Is your school ready for the Education(Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 ?

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., signed the Commencement Order for the Education (Admission to Schools) Act, 2018 yesterday, bringing a number of sections into operation. This Act was passed by the Oireachtas on 18th July 2018.

Three of the four provisions will come into effect immediately . They will end the use of religion as a criteria in school admissions in almost all cases, end admission fees, and provide the Minister with the power to require schools to co-operate in relation to admission.

Special Education:

  • Special Classes – The order being signed today will also provide the Minister with a power to compel a school to open a special class following a number of steps.
  • The Minister will also bring into operation the section which provides the Minister with a power, after a process of consultation with the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), the Board of Management and the Patron of a school, to compel a school to make additional provision for the education of children with special educational needs. .

The provisions/powers in relation to Special Education will come in to effect on 3rd December 2018  and the Minister has asked the NCSE to engage with the education partners (including NABMSE) and finalise the procedures in advance of this date.


Getting ready for the Education(Admissions to Schools )Act:

In anticipation of the introduction of this legislation, NABMSE are providing a two hour session at the 2018 Annual Conference ‘ Boards of Management – Changes and Challenges’. This will outline the necessary recommendations that schools should be considering to ensure compliance in advance of enrolments for the next school year.


If you have not booked your place at the Conference, Please click here to book. Places are free to NABMSE members.

Non Member can contact the NABMSE office for further details on how to attend.