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Primary Online Database (POD)


The Department of Education and Skills

Subject Keywords: Primary school, Pupil, Data, Information, Education, Census
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Database
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Department has developed an electronic individualised database of primary school pupils, called the Primary Online Database (POD). POD will collect individual information on each pupil, including their PPSN. This has been thoroughly piloted with a selection of schools and has been extensively discussed with the education partners and management bodies.

In the near future, POD will

  • replace the need for schools to complete the National School Annual Census,
  • replace the need for schools to maintain the Clárleabhar,
  • facilitate inter-school transfers,
  • facilitate the transfer of data from primary to post-primary schools,
  • identify pupils who do not make the transition from primary to post-primary,
  • allow schools to update DES centrally-held, school-level data such as School Name, Address and Telephone Number. This will provide schools with one point to correct or amend contact details which will then be available to be accessed by all areas across the Department.



Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

The Department of Education and Skills. (2014) Primary Online Database (POD) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 14th November 2019].


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