Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2015. Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting
According to the Irish Times
and the Independent
this morning, the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan is to set to publish details of the new Schools’ Admissions Procedures today. All primary and post-primary schools will be obliged to comply with the Bill, although its biggest impact will be on schools that are over-subscribed which according to the Irish Times is around 20%
The Minister expects that the bill will pass through the Oireachtas before the summer break. According to both the Independent and the Irish Times, the Provisions of the Bill to be announced by the Minister today are expected to include:
- A cap of 10% of places to be reserved for children of past pupils
- Schools will be able to prioritise siblings of existing pupils as well as children of staff members in their enrolment selection;
- A prohibition on charging fees as part of the enrolment process except for private or boarding schools
- Catholic and other denominational schools will continue to be allowed to give preference to children of their faith.
- Schools will also be allowed to give priority to children on the basis of their date of birth, catchment area and designated feeder schools
It is also expected that waiting lists will be phased out but a timeframe on this has yet to be decided.