Minister Foley announces two-year extension of small schools’ project to support sustainability of small schools in rural Ireland

Date: May 20, 2024

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced that the small schools’ project supporting the sustainability of small rural schools is being extended for a further two years.

Small schools are defined as schools with four mainstream teachers or fewer. There are approximately 1,294 small schools (2022/2023 figures), accounting for 42 per cent of all primary schools and 13.3 per cent of total enrolments of all primary school pupils.

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From Department of Education, Published on 20 May 2024