Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is to publish draft legislation in the coming months aimed at making school enrolment policies fairer.

The legislation is aimed at making policies more just, especially for newcomers to an area, and other groups, such as children from the travelling community.

It has been almost two years since the Department of Education published a discussion document on school enrolment policies.

It outlined proposals to make the school entry system fairer to all, proposals including the outlawing of the practice of giving priority to the children of past pupils or staff.

Practices such as this disadvantage newcomers and others.

The minister said yesterday he would be bringing draft legislation to Cabinet shortly.

Parents would no longer have to pay simply to apply for a school place.

It would also outlaw schools interviewing parents and children prior to acceptance.