Quinn, Ruairí

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 738 No. 1

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Priority Questions - School Enrolments

Was asked: the impact that Census 2011 will have on his Department’s school building programme; the likely impact on teaching numbers at both primary and post primary level; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

We had envisaged that there would be increases of more than 45,000 primary school pupils and 24,900 post-primary pupils, excluding post-leaving certificate students, between now and 2018. The 2011 ce...More Button

I am satisfied that it will do so. I am not sure if the Deputies opposite have had an opportunity to examine the new geographical information storage system which tracks the locations where child ben...More Button

I will have that arranged.More Button

Two separate issues arise from the Deputy’s question. Parents in built-up areas might prefer to send their child to a gaelscoil or an Educate Together school but cannot do so. They might prefer the ...More Button

Priority Questions - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the funding he intends to make available to complete the construction of new school builds and upgrades to existing buildings including snag lists that were the responsibility of builders who went o...More Button

Each main contractor that is engaged in a major school building project is required to produce a performance bond before it commences works. The bond provides security for the State if the contractor...More Button

A number of contractors that were undertaking schools building projects have gone into receivership. They are in suspended animation, in effect, because they are not performing. The sites in questio...More Button

I know from my previous background as an architect that in recessionary times, contractors sometimes undercut other tenders or bids when a project goes out to tender. They are hoping to buy work, in ...More Button

Yes. It is something that concerns me already because there have been bankruptcies in a number of projects. One must put the completion of the contract out for re-tender and that process is cumberso...More Button

Priority Questions - School Staffing

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that only qualified registered teachers will be employed in approved teaching posts in schools from September 2011; and the response to date from schools following a rece...More Button

I am committed to ensuring that schools employ registered teachers who have the qualifications needed for teaching in recognised schools. This is important in terms of quality provision to pupils and...More Button

The Deputy opposite, Deputy Crowe and I were at the INTO conference in Sligo just after Easter at which time this issue was hotly debated. It really must be brought to the attention of everybody invo...More Button

We will be moving to have in place by autumn a system whereby the school will make available a panel of substitute teachers that it has in mind should a necessity to hire somebody arise and that panel...More Button

Priority Questions - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will provide a report outlining the way a decision is made by him in which children with behavioural or special needs may lose a special needs assistant; the appeals process currently in place...More Button

As Minister, I do not make individual decisions regarding the allocation of special needs assistants to a particular child. The National Council for Special Education, NCSE, is responsible for allocat...More Button

I understand the concern the Deputy expressed. I have had it expressed to me by parents in my constituency and around the country, and by many of the Fine Gael and Labour backbench Deputies. I hope ...More Button

I am unsure what the response to getting the statistical data on a county basis will be but I will make inquiries in that regard. If the data are available I will make them available to all Deputies ...More Button

Other Questions - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: the likely timescale for the proposed rationalisation of the vocational education committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My officials are working on the preparation of legislation to give effect to the Government decision to reconfigure the VEC sector. This will take the form of a Bill that will consolidate the existin...More Button

No. We are consolidating nine separate tranches of legislation. The first Vocational Education Committee Act was in 1930. Since then and as recently as 2001, for various reasons there has been vari...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, there are 33 VECs currently. Within that structure, 22 of the chief executive officers, CEOs, are permanent and the others are acting at present. The union representing the 2...More Button

There is similar thinking on this side of the House in respect of that matter. My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Ciarán Cannon, will have responsibility for taking the training element that...More Button

Other Questions - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if he will review and honour the pledge he made in February 2011, and reverse the €500 increase in the student contribution fee. More Button

The economic circumstances of the country are such that the decision by the previous Government to introduce a new student contribution charge of €2,000 from this September cannot be reversed. The pr...More Button

The decision to increase the student contribution from €1,500 to €2,000 was made in December 2010. The election took place in February and the programme for Government adopted in full — because the i...More Button

The Deputy from Dublin South-West is articulating what the loss of economic sovereignty means. This is the point this country has reached and this is what the loss of control over our own cheque book...More Button

Other Questions - School Transport

Was asked: if he will consider directly subsidising schools for the provision of their own school transport through the private sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the progress made in relation to the publication of a plan to implement the Education for People with Special Education Needs Act 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will explain the root cause in the delay in implementing fully the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act. More Button

Was asked: the timescale in which he proposes to initiate fully the commencement acts that are needed to implement the Education for People with Special Educational Needs Act. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 19 and 29 together. The Deputies will be aware that a number of sections of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs, EPSEN, Act have been commenced...More Button

