Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)


Institute of Technology Tralee

First Advisor

Mr. John Walsh


This project investigates the use of computers in the administration of primary schools. A survey has been undertaken to determine current usage and future needs of schools such as training requirements.

It contains an overview of international thinking in this area and looks at aspects such as the legal issues involved in the keeping of electronic data on individuals in schools. Reference is made to the Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and the Education Act.

The author has determined the type of data that is most commonly needed by primary schools in Ireland. Some of this information must be kept in accordance with the rules for primary schools and some is used for the day to day smooth running of the school.

Proprietary software management packages that are available for administration purposes are analysed and areas such as suitability, usability, cost and level of usage are investigated.

Having considered all the available material and requirements of the typical Irish primary school, a prototype has been developed which meets the current needs of schools. Microsoft Access was chosen as the development tool since all schools in the state already possess this package. A detailed explanation of the functionality of the prototype is included.


MSc. in Computing in Education

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