Schools Building Projects Applications

Questions (114)

Noel Coonan

Question:

114. Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary that has applied for large-scale capital funding; the timeframe for completion of works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10480/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has not received any recent application for capital funding from the school referred to. My Department will consider applications by schools for funding for essential mainstream classroom accommodation where necessary to meet immediate enrolment needs. Copy of the application form concerned may be accessed on my Department's website www.education.ie.

Schools Building Projects Applications

Questions (115)

Noel Coonan

Question:

115. Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for funding from a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the status of the application; when a decision will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10481/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school, referred to by the Deputy, has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding.

In view of the need to prioritise available funding for the provision of additional school accommodation, the delivery of major school projects required to meet future demographic demand will be the main focus for capital investment in the coming years.

In light of current competing demands on the Department's capital budget, it is not possible at this time to indicate when a project for the school in question will be progressed.

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Questions (116)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

116. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills when payment of a student grant award from Student Universal Support Ireland will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10483/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy confirmation of course registration has been requested and is awaited from the student's institution in order to process the student's grant payment.

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Questions (117)

Michael Lowry

Question:

117. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reasons for the on-going delay in processing a student grant appeal application in respect of a person (details supplied) with Student Universal Support Ireland; the steps being taken to tackle this delay; when a decision will issue in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10510/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, her student grant application was appealed to the appeals officer in SUSI and the original decision was overturned.

The student's application was reassessed and on the 20 February 2013, a revised award letter issued to the student.

School Staffing

Questions (118)

Tom Fleming

Question:

118. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reverse a decision to remove a resource teaching post for the 2013-14 school year at a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will take into consideration the obligation to provide fully for the needs of all pupils in this school. [10513/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

85% of all NCSE approved resource teaching hours in the 2012/13 school year were allocated to schools that had resource base posts. There are some slight changes to the location of these base posts for the 2013/14 school year to further improve the efficiency of these arrangements. The schools that were affected by these changes were those where the posts were not fully utilised for NCSE approved resource hours or where the teacher in the post was predominantly based in a neighbouring school. The full criteria used is set out in the Department's Staffing Circular 0013/2013 which was recently published on the Department website.Base schools are required to co-operate with their neighbouring schools to ensure that any surplus capacity in the (25 hour) resource posts is made available to neighbouring schools to meet their NCSE approved resource hour requirements. If the surplus capacity is fully utilised there are standard arrangements in place for the relevant schools to contact the Department for part-time resource teaching posts.