Forum on Patronage and Pluralism


The Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, launched at the end of March 2011, sought to provide advice on how the education system could provide a diverse number and range of schools catering for all religions and none and also the Irish language. It also examined how stand alone schools can cater for their increasingly diverse intake of students. The Advisory Group overseeing the Forum took a multi-dimensional approach to their work. They consulted widely on three key themes –
  • Establishing parental and community demand for diversity;
  • Managing the transfer/ divesting of patronage;
  • and
  • Diversity within a school or small number of schools.


The Group received almost 220 written submissions on the subject of school patronage. They also drew on national and international experiences. In addition, the Forum held two open sessions, one a 3-day session in June and a one day session in November.

The report is now available here on the website of the Department of Education and Skills. There you will also find all the submissions made to the Forum and recordings of the open sessions.




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