17. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new and additional school places provided in County Offaly since 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14283/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): During the period 2010-2017, the number of additional permanent school places provided in Co Offaly was 1,765 and the number of replacement places provided was 2,149, giving a total of 3,914 permanent places provided in that county.
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160. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if there are guidelines or legislation in place to ensure school places for children of Irish citizens who are serving the State overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13790/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Placement)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Officers serving the state abroad may be accompanied by family members on postings and supports are in place to ensure that children of school-going age are in a position to continue their education with minimal disruption.
As officers prepare to return from posting, they are on request provided with a letter from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attesting to their service overseas. The letter is provided to ...

261. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are guidelines or legislation in place in relation to ensuring school places in schools for children of Irish citizens who are serving the State overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13789/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result...

230. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) will have a place in a secondary school which caters for their special needs in September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12271/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department provides for a range of placement options and supports for schools, including special schools in your area, which have enrolled students with special educational needs, in order to ensure that wherever a child is enrolled, s/he will have access to an appropriate education.
It is my Department’s policy that children with special educational needs should be included where possible and appropriate in mainstream placements with...

329. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a required school place in Clane, County Kildare, will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54552/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary. 
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result ...

387. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the procedure in place for a family that is unable to find a second level place in their area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55186/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary. 
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result ...

184. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the options available to parents to secure a school placement in cases in which a child is not offered a place in a school of their choice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48717/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result i...

195. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there will be enough primary school places specifically for junior infants in Balbriggan, County Dublin, for September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48825/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department o...

97. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills the availability of school placements in Drogheda, south County Meath and east County Louth in his Department’s schools for persons (details supplied); the most appropriate procedure to make sure the persons can enter in the current school term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48651/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result...

149. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a new secondary school for the Castleknock and Carpenterstown areas in Dublin 15; the location of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41337/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project for the new post primary school to serve Carpenterstown/Castleknock is included in my Department’s 6 year construction programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in Fingal County Council in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable location for the school and have identified a preferred site option within the Carpenters...

323. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase primary and post-primary school places in the Cherry Orchard-Park West area of Dublin or in the wider catchment area during the lifetime of the current Dublin City Development Plan 2016 to 2022 (details supplied). (Question 37094/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is included among the prescribed bodies to whom local authorities are statutorily obliged to send draft development and local area plans or proposed variations to development plans for comment and observations. This enables local authorities to reserve future school sites in areas designated for proposed housing development. My Department contributed to the Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 in 2015.
In order to...

355. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to help alleviate the need for primary school places in Swords, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36418/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware from answers to previous parliamentary questions, there are 13 primary schools serving the Swords area. My Department has been in direct contact with a number of these schools in respect of their junior infant capacity. In that regard it is understood that two schools in the area have junior places available should parents wish to avail of them for September 2017. 
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is impor...

90. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the allocation of national school places for the Swords catchment area. (Question 16510/17 asked on 05 Apr 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is aware of the enrolment issues in the area referred to by the Deputy and is in ongoing direct contact with a number of the primary school in respect of their junior infant capacity.
As the Deputy may be aware, there are 13 primary schools in the area referred to of which 11 schools enrol junior infants: two of the schools are Senior Primary Schools catering for 3rd to 6th class only.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my De...

133. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the availability of a school place within reasonable distance from their home in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12711/17 asked on 09 Mar 2017 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that this Government is committed to ensuring that all children with Special Educational Needs, including those with autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in school settings through the primary and post primary school network.
Such placements facilitate access to individualised education programmes which may draw from a range of appropriate educational interventions, deliv...

190. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the source of the statistic used by his Department that on average 20% of schools, mostly in Dublin, are oversubscribed; if the statistic that 20% of schools use some selection criteria is correct; and if these figures are out of date. (Question 37108/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The statistic referred to by the Deputy is based on information obtained from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report “Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students”.  This report was published in 2009 and looked at a broad range of issues in relation to the integration of newcomer pupils in schools. 
An element of the overall research considered the effects of admission practices and policies on the distrib...

191. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has undertaken any research into the number of schools that employ selection criteria in their school admissions based primarily on religion rather than non-religious selection criteria, such as catchment area. (Question 37109/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, it is the Department’s responsibility to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in an area. Parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary. 
This selection process and the...

125. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if, in view of the fact that a school (details supplied) is presently closed, the parents want to know, his plans for the national school going forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29122/16 asked on 06 Oct 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has been in contact with the Patron of the school referred to by the Deputy in relation to its future viability. The Patrons’ office has advised my Department that the school has not enrolled any pupils for the current school year. The Patron’s office has also advised that it is considering the future viability of the school and in that regard will liaise with my Department. Any proposal in relation to the future of the ...

273. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the latest information with on the numbers of over-subscribed primary and secondary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21061/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and my Department’s own databases. With this information, my Department carries out nationwide demographic exercises at primary and post primary level to determine where additional scho...

125. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills to provide the figures identified by his Department’s geographic information system that demonstrate that a new secondary school was required in the Castleknock and Carpenterstown area in Dublin 15. (Question 18214/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions No. 125 and 126 together.
In identifying the requirement for additional school places in a school planning area, my Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and the Department’s own databases. With this information, ...

126. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills to provide the figures identified by his Department’s geographic information system that demonstrate that a new secondary school is not currently needed in the Ongar and Littlepace area in Dublin 15. (Question 18215/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions No. 125 and 126 together.
In identifying the requirement for additional school places in a school planning area, my Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and the Department’s own databases. With this information, ...

152. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he expects to be in a position to address any outstanding school place shortages resulting in overcrowded classrooms and high pupil-teacher ratios; if he expects to deal with the most urgent in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18531/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and my Department’s own databases. With this information, my Department carries out nationwide demographic exercises at primary and post primary level to determine where additional scho...

101. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 171 of 2 June 2016, when the review mentioned will take place; the provision he will make for children who have no school place for the 2016-17 year; if he is aware that his Department has noted the strong demand for Irish-language education in Drumcondra and Marino, in Dublin city, and that it has been recommended that this should be kept under review in the context of future demographic exercises; that the demographic information in the assessment report for the area specifies an additional 102 junior infants in addition to those enrolled for the 2015-16 year and states that all existing schools are at capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16351/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. My Department is focused on ensuring that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils living in that area. Some children may not obtain a place in the school of their first choice, where this school is oversubscribed. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Office,...

195. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if sufficient school places are available to accommodate all the students who are to start junior infants in Greystones in September 2016; the number of children who do not have a place; and if he will provide an extra class if needed in one of the eight primary schools in the Greystones and Delgany area of County Wicklow. (Question 11776/16 asked on 24 May 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department, in conjunction with the Patron of one of the schools in Greystones, has recently approved the development of a second stream at the school. This approval facilitates enrolment of an additional Junior Infants class from September 2016 onwards and my Department has approved additional interim accommodation to cater for this development.
The Deputy will be aware that a building project f...

99. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if children with autistic spectrum disorder have ready access to primary and secondary school places in County Kildare; the extent if difficulties have arisen in meeting the ongoing requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11130/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department provides for a range of placement options and supports for schools which have enrolled pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order to ensure that, wherever a child is enrolled, they will have access to an appropriate education. Children with ASD may be enrolled in a mainstream school and can attend all mainstream classes. In such cases these children will receive additional teaching support through the learning ...

397. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) will receive an appropriate school place for the coming 2016-2017 school year. (Question 8296/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - School Placement)

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 ASD, 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 enrolment of a child to a ...