The Department issued a Circular late last month requiring all schools to include the text set out below in Admissions Policies:
Newtown Junior School will co-operate with the National Council for Special Education in the performance by the Council of its functions under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act, 2004 relating to the provision of education to children with special educational needs, including in particular by the provision and operation of a special class or classes when requested to do so by the Council.
Newtown Junior School will comply with any direction served on the patron or the board, as the case may be, under section 37A and any direction served on the board under section 67 (4B) of the Education Act.
Under the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act, 2018, schools are obliged to consult with parents and staff where amendments are made to the school’s admission policy. The revised policy is attached, the only change being the inclusion of the above wording. If you have any comments, please let us know by contacting the office via email by Tuesday 20th December, 2022.