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Appendix 3 - Further guidelines - English as a Second Language (ESL) tuition


In respect of the Census, whether or not an enrolled student is classified as a student requiring ESL tuition depends on the opinion of the school’s principal.

Relevant students should be assessed and there should be documented evidence to support the principal’s decision on whether or not the student requires ESL tuition. This evidence must be retained by the school/governing body for a period of five years from Census Day, and in a way that ensures the integrity and security of the data and documents.

Whether or not a student requires ESL tuition

A part-time or full-time student, eligible to be included on the Census for requiring ESL tuition, is to be included if, on or before Census Day, the school’s principal has formed an opinion (which the principal has documented with substantiating reasons) that the student (at the time of the Census) requires ESL tuition.

Examples - Eligible

Examples - Not eligible


Click on the link to watch a short vodcast explaining the requirements concerning English as a Second Language (ESL) Students.

Last updated 23 January, 2020

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