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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 365-385
 Header Item School Accommodation
 Header Item Schools Building Projects Application Numbers
 Header Item Departmental IT Systems
 Header Item School Curriculum
 Header Item Schools Building Projects Administration
 Header Item Teaching Qualifications
 Header Item Teaching Qualifications
 Header Item School Management
 Header Item Summer Works Scheme Expenditure
 Header Item Minor Works Scheme Expenditure
 Header Item Emergency Works Scheme Funding
 Header Item School Accommodation
 Header Item Schools Building Projects Expenditure
 Header Item School Curriculum
 Header Item DEIS Schools

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 809 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 365-385

School Accommodation

 365. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details, on a county basis, of rented school accommodation at primary level, including the annual rent. [32113/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn A list of Primary schools renting temporary accommodation on a county by county basis, is set out in the following table for the Deputy's attention.

  The table is available as attachment Q365.xls at the top of the web page.

Schools Building Projects Application Numbers

 366. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details of each school built using off-site construction since 2008, including the name and address of the schools concerned. [32114/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn For the Deputy's information the attached spreadsheet gives details of school buildings (including extensions to existing buildings) delivered using off-site construction from 2008 up to the end of June 2013.

In addition a number of schools are currently under construction and due to be handed over as part of the current 2013 Rapid Programme.

   List of Off-site Construction Schools 1/7/2013

County Roll No. School Project Description Sector Practical\Substantial Completion Date
Carlow 20295K Carlow Educate Together NS New school Primary 2008
Cork 00512D Midleton Convent NS New school Primary 2009
Cork 16746S Ballygarvan NS New school Primary 2012
Cork 19839R Gaelscoil Uí Riordán, Ballincollig New school Primary 2012
Cork 20335T Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown (PHASE I) New school Primary 2009
Dublin City 60450U Coláiste Mhuire, CID campus, Cabra, Dublin 7 New school Post-primary 2012
Dublin City 20052H Gaelscoil Cholmcille Coolock, Dublin New school Primary 2008
Dublin City 20131D Dublin 7 Educate Together aka Grangegorman New school Primary 2009
Dublin City 20304I St Francis N.S., Belmayne New school Primary 2008
Dublin City 20308Q Belmayne Educate Together NS New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 15315J St George's N.S., Balbriggan (PHASE I) New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 15315J St. George's NS, Naul Road, Balbriggan, Dublin 15 Extension Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 16675V Mulhuddart National School New school Primary 2012
Dublin Fingal 16675V Mulhuddart National School Extension (temp) Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20095C Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe (see also 20145O) New school Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20145O Swords Educate Together NS (see also 20095C) New school Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20161M Donabate\Portrane Educate Together New school Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20176C Rush and Lusk Educate Together New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20201V Tyrrelstown Educate Together New school Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20202A Balbriggan ET  New school Primary 2010
Dublin Fingal 20241K Scoil Choilm, Diswellstown,Porterstown New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20247W Scoil Ghrianne Community N.S., Phibblestown New school  Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20252P Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, Castlelands, Balbriggan  New school  Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20252P Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, Castlelands, Balbriggan (See also 20282B) Extension Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20282B Bracken Educate Together, Castlelands, Balbriggan (See also 20252P) Extension Primary 2011
Dublin Fingal 20282B Bracken Educate Together,Balbriggan New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20302E Thornleigh Educate Together National School, Thornleigh Green, Swords Extension Primary 2012
Dublin Fingal 20302E Thornleigh Educate Together National School, Thornleigh Green, Swords New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20307O Skerries Educate Together NS, Kelly's Bay New school Primary 2008
Dublin Fingal 20307O Skerries Educate Together NS, Kelly's Bay Extension Primary 2013
Dublin Fingal 20348F Holywell ET, Swords New school Primary 2012
Dublin Fingal 20269J Scoil Chormaic, Balbriggan New school Primary 2012
Dublin Fingal 76129H Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan New  school - Phase I  Post-primary 2009
Galway City 19858V Gaelscoil Dara, Galway City New school Primary 2011
Kildare 06209J Athy Model NS (See also 16705E and 20192A) Extension to an existing building Primary 2011
Kildare 16705E Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Athy New school  - PHASE I Primary 2009
Kildare 16705E Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Athy (See also 06209J and 20192A) New school  Primary 2011
Kildare 20159C Gaelscoil Nas Na Riogh - Piper's Hill New School  Primary 2009
Kildare 20192A Scoil Áth Í, Athy (See also 06209J and 16705E) Extension Primary 2011
Kildare 20257C Scoil Naomh Padraig, Celbridge New  school  Primary 2008
Kildare 20271T Scoil na Naomh Uilig, Rickardstown, Newbridge (Phase I) New school Primary 2010
Kildare 20271T Scoil na Naomh Uilig, Rickardstown, Newbridge (Phase II) Extension Primary 2011
Kildare 20292E Maynooth Educate Together New school Primary 2008
Laois 15556I Portarlington Convent NS Extension Primary 2012
Laois 20081O Gaelscoil Portlaoise New school Primary 2008
Louth 20294I Aston Village Educate Together, Drogheda Extension Primary 2011
Louth 20294I Aston Village Educate Together, Drogheda New  school  - PHASE I Primary 2008
Meath 20146Q Le Cheile ET, Mornington, Drogheda New school Primary 2009
Meath 20215J St. Paul's NS, Ratoath New school Primary 2011
Offaly 20189L Tullamore Educate Together New school  Primary 2008
South Dublin 17055T Scoil Mhuire, Saggart extension  Primary 2008
South Dublin  20223I Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan New  school Primary 2012
South Dublin  20274C Esker ET, Adamstown, Lucan Temporary Accommodation Primary 2011
South Dublin 20303G Lucan East Educate Together, Clonburris New  school  - PHASE I Primary 2008
South Dublin  20303G Lucan East Educate Together, Clonburris Extension  Primary 2011
Westmeath 19848S St Etchen's, Kinnegad Extension Primary 2008
Westmeath 20188J Mullingar Educate Together New school Primary 2008
Wexford 20057R Gaelscoil Inis Corthaidh, Enniscorthy New school Primary 2013
Wexford 20165U Gaelscoil Mhiosolog, Gorey New school  - PHASE I Primary 2008
Wexford 20165U Gaelscoil Mhiosolog, Gorey Extension Primary 2013
Wexford 20214H Gorey Educate Together New  school  - PHASE I Primary 2008
Wexford 20214H Gorey Educate Together Extension Primary 2009
Wexford 76127D Gorey Community College Temporary Accommodation for Sept 2011 to cater for 300 pupils pending the delivery of the permanent PPP project Post-primary 2011
Wicklow 20300A Greystones  Educate Together NS New school  - PHASE I Primary 2008
Wicklow 20301C Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath, Greystones New  school  - PHASE I Primary 2008



