Hanafin, Mary

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 607 No. 59

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Priority Questions - Schools Evaluation.

Was asked: her proposals for the release of information regarding the way in which schools operate; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, I am determined to provide more information, for parents in particular, about our schools in a way that ensures a fair and comprehensive picture of all the different activ...More Button

Whole school evaluation and subject inspection reports will be published. A significant number of subject inspection reports take place each year whereby all the teachers are inspected. These reports ...More Button

One of the central parts of the whole school evaluation of second level schools is the involvement of students, who will meet inspectors and fully participate in the process. This reinforces the fact ...More Button

Priority Questions - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will establish a commission to review catchment boundaries for school transport in view of the huge demographic changes that have taken place since these boundaries were put in place in the 196...More Button

Was asked: if, in the wake of recent comments at the Joint Committee on Education and Science, she will carry out a full review of school bus catchment areas and boundaries; if she will make a decision in terms ...More Button

Priority Questions - Garda Vetting Procedures.

Was asked: when a register of persons considered unsafe to work with children and vulnerable adults will be established; when all personnel with access to children and vulnerable adults in the education system w...More Button

Ensuring the protection, health and welfare of children is a key concern for the Government, for parents, for agencies that work with children and for society generally and I assure the Deputy that th...More Button

The difference between the two working groups was that the first set out recommendations, and the second is deciding how to implement them. It is very much an action group, being chaired by the Garda ...More Button

Our aim is to establish a register that will cover both jurisdictions. Progress can be made in this regard when the Northern Ireland system is back on track and a full working relationship between aut...More Button

One hopes it cannot recur but we are dealing with a situation involving a number of bus companies, private contractors and large numbers of individual drivers. The important issue is that Bus Éireann ...More Button

Priority Questions - School Transport.

Was asked: the steps she has taken to prevent another child being left on the side of the road, as happened recently in New Ross and was reported widely in the media, due to Bus Éireann’s policy of no ticket, no...More Button

Other Questions - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if a new third level funding authority will be established with responsibility for institutes of technology as well as universities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government has approved the drafting of the institutes of technology Bill to transfer responsibility for the day-to-day management of the institutes of technology sect...More Button

The intention is to publish the legislation during this session so I hope it will be enacted next year. I also hope to do the transfer next year so the institutes of technology come under the HEA. The...More Button

Other Questions - School Attendance.

Was asked: the number of children failing to make the transition from primary to secondary education for the most recent year for which statistics are available; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no up-to-date research on the number of children who do not transfer from primary to post-primary education on an annual basis. My Department is currently planning the development of a primar...More Button

While I am reluctant to give a timescale for completion of the database, it is a priority for the Department, not only because of the valuable information but also because it will substantially reduce...More Button

The Deputy mentioned the very real issue of children dropping out after first year. The Economic and Social Research Institute analysed the experiences of first year students in post-primary education...More Button

Implementation of the DEIS report which I launched, arising from a survey carried out for the Department, will probably begin in December. We recognise there are disadvantaged schools now that were no...More Button

All schools have responded to the survey which is being independently assessed by the Educational Research Centre. That standardised system will then identify the level of disadvantage. It will draw t...More Button

Other Questions - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the types of assistance available to students with disabilities in completing the leaving certificate examinations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of students who requested the use of a computer in completing their leaving certificate examinations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of students who requested the use of a scribe in completing their leaving certificate examinations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8, 20 and 90 together. Since 8 April 2003 the State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinatio...More Button

One of the key recommendations by the expert group on the certificate exams which reported in 1989 with regard to reasonable accommodations was that it should be noted on certificates or results if an...More Button

This matter relates to ensuring the integrity of the exam and the exam results. I have yet to meet an employer who actually sought to see anyone’s exam certificate. A student may have been unable to c...More Button

Other Questions - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the number of primary school children in classes of more than 30; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The most recent data on class size available to my Department show that in the 2004-05 school year 72,581 pupils were taught in classes of more than 30 pupils. This is less than half the number of chi...More Button

The only way to ensure that schools due to gain a teacher next year gain that teacher now would be by ensuring that schools which are due to lose a teacher next year would lose that teacher now. This ...More Button

It was the year I was elected.More Button

The word “noble” is being bandied about by the Opposition. Something that is noble is something that is worthwhile and worth achieving.More Button

We all aspire to something that is noble. To hold the office of Minister for Education and Science is a noble aspiration for many Members and some of us, fortunately, have managed to achieve it. Noble...More Button

Other Questions - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: when she will publish her detailed proposals on addressing educational disadvantage; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

DEIS — delivering equality of opportunity in schools — the new action plan for educational inclusion, which I launched last May, aims to ensure that the educational needs of children and young people ...More Button

I do not accept that schools have lost under the model for the allocation of teachers for special needs. For the first time, there is a permanent allocation for every school in the country.More Button

In the past, these resources were allocated on an ad hoc rather than a permanent basis. Now they are permanent. On the question of schools which are deemed to be disadvantaged under this system, the a...More Button

Educational disadvantage is the issue. Some counties are the first to declare their economic or social disadvantage but it is often the case that students from these counties show participation rates ...More Button

Other Questions - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will ensure that all buses in the school transport system carry a list of the school children who have been issued with tickets to travel on the service; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Other Questions - School Discipline.

Was asked: her plans to implement the recommendations of the interim report on student behaviour; the timescale for implementation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the task force on discipline will make their final report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 54 together. The task force on student behaviour will complete a final report, including recommendations, later this year. At the interim report stage, the task...More Button

The great advantage of this report is that it has examined both the negative and the positive evidence in schools showing the manner in which schools manage disruptive behaviour. There are some excell...More Button

Schools have indicated to me that they have a problem with section 29. However, it should be noted that of all the appeals lodged under section 29, two thirds are resolved in favour of the school and ...More Button

Other Questions - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: an bhfuil aon airgead ina Roinn i mbliana le haghaidh hallaí spóirt agus an mbeidh deontas á cheadú do Halla Spóirt do an scoil (sonraí tugtha) agus an ndeanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh.More Button

Ba mhaith liom a dhearbhú don Teachta go bhfuil gealltanas tugtha ag an Roinn ciste a sholáthar do PE agus do limistéir shúgartha lasmuigh agus do limistéir ilghnó i scoileanna mar chuid den chlár um ...More Button

