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Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Education and Skills

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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286. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full-year cost of reducing the pupil teacher ratios to 15:1, across primary and post primary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28845/24]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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At primary level, teachers are allocated to schools at an average of 1 classroom teacher for every 23 pupils, the lowest level ever seen at primary level. DEIS Urban Band 1 schools receive an average allocation of 17:1, 21:1 and 19:1 for junior, senior and vertical schools respectively.

Each one point improvement in the staffing schedule at primary level for DEIS and non-DEIS schools requires between 350-400 additional teaching posts, at a cost of approximately €23 million.

The estimated one-off capital cost of reducing the pupil teacher ratio by one point at primary level is circa €25-€35 million. This estimated capital cost is based on certain assumptions regarding the number of new teaching posts generated and available accommodation capacity.

Teachers are currently allocated to post primary schools at a ratio of 19:1 in the free educations system and 23:1 to schools in the fee charging sector. Each 1 point adjustment to the pupil teacher ratio at post primary level would require approximately 1200 posts, at a cost of circa €71 million per annum.

The estimated one-off capital cost of reducing the pupil teacher ratio by one point at post-primary level is circa €60-€75 million. This estimated capital cost is based on certain assumptions regarding the number of new teaching posts generated and available accommodation capacity.

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