Irish-medium education is education provided in an Irish speaking school. The Department of Education has a duty to encourage and facilitate the development of Irish-medium education.
There are currently 29 Irish-medium schools in Northern Ireland and a further 10 Irish-medium units attached to English-medium host schools. Of the 29 schools, 28 are primary and one is post primary, Colaiste Feirste. Of the 10 Irish-medium units attached to English-medium host schools, 7 are primary and 3 are post-primary. In addition to these, Gaelscoil na Daróige in Derry City is an independent school teaching through the medium of Irish.
There are a total of 4,633 pupils in Irish-medium education in 2012/13. This includes 803 children attending Irish Medium pre-school settings, 3,061 primary school children (Years 1-7) and 769 in post primary schools years (Years 8-14).
If you would like more information about Irish-medium education you can contact Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG). CnaG was established by the Department of Education in August 2000 and its remit is to promote Irish-medium education.
A review of Irish-medium education took place with the aim of developing a comprehensive and coherent Irish-medium education policy. More information can be found by clicking the link below: