Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Education and Skills

School Funding

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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536. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will reconsider an appeal in the case of a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31818/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma 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 30 September.

For the 2022/23 school year, the staffing schedule for primary schools has been improved by one point and schools will be provided with class teachers on the basis of 1 teacher for every 24 pupils which is a historical low ratio, with lower thresholds applying to DEIS Urban Band 1 schools.

The staffing process contains an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Primary Staffing Appeals Board. Details of the appeal process are available in Circular 25/2022.

The school referred to by the Deputy has been informed that its staffing appeal has been successful, pending confirmation of the school's enrolment on 30th September.

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