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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (424)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

424. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education the number of posts of responsibility that would be needed in primary schools to restore posts at the level which pertained prior to the moratorium; the estimated number of posts which were lost through the moratorium; the number that have been restored to date; and the estimated cost of full restoration to the pre-moratorium level for the school year 2021-2022. [29657/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Budget 2017 allowed for the commencement of restoration of middle management posts as part of an agreed distributed leadership model and meant lifting the longstanding moratorium on these posts with effect from the 2017/18 school year. This recognises the key role school leadership has in promoting a school environment which is welcoming, inclusive and accountable.

In total 1700 additional leadership posts have been invested in our primary schools since 2017 which has led to 1 in 3 teachers now holding promoted positions.  The Department has committed to annually revising the allocation of Posts of Responsibility to take into account retirements during the school year which ensures that the current level of Posts of Responsibility are maintained in the school system. The most recent update was published earlier this month and is available on the Deparment's website (circular 0025/2021).

The estimated cost of lifting the moratorium on posts of responsibility and restoring them to pre-moratorium levels at primary level would be in the order of €19m per annum.  The most recent comparison of the number of AP posts is attached.

Number of APIs and APIIs in primary schools

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Primary

2008/09

2019/20*

APIs

1,605

958

APIIs

8,575

6,382

*2019/20 figures include the following posts of responsibility which were restored.

APIs - 268

APIIs – 1432

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