Sociologists have highlighted the merits of the religious studies approach in primary schools. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Religious education in state-funded primary schools should include the study of humanism and faiths outside of Christianity, a research paper by acade(...)

Dr Merike Darmody (left), research officer Economic and Social Research Institute, and Dr Emer Smyth, ESRI research professor, at the launch of the institute’s report on challenges faced by young people after post-primary education. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Young people who had high stress in sixth year or who favoured studying at home experienced greatest difficulty in making the transition to higher edu(...)

Despite langauge spoken in the home being the biggest single factor assocaitied with poor school attendance among nine- year-olds, having an immigrant mother had a positive impact on attendance.

The language spoken in a child’s home is the biggest single factor associated with attendance, a study on primary school absenteeism in Ireland has(...)