Pupils and Students


Department of Education and Skills

Key information

Number of pupils at primary and second level, by age, sex, county, school level, school type, subject taught, examination level; classifications by class sizes and pupil-teacher ratios; retention rate; details of education through the Irish language, and on special schools for young offenders; third-level students enrolled by age, sex, county or country of origin, and type of institution; statistics on student grants, scholarships and expenditure funding.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Department of Education and Skills administrative records and censuses, and information supplied by the HEA and the CSO.


All pupils and students attending schools and third-level colleges aided by the Department of Education and Skills. Estimates of participation in full time education includes non-aided schools and colleges.



Reference period

Academic Year

Start date

Generally 2000 with some statistics varying.


Varies by statistic


  • Education programme level
    Classified according to ISCED (The International Standard Classification of Education) as well as by traditional national categories. The ISCED levels are 0 - Pre-Primary; 1 - Primary; 2 - Lower Secondary Education); 3 - Upper Secondary; 4 - Post-Secondary, Non Tertiary; 5 - First Stages of Tertiary; 6 - Second Stage of Tertiary.
  • Age (primary and secondary)
    3-5 years; 6 to 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21+ years.
  • Age (third level)
    16 years; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25+ years.
  • School/college type
    National schools (Pupils in ordinary classes; Pupils in special schools; Pupils with special needs in ordinary national schools); Non-Aided primary schools; Junior cycle (Secondary; Community and comprehensive; Vocational); Senior cycle (Secondary; Community and comprehensive; Vocational); VPT (Secondary; Community and comprehensive; Vocational); Non-aided commercial; HEA institutions; Teacher training (Primary; Home economic colleges); Technological colleges (Institutes of technology; Killybegs and Tipperary Institute); Religious Institutions; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Class size
    0-9 pupils; 10-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40+ pupils.
  • Third level institutions
    HEA institutions; Teacher training colleges (Primary; Home economics); Technological colleges (Institutes of technology; Killybegs HTC and Tipperary Institute); Other aided institutions); Aided by other Departments; Non-aided (Religious institutions; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Other).
  • Expenditure
    First level; Second level; Third level; Departmental pay and other overheads; Salaries and superannuation; Grants and services; School transport; Student support; Capital expenditure.
  • Examinations candidates
    Junior certificate candidates; VTOS candidates; Leaving certificate candidates; Leaving certificate repeats; Leaving certificate applied; External candidates; VTOS/PLC candidates.
  • Aid category
    Directly aided; Vocational Education Committees; Higher Education Authority; Aided by other Departments; Non-aided.
  • County
    The 34 administrative counties, except that Tipperary NR and Tipperary SR are combined.
  • Third level domiciliary of origin
    The 26 geographic counties of Ireland plus the 6 geographic counties of Northern Ireland. EU countries; Rest of Europe; USA; Canada; Other America; Africa; Asia; Australasia; Origin unknown.


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