Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (327)

Paschal Donohoe

Question:

327. Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) has not gained access to the supplementary teachers panel in view of the fact that the person has worked 191 days since becoming qualified on 1 October 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31829/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers to other schools that have vacancies. The redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers is key to the Department's ability to manage within its payroll budget and ceiling on teacher numbers. Thereafter, schools are required under the panel arrangements to fill permanent vacancies from supplementary panels comprised of eligible fixed-term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers. The application process for the supplementary panels was introduced for the 2012/13 school year. The arrangements for panel access for fixed term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers for the 2013/14 school year are set out in Department Circular 0038/2012 which is available on the Department website. The Supplementary Panel is created for eligible primary teachers in fixed term/temporary positions (this includes substitute positions) and part-time positions who meet the relevant eligibility criteria outlined in Part 2 of this circular. The teacher referred to by the Deputy failed to meet the criteria and is therefore ineligible to be included on the supplementary panel.