September 23, 2015

Jargon Buster


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Denominational school

A school under the patronage of a single religious community.  Such a school provides religious education according to traditions, practices and beliefs of the specified religious community.  It may also provide a wider education about religion and facilitate parents/guardians of other faith traditions to enable them to provide for religious education in their belief system.

Equality based school

Educate Together now categorise their schools as equality based rather than multi-denominational, as they feel it more appropriately categorises their schools' ethos, where all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds are equally respected.


A Gaelscoil are Irish schools which teach through the Irish language.

Inter-denominational school

A school under the patronage or trusteeship of more than one religious faith community.  Such a school provides for a variety of religious education opportunities. 

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Multi-denominational school

In Ireland, two types of primary schools are categorised as multi-denominational:

  • Firstly, those schools that do not provide religious education as formation during the school day, but do provide education about religions and beliefs.  If they so desire, parents/guardians may arrange for denominational religious education outside school hours in such schools.
  • Secondly, those schools that provide education about religions and also provide some faith formation for different denominations, depending on parental requests, during the school day, over a 3 or 4 week period.
National school

Irish state-funded schools are referred to as National Schools


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Primary school

Schools which are not state-funded are simply referred to as primary schools.

For the purposes of this website, all national and primary schools are referred to collectively as primary schools.

Special schools

Special schools cater for children with disabilities and special needs.