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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 December 2021

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Questions (311)

Seán Sherlock


311. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education the steps schools must take in cases in which multiple teachers are absent on the same day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [60036/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department has recently implemented a range of measures to address supply of substitute teacher in schools, including a significant increase in teachers on the primary school supply panels, facilitating post primary teachers to work additional hours, postponing CPD for teachers (other than planned CPD for post primary teachers relating to reforms in Senior Cycle examinable subjects) and, with the cooperation of the HEIs and the Teaching Council, supporting the availability of student teachers to undertake substitute work.

Information on these and other measures has been communicated to schools in Circular 50/2021 COVID-19 (Operational Supports for primary schools for 2021/2022), Information Note SD 0001/2021 (Further supplementary measures to increase the availability of substitute teachers for recognised primary schools – 2021/2022 school year) and Information Note SD 0002/2021 (Measures to increase the availability of substitutes for post primary schools for 2021/2022 ).