Mar is eol don Teachta, bhuail mé le grúpa ón scoil, agus tá seanaithne agus ardmheas agam ar an bpríomhoide, ós rud é go rabhamar sa choláiste agus ag díospóireacht chraobh na hÉireann le chéile. Ba ...More Button

Other Questions - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the extent to which she will increase the numbers of resource, remedial, special needs teachers or special needs assistants in line with increased requirements; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Enormous progress has been made in recent years in increasing the number of teachers in our schools who are specifically dedicated to providing education for children with special educational needs. A...More Button

I accept that when we put so many extra teachers in place this summer the system took some time to settle down. I thank the schools for their co-operation and the INTO for its help in implementing thi...More Button

The position is that special needs assistants are provided for children with severe medical or physical needs. I am aware it is the aspiration of most parents that their child should not be dependant ...More Button

The association said it recognises that every child does not need such a service. I was present and discussing a playground while a child slept on the shoulder of a special needs assistant, which is n...More Button

No, it is much more than that.More Button

Other Questions - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the average caseload per officer at the National Educational Welfare Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 established the National Educational Welfare Board as the single national body with responsibility for school attendance. The general functions of the board are to ens...More Button

It is important to have more co-ordination between these services. For example, there are 40 visiting teachers for Travellers. One of the groups with whom the National Educational Welfare Board works ...More Button

Other Questions - School Curriculum.

Was asked: her policy on the provision of physical education in the primary school system here in view of the alarming increase in obesity levels; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her policy on the reduction of obesity in the primary school system here in view of the alarming statistics outlined in the obesity forum report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 16 and 72 together. At primary level, physical education is one of the seven curriculum areas within the primary school curriculum which was revised in 1999. A minimum...More Button

No, I do not envisage Jamie Oliver entering the school system. However, I envisage capital investment in schools, which amounts to €500 million this year, will provide for the construction of new scho...More Button

Railway Safety Bill 2001: Report Stage (Resumed).

Question put: “That Fourth Stage be now adjourned.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the amount being spent on prefabricated buildings in the education sector since 2000; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the five years since 2000 my Department has spent €39.2 million on the rental of temporary school accommodation, mainly in primary schools. In addition, my Department spent €73.5 million over the s...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the cost of the management information system for the institutes of technology; the total cost of the consultancy involved in this project; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the management information system for institutes of technology has been completed; the cost of the system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 95 together. Installation of the management information system for the 14 institutes of technology and the Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute ha...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if she intends to centralise the administration of the third level college grant scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her plans to reform the system of administration of grants and supports for all third level courses; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 107 together. Third level student support is currently provided through three means-tested maintenance grant schemes. The higher education grants scheme operate...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the services available for students with disabilities in the institutes of technology; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At present, there is a range of support services for students with a disability in the institute of technology sector. These include learning support, including needs assessment and support for studen...More Button

Written Answers - Technology in Education.

Was asked: her proposals to assist third level institutions in making Ireland a centre of excellence in e-learning; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am very committed to supporting the use of ICT in higher education, as a means to enhance teaching and learning, to widen and increase participation in higher education, and to allow the institution...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if she will consider adding further institutions to the list included under the remit of the Residential Institutions Redress Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides a statutory scheme of financial redress for persons who, as children, were abused while in residential institutional care for which the State had...More Button

Written Answers - School Vending Machines.

Was asked: if the contracts for the provision of new schools through public private partnership will ensure that school managements have control over the selling of food and drink products on the school campus; ...More Button

Was asked: if the provision of vending machines will be part of the latest round of public private partnership contracts for school buildings; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 64 together. Vending machines may be placed in schools at the discretion of the board of management and are currently in most post-primary schools. In the case ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Funding.

Was asked: her response to concerns expressed by third level institutions that they cannot compete on an international level due to shortages of funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2005 I have provided recurrent funding of €671 million to the university sector and €475 million to the institute of technology sector. This represents an increase of approximately €41 million or a...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: her plans to allocate additional resources to the education welfare board to increase the number of education welfare officers throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 established the National Educational Welfare Board as the single national body with responsibility for school attendance. The Act provides a comprehensive framework pr...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees.

Was asked: if she has received an application from Donegal VEC for funding towards the development of phase 3 of Gartan Outdoor Education Centre; and if a grant will be allocated to enable this phase to be compl...More Button

An application and related correspondence has been received from County Donegal Vocational Education Committee requesting funding towards the development of phase 3 of Gartan Outdoor Education Centre....More Button

Written Answers - Schools Evaluation.

Was asked: if her Department will be bringing forward proposals for the release of information on the operation of schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, I am determined to provide more information, for parents in particular, about our schools, in a way that ensures a fair and comprehensive picture of all the different acti...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: if she will amend the Education Welfare Act 2000 in order that children under the age of six, if in full-time education, will be included under the terms of the legislation; and if she will make a sta...More Button

The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 established the National Educational Welfare Board as the single national body with responsibility for school attendance. The Act provides a comprehensive framework pr...More Button

Written Answers - Literacy Levels.

Was asked: the percentage of young people leaving secondary school with literacy difficulties; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no facility within the education system to measure the percentage of young people leaving post-primary schools with literacy difficulties. However, the results of PISA, the programme of inter...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: her timescale for reducing class size at both primary and post-primary level to EU norms; when she will implement the undertaking in An Agreed Programme for Government that the average size of classes...More Button

Significant improvements have been made in the pupil-teacher ratio and in average class size in recent years at primary level. The most recent figure available for average class size at primary level ...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Integration.

Was asked: the steps being taken to integrate students of different nationalities into the education system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department has been active for several years in promoting anti-racism and interculturalism in schools. A range of actions are in place to promote anti-racism and support the participation of minor...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if there will be a review of the rules governing access to school transport in the case of school amalgamation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under my Department’s school transport scheme the general rule is that where an amalgamation occurs, pupils residing in a closed school area may be deemed eligible for transport to the school of amalg...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if she intends to bring the Irish language entry requirements for primary teaching courses into line with those for English and mathematics; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department specifies the minimum academic requirements for entry to primary teacher training courses provided in the colleges of education. As part of these requirements, all candidates, including ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Institutions.

