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national experts on the education of migrants oecd paris

National Experts on the Education of MigrantsOECD, Paris

Breda Naughton


Department of Education and Science

13/14 October 2008

  • Education Act 1998
  • National Action Plan Against Racism 2005
  • EU Green Paper on Migrant Education 2008
  • Current Research
  • Development of an Intercultural Education Strategy
integration structures
Integration Structures
  • Minister for State for Integration
    • July 2007
  • Office of Minister for Integration
    • Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion, Children and Integration
    • Cross – Departmental Steering Committee
    • Ministerial Council on Integration
structures and strategies
Structures and Strategies
  • Integration Unit in DES – Oct 2007
    • To co-ordinate, liaise and engage with internal and external education and other stakeholders
  • Migration Nation 2008
    • Statement on Integration Strategy and Diversity Management
current research evaluation and reports
CurrentResearch, Evaluation and Reports
  • Economic and Social Research Institute – Managing Diversity in Primary and Post-Primary Schools – (end 2008)
  • Inspectorate’s thematic evaluation of provision for students studying English as an additional language – (autumn 2009)
  • OECD Thematic Review (autumn 2009)
  • VFM Review on expenditure on migrant students in primary and post-primary education ( autumn 2009)
  • Language Education Policy Profile for Ireland
    • Council of Europe and DES (Feb. 2008)
  • Youth Sector – Report and Recommendations for an Intercultural Strategy ( spring 2008)
  • Horwath Report – English for Adult Immigrants (autumn 2008)
migrant student profile
10% primary students

7% of post-primary students

13,000 in FE English Language

10% of higher education students

PPPD – nationalities










South Africa

Migrant Student Profile
resources for primary and post primary schools
Resources for Primary and Post Primary schools
  • 2,000 English Language support teachers in 2007/08 at a cost of €120m, up from 262 in 2001/2002
  • Continuous Professional Development for teachers;
  • Resource materials –,, north/south co-operation etc
  • Non- curricular languages in LC for EU migrants
  • Opportunities for family literacy/ language learning in schools in partnership with Further Education section of local Vocational Education Committees
newcomer students primary and post primary profile partners and esri
Newcomer Students – Primary and Post-Primary profile(Partners and ESRI)
  • Very recent phenomenon
  • Majority of post-primary schools have newcomers
  • Significant group of primary schools have none ( 40%)
  • English language needs vary and it does impact
  • Some migrants may have little or no previous education
  • Most are highly motivated, high aspirations, good behaviour and regular attendance
  • Many are high achievers – raise standards
  • Some are transitory – between schools, between countries, arrive at any time of year – capitation issues
  • Key concerns – academic progress (attainment), social interaction and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Sustained academic difficulties only for a few
immigrant parents
Immigrant Parents
  • Involvement of immigrant parents
    • own English language needs - 13,000 places, €10m
    • have high levels of education, recognition of qualifications (
    • have high expectations for children
    • may not understand the education system, data about schools in 6 languages – Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, German and Spanish as well as in English and Irish
    • need to engage in school life
  • Integration/ inclusion integral part of school planning
  • Appropriate teaching methodologies, role of English Language Support Teacher and mainstream class teacher
  • Training
  • Absenteeism – role of National Educational Welfare Board – data in 18 languages
  • Cultural differences/ behavioural norms/ cultural mediation
  • Not sufficient resources available – particularly for teenagers
other issues vos
Other Issues (VoS)
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Psychological assessments
  • School rules are for all
  • Guidance – particular needs of international students
  • After school services – e.g. Polish schools at weekends
  • Bullying
  • Mother tongue ( Co of Europe and EU Green Paper)
key to success esri research
Key to success – ESRI research
  • A positive school climate promotes academic and social development among newcomer and Irish students alike – become more integrated, inclusive and intercultural
  • Schools do not operate in a vacuum – importance of broader social relations
high profile topics
High profile topics
  • Hijab
  • Patron models – predominantly denominational in nature at primary level
  • Segregated v. integrated provision
  • Movement of children of local residents to other schools
possible principles intercultural education strategy
Possible Principles – Intercultural Education Strategy
  • Mainstreaming of all newcomer students – two way process of inclusion
  • Knowledge of English ( and Irish) for all residents
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • High aspirations and high expectations
  • Partnership and engagement
possible actions
Possible Actions
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Awareness raising
towards an intercultural education strategy
Towards an Intercultural Education Strategy
  • Conference 1st October
    • outlined current research
    • formally opened debate on development of an Intercultural Education Strategy
  • Written submissions by end of October
  • Focus groups (Nov./ Dec 2008) to consult stakeholders and to gain their input on
    • Intercultural Education Strategy
    • OECD Thematic Review
    • EU Green Paper on Migrant Education
  • Intercultural Education Strategy – Autumn 2009