Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (436)

Thomas P. Broughan


436. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of the analysis on teacher supply panels for primary schools; if such panels will be in place for the September 2019 term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32011/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I recently announced the creation of six substitute teacher supply panels for schools in urban and rural areas on a pilot basis for the 2019/20 school year

North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative to provide more certainty for schools experiencing staffing shortages. The scheme will see up to 18 teachers hired on full-time contracts. Each teacher will be based in one school and rotate among the other schools in a designated cluster.

Details of the scheme are being finalised and it is intended that the panels will be in place in the first term of the next school year. The scheme will be reviewed towards the end of the 2019/20 school year to determine whether it should be continued in 2020/21.