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October 30, 2018

A few weeks ago after much "google-ing" we discovered that only 14% of all-girls schools offered Technical Graphics as a Junior Certificate subject versus 82% of all-boys schools. We published this blog and one of the main question asked was "What are the equivalent fi...

October 8, 2018

In 2018, 7% of female students who sat the Junior Certificate opted to do Technical Graphics, compared with 34% of male students. This percentage has been consistent for the past number of years.

We investigated this discrepancy further and checked schools’ websites to...

June 5, 2018

Last week we sent out a survey aimed at people who have previously completed the Leaving Certificate. We asked a number of questions regarding people's feelings about their own Leaving Certificate. We also asked for people's age, to see if any of these results depended...

May 21, 2018

Plans were launched in November 2017 aiming for Ireland’s teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to become the best in Europe. Here is a link to the excellent STEM Education Policy Statement, published in November 2017, by the STEM Educatio...

August 9, 2017

Next Wednesday, August 16th, is Leaving Cert 2017 results day and the new points system will come to life. For anyone who does not know how the points system works, here is a table which explains the changes:

The new points system aims to "ease the pressure on students...

June 8, 2017

In 2012, in response to the decreasing number of students doing Higher Level Mathematics, a new points system was brought in which awarded 25 additional CAO points to any student who sat Higher Level paper Mathematics.

It appears this initiative worked. The percentage o...

June 1, 2016

Among all* Higher Level Leaving Certificate papers sat in the past six years 5.5% of papers were marked with the elusive A1 grade. The subject which awards the highest rate of Higher Level A1s is Applied Mathematics with 14.4% of students who sat Higher Level Applied M...

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