Education Law

There is no doubt that one of the most important things in anyone’s life is education. It in effect dictates our future. Provides opportunities that are hard found otherwise.  To fight for this right is to fight for the future.

Clarke Jeffers have over 80 years experience advising individuals and institutions in relation to Education and education disputes. Despite this vast experience it will take all of our amassed knowledge to deal with the new normal of Covid 19. While the leaving Cert was in itself a slightly unfair exam at least everyone knew what to expect and how to prepare for it. With the introduction of predicted grades where there will sadly but inevitably be a trial and error period. If you are unlucky enough to be getting caught in that trial and error and feel prejudiced or unfairly treated as a result, then we are ready to help and advise you in relation to the steps that you can take and options open to you should you not be happy with your calculated grades.

At Clarke Jeffers we know that Education cases (particularly this year) are some of the most stressful cases that will be undertaken. We understand we are fighting for someone’s future and we are equipped with the knowledge, skill and attitude to make it the most level playing pitch possible.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

-Malcolm X.

We advise clients in the following areas:

  • Advice in relation to calculated grades

  • Judicial Review proceedings


View our frequently asked questions.

Calculated grades will be calculated by combining a school-based estimation of an overall percentage and data available to the State Examination Commission. The guidelines state that teachers can balance a variety of factors in arriving at a professional judgement such as the student’s classwork, homework and performance in any house examination. The guidelines state that a teacher’s estimated mark should only consider a student’s performance.

Once the teacher reaches their estimated grade, the estimated grade will be submitted to the Department of Education and Skills. The estimated grade will then be combined with historical data available from the State Examination Commission to bring the grades into line with the “expected distribution of the school”.

If you are unhappy with your estimated grade or the outcome of your appeal you have the option of issuing legal proceedings.

Simply put, Judicial Review is a way for the High Court to examine the decisions by an administrative body or legislative act. The judicial review process is primarily concerned with the decision-making process rather than dealing with a re-hearing of the substance of the matter concerned.


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