Professional Articles / Essays
Downes, P and Murray, N. (2020). Child Poverty and Mental Health in the Covid-19 Pandemic: Supports in DEIS schools and the need for a national strategic response. Published in Education Matters, Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020
Downes, P. (2017). The distinctive contribution of non-formal education to engaging marginalized groups: Some European perspectives on community lifelong learning centres. GAPS [Global Access to Post Secondary Education] Think Piece Issue 23.
Paul Downes (2017) 'New DEIS Action Plan: Strengths, weaknesses, issues for consideration' InTouch Magazine, April 2017
Irish National Teachers Organisation - INTO January/February 2016 Issue. Promotion Ban - Ballott on Industrial Action. Article on Reveiw of DEIS: Poverty and Social Inclusion in Education Conference December 2015 - See Page 35
Downes, P. (2015). Youthwork in a System of Care: Key Challenges for Youthwork in Responding to Poverty and Social Inclusion. Invited Paper forSymposium on Youth Work and Youth Poverty, Youth Work Ireland, December 3, 2015
Downes, P. (2014). Poverty and Social Inclusion in Primary Education in 2014: Points of Light and an Array of Policy Silences. In (T.Hall, Ed.), Education Matters. (pp.83-85) Annual Yearbook 8, Ireland. NUI Galway.
Kazmierczak-Murray S. (2011). Enhancing hearing in the classroom. Update. Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists' Newsletter.
Downes, P (2009) Too much focus on misbehaviour, says expert. Education Matters December 2nd 2009
'Mental health strategy for deprived children missing from education plan' by Paul Downes. Combat Poverty's Summer 2008 Action on Poverty Today issue 21.
Kazmierczak S. (2007). The importance of phonological awareness training in infant classes. Reading News. Reading Association of Ireland Newsletter.
Downes, P. (2006) A New Network: QDOSS. Quality Development of Out of School Services in Childlinks, Issue 3
EU Commission invited Blogs
McCoshan, A. (2015). Why marginalised communities need structural solutions to problems of low attainment. Review of Downes, P: “Towards a Differentiated, Holistic and Systemic Approach to Parental Involvement in Europe for Early School Leaving Prevention”
BREAKING THE MOULD FOR ENTRY TO TEACHING
Irish Independent January 18th 2018
Projects underway in third-level colleges are targeting students from a wider range of backgrounds for a career in education, writes Katherine Donnelly. There are two concerns about the Irish teaching profession. One relates to shortages for certain subjects at second level, as well as a low supply of substitutes to cover for temporary absences at primary level. The other is the lack of diversity, with teachers overwhelmingly white Irish, from more socially advantaged backgrounds and, in primary schools particularly, female. Entry to primary teaching tends to be the preserve of the top 25pc of Leaving Cert achievers when counted in CAO points. That may be an indicator of academic quality, but is a barrier to those with the aptitude and the ability, but who, for one reason or another, don't or can't compete for entry to teacher training on that basis. READ MORE
HENS HELP PUPILS TO CRACK LIFE'S CODE
Irish Independent Thursday, June 29th 2017
A school project in a highly-populated, disadvantaged area shows the benefits of access to nature and animal care, writes Katherine Donnelly. READ MORE
The Argus, Wednesday 9th June 2010
Irish Independent, Tuesday 1st December 2009
Education Matters, December 2 2009
Irish Independent, Monday 30th June 2008
Thursday 26th June 2008. Irish Examiner
Less than 3% of spending on education goes to adult training
Irish Independent, Thursday February 7th 2008
Irish Independent, Wednesday September 26th 2007
Unfair burden on the poorest children
Irish Independent, Wednesday September 26th 2007
Call for 'radical' change to help poorer pupils to achieve at school
Irish Times, Tuesday September 18th 2007.
Mags for kids call
Irish Daily Mirror, Tuesday September 18th 2007
Book editors call for health and education to be linked
Irish Examiner, Tuesday September 18th 2007
Dealers are 'forcing deprived teens' to mind their drugs'
Irish Independent, Friday June 29th 2007
Third of pupils too hungry to do school work, survey finds
Irish Times, Wednesday June 27th 2007
Poor schoolwork linked to hunger in Dublin study
Irish Times, Saturday December 9th 2006
International Newspaper Articles
WHY THEY LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY
Early school leaving in Malta refers to students between the ages of 18 and 24 leaving compulsory schooling without having at least five SEC passes (at grade 1 to grade 7) or being in education or training writes Carmel Borg
TRANSITION TO NEW SCHOOL
At 16, students are being asked to move from a school conveniently located in their area to one, such as the MCAST, that may be a significant distance away. There needs to be a shift to continuity in the school system from lower to upper secondary writes Carmel Cefai and Paul Downes
12 STUDENTS TO SHINE LIIGHT ON EARLY SCHOOL LEAVING
Times of Malta.com, Thursday 10th November, 2011.
