Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (242)

Brendan Smith


242. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an additional teaching post will be approved for the coming school year for a school (details supplied) that will have the required enrolment for this position by September 2020; if urgent consideration will be given to this request in view of the fact the school has the necessary classroom available at present and needs to have the pupil-teacher ratio reduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12476/20]

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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. Details of the staffing appeal process are set out in Circular 18/2020, available on the Department website.