Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (212)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

212. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will increase language supports for migrant students. [5069/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Since September 2012 the combined resources available for learning support (General Allocation Model at Primary) and language support at both primary and second level have been merged into a single simplified allocation process. There are currently over 4,600 such posts allocated to schools at primary level and 780 posts at post primary level. This includes the standard learning/language support allocation that is given to all schools and the additional support that is provided to schools that have high concentrations of pupils that require language support. Further additional temporary language support posts are provided on the basis of appeals to the Staffing Appeal Boards and I have no plans to further increase the overall allocation.