Was asked: her views on the OECD report on third level education institutions here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of recommendations from the recent OECD report on higher education here that she intends to actively prioritise over the coming 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 38 together. The OECD review of Irish higher education makes a series of far-reaching recommendations for reform and development of the sector against the backd...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the number of psychologists employed by the National Educational Psychological Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of psychologists employed by the National Educational Psychological Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the result of the recent recruitment competition conducted by the Public Appointments Service for educational psychologists; the way in which that was constrained by the limit on public sector numbers...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 36, 89 and 104 together. The complement of psychologists in the NEPS has increased almost three-fold from 43 psychologists on establishment to 124 psychologists at pre...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: her Department’s estimate of the cost of payments of compensation by the Residential Institutions Redress Board to persons who suffered institutional abuse; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Residential Institutions Redress Board is an independent body established under statute in December 2002 to provide financial redress to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in ind...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Procedures.

Was asked: when all school teachers will be subject to vetting; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ensuring the protection, health and welfare of children is a key concern for the Government, parents and agencies that work with children and society generally and I assure the Deputy that the Governm...More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services.

Was asked: the reason the Government has failed to deliver its own priority objectives in the national youth work development plan, including the appointment of an assessor for youth work, the capacity building ...More Button

The framework for youth work in Ireland is provided by the Youth Work Act 2001 and the National Youth Work Development Plan 2003-2007. I recognise the importance of these two policy documents in the d...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the recourse which is available to schools in disadvantaged areas that have had a reduction in resource teaching hours as a result of the implementation of the weighted system; and if she will make a ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the new general allocation system is intended to cater for children with high incidence special needs and those with learning support needs. The system was constructed so that ...More Button

Written Answers - Multi-Denominational Schools.

Was asked: the number of multi-denominational schools here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of multi-denominational schools established here to date is 39. A list of multi-denominational and other denominational schools together with addresses and contact numbers is available on m...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the number of bundles of schools which will be offered to the market in 2006 as part of the recent schools public private partnership announcement; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As I indicated in my statement of 29 September 2005, it is my intention that the first bundle of schools under my Department’s PPP programme will be offered to the market in the first half of 2006 and...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the action she will take to address the high rates of failure in maths and sciences in the leaving certificate; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2005, in leaving certificate mathematics, some 12% or 4,413 students scored less than grade D at ordinary level, while at foundation level, 7.7% or 428 candidates scored less than grade D. In physi...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the reason the nominal interest earned in 2004 for special savings accounts and special savings investment accounts is being calculated for mature students when assessing eligibility for top-up grants...More Button

Was asked: the circumstances in which special savings accounts and special savings interest accounts’ interest in the previous tax year is calculated as income in assessing means for educational grants.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 61 together. For the purposes of determining reckonable income for the student support schemes, all investments must be declared, including savings certificates...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the dispute involving the transport of children to a school (details supplied) in County Limerick has yet to be resolved; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Under the terms of the post-primary school transport scheme, a pupil is eligible for transport if she or he resides 4.8 kilometres or more from her or his local post-primary education centre, that is,...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: if she will review her Department’s entire approach to the teaching and examining of Irish in light of worrying reports on falling standards in both Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas; and if she will ...More Button

Was asked: the actions she intends to take resulting from a recent report on Gaeltacht schools and the Irish language; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she has received a copy of the recent study by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta that states that Gaeltacht schools are facing a crisis and unless they get more support few...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 47, 430 and 433 together. I have received a copy of the report mentioned by the Deputies. Since the raising of standards of Irish is a priority for my Department, matt...More Button

Written Answers - School Meals.

Was asked: if she will provide schools with guidelines on the types of foods available on school premises; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Health and Children has published food and nutrition guidelines for schools. In addition, many of the Health Service Executive areas have health promotion programmes in place to assi...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: the number of concessionary pupils being carried on school transport; the way in which this compares with each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children currently being carried by the school bus service; the way in which this compares with each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 49 and 88 together. The number of children currently being carried on school transport is 128,300. The numbers carried in the last five years are as follows: in 2000, ...More Button

Written Answers - Coláistí Samhraidh.

Was asked: cad é a polasaí i leith fhorbairt na gcoláistí samhraidh sa Ghaeltacht agus san iar-Ghaeltacht agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina leith.More Button

Tá sé mar pholasaí ag an Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta tacaíocht ar leith a thabhairt do choláistí samhraidh atá lonnaithe sa Ghaeltacht agus i scoileanna cónaithe lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht. Tugtar a...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Institutions.

Was asked: her plans to develop an outreach third level education centre in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the State as a whole there are more than 20 publicly-funded higher education institutions, of which seven are universities and 14 are institutes of technology. In its review of Irish higher educati...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the ratio of second level students to guidance councillors; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department makes a specific ex-quota allocation of teaching posts in respect of guidance to schools in the second level system. This allocation is based on the pupil enrolment in September of the p...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the number of education welfare officers now employed by the National Educational Welfare Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since its formal launch in December 2003, the aim of the National Educational Welfare Board has been to provide a service to the most disadvantaged areas and most at-risk groups. Five regional teams h...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Education.

Was asked: if and when she will make a decision on a proposal to establish a postgraduate medical school in University College Dublin and on a similar proposal from the University of Limerick; and if she will ma...More Button

Was asked: if she will lift the cap on undergraduate places in medical schools available to students here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 106 together. As the Deputy may be aware, a Working Group on Undergraduate Medical Education and Training recently completed a review of the organisation and de...More Button

Written Answers - School Services Staff.

Was asked: if the number of hours per week worked by special needs assistants have been reduced for the current academic year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special need assistants employed in primary and second level schools have recently signed new contracts of employment with the managerial authorities of their schools. The new contract of employment w...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools.

Was asked: the action being taken against bullying at primary and secondary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The education of students in both primary and post-primary schools in relation to anti-bullying behaviour is a central part of the social, personal and health education, SPHE, curriculum. SPHE is now ...More Button

Written Answers - Languages Programme.

Was asked: if she will provide a separate budget for the teaching of English to non-nationals which is currently being provided under the vocational education committee’s adult education budgets in view of incre...More Button

My Department funds the provision of adult literacy, which is delivered, by the vocational education committees from the adult literacy and community education, ALCES, budget. This includes literacy t...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: if she will provide more support to schools to operate book rental schemes in view of the increasing cost of school books to parents; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has urged school authorities to put in place book rental schemes, at both primary and post-primary level, to the greatest extent possible. To that end the school book for needy pupils gr...More Button

Written Answers - Early Childhood Education.

