Gaelscoil ilchreidmheach i mBaile Locha Riach – Multidenominational primary school in Loughrea

Torthaí an-spéisiúla/ Interesting Findings

Is fiú an taighde ag an nasc thíos a léamh/ It’s worth reading through the report at this link:

Roinnt athfhriotail/ Some quotations:

Lch. 28: Gaelscoileanna are more likely than Gaeltacht or English-medium schools to provide a broad curriculum.

Lch 21: Differences are also evident in terms of the language medium of the school. Not surprisingly, English-medium schools allocate more time to English and less time to Irish than Irish-medium schools, both Gaeltacht schools and gaelscoileanna. However, other differences are evident, with gaelscoileanna devoting more time to Drama, Music and PE than either English-medium or Gaeltacht schools (Figure 2.4). The pattern appears to reflect a broader orientation to the promotion of Irish language and culture in gaelscoileanna rather than language medium per se.

Lch. 49: Children attending gaelscoileanna are also less likely to report that they never like school, although again small numbers point to the need for caution in the interpretation of these results.

Lch. 57: Not surprisingly, children in Irish-medium schools are more positive about Irish  than those in English-medium schools (see Figure 4.9), with the most positive attitudes evident among children attending gaelscoileanna. Interestingly, children attending Irish-medium schools, both gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools, also have more positive attitude to Reading than those in English-medium schools. No variation is evident in attitudes to Mathematics by language medium of the school.

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