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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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Families in Northern Ireland more reliant on family and friends for childcare than those in Ireland

New research, conducted by the ESRI in partnership with the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach found that in Ireland, mothers of young children work longer hours and are more reliant on formal childcare, whereas in Northern Ireland mothers are more likely to work part-time and are more reliant on friends and family for care.

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Nine-year-olds take part in out-of-school activities like sport and cultural pursuits less often than ten years ago

This report looks at how the lives of nine-year-olds have changed over a decade in terms of their relationships with family and friends, their pastimes and their school experiences - comparing nine-year-olds in 2007/2008 and 2017/2018.

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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.