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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 6 April 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Questions (123)

Willie Penrose

Question:

123. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that an appeal for the retention of 16 mainstream class teachers by a school (details supplied) is approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17309/17]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts for the 2017/2018 school year is set out in the Staffing Schedule (Circular 0017/2017) 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 2016. 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 by the Appeals Board at its April meeting.

The Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.

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