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...

178. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application by a school (details supplied) for another teacher will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11888/18 asked on 20 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...

217. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is dissatisfaction amongst school secretaries with their terms and conditions (details supplied); his plans to review the terms and conditions of these persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12122/18 asked on 20 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...

258. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an appeal submitted by a school (details supplied) will be successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12614/18 asked on 20 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 lo...

131. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status with regard to the loss of allocation of a teacher to a school (details supplied). (Question 11112/18 asked on 08 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...

166. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for extra teacher by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11450/18 asked on 08 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...

78. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a staffing appeal application by a school (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10522/18 asked on 06 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 lo...

226. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the retention of a teacher at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9344/18 asked on 27 Feb 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...

214. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the process for the recruitment of a principal for a school (details supplied) will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5910/18 asked on 06 Feb 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.
 ...

14. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has received a request from the Department of Education and Skills in relation to the shortage of teachers in key subject areas at secondary level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2126/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Deputy will appreciate that the determination of the allocation of teachers is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, in the first instance. However, based on information provided to my Department by the Department of Education and Skills, I am informed that there is not a teacher shortage but rather a shortage of teachers in some specific subject areas. 
As the Deputy may be aware, there has been...

427. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will sanction the appointment of a principal for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1525/18 asked on 16 Jan 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.
 ...