International Protection Applicants in Accommodation Centres

For schools who have had difficulty making contact with pupils residing in accommodation centre for international protection applicants (direct provision) centres


The Department of Education and Skills has been engaging with the Department of Justice and Equality and Tusla Education Support service to ensure that school pupils residing in accommodation centres are supported during this period of school closures. Where schools have an education related query in relation to assisting in making contact with a specific pupil residing in an accommodation centre the following email address can be used:


In the subject bar please type ‘Education’.  

In the body of the text please indicate that you have an education related query regarding a child of school going age who is residing in a named accommodation centre for international protection applicants. There is no need to include details of the parent or child at that point. The only details required are the location of the centre and your name and phone number as the person raising the query so that you can be contacted to follow up on your query.


25, May, 2020 – Minister McHugh announces online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opens on Tuesday 26 May

All Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students should register now on

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday 25 May 2020) announced that the new online Calculated Grades Student Portal will open for registration to Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students tomorrow Tuesday 26 May.

All Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students are required to register on between 10am Tuesday 26 May and 10pm Thursday 28 May.

All students following the Leaving Certificate Established or Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes are also required to confirm the level at which they intended to sit each of their subjects. Students will have the option of confirming the level or changing to a lower level.

When registering on students must have the following information to hand:

  • Their Examination Number
  • Their Personal Public Service number (PPS), which they will use to create a four-digit Personal Identification Number
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number

Once the Department has received all the necessary data from schools, students will be asked to opt in through the portal to indicate if they wish to receive Calculated Grades.

Minister McHugh said: “Every school has been sent on the information to provide to their students so that they are able to complete the registration on the student portal.

“This is a brand-new system that it has been necessary to introduce because of the decisions we have had to take as we respond to Covid-19 situation. It is vital now that every Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied student is aware of the new online registration on

“The important message for Leaving Certificate students is that they must now register by Thursday at 10pm to ensure that they can receive their Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades.

“It is also essential that students confirm their levels at this time so that schools can complete the task of providing information for each student about their expected level of performance in each subject.”

Schools have been asked to assist their students as much as possible but if anyone has trouble getting access online, there will be helpline support from midday on Tuesday.

Minister McHugh said: “Please don’t leave it until the last minute. This is a tight timeframe. We need every student to register so that the new system can operate smoothly.

“Every school has been sent information on the portal and how to register, and will be asked to circulate this to students and to parents and guardians.”


Notes to Editors

The Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades system has been established as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students will be offered the option of receiving a Certificate of Calculated Grades which they can use to progress to further or higher education or to work.

A guide to Calculated Grades and further information on this process is available at

Some 61,000 students are expected to register on the portal;

  • 58,000 students following the Leaving Certificate (established) or Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
  • 3,000 Leaving Certificate Applied Students.

21 May, 2020 – Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announces publication of guidance for schools on Calculated Grades

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (21 May 2020) announced the publication of detailed guidance on the new system of Calculated Grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate.

The document is being sent to all post-primary schools today, to provide teachers and principals with information on the process of estimating marks for students to receive Calculated Grades.

The guide has been produced in consultation with education partners following the decision to postpone Leaving Certificate 2020 examinations, taken as a protective measure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister McHugh said: “The guide is the result of intensive work and engagement by the Department, teachers and school management in recent days.

“It is designed to give teachers and principals clear and precise guidance on how to provide the Department with an estimated mark and a class ranking for each Leaving Certificate student.

“At all times we have put fairness and the interests of the students at the heart of our decision making. The guidance is very clear and strict on the issue of canvassing of teachers and principals. Canvassing would be unfair to students and to staff in a school, and it will not be tolerated in any circumstances.

“I’d like to thank all of the members of the advisory group of stakeholders who have worked so hard on the whole question of the 2020 state examinations process and have contributed to the development of this guidance.”

The document Guide for Schools on Providing Estimated Percentage Marks and Class Rank Orderings is available at

As part of the process of Calculated Grades, Leaving Certificate students will have access to an online portal from early next week where they will be required to confirm the subject level  at which they initially entered for the examinations or to change to a lower level.

