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Huge Increase in Home-Schooled Children

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/07/2017. Huge Increase in Home-Schooled ChildrenTags: Education And Politics Parenting

Home education of children in Ireland has seen a big increase in the last 5 years, according to figures released by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Numbers of children withdrawn from full time education in recognised schools has almost doubled since 2011, with parents opting to educate their children at home instead.

Since the end of 2011 until December 2016, the number of home schooled children in Ireland increased from 699 to 1,322.

Dublin saw the highest increase with 198 children in home education compared to 81 children in 2011. Cork also followed suit with an increase from 115 to 198 home schooled children.

In stark contrast, rural counties such as Monaghan, Louth and Longford showed the lowest rise in numbers of home educated children.

Home education is a legal and constitutional right in Ireland.

Learn more about Home Education in Ireland here.


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