The Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – J Tidmore (Letters, January 19th) raises excellent points with respect to the Leaving Cert. While the circumstances of the past two years forced difficult, and perhaps unfair, compromises, we have surely reached a point where we have sufficient capability to revert to some semblance of normality …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Our CAO points system is equitable and transparent. Why change it?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“When the Leaving Cert results and offers of places in colleges were released last September, there was a blizzard of criticism of the points system. This was odd because the problem at the time was caused by inflated grades produced by the school-based assessment system …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Leaving Cert 2022 – who is for and who is against sitting the traditional exams this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Over the past two years, amendments have been made to the Leaving Certificate due to the disruption the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. In 2020, the exams were completely cancelled and students received accredited grades …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 11 January]

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Hybrid exam system creates inequalities – NUI Galway Registrar

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway has said he would be in favour of students sitting traditional Leaving Certificate exams this year. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said he understood the pressures that Leaving Cert students are under and sympathises with them, but said he believes the hybrid system creates inequalities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 January]

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Leaving Cert exams to run ‘as normal’ in 2022

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is expected to run ‘as normal’ in 2022, with the Department of Education currently considering potentially running oral exams around the Easter break again this academic year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Graduates lack ‘basic skills’ such as writing without spelling or grammatical errors

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many graduate recruits are failing to accomplish ‘simple tasks’ such as writing cogently on a business topic that is free of spelling or grammatical errors, an employers’ group has warned …” (more)

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

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Once again we appear to be going through the annual hand wringing exercise about the Leaving Cert (Letters, November 17th). This time however it may be preferable to consider the lessons of the pandemic, and avoid a clamour for solutions that increase rather than decrease the level of unfairness we subject second-level students to …” (more)

[Albert Winston, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Leaving Cert has ‘pernicious’ impact on learning, committee hears

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert has a ‘pernicious’ impact on the kind of learning and lives we want for our young people, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Prof Anne Looney of Dublin City University (DCU) said that while most teachers use a variety of assessment approaches and group work, these ‘rich and rewarding’ practices get displaced by exam practice, marking schemes and sample answers the closer students get to the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Leaving Cert Irish reform plans could backfire

Posted in Teaching on November 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is currently undertaking a review of the overall senior cycle curriculum having invited submissions from members of the public. This is not the first time that the senior cycle has been reviewed …” (more)

[Áine Hyland, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Leaving cert results and ‘flattening the curve’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Leaving Certificate is being examined by the Oireachtas Committee on Further and Higher Education who have called upon senior academic and management heads to present their views. In their response the Irish Universities Association claimed the 2021 results raised considerable alarm among them with calls to ‘flatten the curve’ …” (more)

[Evelyn Mahon, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Students voices’ are not ‘strong enough’ in Leaving Cert reform, says Ombudsman

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students ‘do not have a strong voice’ when it comes to the Leaving Cert, the Ombudsman for Children is to tell members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education on Tuesday. In his address to the committee, Dr Niall Muldoon will outline the need to reform the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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Leaving Cert reform envisages ‘curriculum for all’ recognising broader student skills

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“If you’re a student, parent or employer seeking urgent and sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert, then look away now. A major advisory report on proposals to reshape the senior cycle – due to be published by the Minister for Education shortly – advocates the kind of incremental reform that will likely take years to draw up, never mind fully implement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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College entry to be based on wider range of students’ skills

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Central Applications Office (CAO) points system will need to be revised to reflect a wider range of students’ skills and learning pathways, according to a major report on senior-cycle reform to be published shortly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Irish language groups and students seek CAO bonus points in new Leaving Cert Gaeilge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish language groups and students are seeking maths-style CAO bonus points for the highest-achieving students in Gaeilge as part of a new plan for the subject at Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 November]

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Leaving Certificate reform

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Simon Harris is quoted as saying the Leaving Certificate system ‘does not prepare a student for life beyond education’. He offers specific criticisms of the current system stating that it ‘does not teach students about financial literacy, digital skills, sex education, or climate skills’. This is news to me and, hopefully, my students …” (more)

[Daniel Lynch, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Leaving Cert system ‘does not prepare student for life beyond education’ – Harris

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The current Leaving Certificate system ‘does not prepare a student for life beyond education’, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris will tell an Oireachtas committee on Tuesday …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Universities and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, has described the current timing of Leaving Certificate results as ‘not fit for purpose’, due to the impact on CAO offers (‘Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June’, Education, October 18th). I would suggest that the opposite is closer to reality …” (more)

[Colm O’Connor, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Students should have ‘stronger say’ in Leaving Cert reform, principals group says

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students should continue to be given a stronger say in their Leaving Cert learning and assessment, according to the representative group for post-primary school principals …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July. The Irish Universities Association – which represents eight of the largest universities – is also calling for an immediate end to ‘distorting’ grade inflation and a return to normal grade patterns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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