470. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a training scheme for teachers at both primary and secondary levels in the use of emergency medicines such as EpiPens and Salbutamol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16647/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school.  The welfare and safety of pupils is of paramount importance and schools have a duty of care to the pupils under their control.  School management should, therefore, take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that no pupil or staff member is exposed to unacceptable risk.
It is important that the school m...

6. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the additional initiatives he plans for persons working in science, information technology and STEM that wish to convert to be primary and secondary teachers; the additional costs of conversion for mature students; his further plans to mitigate this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14420/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Deputy Joan Burton: I want to ask the Minister about the plans his Department has to encourage, support and enable people who may have expertise in STEM subjects, including mathematics and science, and what proposals, if any, his Department has to encourage people who may want to transfer from those areas to becoming primary or secondary teachers. The current requirements mean that people who want to transfer - a number want to do so every year - will face a very high barrier of fees for gradua...

127. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a one year teaching higher diploma postgraduate qualification for teaching primary or secondary students for those who have a non-educational undergraduate degree; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7850/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Initial teacher education, ITE, for primary and post-primary teachers is facilitated through a range of concurrent, undergraduate, and consecutive, postgraduate, programmes.
The Teaching Council is the statutory body that sets and upholds the standards for entry to the teaching profession. All ITE programmes that lead to registration with the Council must have professional accreditation from the Council. 
Changes to ITE were proposed in...

135. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills if competitive funding will be made available for initial teacher education in schools of education in HEIs to achieve the objectives of the STEM education policy statement 2017 to 2026. (Question 7904/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The STEM Policy Statement and Implementation Plan, which I launched in November 2017, aims to make Ireland the best in Europe in STEM by 2026. This Policy Statement focusses on the many strengths in STEM education in Ireland while providing a roadmap to address the areas for development.
Achieving our goals will require a multifacted focus, looking to increase engagement with STEM and progress important curriculum developments, includin...

121. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed changes to the Irish language requirements for PME courses; the way in which they impact on persons planning to take a course (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6183/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I understand that the Deputy is referring to the criteria for entry to primary Initial Teacher Education. 
In addition to the CAO points required (in the case of the Bachelor of Education) or the third level award requirement (in the case of the Postgraduate Masters in Education) for entry to programmes of primary Initial Teacher Education, my Department specifies minimum entry requirements in the core subjects of Irish, English and Math...

122. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make entering the teaching profession easier for persons who are working full time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6190/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Initial teacher education (ITE) for primary and post-primary teachers is facilitated through a range of concurrent (undergraduate) and consecutive (postgraduate) programmes.
The Teaching Council is the statutory body that sets and upholds the standards for entry to the teaching profession. One of the Council’s responsibilities is to review and accredit programmes of ITE provided by higher education institutions (HEIs). All ITE programm...

343. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide teachers and SNAs with mental health training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54653/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department promotes a comprehensive and whole-school approach in schools to the promotion of positive mental health focusing on the entire school community, including teachers and SNAs, as well as groups and individual young people with identified need.  This spans the curriculum in schools, whole-school ethos, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, student support and pastoral care, guidance counselling and the provision of pr...

108. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of training provided to serving primary teachers specifically to support the implementation of the national literacy and numeracy strategy in each of the years 2011 to 2015; the number of substitute days paid by his Department in each of the years to facilitate such training; the cost to his Department of such training in each of the years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53418/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The National Strategy: Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life 2011-2020  set a clear vision, with targets, for raising standards in literacy and numeracy in early years, primary and post-primary settings by 2020.
In March 2017, I published the Report from the Interim Review of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. The Interim Review involved consideration of research findings, both national and international, and a consultation proce...

65. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the shortage teachers training to teach STEM subjects and the difficulties in encouraging qualified graduates to pursue a career in teaching these subjects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51810/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In 2016/17 and in 2017/18, I provided for the recruitment of in the region of 3,000 teachers at post-primary level.  All of the 2016-2017 posts have been successfully filled and the process for filling the additional posts in the current year is almost complete. We are successfully filling the posts that we are making available.
As the Deputy knows, last week I launched a STEM Policy Statement and Implementation Plan, which aims to make ...

189. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to provide cover for teachers taken out of the system to train for the new junior certificate. (Question 51597/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is essential that all teachers have adequate opportunities to avail of the continuing professional development (CPD) being provided so that they are fully informed about the changes to teaching, learning and assessment required for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle.  
A variety of delivery methods is being employed to facilitate the attendance of teachers at CPD. Schools may close for a day of whole-school planning ...

84. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of teachers who qualified to teach home economics in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 48490/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that St Angela’s College, Sligo is the sole provider of initial teacher education for teachers of Home Economics in Ireland.
The Deputy may wish to note that I have increased from 85 to 101 the number of students admitted to St Angela’s, Sligo to follow the Home Economics ITE programme in the current year, with further expansions in future years being consid...

85. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the colleges that provide teacher training for home economics. (Question 48491/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that St Angela’s College, Sligo is the sole provider of initial teacher education for teachers of Home Economics in Ireland.
The Deputy may wish to note that I have increased from 85 to 101 the number of students admitted to St Angela’s, Sligo to follow the Home Economics ITE programme in the current year, with further expansions in future years being consid...

307. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if training will be provided to teachers in all school settings in first aid and the use of an epipen; and his plans for future training programmes. (Question 45709/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department promotes the quality of teaching and learning through the provision of quality teacher training programmes and continuing professional development and support for principals and teachers in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas. This is done through initial teacher education programmes, education centres and support services for teachers at primary and post-primary level. 
Under the provisions of the Ed...

96. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that all art teachers are trained in both the new junior certificate visual art course and the new leaving certificate coursework; the reason no guidelines have been issued to schools on a new marking scheme; the reason for the delay in issuing exam papers to schools that were posted online on 2 October 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45513/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) is the Department service supporting schools in their implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle through the provision of appropriate high quality continuing professional development (CPD) for school leaders and teachers, and the provision of effective teaching and learning resources. 
All schools have been asked to register their teachers with JCT in order to facilitate the delivery of Junior Cycle ...

105. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that in-service training is provided for teachers before the new junior cycle begins (details supplied); if there are issues precluding this training from happening; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45552/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) support service was established in July 2013 by my Department to support schools in implementing the Framework for Junior Cycle. 
In general, continuing professional development (CPD) commences for each junior cycle subject the year before the new subject specification is introduced into schools, so that teachers are provided with the resources and supports necessary to ensure that their students have ...

77. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the education of teachers is becoming too expensive and lengthy. (Question 44944/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The quality of teaching in our schools is central to the educational outcomes of our children. That means that we have to have teachers with the right skills in our schools; skills relevant to Ireland’s changing needs and to meet the challenges of ensuring quality learning in all areas, including in current priority areas such as literacy and numeracy. 
My Department’s National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children an...

81. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reinstate support for student primary school teachers that are attending mandatory Gaeltacht courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45008/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The decision to stop the Gaeltacht placement grants was taken during the economic crisis when, unfortunately, very difficult decisions had to be made to stabilise the nation’s finances. Priority was given to protecting resources for front line education services as far as possible, which remains particularly challenging with rising numbers of school-going children. My Department does not have the funding available to restore this suppo...

150. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will liaise with universities to ensure that teaching qualifications which are required are prioritised by third level institutions. (Question 42910/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that the final report of the Technical Working Group on teacher supply, ‘Striking the Balance’ was published on 9th June 2017.  The report focusses on the development of a model of primary teacher supply, while outlining the work which will be required to establish a sustainable long term model of post primary teacher supply.  The report sets out an approach to planning the work necessary to develop a model for a...

257. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to restore grants for student teachers attendance at mandatory Gaeltacht courses. (Question 34945/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The decision to stop the Gaeltacht placement grants was taken during the economic crisis when, unfortunately, very difficult decisions had to be made to stabilise the nation’s finances. Priority was given to protecting resources for front line education services as far as possible.
The Deputy should note that, to assist with the costs of the Gaeltacht placement, students who are in receipt of a student grant which includes a 100% fee gr...

310. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the mandatory training that both primary and post-primary teachers must complete with regard to mental health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35704/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department adopts a holistic and integrated approach to supporting the work of schools in promoting positive mental health. The process spans the curriculum in schools, whole school ethos, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, student support and pastoral care and the provision of professional support for teachers. It also involves other supports such as educational psychological services and the interface with other agencie...

311. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the voluntary or extracurricular training his Department provides to primary and post-primary teachers with regard to mental health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35705/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department adopts a holistic and integrated approach to supporting the work of schools in promoting positive mental health. The process spans the curriculum in schools, whole school ethos, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, student support and pastoral care and the provision of professional support for teachers. It also involves other supports such as educational psychological services and the interface with other agencie...

17. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Education and Skills the existing or planned measures to ensure that primary school teachers are sufficiently trained to deal with mental health issues that may arise with regard to their pupils; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31701/17 asked on 06 Jul 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department adopts a holistic and integrated approach to supporting the work of schools in promoting positive mental health. The process spans the curriculum in schools, whole school ethos, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, student support and pastoral care and the provision of professional support for teachers. It also involves other supports such as educational psychological services and the interface with other agencie...

124. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will restore the grant for student teachers’ attendance at Gaeltacht courses in order to improve the access to teacher training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30596/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The decision to stop the Gaeltacht placement grants was taken during the economic crisis when, unfortunately, very difficult decisions had to be made to stabilise the nation’s finances. Priority was given to protecting resources for front line education services as far as possible, which remains particularly challenging with rising numbers of school-going children.
The Deputy should note that, to assist with the costs of the Gaeltacht p...

645. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of the induction workshops for newly qualified teachers for every year since it was introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28970/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 645 to 650, inclusive, together.
The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) facilitates a Workshop Programme for newly qualified primary and post-primary teachers (NQTs). The Workshop Programme consists of a series of 14 primary and 13 post-primary workshops, facilitated by practising teachers who have received training from NIPT. It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for NQTs to par...

646. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a similar level of continuous professional development courses are available to teachers other than newly qualified teachers under the induction programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28971/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 645 to 650, inclusive, together.
The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) facilitates a Workshop Programme for newly qualified primary and post-primary teachers (NQTs). The Workshop Programme consists of a series of 14 primary and 13 post-primary workshops, facilitated by practising teachers who have received training from NIPT. It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for NQTs to par...