Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Ceisteanna (241)

Brendan Smith


241. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional primary teaching posts will be sanctioned for the coming school year in circumstances in which the school enrolment will have reached the number required by September for an additional post and not have to wait for 12 months for sanction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12475/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.

The staffing arrangements for primary schools also 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 2020.