Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (361)

Charlie McConalogue


361. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary teachers who applied to undergo probation during the last academic year; the number who were assigned an inspector; the number who completed the probation process successfully; the number who were deemed to need more time; and the number who were unsuccessful. [32109/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Preliminary figures for the 2012/2013 school year indicate that 2,421 applications to undergo probation were received from primary teachers. Some 91 applications were not eligible and the remaining 2,330 teachers were allocated to inspectors for one or two inspection visits in accordance with the probation circular. At the last update on 21st June 2013 the Inspectorate had completed 3,736 inspection visits to teachers on probation, representing 97% of the total number of inspection visits required; and the programme was on target to have all eligible teachers inspected before the end of the school year. Since the inspection programme has only just concluded information on the outcomes of the inspection visits is not yet available. A summary of the inspection outcomes, with validated figures, will be available within a few weeks and will be provided to the Deputy.