Was asked: her response to the finding in the Forfás annual competitiveness report that Ireland ranks bottom of the table of 15 countries in participation of four year olds in education; her plans to expand the ...More Button

Early education in Ireland covers the period from birth to six years. At present almost all five year olds and half of four year olds attend junior infant and senior infant classes in primary schools....More Button

Written Answers - Adult Education.

Was asked: if research has been carried out into effects of the vocational education committees raising of the threshold for senior citizens, for example the discounted cost of adult education courses; and if sh...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the sharp rise in the cost of adult education courses following higher teaching costs being passed on by vocational educational committees; if her attention has furt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 94 together. The funding provided by my Department for community education under the adult literacy and community education budget, amounts to nearly €9 million...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if her Department has examined the causes of the overrun in the cost of the public private partnership schools already constructed; the lessons which have been learned; the changes which will be incor...More Button

The first bundle of five post-primary PPP schools were delivered up to eight weeks ahead of schedule and within the price agreed. There was no cost overrun. One of the fundamental elements of PPPs is ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: her plans to bring pupil-teacher ratios at primary level into line with best practice in other European countries with particular reference to children from economically or socially deprived areas; an...More Button

Significant improvements have been made in the pupil-teacher ratio and in average class size in recent years at primary level. The most recent figure available for average class size at primary level ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: her views on the request to provide a modern school building to replace the eight or nine prefabs in a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied for a new school building. My Department acknowledges that there is no scope for the development of the existing site. Therefore, among the options be...More Button

Written Answers - Weight of Schoolbags.

Was asked: if she is satisfied that the guidelines her Department have issued on the weight of schoolbags are being adhered to; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The report of a working group to examine potential problems caused by the weight of schoolbags, which was presented in July 1998, acknowledged that many of the solutions belong at local school level. ...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the number of primary and secondary schools which are covered by the National Educational Psychological Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of psychologists employed by the National Educational Psychological Service; the number of primary and secondary schools here; the number of such schools covered by the NEPS service, tabula...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 and 450 together. The complement of NEPS psychologists has increased almost three-fold from 43 psychologists on establishment to the current number of 124. Schools ...More Button

Written Answers - Literacy Levels.

Was asked: the percentage of children who leave primary school with literacy difficulties; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children leaving primary school with literacy and numeracy difficulties; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69 and 93 together. There is no facility within the education system to measure the percentage of young people leaving post-primary schools with literacy difficulties....More Button

Written Answers - International Reports.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that universities here did not feature in the upper regions of an international league table of universities recently created by Shanghai Jiva Tong Universi...More Button

I am aware of the international league table of universities compiled by Shangai Jiva Tong University. I understand this table represents a measurement based on items such as the number of Nobel prize...More Button

Written Answers - Student Councils.

Was asked: if she will introduce a system whereby students can give feedback on their school experiences at the end of each year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 27(2) of the Education Act 1998 provides that procedures established and maintained by schools under section 27(1), for the purposes of informing students of the activities of the school, shal...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the number of departmental sex education and related initiatives in place; the number of schools which implement these initiatives; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All recognised primary and post-primary schools are required to offer relationships and sexuality education, RSE. It is an integral part of the social, personal and health education, SPHE, curriculum ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the average incidence of dyslexia among primary school-going children; the number receiving assistance at primary level for dyslexia; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Estimates of the incidence of dyslexia usually range from 1% to 4%, depending on the definition adopted. Precise information on the number of primary school children with dyslexia is not currently ava...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if she will consider extending free third level fees to part-time students who have not had the opportunity to proceed to third level directly from post-primary school; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I have no plans for extending the free tuition fees schemes to include part-time students. Section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 provides for tax relief on tuition fees, at the standard rate in r...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Procedures.

Was asked: when the legislation to establish a register of persons considered unsafe to work with children will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ensuring the protection, health and welfare of children is a key concern for the Government, parents, agencies that work with children and society generally and I can assure the Deputy that the Govern...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: her plans for the site purchased for the development of a building for the gaelscoil in Wicklow town; her further plans to develop a school building; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Education and Science originally planned to provide an eight classroom school in Wicklow town for the gaelscoil in question. A site to accommodate this was subsequently purchased and...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to research carried out for the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability which found that there are insufficient support staff for students with disabiliti...More Button

I am aware of the research carried out for the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability. There is a range of support services for students with a disability in the institute of technology...More Button

Written Answers - Computerisation Programme.

Was asked: if a new schools information technology programme has been put in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The major focus for the Department of Education and Science is the roll-out of broadband connectivity to all recognised schools. This project is being undertaken in partnership with industry, followin...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if amendments to the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 and the Sex Offenders Act 2001 will be forthcoming during the remainder of the term of this Government; and if she will make a...More Button

Ensuring the protection, health and welfare of children is a key concern for the Government, parentsand agencies that work with children and society generally. The Government is determined to do all t...More Button

Written Answers - Standardised Testing.

Was asked: if she has finalised her proposal to introduce standardised testing of all seven and 11 year olds; the timescale for their introduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The introduction of standardised testing on a systematic basis has great potential to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools. I welcome the advice of the National Council for Curricul...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will set up a commission to review catchment boundaries for school transport in view of the huge demographic changes that have taken place since these boundaries were put in place in the 1960s;...More Button

Catchment boundaries have their origins in the establishment of free post-primary education in the late 1960s and were determined following consultation with local educational interests. For planning ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of males entering primary level teaching for the most recent year for which statistics are available; the total number entering primary level teaching; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

The most recent figures available in the Department of Education and Science refer to the 2004-05 school year, and indicate that, of the 1,357 teachers appointed for the first time as permanent or tem...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Investigations.

Was asked: the timescale of the recent report on the Marino Institute; if matters prior to 2002 were considered in drawing up this report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following allegations of financial impropriety at Marino Institute of Education, I asked the accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to examine the use of moneys paid by the Department of Education ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: her plans to upgrade science facilities in second level schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Capital funding is being provided under the school building and modernisation programme 2005-2009 for the refurbishment of science laboratories undertaken as part of an overall refurbishment programme...More Button

Written Answers - Student Support Schemes.

