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Education Indicators for Ireland Report Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2023. Education Indicators for Ireland Report PublishedTags: Education And Politics

Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2022 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland.

This report covers all levels of education starting with early years and working through school education, further and higher education and through to lifelong learning. In doing so the report provides an overview of the work of both the Department of Education and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

This updated report provides data up to and including the school/academic year 2021-2022 where possible as well as a look back at how our education system has progressed over the five years 2017-2021.

Among the topics covered in the report are:

  • school types
  • Leaving Certificate pathways
  • special education
  • access to higher education
  • graduate numbers
  • further education and training enrolments

    This is the only report where data from across the entirety of the education and training sector is presented together; in doing so the report presents a snapshot of the entirety of the education and training system at a single point in time while also charting our progress over the past five years.


    Primary and Post-primary education

  • the total number of teachers has risen by over 7,800 since 2017, from 64,692 to 72,496. The pupil:teacher ratio at primary level has fallen from 15.3 to 13.7 since 2017, while in post-primary it has fallen from 12.8 to 12.2
  • average class sizes at primary level have fallen from 24.5 in 2017 to 22.8 in 2021
  • the number of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream primary have risen substantially in recent years, from 5,572 in 2017 to 8,740 in 2021, while the number of special needs assistants (SNAs) has increased from 13,862 in 2017 to 18,050 in 2021
  • the percentage of pupils doing Transition Year has risen from 71.9 per cent of pupils in 2017 to 72.9 per cent in 2020, and further increased in 2021 (73.8%)
  • the total number of pupils taking the Leaving Certificate established programme (across both 5th and 6th year) has increased from just under 81,000 in 2017 to over 91,000 in 2021
  • the retention rate to the Leaving Certificate in DEIS schools stood at 86.1% for the 2015 entry cohort, up from 84.8% on the previous year, while the gap in retention between DEIS and non-DEIS schools fell to 7.6%, down from 8.6% in 2020

    The full report is available to read at: Education statistics.



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