421. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills why a teacher who qualified in May 2015 would be denied the pay conditions laid out in her Department’s Circular 0040/2011 (details supplied) given that the teacher illustrated to her Department that the criteria has been fulfilled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7468/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The position is outlined in my Department’s Circular 0008/2013 in that persons who are employed in a teaching position in an unqualified capacity and who become eligible for the qualified rate of pay on or after 1st February 2012 will be placed on the relevant pay scale from the date on which they become appropriately qualified and registered.
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651. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills her role in ensuring that primary and secondary schools have appropriate policies to manage and protect children who have food allergies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5555/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Food Allergies)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Under the provisions of the Education Act, 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school.
It is a matter for each individual school to devise its own policies around the types of food that are permissible on the school premises and such policies should be driven by the needs and welfare of the pupils. In that regard, it is important that all schools request parents to ensure that the school is ...

710. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the autism spectrum disorder early intervention unit at a school (details supplied) in County Cork for September 2016 onwards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6064/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the policy of my Department is that children with special educational needs, including children with autism, should be included where possible and appropriate in mainstream placements with additional supports provided. In circumstances where children with special educational needs require more specialised interventions, special school or special class places are also available.
The Deputy will be aware t...

79. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills when she will issue approval for new buildings for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4528/16 asked on 03 Feb 2016 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school in question has submitted an application for additional accommodation to my Department. The application is being assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school authorities as soon as this process has been completed.
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471. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she received an application from a school (details supplied) in respect of energy efficiency measures under the summer works scheme; when she will make a decision on this application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4132/16 asked on 02 Feb 2016 - Summer Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application from the school in question under the Summer Works Scheme.
Commensurate with the level of funding available for the Scheme, applications including that from the school concerned, will be assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritization criteria outlined in the governing Circular Letter for the Scheme. This Circular Letter (0055/2015), is ...

458. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of a difficulty facing holders of degrees and diplomas who are qualified to teach in Montessori schools in having their teaching qualifications recognised by the Teaching Council, that some of these teachers are employed in special education and resource teaching in conventional schools; if it is appropriate that persons should be given a period of time to achieve appropriate qualifications where an issue arises with registration; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3276/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Teaching Qualifications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Since 2006, under the Teaching Council Act 2001 the Teaching Council is the body with statutory responsibility and authority for regulation of the teaching profession including the registration of teachers. Teachers are registered under the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009. The Teaching Council recognises undergraduate Montessori qualifications (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) which meet the require...

138. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a facility (details supplied) in County Cork; why it is not the subject of whole-school evaluation; if she will work with it to secure its financial future given the excellent and necessary service it delivers to families and young adults in difficult circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2568/16 asked on 21 Jan 2016 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Cork Life Centre is an out-of-school educational facility in Sundays Well, Cork which supports young people who are not engaging with mainstream education. My Department’s contribution to the funding of the Centre commenced in 2000 under the Children at Risk Fund (CAR) and has continued to date to the current level of €47,500 in non-pay funding and 968 teaching hours at a cost of €81,840. This represen...

756. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she has received an application under the summer works scheme from a school (details supplied) in County Cork; when a decision will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46596/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Summer Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I wish to advise the Deputy that commensurate with the level of funding available for the Summer Works Scheme, applications including that from the school referred to by the Deputy will be assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the governing Circular Letter for the Scheme. This Circular Letter (0055/2015), is available on my Department’s website www.education.ie.
It is my intention to publ...

548. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she has received a request from the board of management of a school (details supplied) for additional funding towards an approved extension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45845/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The school in question was approved funding in 2015 under the Additional Accommodation Scheme to provide two new classrooms and some conversion works to the existing building. The school authority submitted an application for additional funding in respect of an increased scope of works. While additional funding was made available for the original project at that time, an increase in the scope of works was not approved. The school auth...

199. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the changes made to the pupil-teacher ratio for two-teacher, three-teacher and four-teacher schools; the subsequent modifications which she introduced recently, as they relate to the number of pupils required to retain a teaching post in these schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41904/15 asked on 25 Nov 2015 - Pupil-Teacher Ratio)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): As part of the Budget 2012 decisions, the number of pupils required to gain and retain a classroom teaching post in small primary schools was gradually increased between September 2012 and September 2014, as set out in the following table.
The staffing arrangements for primary schools for the 2015/16 school year are set out in Department Circular 0005/2015 which is available on my Department’s website.
The circular sets out the improveme...

201. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she has received further correspondence from a school (details provided) in County Cork relating to its application for emergency works funding; and if, in view of the contents therein, specifically the views expressed by the schools insurers regarding the works required, she will reconsider this application favourably. (Question 38701/15 asked on 05 Nov 2015 - Emergency Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The school to which the Deputy refers applied for funding under my Department’s Emergency Works Scheme to repair a retaining wall.
As the scope of works is outside the terms of this scheme, the application cannot be considered for funding. The school authority has been informed of this decision. It is, however, open to the school authority to apply for funding under a future Summer Works Scheme. In this regard, I recently announced tha...

925. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will confirm receipt of an application from a school (details supplied) in County Cork for grant aid under the emergency works scheme; if she will provide funding in respect of this application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37374/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Emergency Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The school to which the Deputy refers applied for funding under my Department’s Emergency Works Scheme to remove boundary walls and replace them with a fence.As the scope of works is outside the terms of this scheme, the application cannot be considered for funding. The school authority has been informed of this decision. It is, however, open to the school authority to apply for funding under a future Summer Works Scheme. In this regard...

945. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department has received a request from a school in County Cork (details supplied) regarding additional funding for works unforeseen at the time of its original application, and as stipulated in the recent granting of planning permission by the local authority; if she will provide the school with an additional financial allocation to meet these unforeseen costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37595/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Schools Building Projects Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 945 and 994 together.
I can confirm that my Department approved a devolved grant to the school referred to by the Deputy in January 2014 for the provision of 2 classrooms and 2 resource rooms to replace prefabs.
The school authorities contacted my Department in July 2015 seeking funding for additional building works to the original project approved. Clarification on the additional scope of works requested...

389. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will confirm receipt of an application for additional accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Cork, which is necessary to facilitate the enrolment of a child with a disability; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35459/15 asked on 13 Oct 2015 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
The application is currently being considered and my Department will be in direct contact with the school authorities concerned as soon as the assessment process has been concluded.
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659. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the number of primary schools at stage 2B of the planning process for new schools and extensions; if she will confirm that a school (details supplied) in County Cork is at this stage; if it is envisaged that all schools at this stage will be part of the revised five-year building programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34456/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Major Building Project referred to by the Deputy is one of 22 primary school projects currently at Stage 2(b) of Architectural Planning which are not on the current 5 year construction programme. Details of all projects are available on my Department’s website.
Due to competing demands on the Department’s capital budget imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of additional school accommodatio...

660. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills to explain the reason for the delay in registering with the Teaching Council of Ireland; if she will request that an application (details supplied) be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34457/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Teaching Council of Ireland)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): As the Deputy will be aware, since 2006, under the Teaching Council Act 2001, the Teaching Council is the regulator and standards body for the teaching profession. The Council is also the competent authority for the recognition of qualifications under EU Directive 2005/36/EC. The Council is independent in the exercise of these functions, including the processing of applications for registration.
The issue raised is an operational matter ...

689. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the recognition of primary teaching qualifications by the Teaching Council, if she will clarify whether the Marino Institute of Education is the only college entitled to offer the required additional courses for teachers trained in the United Kingdom, who wish to have their qualifications recognised here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34729/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Teaching Qualifications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): A person who has completed a programme of initial teacher education outside of the Republic of Ireland and who is successful in his/her application for registration with the Teaching Council, is required to demonstrate his/her competence in teaching the Irish language and the primary curriculum through the medium of Irish. Conditional registration is granted by the Teaching Council to those in the process of completing this requiremen...

690. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is satisfied with the registration of teaching qualifications from the United Kingdom, and elsewhere; that the Teaching Council and her Department are in compliance with the principles of the European Union directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, 2005/36/EC; her views on the requirement to complete additional training modules; that these are proportionate; that they take account of the applicants professional experience; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34730/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Teaching Council of Ireland)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Teaching Council is the competent authority in Ireland for assessing applications for registration from people who qualified as teachers in Ireland and in other EU/EAA countries. In accordance with EU Directive 2005/36/EC, people who qualified as teachers in one EU member state, are entitled to have their qualifications recognised in all other member states. This recognition may be granted subject to conditions, including making go...

691. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the substantial difference in the per capita funding to schools per student at primary level when compared with students at secondary level; the reason for this; the steps she will take to address the under-funding in primary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34731/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - School Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): It is extremely difficult to make precise comparisons between the levels of grants paid and the actual costs of running schools at primary and post primary levels. However it is self evident that the maintenance and running costs for second level schools are much greater on a unit cost basis than those in primary schools. In general, second level schools are larger than primary schools and have a lower pupil teacher ratio resulting in m...

527. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will be made regarding an application to the staffing appeals tribunal by a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33055/15 asked on 29 Sep 2015 - School Staffing Appeals Mechanism)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): 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 arrangements for primary schools for the 2015/16 school year are set out in Department Circular 0005/2015 which is ...

528. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department is considering an additional allocation to a school (details supplied) in County Cork in respect of a school building project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33058/15 asked on 29 Sep 2015 - Schools Building Projects Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that an additional allocation has been made to the school to which he refers for its building project and the school has been informed of the details. 
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536. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding retention and appointment figures for teachers in school with one to four teachers; the reason for the divergence between retention and appointment figures; when this policy of differing enrolments for retention and appointment in these schools was first introduced by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33156/15 asked on 29 Sep 2015 - School Staffing)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): 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 arrangements for primary schools for the 2015/16 school year are set out in Department Circular 0005/2015 which is ava...

1211. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding eligibility for concessionary school transport to primary schools for children who live outside the catchment area of the school which they propose to attend; if she will clarify that a pupil can be facilitated with concessionary transport for September, 2015 to a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30738/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - School Transport Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Damien English): Under the terms of my Department’s Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 3.2 kilometers from and are attending their nearest national school as determined by the Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.
In general children who are not eligible for school transport may apply for transport on a concessionary basis subject to a number...

506. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application for major capital works or relocation to a green field site by a school (details supplied) in County Cork has been received within her Department recently; the way this matter will be progressed in the context of the awaited publication of the five year building programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25857/15 asked on 30 Jun 2015 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question has recently applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for the replacement of the school building in addition to substantial special needs provision, on a greenfield site to be provided by the Patron. The application is being assessed and input is being sought from the National Council for Special Education in respect of the special needs element.
As the Deputy will a...

507. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department will consider an appointment of an additional teacher as an additional English language teacher at a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25858/15 asked on 30 Jun 2015 - School Staffing)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The staffing appeal process at primary level includes the provision whereby schools with a high concentration of pupils requiring English as an additional language (EAL) can apply for further additional temporary language support posts. The appeal criteria are set out in Circular 0005/2015.
The school referred to by the Deputy submitted an appeal under the EAL criterion to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board. The appeal was refused by the...