New Free Schoolbooks Scheme

Parents will not be buying school books next September. The Minister for Education Ms Norma Foley TD has published guidelines for recognised primary schools and special schools on the new free schoolbooks scheme.

The new guidelines are designed to assist primary schools, as they adopt the free schoolbooks scheme in time for the start of the 2023/24 school year.

For the most part this new scheme means that:

  • Schoolbooks, workbooks and copybooks will be provided by primary schools for all pupils.
  • There is no need for parents or guardians to buy or rent these items.
  • Schools will be provided with sufficient funding (€96 per pupil) to cover the costs of providing required items.
  • Schoolbooks are the property of the school and must be returned at the end of the school year.

For parents seeking further information and clarification, same is available HERE.


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