Ireland Data

The EASIE data collection takes place every two years. Country data is added to this website as and when it becomes available. The default view is the most recent school year available. The data is presented in up to six tables, focusing on different aspects of inclusive education. Unless stated otherwise in the notes, the data displayed is from the selected school year.

2014/2015 Data:

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 1

Question ISCED 1 ISCED 2 Sources used Notes
1 How many school aged children are there at: 543,166 244,346 Single Year of Age Population Estimates at 1 January 2015, sourced from the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) ISCED 1: Figure includes all children from age 4 to age 11. Compulsory education starts at age 6, but children can start primary education at age 4. The vast majority of 5-year-olds are enrolled in primary education, as are approximately 40% of 4-year-olds. ISCED 2: Figure includes all children from age 12 to age 15. Pupils typically start post-primary education at age 12 and follow a three-year programme.
2 How many pupils are enrolled in all formal educational settings in: 544,856 189,400 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school) The discrepancy between the number of children enrolled and the population is largely due to: (a) those 4-year-olds who are in pre-primary education rather than primary education and (b) over 50% of 12-year-olds being in primary school and there may also be some 16-year-olds enrolled in ISCED 2 not included here.
3 How many pupils are out of any formal educational settings in: 497 232 Department of Education and Skills statistics 2014/15 These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of medical conditions, school anxiety issues and who have special educational needs and have no school place. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.
4 How many pupils are enrolled in mainstream formal educational settings with their non-disabled peers in: 538,728 187,579 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school)
5 How many pupils are enrolled and educated in mainstream classes with their non-disabled peers for at least 80% of the time in: 534,912 187,058 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school)

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 2

Question 9 years 15 years Sources used Notes
1 How many children are aged: 64,766 60,748 Single Year of Age Population Estimates at 1 January 2015, sourced from the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO)
2 How many pupils are enrolled in all formal educational settings aged: 64,148 39,150 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school) There are many students aged 15 who are enrolled in ISCED 3 and hence are not included in the 39,150 figure.
3 How many pupils are out of any formal educational settings aged: 20 148 Department of Education and Skills statistics 2014/15 These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of medical conditions, school anxiety issues and who have special educational needs and have no school place. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.
4 How many pupils are enrolled in mainstream formal educational settings with their non-disabled peers in: 63,662 38,406 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school)
5 How many pupils are enrolled and educated in mainstream classes with their non-disabled peers for at least 80% of the time in: 63,272 38,188 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census 2014/2015, Private Primary Census 2014/2015. ISCED 2: Administrative Data returns, October returns (annual post-primary school return to the Department of Education), Youthreach (programme for young people who have dropped out of school)

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 3

Question ISCED 1 ISCED 2 Sources used Notes
1 How many pupils have an official decision of SEN in: 35,858 8,511 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census – this includes both the Mainstream School Census (special class pupils) and Special School Annual Censuses. ISCED 2: Special School Annual Census, National Council for Special Education (NCSE) 2014/15 (Mainstream data), Department of Education and Skills statistics (home tuition figures), NCSE 2014/15 post-primary special classes data
2 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in: 25,648 6,659 NCSE 2014/15
3 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in: 3,816 521 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census. NCSE 2014/15
4 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in: 6,013 1,321 ISCED 1: Special School Annual Census. ISCED 2: Special School Annual Census There are a number of special schools in Ireland that cater for pupils without SEN. These have been excluded for this table, but included in the figure for Question 4 in the table entitled 'Population and enrolment', hence the difference in figures.
5 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in: 381 10 Department of Education and Skills statistics 2014/2015 These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of having a special educational need and have no school place. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 4

Question ISCED 1 Male ISCED 1 Female ISCED 2 Male ISCED 2 Female Sources used Notes
1 How many male and female pupils have an official decision of SEN in: 26,196 9,662 5,844 2,667 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census (Mainstream School (special classes) and Special School Censuses). ISCED 2: Special School Annual Census
2 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in: 18,807 6,841 4,629 2,030 National Council for Special Education (NCSE) 2014/15
3 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in: 2,978 838 406 115 ISCED 1: National School Annual Census (Special Class Pupils). NCSE 2014/15 post-primary special classes
4 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in: 4,100 1,913 799 522 ISCED 1: Special School Annual Census. ISCED 2: Special School Annual Census
5 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in: 311 70 10 0 Department of Education and Skills statistics 2014/2015 These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of having a special educational need and have no school place. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 5

Ages 1 How many pupils of each age have an official decision of SEN in ISCED level 1: 2 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in ISCED level 1: 3 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in ISCED level 1: 4 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in ISCED level 1: 5 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in ISCED level 1: Sources used Notes
< 3 year olds 0 0 0 0 0 Question 3: National School Annual Census (special class pupils). Question 5: Department of Education and Skills 2014/2015 Question 1: The total is not possible, as some data is not available by age and level. Question 2: It is not possible to break down all those in mainstream schools by age and level. Question 4: There are 7,334 pupils in separate special schools, 6,013 of whom were following an ISCED level 1 programme. It is not possible to disaggregate this data by age and level. Question 5: These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of having a special educational need and have no school place. Some of these pupils, although older, are in special schools and still enrolled in ISCED level 1 programmes. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.
3 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
4 year olds 0 0 429 0 207
5 year olds 0 0 579 0 119
6 year olds 0 0 557 0 15
7 year olds 0 0 459 0 3
8 year olds 0 0 375 0 6
9 year olds 0 0 390 0 5
10 year olds 0 0 376 0 4
11 year olds 0 0 344 0 5
12 year olds 0 0 247 0 2
13 year olds 0 0 45 0 2
14 year olds 0 0 15 0 3
15 year olds 0 0 0 0 8
16 year olds 0 0 0 0 1
17 year olds 0 0 0 0 1
18 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
19 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
20 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
21 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
22 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
23 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
>23 year olds 0 0 0 0 0

Ireland - 2014_2015 - Table 6

Ages 1 How many pupils of each age have an official decision of SEN in ISCED level 2: 2 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in ISCED level 2: 3 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in ISCED level 2: 4 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in ISCED level 2: 5 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in ISCED level 2: Sources used Notes
< 3 year olds 0 0 0 0 0 Question 5: Department of Education and Skills 2014/2015 Question 1: The total is not possible, as some data is not available by age and level. Question 2: It is not possible to break down all those in mainstream schools by age and level. Question 3: It is not possible to break down those in special classes by age and level (for ISCED 2). Question 4: 1,321 pupils are in special schools at ISCED 2, but it is not possible to disaggregate this data by age and level. Question 5: These include pupils who receive home tuition on the basis of having a special educational need and have no school place. It is not possible to get figures on the number of children who are educated in the home based on parental choice.
3 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
4 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
5 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
6 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
7 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
8 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
9 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
10 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
11 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
12 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
13 year olds 0 0 0 0 2
14 year olds 0 0 0 0 3
15 year olds 0 0 0 0 5
16 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
17 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
18 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
19 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
20 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
21 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
22 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
23 year olds 0 0 0 0 0
>23 year olds 0 0 0 0 0

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