Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Education and Skills

School Staff

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity)
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177. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to ensure that the staff numbers for a school (details supplied) in County Cork will not be reduced in view of a marginal and temporary decline in enrolment numbers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30670/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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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 30th September.

The staffing process includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. This school referred to by the Deputy was granted a staffing appeal post, on a provisional basis pending confirmation of enrolments on 30th September 2020.

The final staffing position will be confirmed later this month once enrolments have been confirmed and the October meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board has dealt with staffing appeals for the 2020/21 school year.

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