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Leaving Cert causing burnout and stress


Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/12/2018. Leaving Cert causing burnout and stressTags: Parenting Teachers


New research by the ESRI highlights the concerns that leaving cert students have about their time in senior cycle around academic stress and having less free-time to do sport or other after-school activities.

In undertaking the research, the ESRI surveyed students, parents and teachers at 41 secondary schools and conducted in-depth focus group interviews. The report is intended to inform the Natiional Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) review of senior cycle.

Student respondents expressed frustration at the relevance of the Leaving certificate to their future lives and felt that the exam is a memory test and not suited to all students. The areas that the students would like to see changed included:

  • reducing the level of stress in senior cycle;
  • introducing different assessment options (in line with junior cycle reform);
  • addressing the disparity between higher and ordinary level subjects;
  • introducing a greater variety of subjects, more relevant subjects and addressing the use of compulsory subjects; and introducing life skills as a subject in senior cycle.


    Source: Senior Cycle Review: Analysis of discussions in schools on the purpose of senior cycle education in Ireland



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