 

Departmental IT Systems

 367. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details of work by his Department to improve its IT infrastructure and upgrade IT systems in order to enhance the capacity for ready retrieval of information, including specific progress on a unified data model designed to rationalise, standardise and unify his Department’s main data holdings, so as to provide a solid foundation on which to build new systems including details of available financial, human and IT resources. [32115/13]

 368. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if work is being progressed by his Department to improve its IT infrastructure and upgrade IT systems in order to enhance the capacity for ready retrieval of information includes the provision for the electronic return and management of data from schools. [32116/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I propose to take Questions Nos. 367 and 368 together.

   My Department has implemented a number of IT Infrastructure and IT Systems improvements in recent years. The main highlights are:

1. Bandwidth improvements to the telecommunications infrastructure between the three main offices (Dublin, Athlone and Tullamore) has facilitated improved resilience between these locations. Increased bandwidth has also been rolled out to 31 local/regional offices.

2. Over the last 3 years, network storage has been consolidated, resulting in the reduction of the number of computer servers from 100 to approximately 10. This has resulted in a reduction in the associated maintenance and running costs of the provision of network storage.

3. A major PC upgrade programme is currently underway, in the three main offices, along with an upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2013 and rollout of Unified Communications.

4. A major project to upgrade the hardware (servers and Storage Area Network) and database software architecture underlying the department's main datasets will commence shortly.

5. A single, central repository of school and pupil data has been delivered through the Unified Data Model (UDM) project.

6. Building on UDM, the PPOD (Post-Primary Online Data) project which is scheduled to be delivered in October 2013, will provide an online system to facilitate the updating of pupil and school data by Post-Primary schools.

