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Research addresses policy issues critical to achieving greater equality of educational outcomes and improving the experience of students, teachers, principals and other stakeholders across the education system. The student voice is placed at the centre of the research, providing important insights into student experiences across the school system, their reflections on choices made and their post-school pathways.

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It is time to change senior cycle education, say students, parents and teachers

Reforms suggested by participants focused on changing the way students are assessed in order to reduce stress and capture a broader range of skills.

Launch of Youthreach report with Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, June 2019
Youthreach helps early school leavers to access further education, training and employment

Joe McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, launched new ESRI research, funded by Solas, which examined the effectiveness of a programme aimed at young people who leave school early. 

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Educational inequality

Research examines the factors influencing disengagement from school, early leaving and exam performance, highlighting the way in which school experiences can shape inequalities in outcomes. 

Digital technologies and student learning
Digital technologies and student learning

This research examines the role and impact of digital technologies in student academic development and wellbeing. It also includes research on the impact of digital technologies in initial teacher education.

University lecture hall
Post-school pathways and higher education in Ireland

Research examines how young people fare after they leave second-level education. Research on higher education in Ireland includes the topics of student retention and student immobility.