Ireland has the smallest
percentage of surveys
completed. We believe this is
because we had problems
accessing computers and we
have a small school
( under 500)
Subject : Maths
Our maths results are very similar. We believe the curriculum is
similar in all schools. Also there is a percentage of the worlds
population who are mathematically minded.
Irish people find our native language more difficult because it is taught
as a second language in most schools. In Gaeltacht areas it is the first
language and there are also Irish schools. There is a lack on interesting
resources eg films, books etc.
Ireland has a higher percentage who do not like Science. Science is
an elective subject and some students do not get their favoured
options . Some students doing the survey would not do science as a
We feel we cannot comment as the curriculum varies through each school and
even within our school some students would have different opinions as to
which subject make up social science.
We think more Irish people enjoy history as it is taught in an
interesting way in primary schools so students come into
secondary with an open mind. We have a broad range of films and
historical novels. Ireland also has an interesting social and
We are living in a computer age and our computer facilities are on a
par with most of our partner schools. Computer studies is not a
school subject generally and so it is often a novelty for a student to
use a computer to work on school work or projects.
There is a great incentive for other students to learn English as it is
used all around the world,. There are also great resources for other
countries to learn English eg films, pop songs. In Ireland most
students begin to learn a foreign language in secondary school so it is
new and interesting. However there is not a great incentive to learn it.
We feel that more students enjoy handicrafts as it is an elective subject so
students are in the class by choice. Also Ireland has a historic tradition of
handicrafts, like knitting, sewing, crochet, carpentry, metal work, pottery.
Sports are very popular within our school. We have good facilities and a
broad range of activities, for example we have a fully equipped gym and a
wide range of sports equipment. We have many school sports teams and
participate in leagues and competition with other schools.
There is a big difference here. More Irish students like religion class. Traditionally
religion is very important in Ireland . It features in our school curriculum, but our
religion classes are not exclusively about religious topics,. We discuss topics such as
suicide and sex education. We learn a lot about other world religions as well as
about our most common religion, Catholicism.
Spare time: School Work
Irelands results concur with the overall results. We think that homework is a
universal thing, that all teenagers deal with it in the same ways, for example the
number 5 (always) is below 10% on both graphs, because students would not spend
all their free time working, the number 1 is bigger but still quite small as students
will all do some work, the most popular choice number 3 shows that teenagers find
a balance in their schoolwork and personal life.
Irelands results are almost equal to the overall results. A few more Irish
students did play videogames, videogames are universal and things like the
Xbox allow people to play games with each other all over the world.
We can see from these results that computer games are not very popular. They
are no longer a luxury or a novelty.
Irelands results are almost equal with the overall results. We have a few more
students that spend a lot of time on social networks but that is universal, they are
a way to communicate with friends and family all over the world,. Even in this
project we are able to speak to each other using social media, to stay in touch and
prepare work for this project.
Again the Irish result are similar to the overall results. Sports is international and
each country and school has there own type of sport. Irish sports are things such
as Gaelic football and hurling, which is the fastest sport in the world. In our school
basketball is the biggest sport , our boys team has been national champions 3 years
in a row, also in our school we have 3 members of the Ireland under 18 football
team. One of our female students represents Ireland at international BMX
Time with friends
The results are almost equal here, we believe this is because , especially in
teen years, friends are important to everybody. We will all always make time
for our friends. We think that maybe family should have been included in this
question as in Ireland and other countries time with family is also very
These are disappointing results, but in modern society young people are too
interested in things like Facebook and TV to read. Young people need to
reintroduced to reading, They see it as work because it is done in school,. In
the Irish school system novels need to be read, studied and analysed. This can
take the fun out of reading and discourage people.
Again these are disappointing results, but writing outside school may
not seen as appealing as students spend a whole day in school writing
and don't want to go home to write more. Ireland has a rich history of
poets, writers and storytellers . Creative writing is still popular among
These results are understandable as drawing and other arts are talents, young people
generally wouldn’t spend time on something unless they are good at it. Our school
encourages art work in our students with work shops and competitions. We feel this
should have been called arts as that would included things like music, craft works and
painting and other forms of artistic expression.
What do you normally read?
The results on
read show that
a lot of people
online as well
How often do you read?
The results seem
about even and
promising as most
which is what we
want to promote.
How much time do you spend
We can see from the
results that most
students spend under
an hour reading, this
may be because young
people only have a
short amount of time
to spend reading
between school work
and work at home.
Where do you read?
The fact that in
bed is the most
shows that most
before they go to
How do you read?
We can see from
the results that
that reading the
is still the most
but modern ways
of reading such as
kindles are used
What genre do you read?
has their own
taste so we
How many novels have you read in
the last 3/6/12 months?
students have a
books read, we
attribute this to
the book reading
initiative that is
our school at the
time of the
to read 3 books
in 3 weeks
What was your reason for
results it is great
to see so many
that reading for
school was also
fun, we want to
of this thinking
and for young
people to read
more just for fun.
What language do you prefer
to read in?
Ireland’s results for
reading in the native
language are low.
This is because
language, Irish, is a
second language to
most of our
Irish people read
mainly in English,
which is the most
language in Ireland.
Have you ever read a “talking”
A talking book is not
very common as they
expensive and hard