Continuous assessment will become a key part of Leaving Cert exams under major reforms announced this afternoon.
40 per cent of exam marks in all subjects will be by continuous assessment with written exam deciding the rest.
Minister Norma Foley announcing the revised Leaving Cert this afternoon pic.twitter.com/OkuCb5q5YT
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The curricula for all subjects will be reviewed with a new syllabus starting in 2024.
It also includes a new marking scheme in the optional subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Business.
Two new subjects will also be created - 'Drama, Film and Theatre Studies'; and 'Climate Action and Sustainable Development'.
Paper one in English and Irish will now be taken at the end of fifth year for students starting with those entering senior cycle in September 2023.
Minister for Education Norma Foley says it's not the intention to have 'many mini Leaving Certs' by having a continuous assessment element.
Minister Foley, while announcing the changes today, also said it's time the Leaving Cert changed.
The Teacher's Union of Ireland has welcomed some aspects of the review, such as the availability of Transition Year to all schools.
However it's calling for all continuous assessment components to be examined externally.