Primary (4-11 years)

Education is compulsory for all children who have reached the age of 4 on or before 1 July.

In Northern Ireland children normally start school in the September of the school year after their fourth birthday.  If your child's birthday is between 2 July and 31 August, they don't start school until the following September.

In the first two years of primary school your child will experience the same sort of learning and activities they were used to in their early years - this is called the Foundation Stage. The next two years are called Key Stage 1 (P3 and P4) and the next three years are known as Key Stage 2 (P5, P6 and P7). On completion of seven years of primary education, children transfer to post primary schools at the age of 11.

There are a small number of schools which cater solely for Year 1-3 or Year 4-7 age ranges.

Children in primary school must follow the curriculum.

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Last upated: 01/11/2018