Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Questions (118)

Joan Burton

Question:

118. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to further develop partnerships between patronage bodies further to the recent example of a partnership between a community college and Educate Together in respect of establishing a post-primary school in Dublin 7; his plans to extend this model of school patronage to other educational patrons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42616/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school to which the Deputy refers is under the patronage of City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).

Partnership arrangements such as that referred to by the Deputy are a matter for patron bodies in the first instance. I was happy to support the patrons' proposal in relation to this particular school and another ETB school in Dublin 12 as it has the potential to enhance the available options for parents in these areas and it may prove to be a model that can be applied elsewhere. My Department will engage with the bodies concerned and I look forward to monitoring progress.