Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (221)

Denise Mitchell

Question:

221. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the recent staffing appeal by a school (details supplied) has been denied. [44508/19]

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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.

The staffing process includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. This criteria is available on my Department's website as part of the Primary Teacher Allocation section.

The school referred to by the Deputy submitted an appeal to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board and, having considered the appeal, the Board has refused the appeal on the basis that it did not satisfy the criteria outlined in the appeals system. The school will be entitled to an additional mainstream class teacher in the 2020/21 school year based on its latest enrolment returns.

The Primary Staffing Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.