All parents and those who have parental responsibilities have to make sure their children have an education starting when they are four or five years old and continuing until they are 18. But if you haven’t had much experience with the school system, finding the right type of school for your child can be a challenge. Indeed, not only are there lots of different types of school, but school admissions policies can be complicated too.

The following help sheet gives practical tips on the different types of school, what to consider when choosing a school, admission policies and special educational needs, as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.