Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (147)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

147. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will invite submissions from all boards of management and parents associations of all schools on the subject of school patronage to ensure receipt of a wide diversity of submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41271/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy may be aware that on the 23rd September last, I launched a public consultation on promoting inclusiveness in primary schools. The public consultation process is part of my Action Plan in response to the Report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector. The main stakeholder groups that were involved in the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector have been contacted directly and invited to make a submission. This includes the school management bodies and the National Parents Council Primary. An information leaflet, specifically targeted at parents, is being distributed to all parents' associations, in conjunction with the National Parents' Council - Primary. Copies of the information leaflet are also being distributed directly to primary schools. The parents leaflet and the call for submissions are available to download from the Department's website - www.education.ie. All interested parties are invited to submit their views by 22 November.