Insight into our classrooms
The revelation that some primary schoolchildren spend far less time being taught core subject such as maths and English once again raises a vexing question on education.
Judging by the findings of the latest ESRI report on the raw data produced by the Growing Up in Ireland Survey, it would appear that some primary school children receive as much as two hours a week more maths teaching than others. This "learning gap" can have huge implications for schoolchildren when they proceed to second level education.
In addition, the ESRI report found that pupils in fee-paying schools and single-sex girls' schools were likely to spend the most time being taught core subjects. It was also these pupils who were most likely to be taught using the new interactive teaching methods.