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What does this mean?

It’s your right to get a good quality education.

In Ireland, you can leave school at 16 years old or after 3 years of secondary school.

EXAMPLE: The majority of schools can’t allocate school places based on religion anymore, it’s your right to go to any school you choose.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 23 – it’s your right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life.
  • UNCRC, article 28 – it’s your right to get a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
  • UNCRC, article 29 – it’s your right that your education should help you use your talents and abilities. It should help you live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
  • Under Article 42 of the Irish Constitution, it’s your right to have access to free primary education.
  • Under the Education Welfare Act 2000, it’s your right to leave State education at 16 years of age, or after you have finished three years at secondary school.
  • Under the Education Act 1998, it’s your right to form a Student Council in your school, and for your school to support you with it.
  • Under the Education for Special Educational Needs Act 2004, it’s your right to say in a mainstream school, where possible, if you have a special educational need.
  • Under the School Admission Act 2018, it’s your right to go to any school regardless of your religion, or lack of religion, except in specific circumstances