Stop the foot-dragging on science and maths
THE findings of a study by the Educational Research Centre into our primary schools, and how they compare with their international counterparts, give us reasons to be both cheerful and concerned in equal measure. The PIRLS and TIMSS report is the world's most comprehensive study of academic achievement in primary schools and it examines how Irish schools, teachers, classrooms, and pupils compare with their counterparts in other countries.
Of comfort to both teachers and parents will be the finding that Irish pupils are more likely to feel safe in school and less likely to experience bullying. Irish pupils also have more positive attitudes to reading and science than the international averages.
Irish teachers are younger than average and have high levels of job satisfaction. All of these are important positives.