Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (92)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

92. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider extending the voluntary redeployment scheme to other areas where teachers might want to redeploy from the east to Connaught and vice versa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14446/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Teaching vacancies are filled in the first instance through the redeployment of surplus permanent/CID holding teachers. The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent/CID holding teachers to other schools that have vacancies. The redeployment of all surplus permanent/CID holding teachers is key to the Department's ability to manage within its payroll budget and ceiling on teacher numbers. Thereafter 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 pilot voluntary redeployment scheme for the 201415 school year is confined to schools in the Connaught region. This pilot voluntary redeployment scheme will only be used if it facilitates the redeployment of a surplus permanent/CID holding teacher from a school. My Department has no plans to introduce a separate voluntary redeployment scheme to other areas for the 2014/15 school year.