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Going to post-primary school

Life Event Document Starting post-primary school Describes post-primary education, including how to choose a post-primary school and enrol your child.

Types of post-primary school
There are five different types of post-primary school. The main difference is in how your school is managed, how it is funded and who owns your school.

Junior Cycle
The first three-year period of second-level education is called the Junior Cycle.

Transition Year
This document describes the Transition Year programme, a one-year, school-based programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.

Senior Cycle
This document describes the Senior Cycle in post-primary schools.

Special needs education: post-primary
This document describes post-primary education for students with disabilities.

School transport for post-primary students
The Department of Education and Skills provides subsidised school transport for eligible post-primary students.

Organisations and resources for post-primary schools
A list of organisations and internet resources providing information on education at post-primary level.

Moving your children to secondary school
Different schooling options available in the secondary school system in Ireland and outlines the state examination system.
This document is in: Moving Country > Moving to Ireland > Introduction to the Irish System



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