75. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding DEIS status for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo. (Question 19365/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 98 together.
Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at thos...

97. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made in respect of a DEIS status application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason the school has been excluded from the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19464/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of dis...

98. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made in respect of a DEIS status application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason the school has been excluded from the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19465/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 98 together.
Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at thos...

182. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grant support available to a board of management of a secondary school in need of substantial refurbishment and housed in a protected structure of historical value; if there is a new scheme available for such schools; the process by which they apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17465/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Refurbishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that applications for major capital projects, including applications from schools with protected structures, will be considered on receipt of an application for Major Capital Works (form SLE). The application form is available on my Departments website on www.education.ie 
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162. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Mayo has had its application for additional accommodation declined; if he is satisfied with the reasons provided for the refusal; the way in which the conclusion was reached regarding future enrolment trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17333/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school referred to applied to my Department in February seeking additional accommodation in respect of the appointment of an additional mainstream teacher.
Based on the projected enrolments in the area concerned and the anticipated future enrolment trends, it is envisaged that enrolments in the school planning area have peaked and are expected to decline in the short term. In that context, my Departm...

468. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received a capital funding application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the project involves the inclusion of accommodation and facilities for children with additional needs; the timeframe for the processing of the application and commencement of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16635/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that an application for additional accommodation was submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy to provide accommodation to facilitate children with special educational needs.
Approval in principle has been sanctioned for a devolved grant under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme.  The site development is complex and, in that regard, a project brief is nearing completion. Once completed, my Department will mak...

74. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 7 February 2018, if the updated information has been received by his Department; and if the position of the school in respect of DEIS inclusion has been reassessed accordingly. (Question 13418/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Further to my reply on 07 February 2018, the update of the identification model is continuing.  As previously advised, this will take account of updated school data as provided by schools for the current school year combined with the Pobal HP Index of Deprivation, based on CSO Small Area Population statistics derived from the 2016 National Census. It is envisaged that this process including a quality assurance process will be completed ...

176. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons holding Civil Service positions above clerical officer grade in his Department who entered the Civil Service via a route other than through an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service or its predecessors; the grades of each; and the basis for the non-standard recruitment (Question 11856/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the terms of the Guidelines for Ministerial Appointments published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform my Department presently employs five special advisers and six civilian drivers which are non established Civil Servants. The five special advisers and six civilian drivers are assigned to the Minister, and to the two Ministers of State in the Department. The special advisers were appointed by Government and the ci...

252. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of discussions with a school (details supplied) regarding a move to another premises; and if sanction will be forthcoming for such a move. (Question 12568/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is in ongoing communication with the Patron of the school referred to in the context of the long term accommodation requirements for the school. 
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174. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent by his Department on photography, by photographer and-or agency, public relations or communications advice external to the media officers of his Department, by agency; the use of public relations or communications advice by an agency fully funded by his Department by agency and month, in tabular form since 1 January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6746/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The tabular statement contains details of expenditure at my Department on photography and associated matters since 2016 as requested by the Deputy. 
Details of such expenditure in connection with bodies under the aegis of the Department are not collated centrally. Therefore, I have requested officials at my Department to request the information from the bodies concerned and I will forward this to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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145. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6890/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The number of freedom of information requests received by my Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017 is set out in the table. 
Dealing with FOI requests forms part of the standard duties of officials and the time spent on processing such requests is not monitored separately. 
 Year No of FOI request received ‘The number of requests for these years  that ran beyond the deadline for the request’, i.e. where the period of  c...

133. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received updated documentation from a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if a decision is pending on the school’s DEIS status application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6450/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Schools are not required to make an application for DEIS status therefore there are no pending decisions on any schools. I am advised by my officials that no ‘updated documentation’ has been received from that school. 
It is important to note that all schools, both primary and post-primary, are assessed to identify levels of disadvantage among the pupil cohort of each individual school. The identification model is applied in a uniform ...

201. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application for capital funding by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo has been considered; when a decision will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5795/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a devolved grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2012 to provide 5 general classrooms, to relocate existing ball courts and to provide a set down and bus drop off area for pupils. This project was devolved to the local Education and Training Board for delivery.
Following the tendering process, a number of issues were identified by my Department and the ETB was inst...

104. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a DEIS application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5003/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage.
The key data sources used in the DEIS identification process are the DES primary online database, POD, and post-primary online database, PPOD, a...

82. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills his key priorities in the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2288/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A 10 Year Public Capital Investment Plan is currently under development, led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This 10 Year Plan will ensure that capital resources support implementation of Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework, which is also being finalised, and which will set out a new approach to spatial planning in Ireland. 
My Department is in ongoing discussions with the Department of Public Expenditu...

83. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if bullying or sexual harassment claims have been lodged in his Department in each year since 2011; if so, the number of either complaints on an annual basis, in tabular form; if these complaints have been investigated; the outcome of each investigation; and the policies in place in his Department to combat bullying and sexual harassment. (Question 2314/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Departmental Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Civil Servants are obliged to comply with the terms of the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour. On entry to my Department as an employee they are presented with a copy of the Code and they are required to certify in writing that they have received a copy and read its content.
At section 12 of the Code it addresses the matter of relations with colleagues in the workplace and they are expected to ensure that their behavior towar...

412. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there is provision for children with special needs to attend preschool for an additional year rather than commence primary school at six years of age; his views on whether such children would benefit from a second year in preschool rather than commencing primary school at six years of age; his further views on whether some children with additional needs are not ready to complete preschool at three years of age or to commence primary school at five years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1297/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department does not provide funding to pre-school services other than to early intervention classes in recognised primary schools or special schools.  Supports for childcare, including pre-school education, are provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 
The principal vehicle for the delivery of pre-school education is the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme which provides early childhood care and education...

154. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a building application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to the physical condition of the school; and the timeframe for completion of the project. (Question 52646/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school referred is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme. 
I wish to advise the Deputy that the Project Brief is currently being finalised which, once completed, will facilitate the project to be progressed into Architectural Planning, which includes the appointment of a Design Team.
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195. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) does not qualify for DEIS status; the options available for the school to pursue DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51680/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage.
The key data sources used in the DEIS identification process are the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases,...

95. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a capital project application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if all documentation requested by his Department has been received; the timeframe for processing of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48579/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Schools Refurbishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a devolved grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2012 to provide 5 general classrooms, to relocate existing ball courts and to provide a set down and bus drop off area for pupils.  This project was devolved to the local Education and Training Board for delivery.  
Following the tendering process, a number of issues were identified by my Department and the ETB was in...

170. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills when schools can expect to have their minor works scheme applications processed and payments issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47993/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Minor Works Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The normal practice is for the Minor Works Grant to be announced towards the end of the year if funding permits. 
Over the next number of weeks the issue of the Minor Works Grant 2017/2018 will be considered in the context of my Department’s overall capital position.
Subject to funding, the Minor Works Grant issues to primary schools without the need for schools to submit applications.
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339. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46092/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Departmental grant funding to bodies is made in compliance with central guidelines, as set out in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Circular number 13 of 2014, “Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds.”  The aim of these procedures is to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the management of public money having regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This circular sets ...

383. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will instruct the State Examinations Commission to issue its decisions earlier than in previous years on individual reasonable accommodation applications made during the 2017-18 academic year; his views on whether it is unfair to issue decisions after mock examinations have taken place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46524/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - State Examinations Commission)

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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79. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with pay equalisation in view of the rejection of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 by certain individual trade unions; his views on whether this issue will escalate; his further plans to consult with the unions that rejected the agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40550/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. I have used this to negotiate substantial improvements in pay for new teachers. The agreement reached in September 2016 will see pay rises of between 15-22% (between €4600 and €6700) for new entrant teachers.  The agreements also provide for earlier permanency for younger teachers, new promotion opportunities and new flexibilities in w...

92. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40797/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Two Ministers of State were appointed at my Department, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education and John Halligan T.D. as Minister of State with responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development.
There are two Delegation of Functions Orders in place. These Orders were made on 18 July 2017 and are available at www.irishstatutebook.ie website. They have also bee...