Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (205)

Simon Harris

Question:

205. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details in tabular form of the number of learning support hours and resource hours allocated to each school in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12396/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

There is detailed historical information contained in the Statistics Section of my Department's website relating to the number of teaching posts in schools. The most recent published information relates to the 2011/2012 school year. The NCSE has notified all schools of their allocation of resource hours for low incidence special needs for the 2012/13 school year and has published this information on its website. The arrangements for how schools access these resource hours in teaching posts are set out in the primary staffing schedule (Circular 0013/2013) which is available on the Department website.

Under these arrangements a network of over 2,500 full-time resource posts has been put in place in close to 1,700 base schools throughout the country. The list of these schools is set out at Appendix C in the published circular. The allocation of GAM/EAL (learning/language support) hours by school and county is also published at Appendix C of the primary staffing schedule.