Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (136)

Denis Naughten


136. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an appeal in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11767/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts for the 2014/2015 school year is set out in the Staffing Schedule (Circular 0007/2014) which is available on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the 30 September 2013. The staffing schedule also includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. The school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for consideration at the February meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board. The Appeals Board has given provisional approval to the school for the retention of its 4th classroom teaching post for the 2014/15 school year. This decision is conditional on the school achieving the projected 30 September 2014 enrolment figures. The school has been notified to this effect. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.