Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Questions (686)

Paudge Connolly

Question:

713 Mr. Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will facilitate the establishment, in conjunction with the INTO of nationwide panels of supply teachers, located on a defined geographical basis, to cover release time for teaching principals, all approved teacher absences and EPV days; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19312/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

A pilot supply teacher scheme services over 200 primary schools at present, which provides a panel of substitute teachers to fill in for teachers on sick leave and to undertake the teaching duties of principals when they are released from the classroom to undertake administrative, leadership and management functions. Any decision as to whether or not the additional supply panels should be put in place will take account of a review of the pilot scheme.