Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (251)

Paudie Coffey


251. Deputy Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional teachers will be provided at a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24655/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to primary schools is published annually. 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 previous 30 September. The staffing arrangements for the 2014/15 school year are set out in Circular 0007/2014 which is available on the Department website. The staffing schedule includes the provision whereby schools experiencing rapid increases in enrolment can apply for additional permanent mainstream posts on developing grounds, using projected enrolment for September 2014. In addition, the staffing process includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.

The school referred to by the Deputy has submitted an appeal to the June meeting of the Appeals Board which takes place today. The school will be notified of the outcome of its appeal in due course.