The Department of Education and Skills recognises the need to monitor and review the educational experiences that are provided to newcomer students to improve the quality and effectiveness of provision and has, therefore, undertaken a range of research to consider the question of integration in schools.
1. The ESRI research project on "Adapting to Diversity:Irish Schools and Newcomer Children”, looked at newcomer students in primary and post-primary schools. The research is based on case study interviews and responses to questionnaires sent to all post-primary schools and 1,200 primary schools.
2. Ireland took part in an OECD thematic study on the question of migrant education. The results were published in December 2009. The other countries in the study are Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium (Flemish Community). For more information on this study, see the OECD website.
3. The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills evaluated the effectiveness of provision of English as an additional language in a number of primary and post-primary schools. This evaluation was carried out in a number of primary and post-primary schools and was designed to:
- Evaluate the quality of teaching and learning of English as an additional language which students receive in mainstream education and in support contexts.
- Establish the quality of whole-school planning and school self-review that is undertaken to include students in the school, and to review the extent to which this planning reflects the principles of inclusion and respect for cultural diversity.
- Review the progress which these students are making in oracy, literacy and numeracy
- Identify good practice with regard to EAL provision in schools and seek to disseminate this good practice generally.
- Identify areas where the work of schools, teachers and the system of supports that the Department of Education and Skills administers could be improved.
4. The Department of Education and Skills also conducted a value for money review of English as an Additional Language in primary and post-primary schools. The report was published in 2011 and is available on this page of the Department's website.
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