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New report on the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme in DEIS schools

The Home-School-Community Liaison (HSCL) Scheme was established in 1990 in designated areas of disadvantage by the (then) Department of Education. Initially introduced as a pilot project, the scheme was extended several times, and in 2005 became available to all primary and post-primary schools that were participants in DEIS. The philosophy underpinning the scheme is theRead more…

Final Report on the Digital Learning Framework Trial Evaluation

The final report on the Digital Learning Framework trial evaluation was published on October 22, 2018. The report describes the progress, successes and challenges experienced by staff in the 48 primary and post-primary schools that took part. It follows on from the baseline report, published in May 2018. It identifies seven implications for the nationalRead more…

New CEO of the Educational Research Centre Appointed

Dr Jude Cosgrove has been appointed as the new CEO of the Educational Research Centre and formally takes up the position on September 17. Jude previously worked in the Centre for 18 years from 1997-2015. During this time she took a one and a half year leave of absence to work in the Australian CouncilRead more…

New report on the lives and learning of pupils in urban DEIS primary schools

On September 11th, the ERC published the latest report on the evaluation of the School Support Programme under DEIS. As part of the evaluation, large-scale assessment of reading and mathematics achievement has been carried out on four occasions since 2007, most recently in 2016. Previous evaluation reports have summarised the achievement outcomes from each roundsRead more…

Fourth report in ERC Research Series released

The fourth report in the ERC’s Research Series was released on August 16th 2018. The Research Series is designed to provide regular and accessible reports on aspects of the research carried out by the Centre. The new report is titled PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016: Test content and Irish pupils’ performance, written by Eemer Eivers andRead more…

Third report in ERC Research Series released

The third report in the ERC’s Research Series was released on June 27th 2018. The Research Series is designed to provide regular and accessible reports on aspects of the research carried out by the Centre. The new report is titled Inside the post-primary classroom: Mathematics and science teaching in Second Year, written by Aidan Clerkin,Read more…

Try out the ERC’s new computer-based tests for Primary schools!

The ERC is currently standardising new reading and maths tests for primary school pupils (from 2nd to 6th class). A small number of free tests are available on a first come, first served basis to interested schools. The tests have to be taken before the end of the current school year (i.e., June 2018), withRead more…

Second report on the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Children with Special Educational Needs

A collaborative research team from the ERC and the DCU Institute of Education have completed a second report on the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Children with Special Educational Needs. The report was published by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) on Monday, 26th March 2018. Peter Archer, Caroline McKeown and Jude Cosgrove (ERC)Read more…

Temporary positions available

Temporary positions available for the scoring of student responses on reading, mathematics and science assessments About the Positions In April, May and June 2018, the Educational Research Centre (ERC) will be involved in scoring student responses on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). PISA isRead more…

New review of the international literature on addressing educational disadvantage and of strategy in Ireland

The ERC publishes a new review of the international evidence on strategies identified as effective in addressing educational disadvantage, updating a similar review carried out by the Educational Research Centre in 2005 (Archer & Weir, 2005). The literature relating to each of six main strategies identified as effective in addressing educational disadvantage is summarised andRead more…

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