Schools are more important than neighbourhoods in influencing adolescent behaviour, according to new ERSI research. Photograph: iStock

Schools are more important than neighbourhoods in influencing adolescent behaviour, an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) study has found. (...)

The researchers concluded that school closures and the lack of face-to-face interaction with peers and broader family networks were having direct effects on the lives of children and young people

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt the most by young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational ne(...)

There is no solid evidence that specific selection mechanisms produce the “best” teachers, the report states. Photograph: Getty Images

The teaching profession is drawing accomplished people despite difficulties in getting jobs, new research shows. A report by the ESRI and the Teachin(...)

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(...)