School League Tables
Exclusive analysis of 9 years of results from over 700 schools
Every parent wants what is best for their child. Many will look at the cost of sending their sons and daughters to a fee-paying school and wonder if it is worth the added financial sacrifice.
Going to college is an expensive business, even if you are on a higher education grant. At a time of virtual full employment some will be wondering if it's necessary to get a further qualification after the Leaving Certificate. But all the evidence shows that it is worthwhile in terms of better health and wealth for most students.
Mixed schools are out-performed by single-sex schools when it comes to sending students to third level. However, one education expert said this has more to do with student background than a gender divide in the classroom.
Picture this - you get up at 6:00am, tip-toe around a silent, darkened house so as not to wake the other sleeping occupants. By the time you get into your car at 6:45am, traffic has already started to build, and you share an unspoken camaraderie with other commuters on the roads, sleepily drinking coffee from...
Synonymous with producing heroes from the world of sport, politics, and entertainment, Ard Scoil Ris - located on Limerick's affluent North Circular Road - is also one of the country's best performing non fee-paying schools.
When I started working in the Irish education system in the mid-1980s, classrooms were places where teachers and students worked, although rarely to the same degree. Anyone else - other teachers, school principals, or, God forbid, inspectors - knew their place and that place was outside the classroom door, and in the case of parents, generally outside the school gates.
All the evidence shows that better exam results can be achieved and more students can secure third level places by building on relationships in schools and focusing on helping students to become good people outside of the classroom.
Uniquely positioned in a corner of Co Offaly along the River Shannon with a catchment covering three counties in three different provinces, Banagher College Colaiste na Sionna's success is in no small part due to its response to the shifting economic landscape of the Midlands region.
Just five schools have maintained a perfect record of sending students on to third level over the past nine years, according to figures compiled by the Sunday Independent. They also show a change at the top of the overall rankings for the second year in a row.
League tables are now part of the annual education calendar, despite their shortcomings. Parents know they are not perfect and that they don't tell you everything you need to know about an individual school and what educational enrichment it provides for students.
We are living in the era of FOMO (fear of missing out) and our young people love to live busy, exciting lives with as many different experiences as they can manage. This can translate into the...
Less than a year after the school was threatened with closure, Cistercian College, Roscrea, has gone on to cement its place as one the country's top-performing secondary schools.
If proof were needed about the benefits of Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses it came in a recent report from the Economic and Social Research Institute.