A review of the key factors that influence a student’s success in the education system, the study by the National Centre for Education Research (NCER) found.
The review found that the quality of education is the main factor for students’ attainment, while the quality and quantity of resources they receive is the second most important.
The NCER study, titled The Value of Education in Ireland, found that in the past 30 years, the quality education system has been significantly improved in terms of access to quality resources, the availability of training, the accessibility of education and the availability and quality of opportunities for students.
In terms of the quantity of schooling, it found that more than two thirds of all students in Ireland received at least some form of training from an accredited or qualified provider.
Of the remaining students, about a third were eligible for free or reduced-price primary school education.
The average amount of training in primary schools in Ireland in 2012 was £11,000.
However, the NCER report found that a high proportion of primary school students in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Wales were not provided with a range of additional education options, including primary school teachers, apprenticeships, and vocational and learning training.
The NCER research also found that access to education has improved in recent years in many areas.
For example, there was a significant increase in the number of English-medium schools that had at least one English language learner, as well as a significant decrease in the proportion of English learners in secondary schools.
According to the NCES survey, more than half of all primary school pupils in the Republic of Ireland are enrolled in at least a year of further learning, compared to 35% in England.
The figures are similar for the other countries surveyed.