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Irish education system

Overview Document Overview of the Irish education system The Irish education system is made up of first, second and third-level education and of further education. Almost all education is funded by the State.

Constitution and education
The Irish Constitution (Bunreacht na h√Čireann) contains specific articles on education, religion, and the family, which affect how education is organised.

Exemption from Irish
There are arrangements and conditions for exempting certain students from the study of Irish in post-primary school and in certificate examinations at post-primary level.

Special needs education
This document describes the special arrangements for the education of children with special educational needs

Teaching your child at home
Information on the rights of parents to educate their children at home and how home education is regulated and assessed.

Parents and education
Organisations such as parents' associations, parents' councils and other agencies provide parents with support and information about their children's education.

Measures to address educational disadvantage
Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) and other initiatives provide supports to address educational disadvantage.

Language

Gaeilge

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