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How are you feeling about the Leaving Cert 2021?

With the ongoing pandemic and changes to the Leaving Cert format, we want to hear your thoughts


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For the second year in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Leaving Cert format to change. This is having an impact on thousands of students who are due to sit the Leaving Cert this year, and students who deferred places or are resitting the Leaving Cert from last year.

We’re looking to hear from young people who sat the Leaving Cert in 2020, and young people who are due to sit the Leaving Cert this year. We want to hear your thoughts, and give you an opportunity to share advice, and support each other.

We’re looking for young people aged 16-25 to share their experiences, opinions, or advice on the below topics. If you’re interested in writing about these topics, get in touch with Heather (heather@spunout.ie)

What can I write about?

For Leaving Cert 2020 students

  1. What helped you through the Leaving Cert last year?

  2. What advice would you have for people who are due to sit the Leaving Cert this year?

  3. How did you support your physical and mental health while studying for the Leaving Cert during a pandemic?

  4. What advice do you have for anyone that’s struggling in 6th year this year?

  5. How can Leaving Cert students (past and present) support each other?

  6. How did the experience impact you?

For Leaving Cert 2021 students

  1. How are you feeling about the Leaving Cert 2021?

  2. How are you looking after your physical and mental health?

  3. What advice do you have for other Leaving Cert 2021 students?

  4. How do you think the changes to the Leaving Cert format will impact you?

  5. What do you hope to do after school? How will the pandemic impact this?

Do I need writing experience?

You do not need any writing experience. We’ll help you out every step of the way giving you feedback and suggestions for your piece. Your piece will be posted on SpunOut.ie and our social media so that thousands of young people across Ireland will feel more supported and encouraged to seek help. Your article can be published anonymously if you would like.

How do I get started:

If you’re interested in writing about any of the above, get in touch with Heather@spunout.ie.

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Published March 16th2021
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