Irish Education Disadvantages

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In this essay I am going to discuss educational disadvantages in the Irish education sector and how it can be addressed. I will make reference to inclusive provision for children and parents, legislative development and curriculum and finally I will address the importance of working with parents. Education in Ireland is now looked at as being a central plank in the economic, social and cultural development of Irish society. (A Brief Description Of The Irish Education System). The majority of schools are state funded and cater for children from 4-12 years. Catholic primary schools, Gaelscoileanna, special schools etc. are only a number of the different types of schooling. The curriculum in each of these schools is child-centred allowing…show more content…
The Education Act 1998 defines educational disadvantage as “the impediments to education arising from social or economic disadvantage which prevent students from deriving appropriate benefit from education in schools”. But it is however not simply an education related issue, it is a multidimensional problem which affects the lives of children, adults and their families. It is rooted through factors associated with the…show more content…
There is a serious public concern about the literacy crisis in primary schools, according to a study which was carried out among 94 designated schools across the country, they found that overall 28% of primary school children have had some degree of serious reading and writing difficulties. (Educational Research Centre, 2004). This could be down to the fact that class sizes are too big making it difficult for teachers to help any child that is struggling which in turn causes children to be left behind. ‘Despite the current national average class size being 23.9, over a quarter of primary school pupils are being taught in classes with over 30 pupils and in some cases over 40 pupils’. (Barnardos’)
For rural families the lack of transport is a major issue, this can be linked to social exclusion where they have no access to services such as childcare, schools, work etc. ‘Educational disadvantage, at least in numerical terms, is predominantly a rural phenomenon since three out of five disadvantaged pupils live in small towns or in the open countryside’ (Kellaghan et al, 1995:

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