94. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of EU funding made available to Ireland under the youth guarantee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20672/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 to 96, inclusive, together.
The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is one of the main EU financial resources to support the implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee.  It is integrated into European Social Fund (ESF) programming as a dedicated priority axis within the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 (PEIL).  The specific YEI allocation for Irelan...

95. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount Ireland has drawn down from EU funding under the youth guarantee; if no such funds have been drawn down, the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20673/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 to 96, inclusive, together.
The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is one of the main EU financial resources to support the implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee.  It is integrated into European Social Fund (ESF) programming as a dedicated priority axis within the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 (PEIL).  The specific YEI allocation for Irelan...

96. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to draw down EU funding under the youth guarantee to assist in reducing the youth unemployment rate of 12%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20674/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 to 96, inclusive, together.
The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is one of the main EU financial resources to support the implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee.  It is integrated into European Social Fund (ESF) programming as a dedicated priority axis within the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 (PEIL).  The specific YEI allocation for Irelan...

97. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the option of EU funding under the youth guarantee for lone parents and young persons of working age with a disability was opted out of; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20675/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The EU co-financed Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) aims to tackle youth unemployment and implement the Youth Guarantee by providing job, education and training opportunities to young people aged 15-25 who are not in employment, education of training. YEI funding is reserved for use in those regions, including Ireland, where youth unemployment levels exceeded 25% during the reference year of 2012. 
The specific ...

98. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which antenatal appointments for public servants and civil servants are categorised in the context of leave calculation and or arrangements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20684/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 114 together.
Chapter 4 - Maternity Protection Entitlements , Terms & Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools – Edition 2 issued by my Department details the Maternity Protection Entitlements for teachers. Paragraph 8 of Chapter 4 sets out the provisions as regards time off for ante/post-natal care appointments and attendance at ante-natal cl...

99. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is technically possible to receive approval at EU level to support companies through an adjustment period caused by Brexit by adapting the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to ensure exposed companies can avail of grant aid from the economic fallout of Brexit. (Question 20772/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - European Globalisation Fund)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is an EU co-funding instrument to assist workers who are made redundant as a result of globalisation or due to a global financial and economic crisis.  
The EGF Regulation (EU No 1309/2013) provides that to be eligible for assistance there must be at least 500 redundancies in a specific company (including suppliers / downstream producers) in a 4 month period, or at...

100. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 27 March 2018, if the tender for appointment of a replacement architect for a building project (details supplied) has been made. (Question 20531/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tender documents for a replacement architect for the major building project at the school referred to by the Deputy are currently being prepared by my Department.
It is expected that the Invitation to Tender for this appointment will issue week ending 18 May 2018.
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101. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of all learning centres in respect of the availability of potable water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20564/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Schemes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As there are no plans in my Department to carry out a national audit of potable water in schools, this has not been costed.
There are already several mechanisms under which schools can address any issues with regard to the availability of tap drinking that they might have. These are the Summer Works Scheme, the Emergency Works Grant Scheme or, for primary schools, the Minor Works Grant Scheme.
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102. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of secondary schools in respect of the equipment, infrastructure and facilities available to cook, prepare and serve meals to students in addition to the facilities in which they can eat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20565/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Facilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has in place detailed design guidelines for primary and post-primary schools. These guidelines, which are available on my Departments web-site, currently provide for a standard range of servery and eating facilities in the design of new Post Primary schools. At Post Primary level a kitchenette, 25m² in area, is provided off the General Purpose/Dining Area. These facilities are not intended to be full commercial type canteen...

103. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of all learning centres in respect of healthy school environments and conformation with the national obesity plan, national physical activity plan and Healthy Ireland; his plans for an audit of equipment, infrastructure and facilities in schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20566/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Curriculum)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department fully supports the promotion of healthy lifestyles in schools and has issued circulars to support and strengthen schools’ efforts in developing in young people the skills and attitudes needed to make informed decisions about their health. Through the curriculum students are taught the key skills and knowledge to enable them to make healthier life choices and to develop the resilience to reject negative options. This can be ...

104. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progression of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016; his plans to include a provision that will provide him with the power to require a school to open a special class and or increase the number of special classes in schools based on recommendations from the NCSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20599/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Government is committed to helping all children, including children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential. We have increased the budget in the special needs area by 43% since 2011 and doubled the number of special classes.
As the Deputy will be aware the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 was published in July 2016. The Bill which passed Committee Stage on 28th June 2017 is an important piece of legislatio...

105. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the terms of the service level agreements that exist between appointed design teams and schools in the context of school building projects; if sanctions can be imposed on design teams that are failing to provide all of the services contained in the agreements; if his attention has been drawn to disputes between schools and their appointed design team; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20605/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Service Level Agreements)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Contracts between design teams and schools on school building projects subscribe to the standard conditions of engagement that are applied across the entire public sector. These conditions are set out in Pillar 2 of the Capital Works Management Framework on the Construction Procurement website in a document entitled COE1 - Standard Conditions of Engagement for Consultancy Services (Technical), which covers all related matters including i...

106. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a school that is waiting a number of years for a 2B submission to be made by a design team in order to progress a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20607/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Stage 2b Report for the major building project referred to by the Deputy was received in my Department in September 2017.
This report was subsequently reviewed and comments issued to the Board of Management. 
In February 2018 my Department issued a letter to the school and its Design Team advising them of a timeframe for the progression of this project.  This project has recently been authorised to commence the Pre-Qualification of C...

107. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20616/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The issue raised by the Deputy would only impact on the grades of Services Officer and Cleaner at my Department. However, the staff presently engaged at these grades are on incremental pay scales and have extensive service and in recognition of this they are on the higher points of the scale which exceed the rate mentioned by the Deputy in his question. 
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108. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20622/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 109 together.
My Department does not have any agency workers engaged at the Department presently. As such, the matter of disaggregation of salary scales among such workers does not arise.
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109. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20628/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 109 together.
My Department does not have any agency workers engaged at the Department presently. As such, the matter of disaggregation of salary scales among such workers does not arise.
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110. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of the design phase of a proposed new school for (details supplied) in view of the delays in the project to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20640/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
My Department recently completed the review of the Stage 2b submission for this project and comments have issued.  Each member of the design team has been requested to s...

111. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults; the action his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of this report; his views on the implications of this report on his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20667/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I welcome the recently published report by the joint Oireachtas Committee on children and youth affairs regarding Cyber security and Young Adults. The recommendations from this report are under consideration, and will underpin and inform the development of the draft actions in the new Action Plan on Internet safety. My Department is working with the Department of Taoiseach and a number of other Departments in the development of the Plan....

112. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the demographics of south County Kildare remain under review for the purposes of the provision of a new secondary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20670/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure. 
In addition to the new schools ann...

113. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria used in selecting the new schools included on the recently announced school building programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20677/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure. 
In order to plan for school provi...

114. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which antenatal appointments for teachers is categorised in the context of leave calculation and or arrangements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20683/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 114 together.
Chapter 4 - Maternity Protection Entitlements , Terms & Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools – Edition 2 issued by my Department details the Maternity Protection Entitlements for teachers. Paragraph 8 of Chapter 4 sets out the provisions as regards time off for ante/post-natal care appointments and attendance at ante-natal cl...

115. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of works for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20685/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of the tender process. My Department is currently awaiting the return of the supplementary tender report. Subject to no issues arising with the supplementary tender report the project is still on track to commence construction in the second quarter of 2018.
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116. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20700/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Demographic trends will have an impact across all areas of the education and training system, including special needs provision, administrative support and higher education. The IGEES paper “Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 - 2027” outlines projected public expenditure implications across the education and training sector.  The paper is available online at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Fi...

117. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20704/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): An analysis of demographic cost pressures from 2017 to 2027 is set out in the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service staff paper ‘Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 – 2027’ published in September 2016 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  This paper is available at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Final-101016.pdf  
This paper is based on figures from Census 2016 and f...

118. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the announcement he made on 3 October 2017 in relation to the entry requirements into primary teacher training programmes; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this can disadvantage students who sat the leaving certificate in 2017 and are now on undergraduate degree courses in the four teacher training colleges in view of the fact that they will have to resit some leaving certificate examinations in order to apply for a master’s degree in three years time; if the case of a student (details supplied) which has brought to the attention of his Department will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20709/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy. The background to this case is that in October 2017, I announced changes to the minimum entry requirements into primary teacher training programmes, as follows:
Entry 2018 - Irish: H5, English: H7/O5, Maths: H7/O6
Entry 2019 and entry 2020 - Irish: H4, English: H7/O4, Maths: H7/O4
The changes that I introduced took account of advice to me provided by the Teaching Council, which had engage...