Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (144)

Martin Heydon


144. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a system whereby teachers may transfer closer to where they are living; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49167/12]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Schools with vacancies are required to fill them from the list of surplus permanent teachers on the redeployment panels.

At primary level, there are a number of redeployment panels - most of which are organised on a Diocesan basis. The redeployment arrangements include provision for flexibility of movement between panels in order to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers. Otherwise, any transfers between panels are dealt with by agreement between the relevant patrons. Redeployment arrangements for surplus post-primary teachers were introduced as part of the implementation of particular aspects of the Croke Park Agreement. The parties identified that voluntary movement, if provided for, could assist the operation of the main redeployment arrangements. It is agreed that further discussions would take place with a view to putting a pilot scheme in place and these discussions are ongoing under the auspices of the Teachers Conciliation Council.