Traditionally, Educate Together schools have operated a 'First Come, First Served' (FCFS) policy, with parents putting children's names down on a pre-enrolment list. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method, all of which have been, and continue to be, debated at length in various Educate Together Forums. Some Educate Together schools have adapted their policies to provide for other circumstances (e.g. siblings, foster children, children who have been adopted, etc.).
If you're interested in sending your child to an Educate Together school, please contact the school to get a copy of their enrolment policy. All schools are obliged to have their enrolment policy easily available to parents.
In June 2011, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D., published a discussion document on Enrolment Policies in schools. The Minister has stated that the discussion document, together with submissions from education partners and interested parties will form the basis of a new regulatory framework on school enrolment. This will impact on all schools, and is likely to lead to changes in enrolment policies.
Schools with Educate Together as their patron can now apply to the Board of Directors if they wish to propose a variation to their First Come First Served policy. More information on the step by step procedure is available here.