Was asked: if a network of regional access officers will be put in place, designed to encourage and support students with disabilities to continue in education and progress to third level; and if she will make a...More Button

Several networks of access and disability personnel already exist in the third level sector, such as the access made accessible network of all third level access officers and the disability advisers w...More Button

Written Answers - International Reports.

Was asked: her response to the finding of the OECD that spending on education here has been falling as a percentage of GDP and is well below the OECD average; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The recent OECD report examines changes in expenditure since the mid-1990s. It shows that public expenditure on education, here, has increased substantially between 1995 and 2002 at all levels even wh...More Button

Written Answers - School Management.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the burden of responsibility and time taken on by members of boards of management of schools, particularly their chairpersons and treasurers; if she will provide mor...More Button

Boards of management are recognised under section 14 of the Education Act 1998. They also operate in accordance with the constitution of boards and rules of procedure, issued by the Department of Educ...More Button

Written Answers - Science Education.

Was asked: the number of recommendations of the task force on the physical sciences which remain to be implemented; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There were some 39 recommendations in the report of the task force on the physical sciences, with costed proposals totalling €244 million extra, of which €66.3 million would be a recurring annual cost...More Button

Written Answers - Research Funding.

Was asked: if she will ensure that all colleges in the third level sector are assured that any private fundraising they engage in will not result in their direct funding from the Exchequer being cut; and if she ...More Button

I accept as a matter of principle that income generated by higher education institutions from external sources should not be subject to off-setting in the allocation of Exchequer funding. This is in a...More Button

Written Answers - Multi-Denominational Schools.

Was asked: if funding will be made available to Educate Together to allow them to continue building a network of multi-denominational schools throughout the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will allocate core funding to Educate Together to allow it to continue its essential work in developing and managing multi-denominational schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: if she will increase the core funding for Educate Together to reflect the growth in the work carried out by the organisation in developing and managing multi-denominational schools on behalf of the St...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97, 406 and 448 together. The level of funding that the Department of Education and Science provides to Educate Together as a school management body is on a par with t...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools.

Was asked: if she will introduce mainstream anti-bullying programmes into schools in view of the success of pilot programmes in certain areas and the growing concern at the prevalence of bullying in schools here...More Button

The social, personal and health education programme and the school development planning initiative are two important mainstream national programmes of support for schools. Both play a central role in ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Evaluation.

Was asked: her plans on the publication of information on the performance of schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Recently I announced that reports arising from the inspection of schools and centres for education will be published. I have instructed the inspectorate of the Department of Education and Science to c...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: the number of hours being spent on Irish language education at primary and secondary level; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At primary level, the recommended minimum time, excluding discretionary curriculum time for Irish as a second language is 3.5 hours per week or 2.5 hours per week where a short day is provided for the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Procedures.

Was asked: the categories of workers within the educational system that are vetted by the Garda for the risk of child abuse; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the education sector, vetting is available in respect of prospective employees of children detention schools as well as special needs assistants and bus escorts to children with special needs. Upon...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the action she will take in response to the report on attracting more men into primary teaching; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The report of the primary education committee contains several recommendations aimed at increasing the number of males entering primary teaching. The report is being considered by the relevant officia...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the percentage of full-time students with a disability attending the institutes of technology; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A recent report by the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability, AHEAD, submitted to the Department of Education and Science indicates in the academic year 2004-05 students with a disabil...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Evaluation.

Was asked: if all second level schools should produce an annual school report detailing their activities under a broad range of headings; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no requirement for second level schools to produce such a report. However, the Education Act 1998 requires the board of management of a school to establish procedures for informing the parent...More Button

Written Answers - Early Childhood Education.

Was asked: if she will support all measures dealing with quality pre-school projects for children up to four years of age; and if she will report on existing efforts on the northside of Dublin.More Button

Early education covers the period from birth to six years. At present, almost all five year olds and half of four year olds attend junior infant and senior infant classes in primary schools. Outside ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the steps she will take to ensure the programme for Government commitment to reduce class sizes will be met by 2007; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Significant improvements have been made in the pupil-teacher ratio and in average class size in recent years at primary level. The most recent figure available for average class size at primary level ...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: when proposals to address educational disadvantage will be announced; if these proposals will include more provision for early childhood education in areas where disadvantage is prevalent; and if she ...More Button

Delivering equality of opportunity in schools, DEIS, the new action plan for educational inclusion, which I launched last May, aims to ensure the educational needs of children and young people from di...More Button

Was asked: the action she will take in response to the disparity in third level progression highlighted by the recent City of Dublin Vocational Educational Committee report which, among other findings, gave a 60...More Button

Comprehensive surveys of participation in third level education, based on CAO data, have been conducted since the 1980s by the Higher Education Authority. The most recent sample survey, for 2005, show...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the school building programme in the primary sector in New Ross; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action that is being taken on the amalgamation of the primary schools in New Ross town; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 394 and 395 together. The Deputy is aware that it is proposed to rationalise the primary educational provision in New Ross. There is general agreement locally to this ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Louth will be entitled to financial assistance to study at The Sound Training College, Temple Bar Music Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin.More Button

My Department funds four maintenance grant schemes for third level and further education students. These are the higher education grants scheme, the vocational education committees’ scholarships schem...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she has received an application for funding to provide a car park at a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath; if same will be provided in the context of safety for everyone concerned at thi...More Button

I am please to inform the Deputy that funding has been sanctioned for the school in question to carry out health and safety works including a new car park.More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: further to Question No. 1308 of 28 September 2005, if school transport will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Louth.More Button

Officials in the transport liaison office at County Louth VEC, which administers the school transport scheme at post-primary level on behalf of my Department, recently confirmed to my Department that ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding a new school building for a college (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the figures she based the temporary cancellation of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare on the grounds of a viability study; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the grounds on which a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare was put on hold; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a viability study has commenced on a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if not, when it is due to commence; the expected length of time the study will take; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 399 to 402, inclusive, together. The building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. However, owing to a con...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if finances will be made available for an upgrade of current facilities; if assistance for upgrading is seen as urgent; and if she...More Button

The new eight classroom building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. My Department’s officials are in the process of examining a recently r...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that there are adequate places provided for young persons, who wish to apply for a higher diploma in education; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that some stude...More Button

