Stick at the Honours Maths if you can!

Project Maths and its implementation is remaining a hot topic in the media and with parents. Unfortunately the way it was rolled out was untimely with students heading into 5th year with only the experience of the old way of doing Maths. It has been broadly agreed that this was an error and unfair to those students.  However, the statistics are encouraging for those who wish to have a go at this level of Maths. Up to this juncture, I would have been of the opinion that students would have needed to get a grade B or above in the Junior Certificate higher level paper to take it on at Leaving Certificate. Two things have prompted me to change my view. Firstly, the twenty five extra bonus points for getting a D3 or above and secondly the amount of students that have passed the higher level over the last two years. The statistics are now stacked in favour of the student and so a C student at Junior Certificate higher level should be encouraged to go on the try its Leaving Certificate counterpart. On average 98% of students who attempted the higher level over the last two years passed it and so anyone who has desire and is willing to work hard should by all means hang in there. Naturally other subject teachers would argue that the system is now unfairly balanced in favour of Maths. However, I would point to the amount of time the subject takes up on a weekly basis and also its important link with Science and Technology. A highly educated Maths cohort leaving school in the next few years should signal a return to innovation and growth for our struggling economy.

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Second Chance in LC Maths

NUI Galway special maths exam offers Leaving Cert students a second chance

The College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway has announced details of a special entrance maths examination to give students a second chance to pursue a career in engineering.

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Call Back

Call back and look at this blog regularly as my articles here will keep you up to date with all you need to know for Project Maths exams 2014. I will post articles, tips, advice, checklists, syllabuses among other things as the year progresses!!

Joe 🙂

Well done Junior Certers

A big congratulations to all the Junior Certs on their brilliant results yesterday. The percentage taking higher level maths at Junior cert has risen from 48% to 52%, which is to be welcomed. I still believe that this will increase due to students getting more familiar with Project maths and the incentive of the bonus points. My advice to you going into 5th year would be to have a try at the honours course especially if you got a C or above in your exams. The leaving cert maths course is much more student friendly. If you achieve a D3 or above you will receive 25 extra points so you have a serious think about it as you consider your options. Most teachers will be very flexible and give students a go at the honours if they are in any way willing with a decent result. Well done again and check back later for more Project Maths updates for both Junior and Leaving certificate.

Loads of Links for different Subjects

Click on the below link to access a load of links on in different school subjects including advice, notes and summaries.

Well done everybody on your results

Congratulations everybody who did so well in Maths today. Especially well done to my own class. Im very proud of your achievements.




Over 55,000 Leaving Certificate students will receive their exam results today.

The number of candidates sitting the tests this year fell to its lowest level since 2007, at 55,572, but the uptake for Higher Level Maths increased to a record level.

One student received nine A1s, while 161 others got six A1s or more. The student who received nine A1s,Mark Berney, attended Gorey Community School in Co Wexford.

Results are available for collection in schools from 9am, and by phone or on the website from midday.

Over 13,000 sat Higher Level Maths – almost a quarter of all candidates – the highest figure ever.

However, the new ‘Project Maths’ syllabus does not appear to have improved results – with the number of Honours grades down by over 10%.

The Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has welcomed the increase in those sitting the paper.

“They have been rewarded as a result with an extra 25 points if they’ve applied for a college course.

“So that system is working, it’s an improvement on last year, and we’re happy about that.”

The numbers taking Higher Level Irish is also up, following an increase in the marks allocated for the oral component.

The State Examinations Commission is again apologising for an error in the maths paper – which it says was taken into account in the marking process.

The first round of college offers will be available on the CAO website from 6am next Monday morning.

Meanwhile the Gardaí, Alcohol Action Ireland and Drink Aware are appealing to students to celebrate the results sensibly.

The Chief Executive of, Fionnuala Sheehan, advised students not to drink on an empty stomach, to avoid rounds and have a plan to get home safely.

Good Luck with your results tomorrow!!!!

The best of luck to all Maths students getting their Leaving Certificate results tomorrow. I hope Maths goes brilliant for you!!!
Joe 🙂