The guide provides detailed information on how the Calculated Grades process should be operated in schools.

Among the information outlined in the guidance document is –

:: Advice on the range of information that teachers should use to inform the school’s judgements about estimated marks.

:: Guidance on how teachers can work together to ensure alignment of marks across students and classes in schools.

:: Details about how principals will oversee the process within schools.

:: Rules around canvassing setting out how schools will be required to report instances to the Department.

:: External candidates – the Department will look at these students on a case by case basis and will be flexible. Every effort will be made to provide an estimated mark where there is sufficient credible evidence of the student’s achievement.

:: Indemnity – as teachers and school leaders will be implementing the Calculated Grades process in schools on behalf of the Minister, arrangements have been put in place to extend a State indemnity to them and to the boards of management of their schools.

Further supports and information for students, teachers and principals in relation to the implementation of the Calculated Grades model are being provided.

The system of Calculated Grades is being offered to all 2020 Leaving Certificate candidates. Students will have the opportunity to appeal their results.

Students can also opt to sit the Leaving Certificate exams when they are held, which will be when public health advice permits.

The timing of the results of the Calculated Grades process will run as close as possible to the usual results system.



Notes to Editors 

On 8 May the Minister announced that a system of Calculated Grades will be offered to Leaving Certificate students in 2020. Further information on this process can be found in the document Guide to Calculated Grades, available at

The document published today, Guide for Schools on Providing Estimated Percentage Marks and Class Rank Orderings, can be accessed at

Updated FAQs are also being made available here.

Under the system outlined in the guidance document, teachers will use their professional judgement, taking into account a range of evidence from a student’s past performance, to estimate the percentage mark a student would most likely have received had they sat the Leaving Certificate examination under normal conditions.

The estimated percentage marks and rankings will undergo an in school alignment process, involving colleague teachers of the same subject, to ensure that the standard being applied is consistent and appropriate for the subject. The principal will oversee the process and will also oversee the submission of the school’s estimated marks and class rankings.

The school’s estimated marks and class ranking will undergo a process of national standardisation. This will provide each student with a Calculated Grade. This process is outlined in the Department’s recent document: Guide to Calculated Grades. 

The Calculated Grades system will be overseen by an Executive Office in the Department of Education and Skills, established by the Minister for that purpose.

Placement Tutor 2020 – Department of Education at Maynooth University

Placement Tutor 2020

Job Specification


The Department of Education at Maynooth University is a dynamic department with an extensive range of teaching and research activities. It has a full-time academic staff of fifteen lecturers and a large part-time staff. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to more than 900 students, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level. It offers initial teacher education for post-primary teachers through the Professional Master of Education (PME), and through the Bachelor of Science/Maths with Education (BSc.Ed). While student teachers generally undertake their school placements in a range of partner schools in a radius of up to 160km from Maynooth University, this has been extended to all schools in the Republic of Ireland for 2020-21 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. For further information, please visit:

The role:

The Department of Education at Maynooth University is currently seeking applications from experienced educational professionals to work as placement tutors on the undergraduate Bachelor of Science/Maths with Education (BSc.Ed) and the post-primary Professional Master of Education (PME) programme. A placement tutor is a person primarily engaged by the Department of Education to support and mentor student teachers and to evaluate their practice while on school placement.

At present, vacancies exist for all subject areas and geographical regions. Applications from candidates with expertise in Maths and Science subjects and the capacity to conduct their work through the medium of the Irish language are particularly welcomed. The role is suitable for recently retired teachers, for teachers with job-sharing arrangements and for teachers with part-time teaching hours. The role is not suitable for teachers who are already working full-time (22 hours).

Specifically, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Worked, or be working, in a school or educational setting within the last 2 years and be registered with the Teaching Council
  • Extensive experience of teaching and/or leadership roles in post-primary schools and a proven track record in relation to his/her subject area(s)
  • Expertise in online teaching, learning and assessment
  • The capacity to work for approximately 20-40 days throughout the school year
  • Well-developed skills in relation to supporting, mentoring and evaluating teachers’ professional practice
  • The means to travel to schools in a given geographical area and the capacity to support the Department of Education to build partnership with placement schools
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work alone and as part of a team, proficient organisational skills and the capacity to exercise discernment in the assessment of teaching and learning
  • A Master’s qualification or higher in the field of education.


