New Free School Books Scheme 2023/2024

An announcement was made as part of Budget 2023 that all primary school children will be able to avail of free school books from September 2023. Here at St. Nessan’s National School, we have been working hard to get a new Free School Books Scheme ready to replace our Book Rental Scheme, which has been running very successfully since September 2015, and we are delighted to introduce the new Scheme beginning in September 2023. Click here to read our explanatory letter.

You will have questions about how the new Scheme will work at St. Nessan’s National School. To this end, we have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document, which you can access below. You can also check out the flyer from the Department of Education, see lists of textbooks, workbooks, copies and related classroom resources that your child may benefit from in the coming school year, and read our new Free School Books Scheme document, which replaces our Book Rental Policy.


This year, as a result of running a very successful Book Rental Scheme since 2015, the pupils at St. Nessan’s National School in September 2023 will be provided with the stationery they will need for the school year 2023/2024 (please note that this may not be the case in future years). All provided stationery will be for use in school only, and will not go home. Therefore, your child will need to have access to certain stationery items at home in order to do homework. Below is a table showing the stationery your child will need to have at home for completing homework tasks:

How the Free School Books Scheme will benefit your child in the school year 2023/2024

To find out how your child will benefit from the Free School Books Scheme, as well as from other grants and initiatives in place at St. Nessan’s during the coming school year, click on his/her class level below. Please note that these lists are not exhaustive, and your child may benefit from other items not listed.