7. There are ongoing enhancements to the Online Claims System, used by schools to input school employee absences and casual/non-casual appointments. There are also online systems to capture aggregate literacy and numeracy data from primary schools and accommodation details from primary and post-primary schools.

8. Business Intelligence solutions have been implemented on a number of existing datasets, for some business areas and work is continuing to broaden its use.

  My Department's IT Unit currently has a staffing complement of 54 and a budget of €4.63 million.

School Curriculum

 369. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn his plans to fund ICT in primary schools in view of the removal by his Department of the minor repairs grant from which schools were authorised to fund ICT purchases.  [32117/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Integrating ICT into teaching and learning in schools remains a priority for this Government. My Department's ICT in Schools programme sets out a clear agenda to be pursued in this regard, focusing on four main priorities: ICT Infrastructure in schools, the Schools Broadband Programme, the development of teacher skills, and the provision of curriculum-relevant digital content. On the infrastructure side, my Department distributed more than €90m in ICT Infrastructure grants to schools nationwide in 2009 and 2010. The priority under this grant scheme was the equipping of all classrooms with a digital projector, teaching computer and wireless keyboard and mouse. This ICT infrastructure grant scheme is now fully disbursed. In view of budgetary pressures there are no plans to introduce a new Infrastructure Grant Scheme. However, my Department continues to fund the various elements of the ICT schools programme. Work has commenced on the development of a new ICT Strategy for schools. The new ICT Strategy will address the new policy challenges and opportunities arising from major developments in curricular reform, digital publishing, portable computing and student devices.

  While the works covered under the Minor Works Scheme include the purchase of IT related equipment, I stated when the Minor Works Grant last issued in November 2011 for the school year 2011/2012, that given the need to focus on meeting the demand for additional school places, it was unlikely that funding would be available for the Minor Works Grant in the coming years. This is borne out by the fact that in 2012, 85% of the capital expenditure in the school sector was in respect of large scale projects, additional accommodation and prefab replacement. The balance was expended on site acquisition, emergency works, furniture and equipment provision and commitments arising from earlier years.

The capital allocation that is available for the school sector in 2013 is expected to have a similar spend pattern as was the case in 2012 and at this time there are no plans to reinstate the Minor Works Grant. I can inform the Deputy that in the case of new schools, extensions and additional accommodation a sum of €5,000 is allocated by my Department for the provision of ICT in respect of each new classroom delivered.

Schools Building Projects Administration

 370. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he has taken any decisions on project progression in the school building programme that did not accord with recommendations made to him by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32118/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Deputy will be aware that the Five Year Construction Plan, that I announced in March 2012, lists the individual school projects that are planned to proceed to construction over the duration of the Plan. The Plan priorities new school building projects as well as major extensions in areas where significant demographic need has been established so that our school system is in a position to cater for increasing pupil numbers.

The Deputy will also be aware that due to additional funding made available for the schools' building programme as part of the Government's "Investing in Infrastructure & Jobs" package announced recently, school projects that were not contained in the 5 Year Plan but have completed extensive architectural planning are now being progressed to tender and construction.

The individual school projects to be progressed within the 5 Year Plan and Investment package were recommended by my Department, and I approved these projects in accordance with the recommendations concerned.

Teaching Qualifications

 371. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the steps he will take during the next academic year to ensure that all teaching positions in primary schools whether temporary, permanent or substitute will be filled by a fully qualified teacher. [32119/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn My Department's position is that only qualified and registered teachers should be employed by schools. This is set out most recently to schools in Circular Letter 31/2011. Current recruitment procedures direct schools to ensure that teachers proposed for appointment to publicly paid posts must be registered with the Teaching Council and have qualifications appropriate to the sector and suitable to the post for which they are proposed. The Teaching Council was established under the Teaching Council Act 2001 as the regulator of the teaching profession. The Council promotes professional standards in teaching.

The Education (Amendment) Act 2012 was enacted on 23 May 2012. This Act provides for a number of education-related matters, including provision to enable the implementation of Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001 which I intend to commence on the 1st November 2013. This will prohibit payment from public funds of people employed as teachers in recognised school's unless they are registered with the Teaching Council except for very limited, exceptional and short- term circumstances which will be set out in Ministerial Regulations.