My Department is responsible for teacher education and development, with particular regard to initial teacher education covering the colleges of education and the education departments in the universi...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if she has received any of the reports following on various investigations into the County Meath school bus crash.More Button

I have not received any report relating to the investigations into the County Meath school bus crash.More Button

Was asked: if she has reviewed an appeal with details submitted to her on 8 September 2005 in relation to school transport for persons (details supplied); if a decision will be made in view of their extenuating ...More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to a daughter of the person identified in the details supplied. An application in respect of this pupil for school transport to the school referred to by the Dep...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when home tuition will be approved for persons (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

The home tuition scheme is primarily intended to provide compensatory instruction for pupils who have a medical ailment that is likely to cause major disruption to their attendance at school. In this ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when steps will be taken to ensure that the long promised extension to a college (details supplied) in west Cork will be provided; the reason no progress has been made since commitments to appoint a d...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy applied for an extension and refurbishment of existing accommodation. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria wh...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason her Department is discontinuing home tuition for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who has significant medical difficulties; if in view of this she will now take steps to ensu...More Button

The home tuition scheme is primarily intended to provide compensatory instruction for pupils who have a medical ailment that is likely to cause major disruption to their attendance at school. In this ...More Button

Written Answers - ICT Advisers.

Was asked: if she will provide a list of teachers seconded to ICT adviser positions using a virtual school number; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The ICT advisory service, which forms part of my Department’s ICT in schools programme, provides for the employment of ICT advisers attached to the 21 full-time education centres. These advisers provi...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Relations.

Was asked: her proposals to resolve the situation of an acting ICT adviser in County Waterford (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the issue to which the Deputy refers will come before a rights commissioner for hearing later this month and therefore it would be inappropriate for me to comment in advance of a det...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: if transition year is compulsory where it is deemed so by the school authorities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The transition year programme is optional for each school. A minority of schools do not offer transition year at all. In others, it may be available as an optional programme for some pupils. Some scho...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is not getting the resource teaching hours they need as a high incidence disability category pupil; if their resource teaching hours will be resto...More Button

As the Deputy has already been advised, a new general allocation system has been announced under which schools have been provided with resource teaching hours, based on their enrolment figures, to cat...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if, in view of the recent leaving of a child by the side of the road by Bus Éireann, which is now implementing a no-ticket, no-travel policy, the measures she has put in place to ensure that this will...More Button

I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy. A report in regard to the circumstances of the case has been requested from Bus Éireann, which organises the school transport scheme on behalf of my D...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new building for a primary school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the stage the process is at; if a site has been purchased; the position regarding plannin...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a suitable site has been identified for the new school to which he refers. Contracts for the site in question are with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office. Archit...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: the stage the plans for a dedicated applied behaviour analysis unit at Rathfarnham and Bohernabreena, Dublin; the expected date of delivery for this long awaited service; and if she will make a statem...More Button

My Department has approved funding towards the operation of a facility delivering an applied behaviour analysis model of education provision to children on the autistic spectrum at Rathfarnham. I unde...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if a response will be expedited to a submission made by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny regarding his employment as a teacher at a school in County Kilkenny; if the submission will be e...More Button

An application for incremental credit was received by my Department from the person to whom the Deputy referred in April 2005. My Department examined this application and issued a decision to the pers...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application for disadvantaged status by a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim; if she will review the status of the school in view of the fact that the neighbour...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is included in the rural dimension of my Department’s Giving children an even break programme aimed at combating educational disadvantage. The school receives add...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position in relation to site acquisition for a school (details supplied) in County Laois; if a site has been agreed for this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in progressing a school building project (details supplied) in County Laois; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that one of the schools involved will close in 2008; a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 420 and 421 together. My Department is keenly aware of the impending closure of the school to which the Deputy refers. It has been working over the summer months on a ...More Button

Written Answers - School Management.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in appointing a full representative board of management for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9; if she will appoint such a board as a matter of urgency in order to ensure...More Button

I will be happy to appoint a board of management when the outcome of the process of selection and nomination of board members is notified to my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when building will commence on the proposed two new primary schools (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The two projects referred to by the Deputy are among the large scale projects on the current school building programme to move to tender and construction. I am anxious that both of these projects prog...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: when the application for a physical education hall at a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow was first sanctioned; when the building will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The school planning section of my Department is in receipt of an application for major capital funding for a sports hall from the management authority of the school to which the Deputy refers. The app...More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services.

Was asked: if additional supports are being granted to youth organisations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I fully appreciate the importance and value of the youth work programmes and services provided by youth organisations and in particular, the organisation referred to by the Deputy. This organisation i...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: the position regarding the amalgamation of schools (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school planning section of my Department is currently assessing the post rationalisation accommodation needs of the schools to which the Deputy refers. In this regard, the local inspector has been...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of accommodation for the second year class at a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and her views on the provision of additional non-pay funding for the...More Button

An application for additional accommodation for September 2005 was received from the school to which the Deputy refers. This application was unsuccessful as the school is accommodated in a mainstream ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason the recommendation of the special education needs organiser to provide 41 additional teaching hours and to provide resource teaching for children with special educational needs at a school ...More Button

The National Council for Special Education, NCSE, has been established as an independent statutory body with responsibilities as set out in the National Council for Special Education (Establishment) O...More Button

Was asked: the reason home tuition grants have been withdrawn from children on the autistic spectrum entering special school for the first time (details supplied); the further reason parents of children on the a...More Button

I am most anxious that all children receive an education appropriate to their needs. As the Deputy may be aware, the home tuition scheme is primarily intended to provide compensatory instruction for p...More Button

Was asked: the assistance available to dyslexic children with reference to the Letterkenny branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland; and her plans to improve these services.More Button

My Department has been providing annual funding of €63,500 to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland since 1999. This funding has helped the association to operate an information service for members and ...More Button

Written Answers - Gaeltacht Schools.