I share the Deputy’s concern and those expressed by a wide number of Deputies across the House. The advice to me in the Department is that there would be difficulties if we tried to introduce the leg...More Button

I understand the Deputy’s point and heard him use the phrase “rights-based”. One could exercise these rights if this was a sovereign republic in control of its own economy. There is only one crowd i...More Button

It is the European Central Bank or the money-lenders. The House needs to understand the reality of where we are. We have lost our economic sovereignty. We cannot deliver on a rights-based approach ...More Button

I will not get into the blame game because everybody knows how we got here. The debate has to be informed by reality. I support what Deputy Crowe is looking for and we may be able to look at it when...More Button

The reality, sad and all as it may be, is that we have to reduce current expenditure in the education sector in the forthcoming fiscal year. The thrust of my reply is that if we were to attempt to im...More Button

That is a very fair request. We will explore ways by which we can implement the EPSEN Act.More Button

Other Questions - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: the steps that have been taken to ensure that the Professional Development Service for Teachers has sufficient full-time staff to meet the needs of Gaelscoileanna, Gaelcholáistí and Scoileanna Gaelt...More Button

Other Questions - Voluntary Contributions

Was asked: the controls that will be implemented to assist families who are expected to make a voluntary registration fee at the start of every year for primary and secondary school students, who are also expe...More Button

It is not my Department’s policy to prohibit the practice of schools seeking contributions from parents as long as it is made absolutely clear that the contributions concerned are voluntary. The mann...More Button

I thank the Deputy for raising these matters in a supplementary question. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the National Parents Council and others have raised two issues with me. One is the frequ...More Button

I will respond first to what Deputy Boyd Barrett said. Within the primary school structure there are parents’ representatives on the boards of management. Therefore, if any parents feel they have be...More Button

Other Questions - School IT Systems

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the problems being experienced in some schools where there are difficulties in maintaining and upgrading essential IT systems and the way he proposes to address thi...More Button

Each school is responsible for the development, management and maintenance of its IT systems and there is no requirement to notify difficulties to my Department. The Department recognises the need fo...More Button

That is a very helpful suggestion which I will explore.More Button

That suggestion is very much in the spirit of the reforms for the VEC sector that we have in mind.More Button

I note what the Deputy has said.More Button

Other Questions - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the progress made by Cork County Vocational Education Committee in securing funding for the proposed development of a 900 pupil secondary school for Skibbereen, County Cork; the stages of the assess...More Button

Other Questions - School Transport

Was asked: if any analysis has been undertaken to identify possible savings in relation to school transport costs with improved co-ordination of school holidays at both primary and post primary level; and if h...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: if all persons holding a Bachelor in Civil and Environmental Engineering who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education are deemed eligible by the Teaching Council to teach mathe...More Button

Was asked: the discussions, if any, he has had with the Teaching Council regarding the rules and standards which are applied to engineering graduates who have completed Postgraduate Diplomas in Education and th...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: his views on the redeployment of primary school teachers to gaelscoileanna, even if their standard of Irish may not be adequate to teach in an Irish speaking school. More Button

Traditionally redeployment at primary level has operated within schools of the same patronage. The Croke Park Agreement provides for the continued employment of surplus teachers through redeployment. ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Staff Remuneration

Was asked: his views on the recent media reports in relation to remuneration levels for staff in third level colleges and universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The number of staff earning more than €100,000 in universities and Dublin Institute of Technology includes the most senior levels of management whose salaries exceed €150,000, Academic Medical Consult...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes

Was asked: the recommendations in the value for money review of the special needs assistant scheme and the clear evidence highlighted in the review that the role of SNAs here has evolved to include an education...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide further details on the way in which he intends to restate the purpose of the special needs assistant scheme following the findings of the value for money review of the scheme; and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 38 together. The Deputy will be aware that my Department has published a Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Analysis review of the Special Needs Assistant scheme....More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: if he will clarify and confirm that, in the context of any future proposed reforms of the junior certificate cycle or programme, teachers devising their own courses and who are subject to continuous ...More Button

Was asked: if he has received the report of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on reform of the junior certificate; and when he will publish the recommendations of the NCCA. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 21 together. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is currently finalising its advice to me on the direction of junior cycle reform, in consultatio...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if he will give a commitment to protect class sizes in this year’s budget following recent figures from him which indicate a higher than expected increase in student numbers between now and 2017 and ...More Button

At this point I do not propose to give any specific commitment on the allocation of teachers to schools for the 2012/13 school year. The number of teaching posts that we can afford to fund in schools...More Button

