Letter for Primary Schools

Note: if you have not already done so, please also read our introductory page of key facts about opting your child out of religious education classes.

This letter should be addressed to the principal. If you do not get a reply within two weeks send the letter to the Board of Management. If they do not reply or you are refused write a letter of complaint to the Minister for Education and Skills. You can also contact the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, contact details are here.

Dear

I wish to exercise my Constitutional Right under Article 44.2.4 to opt my child out of Religious education class and any Religious service.

Section 30 – 2 (e) of the Education Act 1998 reads: “Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Minister – shall not require any student to attend instruction in any subject which is contrary to the conscience of the parent of the student or, in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student.”

As the Religious Education class is contrary to my conscience I wish to opt (child’s name) out of this class. Please confirm this in writing and please do not discuss this matter with my child.

Yours faithfully,

 

The following sample letter is for religious parents who wish to opt their child out of religion classes.

Dear,

I wish to exercise my Constitutional Right under Article 44.2.4 to opt my child out of Religious education class and any Religious service.

Section 30 – 2 (e) of the Education Act 1998 reads: “Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Minister – shall not require any student to attend instruction in any subject which is contrary to the conscience of the parent of the student or, in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student.”

In addition Article 14 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that:-

“ States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. “

The Guidelines for the Inclusion of other faiths in Catholic schools recognises that there is a right to opt out of religion in second level schools and of course this can only apply to primary level as well. On page 11 it states that:-

“Withdrawal from RE Class.

Some parents, however, do have concerns and may wish to withdraw their child from RE class, as is their constitutional right.

A student cannot be required to receive religious education from a particular faith basis against the wishes of the student’s parents or against his or her own wishes once he or she turns eighteen years of age. However, withdrawal from religion class needs to be negotiated with school management and hopefully addressed during their enrolment meeting.”

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I wish to opt (child’s name) out of this class. Please confirm this in writing and I would ask you not to discuss this matter with my child.

Yours faithfully,

 

2 Responses to Letter for Primary Schools

  1. Gwilym Edwards says:

    My 9 year old is being taught about Islam in a Welsh School, and I am a BMP member, they should be learning about Paganism or about Owain Glyndwr, so why are they teaching kids about islam, I know they also takes them to a Mosque, we are not yet an Islamic state I don’t want my kids exposed to a barbaric sect

    • ewa says:

      I grow my child with respect for her self and with advice how to be god person, but she have to attend catholic clases, we are good human Muslim, not barbarian, maybe u are.

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