Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Education and Skills

Disadvantaged Status

9:00 pm

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 237: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects his Department to report to him on the impact of the withdrawal of posts under DEIS; when he proposes to make decisions in relation to the recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8028/12]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 263: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the concern in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 11 in relation to the proposed changes to DEIS which would adversely affect a number of schools; when the DEIS review is likely to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8479/12]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 263 together.

As announced in the house on the 11th January, I have asked my Department for a report on the impact of the withdrawal of certain posts allocated under previous disadvantaged schemes in DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools.

This report, which is currently being finalised, will detail the facts for each individual school affected by this measure, applying the most up to date enrolments for September 2011. In addition, the report will take account of the net effect of a range of factors on teacher allocations in these schools, for example increasing and decreasing enrolments and the reforms to the existing teacher allocations process, all of which will determine the staffing requirement for these schools for 2012/13 school year.

When the report is finalised and submitted to me I will be in a position to make a decision on the final outcome for the individual schools involved.

Schools will be notified in the coming weeks of their staffing entitlements under the new arrangements for 2012/13.

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