Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (76)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

76 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 93 of 28 June 2012, if this school (details supplied) in County Donegal will be able to retain its two teachers until the outcome of the appeals board has been decided in October 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32844/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to schools are published annually on my Department's website. 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 for the 2012-2013 school year, Circular 0007/2012, is available on my Department's website. The staffing arrangements in schools for the 2012/2013 school year can also be affected by changes in their enrolment, the impact of budget measures and the reforms to the teacher allocation process. The staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy is being reduced by two posts, one mainstream classroom post and one learning support resource post for the coming school year 2012/13. The Board of Management of the school has appealed the loss of the mainstream classroom post. The Deputy will be aware that the Primary Staffing Appeals Board deferred a decision on the appeal at its meeting on 14 June, 2012 to the October meeting when confirmation of the enrolment projected by the school for 30 September, 2012 will be available.

The two teachers concerned have been successfully redeployed for the coming school year, 2012/13.