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School Leavers' Survey Report 2006


  • McCoy, Selina

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Kelly, Elish

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Watson, Dorothy

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))


This report, based on the findings from the 2006 Annual School Leavers' Survey, gives an insight into the position, experiences and attitudes of school leavers one year after leaving second-level. The survey highlights trends (since 1980) in the circumstances of young people leaving school. It also identifies those at risk of unemployment during this early after-school period. Key Findings The 2006 School Leavers' Survey finds no improvement in levels of second-level completion, which continue to remain at levels found in the early 1990s. At the same time, however, greater numbers of early leavers are accessing alternative education/training opportunities outside the official second-level system, such as Youthreach and FETAC courses. There is continuing growth in higher education entry with a majority of school leavers now progressing to third level. The immediate labour market experiences of young people leaving school early remain challenging, and they appear to face particular difficulty in securing their first job. Dr. Selina McCoy, one of the authors of the report, said "While the majority of school leavers make a successful transition to the labour market or further study after school, the experiences of those leaving school with lower levels of educational attainment are less positive. Such young people face increasing difficulty in accessing employment."

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  • McCoy, Selina & Kelly, Elish & Watson, Dorothy, 2007. "School Leavers' Survey Report 2006," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BMI198.
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:resser:bmi198

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    1. Gorby, Shirley & McCoy, Selina & Watson, Dorothy, 2006. "2004 Annual School Leavers' Survey of 2002/2003 Leavers," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BMI187.
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    1. John Cullinan & Kevin Denny & Darragh Flannery, 2018. "A Distributional Analysis of Upper Secondary School Performance," Working Papers 201806, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    2. Byrne, Delma & Smyth, Emer, 2011. "Behind the Scenes? A Study of Parental Involvement in Post-Primary Education," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BKMNEXT178.
    3. Lunn, Pete & Kelly, Elish & Fitzpatrick, Nick, 2013. "Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number rs33.
    4. Smyth, Emer & Banks, Joanne & Whelan, Adele & Darmody, Merike & McCoy, Selina, 2015. "Review of the School Completion Programme," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS44.
    5. John Cullinan & Darragh Flannery & Sharon Walsh & Selina Mccoy, 2013. "Distance Effects, Social Class and the Decision to Participate in Higher Education in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 44(1), pages 19-51.
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    7. Banks, Joanne & Byrne, Delma & McCoy, Selina & Smyth, Emer, 2010. "Engaging Young People? Student Experiences of the Leaving Certificate Applied," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS15.
    8. Watson, Dorothy & Lunn, Pete & Quinn, Emma & Russell, Helen, 2012. "Multiple Disadvantage in Ireland: An Equality Analysis of Census 2006," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BKMNEXT213.
    9. Darragh Flannery & John Cullinan, 2013. "Where they go, what they do and why it matters: The importance of geographic accessibility and social class for decisions relating to higher education institution type, degree level and field of study," Working Papers WP042013, University of Limerick, Department of Economics, revised May 2013.
    10. Liam Delaney & Colm Harmon & Cathy Remond, 2010. "Decomposing Gender Differences in College Student Earnings Expectations," Working Papers 201038, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    11. Watson, Dorothy & Kenny, Oona & McGinnity, Frances & Russell, Helen, 2017. "A social portrait of Travellers in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS56.
    12. Kelly, Elish & McGuinness, Seamus, 2017. "A study of sub-minimum wage rates for young people," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BKMNEXT327.
    13. Byrne, Delma & Smyth, Emer, 2010. "No Way Back? The Dynamics of Early School Leaving," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BKMNEXT163.

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