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Maryann's son was finding maths very difficult to comprehend, due to his dyscalculia. Thanks to Conor, he's getting to grips with the subject and is set to do well at Secondary School. My son had just finished 6th class, and although he was above average in all other subjects, he struggled with Maths. This had b...

National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a single national system of assessment criteria that is recognised internationally around the world. It was introduced in 2003 and it defines the relationship and transition between different stages of education and training. The Framework consists of 10 levels which resemble awards from secondary school to University postgraduate studies. T...

Further education in Ireland can refer to any post-compulsory education above secondary school, which would include University, College, Institute degrees as well as Independent Education. The education provided by these vary from purely theoretical to vocational. In other cases university education is excluded from this definition with further education being one of the routes to higher educat...

Formal Vocational Education in Ireland is a comparatively recent development: the original, academic, 'Established' Leaving Cert was joined by the Leaving Certificate Vocational Program in 1989, and the more practical Leaving Certificate Applied in 1995. The difference between the LCVP and LCA can be pretty much summed up like this: the LCVP is more ...

School in Ireland is nationally mandated and funded by the Department of Education and Skills. It is compulsory for students to attend school for ten years, between the ages of 5 and 15, although there is leeway for a year each way. The school cycle officially runs to 18, however, and is divided between Primary School to the age of (roughly 12) and Seco...

In Ireland we have two Certificate exams (known to all as Certs), the Junior and the Leaving. The Junior Cert is taken when you're a minimum of 12 years old: usually 13 or 14. There are seven compulsory subjects, namely Irish, English, Maths, CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education), SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education), PE and RE. Pupils can then choose at ...