The purpose of this Circular is to inform managerial authorities, principals and teachers of the initial steps being taken by the Department in the implementation of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-20221 for the school year 2017/18. The circular provides guidance to post-primary schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas regarding the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme (hereinafter referred to as the Scheme) and the supports which will be available during the period in which schools will be action planning to participate in the Scheme. A specific circular about this Scheme will also issue to primary schools and special schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas for the school year 2017/18. Another circular will issue for the 2018/19 school year before the start of that school year. Further circulars will inform schools of the relevant steps in the Policy implementation process.