THE DEPARTMENT of Education has confirmed that there are almost 6,000 Ukrainian pupils enrolled in schools across Ireland.
As of 13 May, 5,843 Ukrainian student have started school in the country, with the majority (3,968) being accommodated in primary schools, with the remainder (1,875) in post-primary schools.
Dublin currently has the most Ukrainian primary school students with 731, followed by Kerry (380) and Cork (365).
Dublin also has the most post-primary Ukrainian students with 369, followed by 171 in Cork and 161 in Clare.
To assist with the transition of Ukrainian refugees and their families into Irish schools Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) are now in place, hosted by the 16 regional education and training boards around Ireland and staffed by regionally based education support personnel.
The primary role of the REALT is to build on existing regional education support structures and the initial focus will be on assisting families in securing school places. REALT are also supporting schools in the area to meet the needs of these children as they emerge, advising and supporting the Department of Education in developing new capacity where required, and co-ordinating the provision of education services to schools and families across their defined area.
These teams are ensuring that clear, accessible information flows are in place between schools, local education support services and national support structures in relation to people arriving from Ukraine.