calculated grades were released by the Department of Education, offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) were made on Friday September 11th 2020. There was a mixed reaction to these results and subsequent offers, which was exacerbated by a media frenzy, as it was the first ever year of the ‘calculated grades’ process …” (more)

[Maebh McCarthy, University Express, 30 September]

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Scale of errors in Leaving Cert results rocks confidence in integrity of system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The disclosure that errors may have affected the results of thousands of Leaving Cert candidates has rocked confidence in the integrity of the calculated grades process. Until recently, the Government had breathed a sigh of relief. It had managed to avoid most of the chaos and confusion that marked the UK government’s shambolic handling of its calculated grades system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Statement from the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Department of Education and Skills regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills has found two errors in the Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades process which mean that incorrect grades were issued to some students when they received their results on 7 September. The errors are being rectified and the process is being re-checked with a series of independent checks now underway …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 September]

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Errors found in Leaving Cert calculated grades system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Errors have been discovered with the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system with Minister for Education Norma Foley to make a significant announcement later on Wednesday, Independent.ie has learned. Government sources say an emergency helpline is being set up and Minister Foley will make an announcement at the Department of Education at around 4pm along with an official from the State Exams Commission …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Senan Molony and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Second student wins calculated grades exclusion case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second home-schooled Leaving Certificate student who was excluded from this year’s Calculated Grades process has won their case in the High Court. In his ruling Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the Department of Education’s failure to provide a system for the unnamed student was irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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Class ranking information to be released to Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who received calculated grades under this year’s Leaving Certificate process will be able to see the class ranking their teacher gave them from next Monday. The Department of Education says it is making the information available to students through the calculated grades online portal after receiving legal advice on the issue …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 September]

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Removal of school profiling may have affected ‘accuracy’ of Leaving Cert results, study says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Removing ‘school profiling’ from the calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students may have affected the accuracy of the final results, according to a Department of Education study. The plan to take account of schools’ Leaving Cert performance over a three-year period sparked significant controversy over the summer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2020 and the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 – Application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science wishes to inform of the application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020 …” (more)

[DES, 16 September]

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Adjusted grades were an experiment that we dare not risk repeating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was never going to please everyone. The political decision to abandon the Leaving Cert exam in favour of calculated grades left the Department of Education with an impossible task: to assign accurate grades to students who didn’t sit exams which never happened in courses they hadn’t completed …” (more)

[Jennifer O’Connell, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Safety, Consultation and Resources key to sustainable higher education reopening, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ongoing detailed consultation by university managements with staff and students on safety and resource provision is essential to guarantee a sustainable re-opening of higher education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated following issuing of Leaving Certificate results to students …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 September]

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Leaving Cert results raise important gender bias issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Data gender has only been provided for three core subjects, leaving education experts blind as to the true picture, say Professors Pat O’Connor, Delma Byrne, and Selina McCoy. The Leaving Certificate was cancelled on May 8 to be replaced by the teachers’ subjective judgments on what percentage mark they thought each of their students might have received in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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One in five Higher Level grades reduced and a tweaking of the gender gap: How ‘standardisation’ changed teacher-estimated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One In five Higher Level Leaving Cert Calculated Grades were downgraded from their teacher-assessed mark by one grade due to standardisation, according to the Department of Education. At Ordinary Level, one in ten grades were downgraded by one grade …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 September]

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Minister Foley congratulates over 60,000 students who will receive Leaving Certificate results today

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Monday 7 September, announced the issue of the results of the 2020 Leaving Certificate to over 60,000 students. On what is a very different day than might have been anticipated, today the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 are receiving their results, following the completion of the Calculated Grades process …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 September]

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The Education Departments Were Uncoordinated Last Week. Best Not Let it Fester

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No one said a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition was going to be easy. Two rival parties, so used to maligning each other over the past century, now must work together – and so far things have not been running smoothly. Last week, we saw how the current fissure could hurt the third-level sector …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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CAO points set to rise under Leaving Cert calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for many third-level courses are likely to rise due to higher grades being offered to Leaving Cert students this year under the Government’s new calculated grades process. The Department of Education has confirmed that grades will be ‘stronger’ this year compared to previous years, which will lead to some grade inflation …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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