Was asked: the number of primary and post-primary schools in Gaeltacht areas; the number of these that continue to teach purely through Irish; the number of these Gaeltacht schools that have had to switch to tea...More Button

There are 139 primary schools and 30 post-primary schools in Gaeltacht areas. According to returns in respect of the 2004-05 school year submitted to my Department, 106 of the primary schools taught ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: if she will give details on the teaching of the arts in schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The primary school curriculum 1999 affirms the centrality of the arts in primary education and incorporates the subjects visual arts, music and drama within the curriculum area of arts education. The ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new primary school at a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The need for a new school building is acknowledged by my Department. A suitable site for the proposed new school has been identified by the Office of Public Works. Acquisition of the site is underway ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if she will facilitate the establishment of a new A1 or assistant principal grade position at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare, the appointee to which shall co-ordinate special education ...More Button

Was asked: if co-ordinating a special class for students with autistic spectrum disorders is a specialised role; her views on whether such a role needs to be outside the normal posts of responsibility in a schoo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 436 and 441 together. Circular letter 6/98, issued by my Department in February 1998, sets out the schedule of assistant principal and special duties teacher posts in ...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: if transition year is not just for the cream of the crop and is open to any student regardless of ability or junior certificate results; the body or individuals who are responsible for deciding the nu...More Button

The transition year programme is available as an option to all second level schools. Currently, more than 500 schools are providing the programme. The transition year programme is suitable to students...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the latest developments regarding the provision of much needed space for a school (details supplied); if she will make an offer to a company (details supplied) for an adjoining site; and if she will m...More Button

My Department has acknowledged the need for accommodation at the school to which the Deputy refers. However, the fact that the school is located in a mature part of Lucan complicates the identificatio...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will consider introducing legislation, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government that will allow land for schools to be purchased at agricultural rate...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000 do not place any onus on developers to provide school sites other than at market rates. I am keeping an open mind ...More Button

Was asked: if she will consider introducing legislation, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government that will ensure that housing developments over a certain number with...More Button

I am conscious of the pressures being placed on education providers in areas of major population growth. To this end my Department is prioritising the provision of new and enhanced educational facilit...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the extent to which children with special educational needs in the autism spectrum have had individual education plans developed for them; the system which is in place for assessing if the requirement...More Button

Was asked: the information networks that are available to parents who discover from assessments that their child has special educational needs in the autism spectrum; if she has carried out any assessment of the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 442 and 443 together. The enactment of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 and the establishment of the National Council for Special Educ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if proposals have been prepared for presentation to the school boards and parents groups regarding the possible solution of the accommodation requirements of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9; i...More Button

My Department is fully aware of the need to provide a solution to the long-term accommodation needs of the school to which the Deputy refers and it is actively considering two options. The first optio...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if a comprehensive response will be arranged for a submission made by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if a response will be expedited.More Button

Arrangements are being made to prepare a comprehensive response to the issues raised by the person in question. This will issue to the Deputy as quickly as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Coláistí Samhraidh.

Was asked: an bhfuil aon staidéar déanta ar an bhfeabhas a thagann ar chaighdeán Gaeilge na mac léinn a fhreastalaíonn ar na coláistí samhraidh sa Ghaeltacht; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina leith.More Button

Ní dearnadh aon tástáil chórasach státurraithe ar an dul chun cinn a dhéanann mic léinn de thairbhe a dtréimhse i gcoláistí Gaeilge. Déanann breis is 20,000 míle mac léinn freastal ar choláistí Gaeilg...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if a cap on the number of students to colleges of education to train as primary teachers will be introduced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The level of student intake to the colleges of education is determined annually by my Department taking account of the supply of and demand for primary teachers and also having regard to available res...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if she will amend the higher education grant scheme to allow for the eligibility of a non-national person (details supplied); and if pending the necessary amendment local authorities operating the sch...More Button

Under the terms of the higher education grants scheme grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, mean...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the number of welfare officers employed by the National Educational Welfare Board; the number of primary and secondary schools here; the number of such schools covered by the NEWB welfare office, tabu...More Button

The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 established the National Educational Welfare Board as the single national body with responsibility for school attendance. The Act provides a comprehensive framework pr...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the number of premises used by the National Education Psychological Service throughout the State; the cost of acquisition, running or refurbishment associated with each of these premises; and if she w...More Button

At present, National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, staff are based in office premises in a total of 21 locations throughout the country, including six temporary offices. The cost of acquisi...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the number of premises used by the National Education Welfare Board throughout the State; the cost of acquisition, running or refurbishment associated with each of these premises; and if she will make...More Button

The information requested is not readily available in my Department. However, I will arrange for the information to be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of premises used by the special educational needs officers throughout the State; the cost of acquisition, running or refurbishment associated with each of these premises; and if she will ma...More Button

I take it the Deputy is referring to special educational needs organisers. Special educational needs organisers are employed by the National Council for Special Education which is an independent statu...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the consultancy contracts awarded by all institutes of technology since 2000; the amount expended on each contract; the company to which each contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the consultancy contracts awarded by the council of directors of the institutes of technology since 2000; the amount expended on each contract; the company to which each contract was awarded; and if s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 455 and 457 together. Institutes of technology are statutory bodies established under the Regional Technical Colleges Acts 1992 to 2001. Under these Acts, the governan...More Button

Written Answers - Building Contracts.

Was asked: the building contracts awarded by all institutes of technology since 2000; the amount expended on each contract; the company to which each contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is being collated within my Department and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: the reason a unit (details supplied) will not be included in those institutions earmarked for redress under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002.More Button

Section 4 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides that in order for an institution to be considered for inclusion in the Schedule to the Act, the facility must have been subject to r...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: the meaning of a phrase (details supplied).More Button

It is difficult to give the precise number of applicants for catchment boundary or concessionary transport who failed to secure a place for a number of reasons. In the first instance, a large number o...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if a suitable assessment will be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are two types of assessment which could arise under my Department’s remit in a case of this nature — an assessment by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), or an assessment of n...More Button

Written Answers - Youthreach Programme.

