Education outside of school
Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) includes all forms of education that takes place outside of the formal school environment.
EOTAS makes educational provision for children with social, emotional behavioural, medical or other issues who, without its provision, cannot access suitable education.
It allows children who have been expelled from, suspended from, or have otherwise disengaged from, their registered school to participate in education until they achieve a new school place, are prepared for re-entry to an existing school place or to maintain their education until compulsory school leaving age.
The Department’s Promoting and Sustaining Good Behaviour: Discipline Strategy for Schools set out the provision/expansion of worthwhile alternatives to mainstream schooling for disaffected pupils, many of them in their final 1 or 2 years of compulsory education.
A number of alternative education projects catering for such pupils already exist in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
On 18 September 2014, the Department issued guidance to the Education and Library Boards on the operation of EOTAS and issued a supporting circular to schools.
The schools' Circular can be accessed via the following link: