Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (247)

Michael Fitzmaurice


247. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of times in the past five years national schools, that were in danger of losing a teacher due to a drop in pupil numbers, won an appeal to the primary staffing appeals board and maintained their number of teachers for the following academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23535/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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.

A staffing appeal process is available to schools.  Some of the appeal criteria set out in the staffing arrangements allow for appeal posts to be allocated on a provisional basis, pending confirmation of the school's enrolment in the following September.  In these cases, where the required enrolment is not reached, the appeal post is suppressed at the end of October.

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled and will be forwarded directly to him.