SET Allocations – Were Children Screwed Over by the Algorithm?

In this episode of ‘If I were the Minister for Education’, I explore the current state of Irish primary education, particularly focusing on SET (Special Education Teaching) allocations. My research reveals that developing schools have been majorly overlooked in SET allocations, leading to a significant resource gap compared to non-developing schools. I discuss how there has been a minor increase in total resources but the allocation has inadequately catered to the growing student population in developing schools. I also discuss my findings from county to county and even delve into the effects on different schools depending on their patronage. Remember to subscribe at for more insights into the Irish primary education system and check out the data for yourself on

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