Placement tutors will be recruited on a part-time basis for a period of up to three years and regional considerations will apply. Placement tutors are remunerated using the Maynooth University occasional rates of pay for tutorial work. In addition, travel allowances are paid in line with university rates.

A programme of professional development will be provided to prepare successful candidates for their role as a placement tutor. This involves both an induction programme and monthly CPD meetings to support tutors in their role.


Application process:

Applications should be made by completing the attached application form and sending it by email to to arrive no later than midnight, Monday 25th May 2020 using the subject line ‘Placement Tutor Application’. There is no need to include a cover letter or CV. Late applications will not be accepted. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on the week of 15th June and short listing will apply.




Fiona Casey
Placement Officer

Department of Education (Room 205)

Maynooth University


Co. Kildare


Department of Education and Skills’ statement on stakeholder engagement in relation to the State Examinations

13 May 2020 – Department of Education and Skills’ statement on stakeholder engagement in relation to the State Examinations


The Department of Education and Skills today (Wednesday 13 May 2020) hosted a seventh meeting with a range of stakeholders as part of planning in relation to the State Examinations during the Covid-19 response. The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe Mc Hugh TD, attended today’s meeting.


The advisory group of stakeholders includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission, the National Educational Psychological Service, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the Department.


The Higher Education Authority attends meetings in an observer capacity, to assist feeding back to consultations it is involved with across the third level sector.


The Minister took the opportunity to thank members of the Advisory Group for the detailed work that they had undertaken regarding the examinations and Calculated Grades.


The advisory group discussed the recent decision to postpone the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations and for all students to be offered the option of Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date.


The advisory group was provided with an update on the development of detailed guidance for schools and teachers regarding calculated grades.


Today’s meeting also considered areas on which it would be useful to provide further information for students and parents on calculated grades and how best this information might be communicated.


The group also received updates on the measures that have been put in place to support the wellbeing of students at this time.


The Minister said: “I’d like thank the members of the advisory group for their ongoing work. They have shown leadership and commitment to finding a solution. It has been important to bring clarity to our Leaving Certificate students. The system of Calculated Grades gives us the fairest way possible of helping them to progress to the next stage in their lives.


“We are continuing to work on the development of the detailed guidance that schools will need to formulate and submit data for Calculated Grades.


“The Advisory Group has provided invaluable information about the views of all those involved – students, parents, teachers, school managers and others. The time afforded to the members has been an integral and vital part of the process in recent weeks.”


The group agreed to meet again next week to continue its discussions.





RTE This Week’s Interview with Clive Byrne

RTE Radio 1 – This Week

A look at events making the news in the past week presented by Carole Coleman and Justin McCarthy.

Interview with Clive Byrne, Director, NAPD

New Frequently Asked Questions on Calculated Grades

Please note additional Frequently Asked Questions have been posted on the the website about calculated grades: 

NAPD response to cancellation of Leaving Certificate examinations – 08 May, 2020

NAPD response to cancellation of Leaving Certificate examinations – 08 May, 2020

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has responded to news of the Department of Education’s decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate Examinations, with all students set to receive ‘calculated grades’.

According to Clive Byrne, Director of the NAPD:

“We recognise that the last few weeks have been a time of great stress and uncertainty for Leaving Certificate students and their families.

“The Minister for Education’s decision to cancel the Leaving Certificate and replace it with calculated grades is to be welcomed.

“We recognise that there is no perfect solution to the challenges we currently face. Therefore, whilst we appreciate that this alternative arrangement announced today is far from ideal situation and not without its challenges, we hope it will provide much needed clarity for our students. 

“We still have a journey to go on in finalising the detail around this new approach, however as school leaders, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that the Class of 2020 can move on to the world of work, Further Education or Higher Education next autumn.

“Finally, we would like to thank our partners across the education sector for their engagement to date and we look forward to continuing to work with them on the remaining details in the days ahead.”