Report finds greater educational disadvantage in poorer families despite improvements in health and education

A new study by the Economic and Social Research Institute has found that the wellbeing of children is largely dependent on the social and economic standing of their parents despite improvements to health and education. In particular, children from one-parent families experience socio-emotional and behavioural difficulties regardless of the educational standards of the parent. The difference is largely down to financial circumstances.

The children of lower income families tend to have less-developed language skills, since home-based learning activities, such as reading to a child or visiting the library tend to be carried out by higher income families.

Even more concerning is the lower performance of migrant children in reading and maths, despite most migrant mothers having a higher level of education than Irish mothers.