In Ireland it is mandatory for children to receive an education up to age 16 or after taking the Junior Cert State Examinations, whichever is later. But there are options for teenagers who leave school earlier and here are some links to explore:
(also sometimes called autonomous education)
Home tuition may be provided the Irish State, where the teenager is out of school for reasons such as expulsion, pregnancy, a serious medical problem, or sometimes lack of suitable education.
Alternatives to school for older teenagers include:
This Government funded service provides a second chance at education for early school leavers aged 15-20
National Learning network
This offers over 40 different vocational programmes and caters for teenagers with a variety of educational learning needs.
There is a centre in Dublin where teenagers can take 'A' levels instead of the Leaving Cert but it is reported to be expensive.
The Open University
This provides 'supported open learning' and the minimum age is 16.
FIT IT courses
A variety of information technology courses that are free for those who meet certain criteria run by FIT Ltd, a non-profit organisation set up by industry in collaboration with the Irish Government.
These are available from 16+ for a variety of trades
ASDAN and other flexible learning options
There are a wide range of other option too, depending on where you live. The best summary that I have found is a local leaflet produced for young people by Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council. It features many locally based services, but most of them must be available in other parts of the country too. Just click on the link to download the pdf.
Disclaimer: I'm just sharing the information that I have gathered so far and I'm always happy to amend or add to it. Apologies to my overseas readers too...
This is Part 3 in a series about school refusal, click on the links below to read the other posts:
Part 1: How to Tackle School Refusal
Part 2: What Every Parent Needs to Know About School Refusal