My son attends a main stream school with classroom support. he is in 6th class and we recently enquired about getting him an exemption from Irish as his comprehension and understanding the complexities we believe will create addition anxieties as he transitions from primary to secondary school. His current learning is based on learning the spellings to be able to do his test on a Friday morning without comprehending meaning.
the principle has informed us that she won't forward our request to the exemption board as he doesn't fit the current Dept. of Ed criteria which is 1) born outside Ireland 2) below a certain percentile in English reading 3) having lived abroad for a number of years.
The principle stated that anxiety doesn't fit into these categories so she wont pursue the request. We understand the criteria but would like to appeal based on the possibility that my sons anxiety may prevent him from participating in mainstream education.
We can appeal based on process not being adhered to but can't appeal with respect to criteria. Any help or information welcome.