Written Answers - School Books

Was asked: if he will consider following the practice of the Department of Education in the United Kingdom by introducing a national school books service to reduce the increasing cost that burdens parents every...More Button

I share the concern expressed by many parents and organisations, including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in relation to the high cost of school books and the frequent rate of revisions made by b...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service

Was asked: the average time taken by the National Educational Psychological Service Agency to assess children under the age of six years suspected of having special educational needs or behavioural difficulties...More Button

My Department’s National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) operates an early intervention continuum of assessment in schools for children with the broad range of special educational needs, incl...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: his plans to introduce an independent appeals process which would allow parents of special needs children to make appeals directly to the National Council for Special Education; and if he will make a...More Button

Was asked: the current review into special needs assistants and when a special education needs organiser recommends the removal of an SNA from a child, the extent to which the same SENO can be involved in any a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25 and 52 together. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools. 10,575 whole time equ...More Button

Written Answers - Future Skills Needs

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to utilise the skills currently available to meet the requirements of industry thus leading to greater job creation; the extent to which he expects to engage with the t...More Button

Was asked: the extent of third level courses that are available to meet requirements of the public and the private sector in the future; if particular disciplines have been identified or trends established whi...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the number of students that will have their higher education grants approved at €1,250 rather than €3,120 because of changes to the non-adjacent rate; if he has analysed the socio-economic and or inc...More Button

I regret that I am not in a position to reverse changes to the student grant scheme announced by the previous Government. Some 18,000 students qualifying for grant support are estimated to live betwe...More Button

Written Answers - Post Leaving Certificate Places

Was asked: his plans to increase the cap on students by 175 in Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education, County Dublin, which would enable the creation of four new courses for which there is a very clear labo...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: his plans to deal with the number of children who will be excluded from schools in September; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in an area. However, this may result in some pupils not obtaining...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: his plans to ensure that children assessed under the Special Educational Act 2004 have a personal education plan in place. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that although the relevant sections of the EPSEN Act providing for a statutory requirement for the use of Individual Education Plans (IEP) plans have not yet been commenced...More Button

Written Answers - Public Private Partnerships

Was asked: if he is confident that funding can be secured through public private partnerships to build some of the 40 new primary and post primary schools required over the next six years to meet demographic gr...More Button

I recently announced that up to 40 new schools are to be established within the next six years. The optimum delivery method for each of these schools will be considered on an ongoing basis within the...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if he will ensure that farming families are protected from any changes to the assessment for third level grants in view of the his recent comments on these matters. More Button

I have taken no decision in relation to the introduction of a capital assets test for student grant purposes. I have made it clear, however, that I want to ensure that the objective of the student gr...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools

Was asked: the recourse available to a victim of serious school bullying in cases in which the school authorities have contributed to the problem and the school board of management have not successfully resolve...More Button

Was asked: if he has read the file that this Deputy sent to him on 1 June 2011 (details supplied) relating to a young person who was wrongly and publicly accused by a school principal of kicking another student...More Button

Was asked: if he has read the file sent to him on 1 June 2011 (details supplied) relating to a young person who was wrongly and publicly accused by a school principal of kicking another student; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: the extent school bullying incidents are reported to him, with particular reference to the need to review such incidents in order to determine frequency or seriousness; the procedures if any in place...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 48, 98 and 126 together. I take the issue of bullying in schools very seriously and am committed to ensuring that schools tackle bullying in all its forms. Under t...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Projects

Was asked: the progress made to date in advancing a new digital school resource; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to a recommendation made in the Smart Schools = Smart Economy report in relation to the development of a national “Virtual Learning Environment” or VLE. My offic...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: if he will explain the way in which a school principal is expected to guarantee that a person with no teaching qualifications is competent and capable of acting in a teaching capacity in the school a...More Button

Was asked: the way a school principal is expected to guarantee that a person with no teaching qualifications is competent and capable of acting in a teaching capacity in the school as laid out in section 6.2 of...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos.36 and 45 together. I am fully committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent possible, only qualified and registered teachers are employed in recognised schools. M...More Button

Written Answers - School Books

Was asked: the progress, if any, made following his meeting with book publishers in relation to the need to reduce the costs of school books; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I previously indicated to the House that I would meet with book publishers and representatives of parents to discuss this important issue in greater detail. I can confirm to the Deputy that I met with...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: if the closed school rule as applied under the school transport scheme was, and is, a legally binding contract between the schools and his Department; if an evaluation study has been carried out to s...More Button

