Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (176)

Steven Matthews

Question:

176. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the appeal by a school (details supplied) in relation to the loss of a teacher due to student numbers is under review; and if a response will be issued to school management in due course. [5716/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. 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. The staffing schedule includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board.

The school referred to by the Deputy initially submitted an appeal to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board which was deemed ineligible.  After that decision was issued, the school provided a new appeal due to a change in circumstances in the school.  The Primary Staffing Appeals Board has provisionally upheld the appeal, subject to September 2020 enrolments.  The school has been notified in this regard.