178. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the process will commence for the appointment of a principal for a school (details supplied) in view of the need to appoint the principal by 1 September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20147/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As part of the Major School Building Projects announcement in November 2015 by my Department and in view of the continued support for an independent Gaelcholáiste, it was confirmed that a Gaelcholáiste to serve the North Kildare area will open in 2019.
Department approval is given for the appointment of a school Principal from 1 September of the school year prior to the opening of a new school. 
The recruitment and appointment of teacher...

74. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the situation in which the principal at a school (details supplied) is a teaching principal will be reviewed in view of the fact the role of the principal should be that of walking principal to ensure that the staff resources at the school are properly utilised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19355/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 76 together.
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 criteria for the appointment of an administrative principal to a school, w...

76. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the status of a principal at a school (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19385/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 76 together.
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 criteria for the appointment of an administrative principal to a school, w...

80. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of fully restoring the staffing schedule for retaining and gaining a teacher that applied for schools before 2012 for three, four and five teacher schools. (Question 19413/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Budget 2018 marked the second year of major reinvestment in the education sector, as we continue to implement the Action Plan for Education, which has the central aim to make the Irish Education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.
Budget 2018 provides for an additional 1280 teaching posts in the 2018/19 school year. This includes a one point improvement in the staffing schedule in primary schools which brings the po...

93. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the percentage was calculated in respect of his recent statement that 34.5% of teachers are in promoted positions in primary and post-primary schools, respectively by types of promoted posts; the number of AP1 and AP2 level posts which were removed from primary and post-primary schools, respectively during the moratorium on filling such posts by type of promoted post; the estimated cost at primary and post primary level, respectively of filling all lost promoted posts by restoring the pre-moratorium schedule for filling such posts by type of promoted post; and if posts lost will be restored by providing for same in his budget 2019 submissions. (Question 19183/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Assistant Principal I and Assistant Principal II (formerly Special Duties posts), along with the Principal and Deputy Principal make up the middle management structure in schools. 
Budget 2017 allowed for the commencement of restoration of middle management posts as part of an agreed distributed leadership model and meant lifting the rigidity of the longstanding moratorium on these posts at primary and post-primary levels. This recognise...

142. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will receive additional teachers in September 2018. (Question 18723/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been imple...

143. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the application by a school (details supplied) for additional teachers has been refused in view of its growth and reduced pupil-teacher ratio. (Question 18742/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been imple...

149. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) will no longer meet the threshold for an administrative principal from September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18773/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school has been in touch with my office in relation to the matter raised. 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 criteria for the appointment of an administrativ...

178. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the preparation allowance is only paid to persons who held this entitlement prior to February 2012, that is, the school-based July provision (details supplied); his views on whether this decision is fair; his plans to review this anomaly; and the number of schools affected by same. (Question 17459/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Arising from the Public Service Wide Review of Allowances and Premium Payments which commenced in 2012, the Preparation Allowance of €1401 previously paid under the school based July Programme was withdrawn in 2013 for anyone who did not hold it prior to 1 February 2012. 
Any post holder who held the allowance before 1 February 2012 can continue to receive this allowance if they are still in the same job role and continue to carry out th...

208. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to resource a school (details supplied) to enable it to obtain three extra teachers to alleviate issues with overcrowded classrooms. (Question 17569/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been implemented for the 2018/19 school year and is set out in Ci...

88. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to appoint an administrative principal to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16892/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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 criteria for the appointment of an administrative principal to a school, which are enrolment related, are set out in Appendix B...

90. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional teachers will be allocated to a school (details supplied) in view of the fact that it had the required number of students in September 2017 in accordance with the staffing schedule. (Question 16915/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been implemented for the 2018/19 school year and is set out in Circ...

347. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter regarding teachers at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15280/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 347 and 393 together. 
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 trea...

362. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a matter regarding a school (details supplied) will be reviewed to ensure that his Department allocates an additional teacher to the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15447/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to primary schools is published annually on the website of the Department of Education and Skills. 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 ...

393. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a recent decision to refuse an appeal by a school (details supplied) regarding provision of an additional teacher for the 2018/2019 academic year will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15656/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 347 and 393 together. 
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 trea...

475. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the additional teaching posts that have been applied for by a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be sanctioned; his views on whether the school is entitled to the additional teachers due to the number of students enrolled at the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16743/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been implemented for the 2018/19 school year and is set out in Cir...

477. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to the allocation of teachers to a school (details supplied) in County Cork for the 2018-2019 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16758/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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. Budget 2018 announced a one point improvement to the primary staffing schedule, which reduced the average pupil teacher ratio to 26:1. The improved staffing schedule has been implemented for the 2018/19 school year and is set out in Circ...

20. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to difficulties caused by the five day rule; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14296/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is the policy of my Department that only qualified personnel should be employed by schools as teachers. Unqualified personnel should not be appointed except in exceptional circumstances and only when all avenues for recruiting qualified personnel have been exhausted and only for quite limited time periods. Circular 0031/2011 issued by my Department details a cascade of measures for the recruitment of teachers by schools, prioritising ...

151. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter in relation to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14308/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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 loc...

252. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the efforts being made to end the discriminatory two-tier system of payments made to school secretaries in primary and post-primary schools whereby there remain major discrepancies in the rates of pay and benefits received by those employed to provide secretarial services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13697/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In 1978 and 1979, schemes were initiated for the employment of Clerical Officers and Caretakers in primary and secondary schools. Staff employed on these schemes are paid directly by my Department and are not paid via grant funding. The 1978 and 1979 schemes are being phased out and have been superseded by a more extensive capitation grant scheme. 
The majority of primary and voluntary secondary schools in the Free Education Scheme now...

268. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if circular 0071/2014 will be reviewed with a view to defining exceptional circumstances; if the circumstances and criteria for such exceptional circumstances will be set out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13874/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 269 together.
Circular 0059/2009 set out the disciplinary procedures for teachers employed by Vocational Education Committees (VEC). A separate Circular (Circular 60/2009) sets out the disciplinary procedures for non-VEC teachers. The procedures were negotiated and agreed with the education partners in accordance with Section 24(3) of the Education Act, 1998. 
Circular 0059/2009 was superseded by ...

269. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of transfers of teachers relying on exceptional circumstances in relation to circular 0071/2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13875/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 269 together.
Circular 0059/2009 set out the disciplinary procedures for teachers employed by Vocational Education Committees (VEC). A separate Circular (Circular 60/2009) sets out the disciplinary procedures for non-VEC teachers. The procedures were negotiated and agreed with the education partners in accordance with Section 24(3) of the Education Act, 1998. 
Circular 0059/2009 was superseded by ...

280. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a staffing appeal submitted by a school (details supplied) was rejected; the further recourse available to the school to have this decision re-examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14078/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Staff Appeals Mechanism)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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 loc...

197. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an appeal by a school (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13051/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - School Staff Appeals Mechanism)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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 loc...

204. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an appeal by a school (details supplied) in County Donegal will be considered in view of its need for extra staffing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13096/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - School Staff Appeals Mechanism)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): 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 loc...