Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Education and Skills

School Staff

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail)
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196. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on reductions in teacher numbers in certain schools in the context of the plan to reopen schools currently under development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10655/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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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 redeployment of all surplus permanent/CID holding teachers is the mechanism used to fill teaching posts and is key to the ability of the Department to manage within its payroll budget. The redeployment panels are currently transacting and schools are filling teaching vacancies for the 2020/21 school year.

The National Return to Work Safely Protocol will inform discussions with all education partners so that appropriate guidance for schools is developed and arrangements put in place in time for the new school year.


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