Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (189)

Fiona O'Loughlin


189. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if teacher levels in a school (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16090/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually 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 previous 30 September.

The staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally irrespective of location.

The staffing schedule arrangements also include an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board.

The school referred to by the Deputy submitted a staffing appeal for consideration by the Primary Staffing Appeals Board.  Having considered the appeal, the Appeals Board has given provisional approval to the school for an additional mainstream teaching post for the 2019/20 school year.  This decision is conditional on the school achieving the projected 30 September 2019 enrolment figures.

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