Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (88)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy


87 Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the pupil-teacher ratio provided in budget 2012 will result in a school (details supplied) in County Offaly remaining without a fourth teacher for the academic year 2012-13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34241/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to schools is 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 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. As part of the Budget 2012 decisions, the number of pupils required to gain and retain a classroom teaching post in small primary schools will be gradually increased between September 2012 and September 2014. The detailed arrangements are set out in the Department's Staffing Circular 0007/2012 and is available on my Department's website. The staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy is remaining unchanged at three mainstream classroom posts for the coming school year 2012/13.