Written Answers - Private Schools Funding

Was asked: if he will consider carrying out a comprehensive review of the funding for the private school sector; and if he will provide a breakdown on the annual costs to the State. More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to recognised voluntary secondary schools that charge fees. The schools concerned are fully recognised by my Department since their foundation. The central fu...More Button

Written Answers - Literacy Levels

Was asked: when he expects the national literacy and numeracy strategy to be published in view of his promise to publish it at the end of June; and if it will contain proposals in relation to the professional d...More Button

I will be launching Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, the national strategy to improve literacy and numeracy among children and young people, tomorrow, June 8th. The strategy contains a ra...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he has any plans to introduce a centralised system for the advertising of teaching posts including principal and vice-principal posts. More Button

The advertisement of teaching and other posts is the responsibility of boards of management of schools and is managed by the relevant management body in accordance with guidelines agreed by the educat...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes

Was asked: if he will elaborate on the findings contained in his value-for-money report on special needs assistants which found an over-allocation of 27% in primary and post primary schools and 10% in special n...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that my Department has published a Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Analysis review of the Special Needs Assistant scheme. This review is available on my Departments website: ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: his plans for future co-operation with the North’s Education Minister, John O’Dowd, MLA, in order that the expertise of Áisaonad can be used throughout the entire island to translate teaching materia...More Button

I am committed to joint co-operation in this important area. An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), which is funded by my Department to co-ordinate the provision of teachi...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Staff Remuneration

Was asked: the increasing demands for funding from his Department’s budget, if he intends to review or introduce a cap on the salaries, expenses and benefits in kind of heads of universities and third level ins...More Button

Was asked: the increasing demands for funding in the education budget, if he intends to initiate any review or introduce a cap to the salaries, expenses and benefits of heads of universities, third level instit...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 59 together. The Government is taking measures to reduce Public Sector salary costs. The Government announced recently that salary costs at the highest levels a...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing concerns relating to the rollout of applications for higher education authority grants; and the way he proposes to reduce the delays to student applicat...More Button

The student grant scheme for the 2011/12 academic year has been published on www.studentfinance.ie and students are urged to apply as early as possible for a grant. They do not have to wait for a CAO...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services

Was asked: the position regarding schools located in catchment areas that are commonly experiencing problems in relation to the rollout of broadband; the way this is impacting on teaching in these schools; the ...More Button

Under the schools Broadband Programme my Department procures broadband services on behalf of schools and under the resultant contracts the best available connections are provided subject to over resou...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the degree to which he expects to meet the educational requirements of children with special needs in the future; his plans to best provide for such requirements; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which it is expected to meet the requirements in terms of special needs teachers and special needs assistants in mainstream education in all areas throughout the country in the coming y...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 119 together. I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (wte) Special Needs Assistant (SNA) posts are being provided for primary, post-prima...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language

Was asked: the steps he proposes to take to improve the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Irish at second level as per the commitment in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

At post primary level An tSeirbhís Tacaíochta Dara Leibhéal don Ghaeilge is a full time team dedicated to providing support to teachers of Irish. In the last school year the team provided over 5,000 ...More Button

Written Answers - Digital Literacy Levels

Was asked: his views on the OECD PISA Digital Literacy Test results; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The OECD PISA 2009 Digital Literacy Assessment showed that Irish students’ ability to read computer-based text was significantly above the average of the 19 OECD countries that took the test. It is r...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language

Was asked: if he will encourage the provision of a graduate diploma in the teaching of specialised subjects through Gaeilge and that consideration be given to providing courses online. More Button

The 20 year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 contains a number of actions relating to teacher education including the introduction of a new Post Graduate Diploma in Education for teaching at ...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: the changes to be made to the current school enrolment policy that will deal with the discriminatory practices which have allowed elite schools to flout the equality legislation by actively discourag...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I have recently launched a discussion paper on school enrolment. The document, “Discussion Paper on a Regulatory Framework for School Enrolment” contains suggestions on h...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the circumstances in which a special education needs officers can overrule a specific and explicit recommendation by a consultant child psychiatrist that a pupil being treated by him or her should ha...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) and Disability Acts set out clearly the role and functions of the National Council for Special Educatio...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: the preliminary census results which indicate a significant growth in population here since 2006, the likely effects of this growth on school class sizes; his plans to deal with such effects; and if ...More Button