Was asked: if she will allow a Youthreach service to be set up in Birr, County Offaly; the reason for the delay in making a decision on the matter; if all necessary information to enable a decision is available ...More Button

At present, the Department has approved 109 training places in County Offaly. The vocational education committee has allocated the places under the Youthreach and senior traveller training programmes ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: when a chairperson will be appointed for the Grangegorman Development Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Grangegorman is a unique site and is of strategic importance in the context of Dublin as a whole and to the north inner city in particular. The principal functions of the Grangegorman Development Agen...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the position regarding the accommodation and staffing needs at a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

An application for additional accommodation for September 2005 was received from the school to which the Deputy refers. This application was unsuccessful as the school is accommodated in a mainstream ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of additional resource and remedial teachers which were in place on 1 October 2005 as against the 1 October 2004; if she has satisfied herself that the needs of small rural school are being...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the allocation of resource teaching hours to schools to meet the needs of children with low incidence special needs is based on the individually assessed needs of these p...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the progress being made towards the restoration and extension of a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. My officials are in the process of examining a recently received stage 1 submission, which...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position regarding dyslexia and resource services for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, a new general allocation scheme has been announced under which schools have been provided with learning support-resource teaching, LS-RT hours, based on their enrolment figures...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if, in respect of a school (details supplied) in Celbridge, County Kildare, she has received the necessary response from the school authorities with a view to meeting requirements to make the necessar...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a new eight-classroom school was delivered for the north Kildare school project in 2003. My Department does not have an application from the school for any extra...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Celbridge, County Kildare; her plans to me...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Maynooth, County Kildare; her plans to meet...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Leixlip, County Kildare; her plans to meet...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Kilcock, County Kildare; her plans to meet ...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 468, 469, 471, 472 and 484 together. As the Deputy may be aware, following widespread local consultation, my Department recently published an area development plan for...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Naas, County Kildare; her plans to meet the...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Clane, County Kildare; her plans to meet th...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the present accommodation is sufficient to meet current and projected requirements in respect of all primary and post-primary schools in Prosperous, County Kildare; her plans to me...More Button

Was asked: her plans to meet all primary, second level school place requirements in the Naas, Sallins and Kill areas of County Kildare; the timescale involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 470, 473, 474 and 498 together. I am aware that Clane, Prosperous, Sallins, Naas and Kill, like many areas located within close proximity to Dublin, continue to experi...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress in the past six months with regard to the identification of a site and provision of a new primary school at Kill, County Kildare; the precise stage of the negotiations; if these issues wi...More Button

The property management section of the Office of Public Works, which acts on behalf of the Department of Education and Science regarding site acquisitions generally, is continuing, in consultation wit...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a new eight-classroom building for the school in question has just been completed. My Department has no request for any additional facilities for this school.More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

As part of the expansion of the devolved scheme for primary school building works, a grant of €250,000 was sanctioned to enable the management authorities of the school in question to provide addition...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

Was asked: her plans to meet the accommodation requirements as set out by the school authorities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when the project will proceed; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 478, 480, 481, 483 and 490 together. The school planning section of my Department is in receipt of applications for major capital funding from the management authoriti...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

My Department has not received an application from the school in question for any additional accommodation.More Button

Written Answers -

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning...More Button

My Department has not received an application from the school in question for any additional accommodation.More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having particular regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning to...More Button

Construction of a seven classroom extension at the school in question has just been completed giving the school 16 permanent classrooms. Plans are under way for a further eight classroom extension. Th...More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning to ensure tha...More Button

Construction of an extension at the school in question will be completed shortly. My Department has no request for any additional facilities for this school.More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning to ensure tha...More Button

Construction work is well under way on an extension to the school in question. The extension is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2006.More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the need for adequate forward planning to ensure tha...More Button

My Department has not received an application from the school in question for any additional accommodation.More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the adequacy of the accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare having regard to demographic trends and the needs for adequate forward planning to ensure th...More Button

My Department has not received an application from the school in question for any additional accommodation.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the extent to which speech and language requirements have been assessed or determined in respect of each national school in north Kildare; the extent to which such requirements are being met; her plan...More Button

The issues raised in the question are a matter for my colleague, the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children.More Button

Was asked: the full extent of the current need in respect of remedial, resource or other special needs teachers at all primary and second level schools throughout County Kildare; her proposals to approve the nec...More Button

Was asked: the number of special needs teachers currently appointed to various schools throughout County Kildare; the number still required as identified by the various school authorities; her proposals to make ...More Button

Was asked: the number of special needs assistants approved or appointed to various schools throughout County Kildare; the additional number required; her proposals to meet this requirement in full at an early da...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 492 to 494, inclusive, together. As the Deputy is aware, my Department announced the new general allocation system of teaching resources last May with a view to it bei...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the action she will take to address the issue of pupil-teacher ratios in primary schools throughout County Kildare which currently have pupil-teacher ratios higher than the national average; and if sh...More Button

Significant improvements have been made in the pupil teacher ratio in recent years. The pupil teacher ratio, which includes all the teachers including resource teachers, has fallen from 22.2:1 in the ...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools.

Was asked: the number of incidents of school bullying reported at primary and post-primary level throughout the country in each of the past five years; the action taken or proposed to combat the problem; and if ...More Button

Individual school management authorities are not required to report to my Department on incidences of bullying. Therefore, the information requested by the Deputy is not available in my Department. Ho...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the requirement and the availability of child psychological services at primary and second level schools throughout County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All schools in County Kildare have access to psychological assessments for their pupils, either through the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, service directly or through the scheme for...More Button

Written Answers - Literacy Levels.

Was asked: her plans to address the issue of literacy here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government’s commitment to achieving the highest possible standards of literacy both for those in school and for adults of all ages is reflected in the social partnership agreement, Sustaining Pro...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of learning resource teachers in Lucan over the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

Was asked: the number of learning resource teachers in Clondalkin over the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

Was asked: the number of special needs teachers in the Lucan area over the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

Was asked: the number of special needs teachers in the Clondalkin area of the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 500 to 503, inclusive, together. The specific information requested by the Deputy is not available. However, at primary level there are now approximately 5,000 teacher...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Dublin with specific details on the autistic unit within the school; the number of teachers who are employed in the autistic unit; the reso...More Button

The school in question has two special classes for autism with two teachers and five special need assistants. Each class has a pupil teacher ratio of 6:1. These classes cater for nine children. The bu...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if she will provide a progress report on the roll out of new career guidance teachers for junior certificate classes in the Clondalkin and Lucan areas.More Button

My Department makes a specific ex-quota allocation of teaching posts in respect of guidance to schools in the second level system. This allocation is based on the pupil enrolment in September of the p...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1281 of 28 September 2005, in relation to a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath the name of the person in the school planning section who is carrying ou...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the review of the long term accommodation needs of the school in question has been completed. The information has been submitted to the appeals committee and it ...More Button


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