LOCAL UNIVERSITY STUDIES REASONS FOR EARLY SCHOOL DROP-OUTS
Times of Malta.com, Friday 11th November, 2011
Reviews of Downes, P. (2003). Living with heroin: HIV, Identity and Social Exclusion among the Russian-speaking minorities in Estonia and Latvia.Legal Information Centre for Human Rights, Tallinn / Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin.
Estonia: Russian-language papers
Aliens' syndrome ('SINDROM INOSTRANCEV'). In Molodezh Estonii p.3, 18 June, 2003
Heroin in social context ('GEROIN V SOCIALNOM KONTEKSTE'). In Molodezh Estonii p. 6, 18 June 2003
Non-Estonian is a disputable notion ('NEESTONEC - PONYATIE SPORNOE'). In Molodezh Estonii p.3, 19 June 2003
Integration into heroin: Thoughts spoken after reading one book ('INTEGRATIA V GEROIN: MISLI VSLUH PO PROCHTENII ODNOY KNIGI') by Lyoobov Semyonova in Molodezh Estonii p.7, 28 June 2003
Heroin and integration ('GEROIN I INTEGRATSIA'). In Estonia 21 June 2003
Estonia: Estonian-language newspapers
Irish scholar studies Kopli drug addicts ('IIRI TEADLANE UURIB KOPLI NARKOMAANE'). In Eesti Express, p.7, 3 July 2003
Living with heroin: Book Review by Sergei Stadnikov. In Eesti Express, p.8, 24 July 2003
Scholar: language requirements will result in drug addiction ('TEADLANE: KEELENOUE TEKITAB NARKOSOLTLASI'). In Postimees 18 August 2003
A tough evaluation ('KARM HINNANGE'). Marek Dreving, Opinion Column Review of Living with heroin. In Postimees 18 August 2003
Latvia: Russian-language newspapers
Linguistic reform will lead to needle ('YAZYKOVAYA REFORMA DO IGLY DOVEDET') Vesti Segodnya, 20 June 2003
School reform will make Russian youth sit on the needle ('REFORMA SHKOLY SAZHAET RUSSKUYU MOLODEZH NA IGLU'). In Vesti Segodnya 26 June 2003
Russian schools: Living without heroin ('RUSSKAYA SHKOLA: ZHIZN BEZ GEROINA'). In Vechernyaya Riga, 25 June 2003
In Vremena i nravi ('The Times and Culture'), 26 June, 2003
“I'll die soon, and it is good ("YA SKORO UMRU, I ETO HOROSHO") In Chas, 25 June, 2003
Living with heroin ('ZHIZN S GEROINOM'). In Chas, 11 July, 2003
Latvia: Irish Scientist: Educational reforms in Latvia and Estonia are extreme (IRIJAS ZINATNIEKS: IZGLITBAS REFORMAS LATVIJA UN IGAUNIJA IR EKSTREMAS) Letas ziņas (Latvian-language national news agency) 19 June 2003
Estonia: Linguistic minorities in Estonia: Discrimination must end. (2006) Amnesty International
'New approach to drug prevention good on paper, lacking in practice' (Monday May 16th 2005. Baltic Times)
Living with heroin…Review. Drugnet Ireland, newsletter of the Drug Misuse Research Division of the Health Research Board, (2004), Issue 10, (March), p.17
Hearing a lost generation speak out. The Baltic Times (August 14 - 20, 2003), p.7-8. Review by Steve Roman.
New Drug Policy: Good on paper lacking in practice. The Baltic Times, March 16 2005
Living with heroin, Bookshelf Review: Drugnet Europe, bimonthly newsletter of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2003), Vol 43 (September-October), p.4
Buchtipp- Leben mit Heroin. In SUPRO Web Newsletter on Drug Prevention (Austria) 22 August 2003