70. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the situation of a school (details supplied) in County Dublin that is not being sanctioned for an extra two or three teachers based on its enrolment figure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44297/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is reviewing the matter to which he refers and my officials will be in contact with the school in question shortly.
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71. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he received a report (details supplied); and if he will be scheduling a meeting with his Department regarding same. (Question 44299/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to confirm that my Department has received correspondence from the group referred to by the Deputy which includes a report as well as a request to meet with the group. A reply will issue shortly to the group in relation to this correspondence.
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 u...

72. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the guidelines in place in respect of substitution or replacement cover for local authority members who are also primary and post-primary school teachers, in view of the fact his Department’s circulars state they are entitled to ten days leave per school year for local authority duties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44304/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - School Supervision and Substitution Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Where a teacher in a primary or post primary school is an elected member of a local authority, paid absence of up to ten school days in a school year may be availed of in order to attend council meetings, but only where such meetings are held during school opening hours. Prior approval must be obtained from the Board of Management of the School, who, in approving such leave, must take into consideration the welfare and educational needs ...

73. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of Tipperary ETB audit committee minutes in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 44329/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Audit committees in Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are established and operate in accordance with the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 and the framework for risk management, accountability, internal control and internal audit as set out in the 2015 Code of Governance for the ETBs. 
The Code provides detailed terms of reference for audit committees including mission, role and function as well as procedures in relation to minut...

74. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the board minutes of Tipperary ETB for 2013 and 2014 in view of the fact they are not all available online. (Question 44330/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The publication of board minutes is a matter for each ETB. I have arranged for an official from my Department to contact Tipperary ETB so that copies of board minutes, which are not currently available on-line for 2013 and 2014, can be provided to the Deputy.
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75. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide copies of the employment contract that was signed and dated for all current ETB CEOs. (Question 44331/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 83 together.
On the establishment of the ETBs, there was not a sufficient number of posts at the grade of Chief Executive to accommodate all of the existing Chief Executive Officers of the former VECs who had been appointed in a permanent capacity. 
A redeployment scheme was used to determine the appointment of Chief Executives to the new Education and Training Boards. A copy of The Arrangements fo...

76. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are special internal audit reports for ETBs between 2013 and 2017; and if he will publish them. (Question 44332/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 77 together.
Internal audit for the ETB sector is provided on a shared service basis by the Internal Audit Unit for the ETBs (IAU-ETBs).  The IAU-ETBs is housed for administration purposes in Cavan and Monaghan ETB. However, it is guided in its work, and reports to, a central steering committee which is comprised of external personnel and nominees from relevant stakeholders such as the ETB sector, ...

77. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body that is the internal auditors of Tipperary ETB; if the ETB has an in-house team of internal auditors; and if so, the details of same. (Question 44333/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 77 together.
Internal audit for the ETB sector is provided on a shared service basis by the Internal Audit Unit for the ETBs (IAU-ETBs).  The IAU-ETBs is housed for administration purposes in Cavan and Monaghan ETB. However, it is guided in its work, and reports to, a central steering committee which is comprised of external personnel and nominees from relevant stakeholders such as the ETB sector, ...

78. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 3 October 2017, the costs involved in running the Clonmel office outside of rent of €50,000 in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 44334/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is dealt with at ETB level. I have arranged for an official from my Department to contact Tipperary ETB in relation to the requested information so that it can be provided to the Deputy.
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79. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 3 October 2017, if he will provide a breakdown of the €345,000 in view of the fact it states that it includes rent and maintenance. (Question 44335/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I have been informed by Tipperary Education and Training Board that the annual amount being paid for the Thurles building comprises €320,000 in rent and €25,000 in maintenance and service charges.  
Under the lease agreement, the landlord is responsible for the full servicing and maintenance of the premises.
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80. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 3 October 2017, if he will provide a copy of the SOLAS board minutes in which SOLAS agreed to fund this development. (Question 44336/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - SOLAS Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): Part of the role of the SOLAS Board is to approve grants to Education and Training Boards, and other appropriate bodies for further education and training programmes as detailed in annual Further Education and Training Services Plans. The SOLAS Board does not approve specific developments.  However in line with section 53 of the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, sanction for Education and Training Boards to...

81. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 164 of 3 October 2017, if he will provide a breakdown of costs in each year; and the person who approved and signed off on these expenses. (Question 44337/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is dealt with at ETB level. I have arranged for an official from my Department to contact Tipperary ETB so that the requested information can be provided to the Deputy.
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82. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Questions No. 154 and 167 of 3 October 2017, the number of legacy issues involved; the way in which different leave entitlements came about; the person responsible for this; and when it will be corrected. (Question 44338/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In the past, public service employers had adopted varying practices in regard to leave entitlements which involved atypical and local arrangements which varied from sector to sector and from employer to employer. Such legacy issues in regard to leave entitlements arose because of the wide variety and the number of employers involved across the public service. With a view to correcting these issues and with a view to introducing harmoni...

83. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of the job description and-or other similar documents that were produced for the first chief executive of Tipperary ETB. (Question 44339/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 83 together.
On the establishment of the ETBs, there was not a sufficient number of posts at the grade of Chief Executive to accommodate all of the existing Chief Executive Officers of the former VECs who had been appointed in a permanent capacity. 
A redeployment scheme was used to determine the appointment of Chief Executives to the new Education and Training Boards. A copy of The Arrangements fo...

84. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expenditure in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017 for Tipperary ETB. (Question 44340/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
The annual accounts for ETBs (and previously for VECs) provide detailed information on funding from a range of sources and how it was used. These accounts, when finalised and audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, are published on the Oireachtas website. The most recent set of published annual accounts for Tipperary ETB relates to the financial year 2015. 
An official from my ...

85. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expenditure for both south Tipperary VEC and north Tipperary VEC in each of the years 2007 to 2013. (Question 44341/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
The annual accounts for ETBs (and previously for VECs) provide detailed information on funding from a range of sources and how it was used. These accounts, when finalised and audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, are published on the Oireachtas website. The most recent set of published annual accounts for Tipperary ETB relates to the financial year 2015. 
An official from my ...

86. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the savings that have been made by Tipperary ETB since the merger of south Tipperary VEC and north Tipperary VEC. (Question 44342/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Education and Training Boards Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): South and North Tipperary VECs were dissolved and Tipperary ETB was established in 2013. 
As the Deputy is aware it had been decided in advance that rather than centralise the administrative offices for the new ETB in one location in County Tipperary, both of the former VEC head office locations were to be retained as designated offices of the ETB. Therefore it was not expected that savings would materialise in respect of reduced accommo...

87. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of all circulars sent to ETBs in relation to expenses policy since 2013. (Question 44343/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Departmental Circulars)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Since 2013, my Department has issued the following Circulars in relation to expenses policy, which have been provided to the Deputy for his information:
- Circular 18/2015 – Code of Practice for the Governance of ETBs, which includes references to expenses policy
- Circular 31/2015 - Attendance by members and employees of ETBs at courses, conferences, seminars etc. abroad
- Circular 36/2017 - Travel & Subsistence Rates in the ETB Sector ...

88. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will be made on an application by a school (details supplied) which requires an extension due to overcrowding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44345/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question has submitted an application for capital funding for the provision of additional accommodation. My Department is currently considering the application and will convey a decision to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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89. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the junior certificate examination papers, submission envelopes and submission labels for junior certificate visual art will be distributed to schools; and the measures his Department is taking to ensure schools have all of these materials in advance of submission deadlines. (Question 44349/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - State Examinations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. 
In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.
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90. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of art teachers who have attended meetings and training for the new junior cycle visual art course; the number of teachers still in need of the training; and his plans to ensure all teachers have completed this training. (Question 44350/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Junior Cycle Reform)

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 ...

91. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Skills when marking schemes and marking guidelines for the new leaving certificate art examinations and course work projects will be made available to schools in order to allow teachers to adequately prepare students for examinations. (Question 44351/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - State Examinations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. 
In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.
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92. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44355/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - School Enrolments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In accordance with the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school and the day to day management of same. 
Schools must exercise their own judgment in implementing their enrolment policies and what is appropriate in each individual case, while respecting any order made by the Court in relation to the custody and welfare of the child which is known to or made known to the school.
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93. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will instruct his Department and the relevant bodies to come to a timely agreement on the location of a secondary school (details supplied) in Malahide and Portmarnock; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44364/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, the project for the school in question is included on my Department’s Capital 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 site for this school. As with other site acquisitions in the area, due to the scarcity of suitable sites this process has prov...

94. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will investigate an exceptional circumstances case in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo in which all documentation relating to the application was submitted to SUSI and which SUSI cannot now locate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44367/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Student Grant Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following enquiries made by Officials from my Department with SUSI, I am advised that the student in this case applied for renewal of her student grant in April 2017 and immediately received an affirmative award decision from SUSI on the basis of her indication in applying that she progressing into the third year of her course in the 2017-18 academic year and that there had been no change in her circumstances. The student subsequently co...