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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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As Leaving Certificate and leaving school looms, teenagers' participation in cultural activities declines

New research, conducted by the ESRI and funded by the Arts Council, shows that young people become less involved in cultural activities as they prepare for the Leaving Certificate and leave school. Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, the report charts a decline in reading for pleasure and taking music/drama/dance lessons between 13 and 17 years of age.

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Examining the experiences of students, teachers and leaders at Educate Together second-level schools

The report is based on a mixed-methods research study conducted at 11 ETSS late in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 school closures. The research involved students, teachers, parents, school leaders and other stakeholders.  

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Inequality and inclusion

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.

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COVID-19 impact on education

This research examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on the educational experiences and broader wellbeing of children and young people.