Written Answers - School Staffing.

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 609 No. 63

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  136.  Mr. Crowe  Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   when she intends to provide a second adult to the 20 one-teacher schools currently in operation here. [32745/05]

  139.  Mr. Howlin  Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   her views on the health and safety concerns expressed by the one-teacher support group; if she will address their concerns; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32764/05]

  566.  Ms Harkin  Information on Marian Harkin  Zoom on Marian Harkin   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   her plans to deal with safety issues in one-teacher schools (details supplied). [33381/05]

  610.  Mr. Connolly  Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   her views on the appointment of a classroom assistant to the 20 remaining one-teacher schools throughout the country from a health and safety perspective to provide for various emergency contingencies which arise daily; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32645/05]

  619.  Mr. Costello  Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there are 20 one-teacher schools here at present; if her attention has further been drawn to the recent establishment of the one-teacher school support council to campaign on their behalf; if a classroom assistant or a special needs assistant will be appointed to each of the one-teacher schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32812/05]

  626.  Mr. J. Higgins  Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if each of the 20 one-teacher schools here will be authorised to employ another adult to guarantee the health and safety of the pupils in these schools. [32883/05]

  635.  Mr. McGinley  Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if her attention has been drawn to the establishment of an organisation (details supplied); and her plans to alleviate the difficulties being encountered by teachers and pupils in such schools. [33096/05]

  703.  Mr. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if provision can or will be made for an extra teacher or classroom assistant for all one-teacher schools here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33231/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 139, 566, 610, 619, 626, 635 and 703 together.

The mainstream teacher allocation of all primary schools, including one-teacher schools, is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year. The staffing schedule is outlined in a circular which is issued annually to all primary schools. In addition, such schools may be eligible for additional teacher or special needs assistant allocations in accordance with the criteria for the allocation of special needs resources. The staffing situation of one-teacher schools is being reviewed.


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