Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (62)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin


62. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the principal and board of management at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 2 have permission from his Department to allocate resource hours to mainstream teachers because the school is in an over quota position, thus resulting in a qualified resource teacher losing their job; and if he will confirm that only resource teachers should teach resource hours no matter what the situation or position the school finds itself in. [32207/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Teacher allocations to all second level schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment. The staffing arrangements at post primary level for the 2013-14 school year have been published and are available on the Department website. In accordance with these rules each school management authority including the school referred to by the Deputy is required to organise its subject options within the limit of its approved teacher allocation. The recruitment and appointment of teachers to fill teaching posts is a matter for the individual school authority, subject to procedures agreed under Section 24(3) of the Education Act 1998 (as amended by the Education (Amendment) Act 2012). The deployment of teaching staff in the school, the range of subjects offered and ultimately the quality of teaching and learning are in the first instance a matter for the school management authorities.