The transition to primary education: insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study

May 30, 2018
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This study uses Growing Up in Ireland data to examine how 9,000 children adjusted to primary school. It finds that the vast majority of five year olds are positive about school, look forward to going to school and say good things about school. The study showed that children start school with different skills and capacities and some children face greater challenges. The study suggests a number of ways to help all children experience a positive transition to primary school.

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ESRI and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

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May 30, 2018




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