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'The Leaving Cert Applied written exams will also start on November 16 and will run until November 28. Anyone interested in sitting the exams must apply by email.' (stock photo)

'The Leaving Cert Applied written exams will also start on November 16 and will run until November 28. Anyone interested in sitting the exams must apply by email.' (stock photo)

'The Leaving Cert Applied written exams will also start on November 16 and will run until November 28. Anyone interested in sitting the exams must apply by email.' (stock photo)

Two more chapters open today in the Leaving Cert 2020 saga, which started with the cancellation of the June exams because of Covid-19.

Students can find out how their school ranked them against fellow pupils in the calculated grades process - and they can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.

Students accessing their class-ranking data have been urged to be careful about sharing their information.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has asked them to be mindful as they might inadvertently reveal the placing of other students in the class. This could arise particularly where only a small number of students in a class did a certain subject.

Teachers' unions raised concerns about the release of the rankings without a process involving a data access request, warning that it was not in the best interests of ­students.

The Department of Education received legal advice which is understood to support the release of the information on the grounds that students are entitled to their personal data.

The Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) said the release of rankings in the manner in which they are being made available today has the potential to be extremely damaging for more vulnerable students, reinforce stereotyping and stigmatisation, embed disadvantage and serve no useful practical or moral purpose.

The 60,000-plus candidates can access the relative placing in their class submitted for them in each subject, via the student portal at Gov.ie/ leavingcertificate.

They already know the estimated marks submitted by their school and the final marks awarded by the Calculated Grades Office.

Meanwhile, any student entered for the June exams who wants to sit the written papers in November, can also apply to do so from today. Applications will be accepted up to 5pm on Friday.

There will be no fees to sit the exams, which will run from November 16 to December 11, on evenings and weekends. They will start at 5.30pm each weekday evening, and at 9.30am and 2pm on both days at weekends.

Interested students can apply via the student portal on the SEC website www.examinations.ie, and at Gov.ie/ leavingcertificate.

The Leaving Cert Applied written exams will also start on November 16 and will run until November 28. Anyone interested in sitting the exams must apply by email.

The timetables will be available on www.examinations.ie today.

Students can mix results from the calculated grades process and the November sitting and will be credited with the higher subject grade for the purposes of CAO points.

However, with results not expected before February, it will be too late for college entry in the current academic year.

It is intended that candidates will sit their exams in the school where they had been entered to sit them in June.

The papers will be based on the normal format, content and structure, and be of the same duration as in previous years.

There will be no orals and, with some exceptions, there will be no assessment for practicals/coursework. The exceptions - where the coursework was completed prior to school closure in March - are Home Economics, LCVP Portfolio, Design and Communication Graphics, PE Physical Activity Project, and Engineering.


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