Students will have a choice between written exams and predictive grades for this year's Leaving Cert.

The Cabinet sub-committee on education approved a model yesterday evening that will see all students offered predictive grades for each subject.

They will also be able to select which written exams they sit, and will take the higher of the two results towards their final points.

This year's Junior Cert has been cancelled.

 While teachers' unions have expressed some concerns in relation to the plans for this year's Leaving Cert, the Irish Second-Level Students Union has welcomed the options being provided for students - as they had consistently called for choice and clarity.

Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has also welcomed the clarification for the class of 2021 ......