At this point I do not propose to give any specific commitment on the allocation of teachers to schools for the 2012/13 school year. The number of teaching posts that we can afford to fund in schools ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the number of applications for special needs assistants that have been turned down; the number and percentage of schools that received less than the requested allocation of resource hours and SNAs fo...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: the reason Bus Éireann received an over-payment of €14 million for administering the school transport scheme on behalf of his Department as outlined in a recent report on the published accounts of Bu...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if he will give a commitment to protect class sizes in this years budget following recent figures from his Department which indicate a greater than expected increase in student numbers between now an...More Button

At this point I do not propose to give any specific commitment on the allocation of teachers to schools for the 2012/13 school year. The number of teaching posts that we can afford to fund in schools ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: the rationale for the introduction of project maths as an additional subject in the secondary school education system in the context of the rollout of pilot project for this subject. More Button

Project Maths is a major programme of reform in mathematics in second level schools, which is designed to encourage better understanding of mathematics, to reinforce its practical relevance to everyda...More Button

Was asked: the process for the evaluation of the pilot project maths subject; and if this is to be provided prior to examination correction for the 2011 leaving certificate students. More Button

Project Maths is a major programme of reform in mathematics in second level schools, which is designed to encourage better understanding of mathematics, to reinforce its practical relevance to everyda...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if a school or a parent appeals the removal of a special needs assistant from a child, will the actual appeal process concentrate on that individual child or will the process open up and involve othe...More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools. 10,575 whole time equivalent posts are being provided for the coming school ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing concern and the apparent lack of consistency or use of assessment tools for diagnosis in relation to the assessment of a child or children with special ...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has responsibility for processing resource applications for children with disabilities who have special educational n...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing concern in relation to the withdrawal of special needs assistants and particularly around the way a special needs education organiser in the current rev...More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools. 10,575 whole time equivalent posts are being provided for the coming school ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing concern in relation to the withdrawal of special needs assistants and particularly around the way a special needs education organiser can be deemed to b...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8, having lost its special class, has been informed that it will not be sanctioned for a full-time resource teac...More Button

My Department has been in correspondence with the school referred to by the Deputy regarding the staffing requirements for 2011/12. I understand that the concerns raised by the Board of Management and...More Button

Written Answers - School Patronage

Was asked: the position regarding the review into the school patronage system across the Twenty-six Counties; and if it will be based on giving parents a clearer and more comprehensive choice for their children...More Button

In accordance with the Programme for Government, a Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector was launched in mid April. An Advisory Group, chaired by Professor John Coolahan, is overseei...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in Dublin 24 which, in spite of its catchment and pupil background, has not been granted disadvantaged status. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) is my Department’s action plan for educational inclusion, and provides for a standardised system for identifying levels of ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: if he will ensure that any reform of the junior certificate cycle be accompanied by meaningful consultation with teachers’ unions, teachers’ representatives and education bodies, that a change in the...More Button

Under Section 30 of the Education Act 1998, the curriculum in schools is subject to my approval, following any consultation considered appropriate with the partners in education and the advice of Nati...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown per county, the areas currently covered, the amount of psychologists available and the number of posts that are currently filled or remain unfilled by the National Educ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that all primary and post- primary schools have access to psychological assessments either directly through the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) or through the...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will provide a comparative analysis of the ratio of pupils and special needs assistants servicing national schools compared to primary schools in the Six Counties. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas o...More Button

Was asked: if he will reconsider the withdrawal of a special needs assistant in respect of a child (details supplied) in view of the exceptional circumstances of the case. More Button

I wish to clarify for the Deputy that Special Needs Assistant (SNA) allocations are not permanent, as the level of SNA support allocated to a school may be increased or decreased as pupils who qualify...More Button

Written Answers - School Services Staff

Was asked: the number of special needs assistants in County Meath who have had their contracts terminated since March 2011; and the number of SNAs who will not have their contracts renewed for September 2011. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas o...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare can obtain a place in the current year at a school in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The selection and enrolment of pupils in schools is the responsibility of the authorities of the individual school. My Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, betwe...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Services Staff

Was asked: the extent to which it is expected to meet the requirement in respect of special needs assistants at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the full request is likely to be met in the comi...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating resource teache...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the allocation of special needs assistant posts to schools for the 2011-12 school year; if there is any appeal process in place; the amount of an overall budget saving he is ac...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that there will be more SNA posts this year than there were last year. There is therefore no estimated budget saving. 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being p...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 30 June 2011, the reason he has not given a full and complete response to same; if he will now supply the information requested; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The allocation to date for New Kildare Town Community School is 46 teaching posts. This includes a concession of 2.50 posts in relation to the amalgamation and 3 posts under projected enrolment for th...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the number of special needs assistants which have been assigned to date to schools in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: further to his announcement of a new primary school in the Stepaside area of Dublin South, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in Leopardstown is in this catc...More Button

The building project to deliver a new 24 classroom building for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at architectural planning stage. The Board of Management was informed last week that...More Button

Written Answers - Preschool Services

Was asked: his roles and responsibilities or any body under his aegis in relation to the development and provision of early years and preschool education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the vast majority of support for childcare, including pre-school education, is not provided by my Department, but is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affair...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: if he will review the allocation of teacher numbers to Roscommon Vocational Education Committee in view of the fact that current proposals will leave a shortfall of five teaching posts and possible c...More Button

Teacher allocations to VEC schemes are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment. In accordance with existing arrangements, where a ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: the amount of money committed for 2011 under the additional accommodation scheme. More Button

€60 million has been allocated in 2011 to meet commitments arising from earlier years and to fund approvals in 2011 under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme.More Button

Written Answers - School Services Staff

Was asked: if will extend the time line beyond the current 12 month period to allow special needs assistants, who have had their working hours changed, to apply for part redundancy. More Button

The rules and regulations governing the submission of redundancy claims are set down by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Department of Education and Skills has no discretion to a...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed outline of plans to address the overcrowding situation in primary and secondary schools in Kildare North, taking into consideration that the school going age of children...More Button

The Forward Planning Section of my Department has examined all areas of the country to determine where additional provision will be required at both primary and post-primary level up to 2017. This det...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will not cut the special needs assistant at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for the coming school year. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of persons in FÁS training programmes by area, who have a qualification at a given level on the National Framework of Qualifications, who are now undertaking ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of persons in FÁS training programmes from Dublin north west, who have a qualification at a given level on the National Framework of Qualifications, who are n...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of persons in FÁS training programmes by area, who have a qualification at a given level of the National Framework of Qualifications, who are now undertaking ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of persons in FÁS training programmes from Dublin north west, who have a qualification at a given level of the National Framework of Qualifications, who are n...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the degree to which the full requirements in respect of speech and language teaching have been determined; the extent to which these requirements are expected to be met now and in the future; and if...More Button

It would appear that the Deputy is referring to the arrangements that are applying for 2011/12 to Language Support Teachers in schools. A phased reduction in the number of Language Support Teachers wa...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: if he will review the school transport curtailments inherited from his predecessor with a view to the introduction of a fairer and more efficient system with an emphasis on reduction of hardship for ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: if he expects to be in a position to fulfil, in full or in part, the school building programme in the course of the coming year, with particular reference to requests for additional or replacement fa...More Button

Was asked: the new schools in County Kildare likely to be opened in the next 12 months; the extent to which this meets the requirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number and location of school building projects in County Kildare; the number in respect of which construction work is in progress; the number still at planning stage; the degree to which it is i...More Button

Was asked: the number of schools at primary and secondary level throughout the country at present which are deemed to be urgently in need of refurbishment or replacement; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 122, 124, 125 and 127 together. Based on my Department’s most recent statistics, it is expected that enrolments will increase nationally from a current enrolment at pr...More Button

Written Answers - Education Policy

Was asked: the steps he intends to take in general to alleviate the impact of curtailment of plans brought about by the economic situation he inherited, with particular reference to pupil-teacher ratios, overcr...More Button

The process of allocating teaching resources to schools for 2011/2012 takes place in the context of the EU/IMF Programme of Support for Ireland and the Public Service Agreement 2010/2014. It is necess...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the position regarding devolved funding for an extension to a special school (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will expedite the matter in view of extra pressure on this facility due ...More Button

I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for funding to provide ancillary accommodation and for refurbishment works. Additional information was sought fro...More Button

Written Answers - School Inspections

Was asked: the process by which he can address the failure of a board of management to implement changes recommended by a whole-school evaluation inspector. More Button

Responsibility for the implementation of recommendations arising from inspection reports rests primarily with the board of management and the principal and staff of the school. Following the in-school...More Button

Written Answers -

Was asked: the process by which a complaint can be made to him that a board of management has failed to implement changes recommended by a whole-school evaluation inspector. More Button

In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school. The Education Act sets out the obligations of a recogni...More Button

Written Answers - Language Support Provision

Was asked: if the two teachers required by a school (details supplied) in County Carlow who will teach English as an additional language will be approved as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Significant support is given to schools by way of language support provision. The level of extra teaching support provided in respect of language support to any school is determined by the numbers of ...More Button


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