Emer Smyth

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“Parents and schools pay a lot of attention to feeder school lists, and therefore they are massively important.” Photograph: iStock

“Misleading” and “unidimensional” or “hugely popular with parents” and “radical and left wing”? As ever, the publication of today’s feeder school lis(...)

Participants  in a new study felt senior cycle should embed ‘life skills’ in the curriculum to better prepare young people for further or higher education, employment and adult life

Students are giving up sports and social activities due to the stress and pressure of the Leaving Cert, according to new research on pupils’ experienc(...)

A gender gap in educational attainment means boys get lower exam results than girls, are more likely to drop out, and are less likely to go to university than their female counterparts.

The language is alarming for parents and teachers of boys. We hear of “a crisis in masculinity” in schools and about how “failing boys” are not reachi(...)

Students at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, Co Dublin, are taking part in a review of the senior cycle, including Kadem Price, Rachel Dillon and Senan Monks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobody ever expected Liane McCarthy to drop out of school. She was always academic, and she loved learning. But when she was 15, she hit a rough pat(...)

Narrowing the education gap: pupils at Francis Street CBS primary school, in Dublin, in a yoga class

At Francis Street CBS primary school, in south inner-city Dublin, the work of narrowing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peer(...)

The Growing Up in Ireland study is the biggest and most complex social science project ever to be undertaken in this country and provides thousands of insights into the lives of children. Photograph: iStock

A quarter of our three-year-olds are overweight or obese; 50 per cent of Irish-born mothers don’t even start to breastfeed their babies; 16 per cent o(...)

Valerie Gaynor with some of the pre-school children at Creative Kids & Co in Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regina Bushell still remembers having to be brought in “kicking and screaming” on her first day at primary school, just a few weeks after her fourth b(...)

Children from middle-class families are more likely to outperform those from less well-off homes from three years of age, according to a new study. Photo: iStock

Children from middle-class families are more likely to outperform those from less well-off homes from before they even begin primary school, according(...)

On average, and all things being equal, girls generally outperform boys in Leaving Cert subjects, whether or not they have boys sitting beside them in the classroom.

Boys and girls About a third of Ireland’s post-primary school are single-sex. By international standards, this is unusual. Today’s feeder school lis(...)

Schoolchildren who are frequently reprimanded by teachers are much more likely to lose self-confidence in their ability to do schoolwork, new research shows. Photo: iStock

Schoolchildren who are frequently “given out to” or reprimanded by teachers are much more likely to lose self-confidence in their ability to do school(...)

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