Minister for Education seeks views on the role of religion in school admissions – Primary schools

Date: Jan 30, 2017

Minister Bruton has announced a 4 week consultation period beginning from 24th January until 20 February 2017 .  The consultation document is available on the Department’s website at the following link: “The role of denominational religion in the school admissions process and possible approaches for making changes”
On 16 January 2017, the Minister made a speech on the subject of the role of religion in the admissions process to primary schools
In the speech the Minister stated that he believes:

  • it is unfair that a non-religious family, or a family of a different religion, living close to their local publicly-funded school finds that preference is given to children of the same religion as the school living some distance away
  • it is unfair that parents, who might otherwise not do so, feel pressure to baptise their children in order to gain admission to the local school.

The Minister set out four possible approaches for dealing with this subject and stated his intention to seek views from people and groups who might be impacted by the proposed changes or have views on the proposed changes.
The Minister is interested in hearing the views of the groups who stand to be impacted by changes as well as any members of the public with views on this issue.
Submissions should follow the format set out in the consultation document, and should be forwarded to the following e-mail address:
More detail is available on the Department’s website at the following link: