Written Answers - School Staffing.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 687 No. 3

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  570.  Deputy Ruairí Quinn  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   if he will provide a copy of the staffing schedule governing the appointment and retention of mainstream class teachers in all types of secondary schools for the 2009/2010 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27245/09]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  I can now update the Deputy in relation to the publication of teacher allocations to second level schools. My Department is currently finalising the data for publication and I expect that this data will be placed on my Department’s website in the coming period. I am conscious that the Deputy has raised this matter previously and I will arrange to have the Deputy notified when the data is available on the website. I will also provide the Deputy with a hard copy of same when it becomes available.

[677]These allocations when published will be provisional at this stage and will reflect the initial allocation position. The final position for any one school will depend on a number of other factors such as the allocation of support teachers, additional posts for schools that are developing rapidly and posts allocated as a result of the appeals processes.

The final staffing position for all schools will ultimately not be known until the Autumn. At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed for mainstream classroom teachers and any appeals to the Staffing Appeals Boards will have been considered. The appellate process is particularly relevant at post-primary level where any specific curricular needs of the school concerned are considered. Also at post-primary there is no effective system wide redeployment scheme at present and this can mean that schools retain teachers, though over quota. The data on my Department’s website will be further updated later in the year when final allocations are determined.

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