What the law says about homeschooling in Ireland

The Irish constitution recognises parents as the primary educators of their children which means that they can choose to homeschool their children. However, the law also clearly states that all children should start their education no later than the age of six. 

TULSA stresses that even though some parents may choose to employ specialist teachers, tutors and online educational programmes to provide home-based learning; the overall responsibility for the education provided remains with the parents.

How to start homeschooling in Ireland

To start homeschooling your child in Ireland you’ll need to register with the Education Welfare Services (which forms part of TULSA). You’ll either need to do this when your child turns six, or when you remove your child from school. 

The board will then arrange a meeting or phone call to discuss the formalities of registering your child for homeschooling. After the meeting, TULSA will make a decision on your suitability for homeschool and you’ll be informed of their decision in writing. 

You do not have to wait for TULSA’s final approval before you withdraw your child from school. You can start homeschooling once you’ve made contact with Education Welfare Services stating your intent. 
If your child has a place at school, it will be held for them until TULSA’s decision is confirmed. While you're busy with the application process, the school will remove your child’s name from the roll book for a record of attendance. 

What to expect in the Education Welfare Services meeting

The purpose of the interview with Education Welfare Services is to ensure that you’ve given thought to all aspects of your child’s educational needs, and that you have an appropriate (physical) area in which they can learn. 

If your child is in the secondary school stage they might also enquire about your plans on how you’ll help your child reach higher education if they want to. 

Education Welfare Services will also provide you with information on what’s expected of you and the requirements of your child reentering mainstream education. 

Difference between homeschooling and online homeschooling

When choosing to homeschool, you may elect to purchase a homeschooling programme that resembles distance learning. The curriculum provider will then send you the learning materials and course schedule, but the onus will be on you or a third party tutor to work through the content and explain the concepts to your child. 

An online homeschooling platform will give you (and your child) access to a structured course plan and video content that will assist you in educating your child. It is important to note that you or a third party tutor will still need to be involved in your child’s day-to-day learning, the online homeschooling platform will help explain the concepts of the lesson material to your child. 

What homeschool curriculum you need to follow in Ireland

When you opt for homeschooling, you do not need to follow the National Curriculum, but the State has a duty to ensure that children receive a certain minimum education. You as the primary educator can choose how the education is provided. 

The laws do not define what a “certain minimum education” is but provide broad guidelines what a child’s education should do: 

Homeschooling curriculums you can start with

Parents in Ireland have access to various resources that provide an outline to create their own curriculum. However, many parents find it daunting to create a curriculum for their child to follow and choose to follow a preset curriculum to ensure that they meet the minimum education requirement. 

The popular pre-set curriculum choices in Ireland are:

Curriculum Level Comparison

Age
5/6
6/7
7/8
8/9
9/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
14/15
15/16
16/17
17/18
British Curriculum
Learn to Read
Primary Stage 1
Primary Stage 2
Primary Stage 3
Primary Stage 4
Primary Stage 5
Primary Stage 6
Foundation 1
Foundation 2
International GCSE
AS Level
A Level
National Curriculum
Senior Infants
First Class
Second Class
Third Class
Fourth Class
Fifth Class
Sixth Class
Junior Cycle: First Year
Junior Cycle: Second Year
Junior Cycle: Third Year
Senior Cycle: Fifth Year
Senior Cycle: Leaving Certificate

Homeschooling Cost Ireland

Homeschooled Children’s entitlement to benefits

Some sources state that when homeschooling your child you would need to pay for the same benefits that children attending a recognised school receive. However, according to TULSA’s frequently asked questions, all children and young people on the section 14 Register are entitled to the same status as a child receiving their education in a recognised school. 

Your child will therefore still have access to eye and hearing tests, and vaccination programmes etc.

Homeschooled Children’s entitlement to benefits

The cost of homeschooling will depend on the curriculum, platform, student level and the subjects you select. 

Using an online learning platform gives students access to professionally trained teachers who are specialists in their field. This alleviates some of the pressure parents may face to master and teach difficult concepts. 

CambriLearn offers the International British curriculum (courses that are aligned with the International GCSE) and various pricing options that help parents and students meet their unique needs. 

British Curriculum Estimated Cost at CambriLearn

Standard

This pricing option provides personalised learning for students who require less teacher intervention than our Premium package.

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Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $771 per annum
or
$91 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $1 303 per annum
or
$153 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $1 847 per annum
or
$217 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $1 566 per annum
or
$185 (10 monthly instalments)
Premium

This pricing option provides students with access to the full bouquet of learning features offered by CambriLearn.

Live Online Lessons
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Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $1 671 per annum
or
$197 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $2 538 per annum
or
$299 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $3 760per annum
or
$443 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $3 200 per annum
or
$377 (10 monthly instalments)

*The fees are only for demonstrative purposes and will vary depending on the subject choice. CambriLearn's British Curriculum also offers parents the option to combine different package options per level. For example, if there is a particular subject that you need extra support with, then you can take that subject on Premium and your other subjects on Standard.

Please speak to a consultant for a formal quote.

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