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 30 September 2018. However, the staffing arrangements for primary schools includes the provision whereby schools experiencing rapid increases in enrolment can apply for additional permanent mainstream posts on developing grounds, using projected enrolment for the following September, in this case September 2019.
The school referred to by the Deputy was granted a developing post on the basis of projected enrolments on 30th September. However, the school has not achieved the required enrolment to retain the developing post for the remainder of the school year. The school has submitted an appeal to the October meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board seeking to retain this post. The Primary Staffing Appeals Board will meet shortly to consider staffing appeals and the school will be notified of the outcome of the appeal.