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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 February 2021

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (410)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

410. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education her plans to introduce a voluntary redeployment panel for primary school teachers, which would run on a year-by-year basis subject to annual approval; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9505/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent/CID holding teachers, to other schools that have vacancies.

At primary level, schools are required under the panel arrangements to fill permanent vacancies from the Main Redeployment Panel in the first instance and thereafter from Supplementary Redeployment Panels comprised of eligible fixed-term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers.

Primary teachers are placed on redeployment panels in line with the patronage of the school from which they are redeployed and are available to schools with teaching vacancies that are within a 45km distance of the teacher’s base school.

The redeployment arrangements for the 2021/22 school year will be published on the Department website next month. Currently, there are no plans to introduce a voluntary redeployment scheme at primary level for the 2021/22 school year.

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