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Over 200 Ukrainian students enrolled in Waterford schools

211 Ukrainian students have been enrolled in Waterford schools to date.

Official figures released by the Department of Education show almost 6,000 (5,843) Ukrainian students have been enrolled in the Irish school system as of Friday.

139 students have been enrolled in local secondary schools while 72 students have been enrolled in primary education.

The number of students enrolled at secondary level is twice that of primary level nationwide.

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The majority of students have been enrolled in Dublin - with the lowest number enrolled in County Monaghan, at just 19.

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-coordinating 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.

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Information for parents in Ukrainian and Russian on accessing school places is available on gov.ie/Ukraine.

The Department will continue to publish figures on the enrolment of Ukrainian children each month.

For all the latest in Waterford, click here.

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