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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half of our school leavers regret choices they make

Many feel ill-prepared for college and adult life - ESRI study

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Almost half of students are sorry about the choices they make after leaving school and many feel ill-prepared for college, work and adult life, according to new research.

Relationships with teachers and being encouraged to have high aspirations have emerged as key factors in how school-leavers fare afterwards. Others include one-to-one guidance counselling and teaching and learning methods at second-level.

While students place a high value on one-to-one guidance, a recent survey found that almost one in three schools are not offering this service because of education cutbacks.

New insights into the experiences of Irish teenagers as they make the leap from second-level education are contained in a report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The study explores long-term effects of school experiences and shows just how much difference a school makes in the lives of children.

'Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions' represents the final phase of ESRI research started over a decade ago.

The far-reaching study tracked the same group of students from first year through to Leaving Certificate and beyond.

For the first time, researchers have been able to make a link between students' experience at second-level and their post-school outcomes.

One of the key findings is that school climate plays a significant role in how students fare when they leave second-level education.

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Irish Independent

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