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.
As the enrolment of the school referred to by the Deputy fell below the retention figure for the eighth teacher, one teaching post will be suppressed for the coming school year.
The staffing schedule also 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 submitted an application for consideration by the Appeals Board at its June meeting. The Appeals Board considered the appeal and determined that it did not satisfy all the published criteria as set out in Circular 0019/2019.
The school has been notified of the outcome of the appeal. The Appeals Board operates independently of my Department and its decision is final.