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Firhouse Community College has received congratulations from Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone  for hosting the launch of groundbreaking research which sought the views of young people about school.

The ‘So, How Was School Today?’ report contains the views of 3,200 young people from across the country and according to Minister Zappone will help form future education policy.

The Minister said it was fitting that Firhouse Community College should host the launch of the report, which has attracted widespread national media attention.

Speaking at the launch Minister Katherine Zappone added:

“In Dublin South West we are lucky to have active schools which educate, train and inform young people by using innovative programmes away from the traditional curriculum.

“In recent years life in the classroom, school-yard and school gyms has changed dramatically but it’s clear that students want more.

“In order to have successful policies we must take on board the views of our young people – they will help us identify the policies which work.”

The national results launched at Firhouse show

· 75% of young people agreed or strongly agreed that they learned best through active learning such as quizzes, learning games and role play etc.
· Young people feel that the subjects that need the most improvement are Mathematics, Irish, English, French, Science, History and Geography.
· Just under half of young people feel they are satisfied with the availability of career guidance in their schools.
There are many other findings which can be viewed at http://www.comhairlenanog.ie.

Minister Zappone added:

“Now that young people in Tallaght, Rathfarnham and throughout the country have spoken through their local Comhairle – we must listen.

“The programme of transforming our education system must continue.

“I note that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, TD is welcoming the findings and is committed to continuing reforms.

“Our local schools with the support of students, parents and staff will I am sure continue to be at the forefront of the transformation.”

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