Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

School Staff

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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232. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be allocated more resources for the coming academic year in order to avoid split class arrangements within the school. [6141/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30 September.

The staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally irrespective of location. The staffing schedule includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board.

On the basis of the school's enrolments on 30th September 2019, there will be no change to the school's mainstream staffing for the 2020/21 school year.

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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233. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6142/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30 September.

The staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally irrespective of location. The staffing schedule includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board.

The Primary Staffing Appeals Board considered a staffing appeal from the school referred to by the Deputy.  The Appeals Board has deemed the appeal ineligible and the school has been notified of this decision.

The Primary Staffing Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.

Photo of Jackie CahillJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail)
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234. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6144/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The redeployment arrangements is the first method used to fill vacancies in the primary school system.

Permanent teaching vacancies at primary level are filled, in the first instance, by permanent/CID holding teachers that are surplus in their own schools. 

Any transfer from one panel to another can only be done by agreement of both Patrons.

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