Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

School Staff

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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310. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure the current level of teaching staff is maintained at a school (details supplied). [6502/20]

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 under the Small Schools criteria.  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.

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