Wednesday 18 September 2019

Help is here: With Leaving Cert results due, your Helpline is ready

Just a call away: (front, left-right) Education Minister Joe McHugh with Roisin O’Donohoe from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Mai Fanning, president of the National Parents Council post-primary, and Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor for the Irish Independent, along with students Emma Nicholson (18), Luke O’Shea (18), Etaine Fanning (17) and Jack O’Shea (18). Photo: Frank McGrath
Just a call away: (front, left-right) Education Minister Joe McHugh with Roisin O’Donohoe from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Mai Fanning, president of the National Parents Council post-primary, and Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor for the Irish Independent, along with students Emma Nicholson (18), Luke O’Shea (18), Etaine Fanning (17) and Jack O’Shea (18). Photo: Frank McGrath
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Leaving Cert results and CAO offers are due next week and, as usual, the National Parents' Council post-primary (NPCpp) expert Helpline will be on hand.

The Helpline, sponsored by the Irish Independent, Independent.ie and the Department of Education and Skills, opens on Tuesday August 13, coinciding with the release of results.

It will run straight through to Saturday, August 17. CAO offers will be published on Thursday, August 15.

The 1800-265-165 freephone helpline will be staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, while a representative of the grants agency, Susi, will also be answering queries.

It is also supported by the GAA.

The helpline deals with the gamut of issues that arise, including appealing results, second-chance maths exams, points, CAO offers and non-CAO options.

Education Minister Joe McHugh paid tribute to its work in offering students and parents a place to call for advice and a listening ear.

Irish Independent

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