A new subject has been developed for the Leaving Certificate Programme called Politics and Society. Portlaoise College is the only school in Laois who will be able to offer the subject to fifth years next September. This will be an optional Leaving Certificate subject, just like other exam subjects. It is being introduced on a phased basis, starting with a small number of schools in September 2016. Portlaoise College is one of these schools. Students will sit the first Leaving Certificate Politics and Society examination in June 2018. “We are delighted that our school has been selected to introduce Leaving Certificate Politics and Society from this coming September 2016,” said Noel Daly, Principal.
“Politics and Society is a very exciting and rewarding subject that will suit any student who is interested in human rights, equality, diversity, sustainable development, power and democratic decision-making”, he said. It is envisaged that studying Politics and Society will give students a real insight into people, power and how society works. The subject will be assessed at two levels, Ordinary and Higher. There will be two assessment components at each level – a written examination which accounts for 80% of the final grade and a citizenship project which accounts for 20%. The citizenship project enables students to research a topic of interest to them and then apply their learning in action. “The introduction of Politics and Society complements the already very wide range of subjects we offer in Portlaoise College to students in the Leaving Certificate Programme”, said Mr. Daly. “There has been a considerable interest in the uptake of this subject already from students.

Photos: Mr. Kelly, teacher & first Laois Politics and Society class
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Visit by Charlie Flanagan, TD on Monday 3rd October 2016