Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 1

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  952.  Mr. Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare now stands at 27.7:1; when the Government undertaking to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to 20:1 will be applied to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10955/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department and the education partners. In [605]accordance with the staffing schedule, the staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the school year 2004-05 is a principal and 21 mainstream class teachers based on an enrolment of 593 pupils at 30 September 2003. In addition, the school has two learning support posts, seven resource posts, two temporary language support posts and one temporary disadvantaged concessionary post, hence the pupil-teacher ratio in the school is 17:1.

My Department will finalise the staffing schedule for the 2005-06 school year shortly and thereafter notify school boards of management. According to data submitted to my Department by the board of management, the enrolment on 30 September 2004 in the school was 586 pupils. The staffing for the 2005-06 school year will be determined on the basis of this figure and in accordance with the agreed staffing schedule.

Significant improvements have been made to the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level, which has fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.44:1 in the 2003-04 school year. In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil-teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs, those from disadvantaged areas and those in junior classes.

  953.  Mr. Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare now stands at 26.5:1; when the Government undertaking to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to 20:1 will be applied to this school. [10956/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department and the education partners. In accordance with the staffing schedule, the staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the school year 2004-05 is a principal and 19 mainstream class teachers based on an enrolment of 534 pupils at 30 September 2003. In addition the school has two learning support teachers, one resource teacher and one temporary language support teacher, hence the pupil-teacher ratio in the school is 21:1.

My Department will finalise the staffing schedule for the 2005-06 school year shortly and thereafter notify school boards of management.

According to data submitted to my Department by the board of management, the enrolment on 30 September 2004 in the school was 504 pupils. The staffing for the 2005-06 school year will be determined on the basis of this figure and in accordance with the agreed staffing schedule. Significant improvements have been made to the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level, which has [606]fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.44:1 in the 2003-04 school year. In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil-teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs, those from disadvantaged areas and those in junior classes.

  954.  Mr. Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare now stands at 27:1; when the Government undertaking to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to 20:1 will be applied to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10957/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department and the education partners.

The system for allocating teachers to primary schools is based on ensuring an overall maximum class of 29 in each school. Where some classes in a school have class sizes of greater than 29, it is generally because a decision has been taken at local level to use their teaching resources to have smaller numbers in other classes.

In accordance with the staffing schedule, the staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the school year 2004-05 is a principal and nine mainstream class teachers based on an enrolment of 243 pupils at 30 September 2003. In addition, the school has one learning support teacher and the services of a resource teacher, hence the pupil-teacher ratio in the school is 22:1, not including the shared post.

My Department will finalise the staffing schedule for the 2005-06 school year shortly and thereafter notify school boards of management. According to data submitted to my Department by the board of management, the enrolment on 30 September 2004 in the school was 243 pupils. The staffing for the 2005-06 school year will be determined on the basis of this figure and in accordance with the agreed staffing schedule.

Significant improvements have been made to the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level, which has fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.44:1 in the 2003-04 school year. In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil-teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs, those from disadvantaged areas and those in junior classes.

  955.  Mr. Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare now [607]stands at 29:1; when the Government undertaking to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to 20:1 will be applied to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10958/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department and the education partners.

The system for allocating teachers to primary schools is based on ensuring an overall maximum class of 29 in each school. Where some classes in a school have class sizes of greater than 29, it is generally because a decision has been taken at local level to use their teaching resources to have smaller numbers in other classes.

In accordance with the staffing schedule, the staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the school year 2004-05 is a principal and ten mainstream class teachers based on an enrolment of 269 pupils at 30 September 2003. In addition, the school has two resource teachers, the services of a learning support teacher and a resource teacher for Traveller children.

My Department will finalise the staffing schedule for the 2005-06 school year shortly and thereafter notify school boards of management. According to data submitted to my Department by the board of management, the enrolment on 30 September 2004 in the school was 242 pupils. The staffing for the 2005-06 school year will be determined on the basis of this figure and in accordance with the agreed staffing schedule.

Significant improvements have been made to the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level, which has fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.44:1 in the 2003-04 school year. In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil-teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs, those from disadvantaged areas and those in junior classes.

Question No. 956 answered with Question
No. 867.

  957.  Mr. Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare now stands at 28.5:1; when the Government undertaking to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to 20:1 will be applied to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10960/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between [608]my Department and the education partners. In accordance with the staffing schedule, the staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the school year 2004-05 is a principal and 21 mainstream class teachers based on an enrolment of 599 pupils at 30 September 2003. In addition, the school has four resource teachers and two learning support teachers, hence the pupil-teacher ratio in this school is 21:1.

My Department will finalise the staffing schedule for the 2005-06 school year shortly and thereafter notify school boards of management. According to data submitted to my Department by the board of management, the enrolment on 30 September 2004 in the school was 597 pupils. The staffing for the 2005-06 school year will be determined on the basis of this figure and in accordance with the agreed staffing schedule.

Significant improvements have been made to the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level, which has fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.44:1 in the 2003-04 school year. In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil-teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs, those from disadvantaged areas and those in junior classes.


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