Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (310)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

310. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of teachers nationally in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019 who were successful in obtaining deployment in their location of choice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19019/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Teacher allocations to all second level schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment and are available on the Department's website.

The core function of redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of surplus permanent and CID teachers to other schools where vacancies exist.  Where there is a surplus teacher in a school, it is open to another teacher in the school to apply to be voluntarily redeployed instead.

In addition, a voluntary redeployment scheme has operated on a pilot basis in specific regions in recent years in certain counties.  Permanent teachers employed in these regions are given an opportunity to volunteer for a transfer to other areas if such a transfer will free up a vacancy that would facilitate the redeployment of a surplus permanent teacher in the region. 

In 2017, 11 teachers were redeployed.   3 of these were voluntary applicants from surplus schools and 5 were under the pilot voluntary redeployment scheme.

In 2018, 45 teachers were redeployed.   2 of these were voluntary applicants from surplus schools and 20 were under the pilot voluntary redeployment scheme.

The redeployment process for 2019 is ongoing and will be finalised on 31 May 2019.