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Educate Together schools seek change to enrolment policy

Educate Together schools seek change to enrolment policy
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Five multi-denominational primary schools are awaiting the outcome of a meeting later today between the Department of Education and their patron body Educate Together over a department decision to restrict enrolment in the schools.

The schools, in Tramore, Trim, New Ross, Castlebar and Tuam, have been instructed to offer school places for next September to just 13 junior infant children.

The department says the decision was taken to protect enrolment numbers in other primary schools in the towns.

The five schools were all established in order to provide diversity of provision in towns where existing primary school provision was all church-run.

All of the Educate Together schools say they have waiting lists to justify the enrolment of a full class, which amounts to 26 children.

The Department of Education says it has been assessing the situation.

Officials are meeting representatives from Educate Together later this morning to discuss the matter.

One school principal told RTÉ News she was hopeful that the department would row back on its change in policy and that Minister for Education Richard Bruton would honour his commitment to provide for diversity.

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