Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (217)

Jim O'Callaghan


217. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) is being forced into a conflict of priorities between maintaining teaching posts and complying with health and safety legislation; the reason developing schools are required to have a higher pupil-teacher ratio than developed schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44492/19]

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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 30th September. However, the staffing arrangements for primary schools includes the provision whereby schools experiencing rapid increases in enrolment can apply for additional permanent mainstream posts on developing grounds, using projected enrolment for the following September, in this case September 2019.

The staffing process includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board.

The appeal submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy was considered by the Primary Staffing Appeals Board at its recent meeting. The school has been notified of its staffing allocation for the remainder of the school year.