A non-Christian couple are taking legal action over their five-year-old daughter receiving religious teaching at her school in Northern Ireland.
High Court proceedings have been brought against the Department of Education and the Education Authority, claiming that it breaches their human rights.
A judge confirmed on Tuesday that the challenge will be heard early next year.
The case centres on legislation which makes Religious Education (RE) and acts of collective worship compulsory in Northern Ireland schools.
Parents are unable to withdraw their child on the grounds of conscience.
Applications for a judicial review are being taken on behalf of the girl and her father, who have both been granted anonymity.
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