Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (97, 108)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

97. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in tabular form the number of release days from full-time teaching duties afforded by his Department to teaching principals; his plans to increase these; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32393/13]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

108. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will list in tabular form the number of release days from full-time teaching duties afforded by his Department to teaching principals; his plans to increase these; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32404/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 108 together.

The details regarding release time for principal teachers in primary schools is outlined in Circular Letter 25/02 which can be accessed on my Department's website. The number of days that principal teachers may take as release time in each school year is as follows:

Size of School*

Number of Days Release Time

Principal + 5/6

22

Principal + 3/4

18

Principal + 0/1/2

14

*Size of school refers to Principal and mainstream class teachers only and excludes ex-quota posts e.g. learning support, resource, disadvantaged concessionary posts etc.

There are no plans to increase the number of release days that principal teachers may take as release days.