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Education Indictors for Ireland Report 2021

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/12/2021. Education Indictors for Ireland Report 2021Tags: Education And Politics Teachers

The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced the publication of Education Indicators for Ireland 2021 – which presents a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland.

The indicators in this report cover 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 2020-2021 (where possible) as well as a look back at how our education system has progressed over the five years 2016-2020.

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 report presents a snapshot of the whole education system at a single point in time while also charting our progress over the past 5 years.


    Primary and Post-primary education

  • the retention rate to the Leaving Certificate in DEIS schools stood at 84.8% for the 2014 entry cohort, up from 83.8% on the previous year, while the gap in retention between DEIS and non-DEIS schools fell to 8.6%, down from 9.3% in 2019
  • the total number of teachers has risen by over 7,000 since 2016, from 61,942 to 69,343. The pupil-teacher ratio has fallen from 15.7 to 14.5 since 2016 while in post-primary it has fallen from 13.4 to 12.3.
  • the number of special needs pupils in mainstream primary have risen substantially in recent years, from 4,836 in 2016 to 7,510 in 2020, while the number of special needs assistants (SNAs) has increased from 12,634 in 2016 to 17,713 in 2020
  • the percentage of schools offering at least 2 foreign languages is increasing, as is the percentage taking a foreign language other than French in the Leaving Certificate

    Further and Higher Education

  • the number of persons on apprenticeships is rising strongly, up from 10,445 in 2016 to 19,630 in 2020
  • the number of NFQ level 8 (undergraduate) entry routes rose to 883 in 2020, up from 843 in 2019
  • the total number of post-graduate researchers has risen from 9,802 in 2016 to 11,199 in 2020, of which females accounted for 5,983 (PhD and Research Masters, full and part-time).

    The Education Indicators for Ireland Report 2021 is available HERE



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