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Appeals Against Exclusion

Information for Parents on Section 29 Appeals

An appeal may be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills in respect of a decision by a board of management or a person acting on behalf of a board of management to:  

    permanently exclude a student from the school, or
    suspend a student from the school for a cumulative period of 20 school days in any one school year, or
    refuse to enrol a student in the school.

Circular letter M48/01 Appeal Procedures Under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 applies.

[1] In the case of a school which is established or maintained by an Education and Training Board (ETB), the appeal against the decision of the board of management of the school shall be made, in the first instance, to its ETB.
How to Apply

Submit completed Section 29 Appeals Application Form and a letter confirming the decision of the board of management to:

Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit,
Department of Education and Skills,
Friar's Mill Road,
Mullingar,
County Westmeath.

The letter must be signed by a board of management member; title of signatory must clearly state board of management membership or secretary to the board. The appeal should be submitted within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the board of management was notified to the appellant.

Please see:

    Procedures for Hearing and Determining Appeals under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998
    Procedures for Hearing and Determining Appeals under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 in respect of Education and Training Board (ETB) Schools
    Information Note on section 19(3) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000.

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Updated July 2014