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Is quitting school a big thing

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I’ve quit school I’m 14 I hate school it’s not a big deal but my parents say it i


Hi there! Thanks for getting in touch.

First of all, we want to say that we hear you. Making the decision to leave school at 14 is a big step, and it’s completely understandable that you’re feeling overwhelmed. School can be tough, and not everyone finds it easy to be there. It’s important for you to know that you’re not alone in feeling this way.

Your parents might be worried because they want what’s best for you, and they see education as a crucial part of your future. Education opens doors and provides opportunities, so it seems their concern comes from a place of wanting you to succeed. However, it’s important for them to understand why you feel the way you do and to find a solution together.

In Ireland, the legal age for leaving school is 16, so technically you still have a couple of years left. While it might feel like a long time, there are options available to make school more manageable or to explore alternative paths, such as different types of education or vocational training. Here is a link for early school leavers supports in Ireland which you may want to look at and share with your parents

Remember, your education is your right, and it’s important for your future. But it’s also important to find a path that works for you and makes you happy. If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, there are people who can help. Childline is a confidential and non-judgmental support service available 24/7, ready to listen and provide guidance whenever you need it. You can always reach out to us by phone (1800 66 66 66) or through our website (just click on the Live Chat tab), and we’ll be here for you, no matter what. 

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