‘So, How Was School Today?’ Report of a survey on how young people are taught and how they learn

Source: Department of Children and Youth Affairs & Comhairle na nÓg

These are key concerns.

• Exams are the biggest source of stress with 78% of leaving cert students and 81% of junior cert students reporting that exams make them feel stressed. • Students prefer active learning yet only 30% agree that their teachers make learning interesting and fun. Examples of active learning include project work, role plays, quizzes and debates. Active learning also involves feedback from teachers. • Students would like the teaching methods for mathematics, Irish and English to be improved. (These are listed in order of priority.) • First year students tend to be most positive about their school experiences. Findings show that they have lower levels of stress and were more satisfied with levels of support relative to other years. • Less than half of students are satisfied with the support services in their schools. • Girls report more negative experiences of school than boys do

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