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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.

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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Later is better: Mobile phone ownership and child academic development

Research uses data from 8,500 children in the Growing Up in Ireland study to examine the academic performance of children who owned a mobile phone at an earlier age. It finds that children who owned a mobile phone at age 9 scored four per cent less on average in standardised reading and maths tests at age 13.

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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.

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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.