This provision which is outlined in Circular 25/13 reinforces the Department's longstanding position that education in recognised schools funded by the State must be delivered by appropriately qualified teachers.

Teaching Qualifications

 372. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction that undertook the SCG during the last academic year. [32120/13]

 373. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction who passed the SCG during the last academic year. [32121/13]

 374. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction who have opted for an adaptation period under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC. [32122/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 to 374, inclusive, together.

  I understand the question to relate to the Irish language requirement and the adaptation period allowed to teachers who were trained in another jurisdiction under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC

Some general statistics on the matter have been provided to me by the statutory regulator for the teaching profession, the Teaching Council, as follows. 657 primary teachers are currently registered with the condition of completing the Irish Language Requirement. 178 teachers have opted to address the shortfall via an adaptation period (OCG).430 teachers have opted for the aptitude test (SCG). Some 49 teachers with the registration condition have not indicated the option/route/method that they are taking in addressing the shortfall of the Irish Language Requirement.

In the 2012/13 academic year 176 candidates sat the SCG (An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge) and 124 (70%) passed the examination. 67 candidates undertook the OCG (Measúnú ar Mhúineadh na Gaeilge) and 39 (58%) passed. Final pass rates will not be known until repeat examination results are available.

School Management

 375. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details of section 29 appeals undertaken in each of the past five years, including the outcomes of those appeals.  [32123/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The information requested by the Deputy is set out in Tables 1 and 2 below.

TABLE 1

Total Number of Appeals lodged Year 2012 Year 2011 Year 2010 Year 2009 Year 2008
Total 355 367 369 390 385


TABLE 2
Details of results of section 29 appeals from 2008 to 2012
Refusal to Enrol 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
resolved before hearing 124 124 119 149 134
upheld at hearing 40 68 27 61 58
not upheld at hearing 80 78 132 108 87
*Referred back to Board of Management     13    
Total 244 270 291 318 279
Expulsions 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
resolved before hearing 15 22 25 20 8
upheld at hearing 16 16 5 9 24
not upheld at hearing 67 43 37 35 52
*Referred back to Board of Management     2    
Total 98 81 69 64 84
Suspensions 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
resolved before hearing 3 3 0 3 8
upheld at hearing 10 11 3 2 9
not upheld at hearing 0 2 1 3 5
*Referred back to Board of Management     1    
Total 13 16 5 8 22
   * Pre a Supreme Court Judgment this was an option open to committee members, post the judgment it was no longer an option.

Summer Works Scheme Expenditure

 376. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the total amount of funding expended on the summer works scheme in primary schools in each of the past five years that the scheme was in existence. [32124/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Expenditure incurred on the Summer Works Scheme in the primary school sector in each of the past five years was as follows:

2012 - €1.350m

2011 - €32.369m

2010 - €77.726m

2009 - €53.198m

2008 - €5.993m

  In addition the following sums were expended on the Jobs Initiative as follows:

2012 - €2.966m

2011 - €17.062m

Minor Works Scheme Expenditure

 377. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the total amount of funding expended on the provision of the minor works grant in primary schools in each of the past five years that the scheme was in existence. [32125/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The funding that issued to primary schools with full recognition under the Grant Scheme for Minor Works to National School Properties over the period 2007 to 2011 was as follows:

2011 - €28.233m

2010 - €28.169m

2009 - €29.161m

2008 - €26.696m

2007 - €27.593m

Emergency Works Scheme Funding

 378. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the total amount of funding from the capital budget expended on the provision of emergency funding to primary schools in each of the past five years and the number of schools that received this funding. [32126/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Expenditure incurred under the Emergency Works Scheme in the primary school sector in the years 2008 to 2012 was as follows:

2012 - €5.561m

2011 - €11.399m

2010 - €40.387m

2009 - €35.109m

2008 - €21.125m

The number of schools approved for funding under the Emergency Works Scheme over the same period 2008 to 2012 was as follows:

2012 - 175 schools;

2011 - 159 schools;

2010 - 431 schools;

2009 - 437 schools;

2008 - 187 schools.

School Accommodation

 379. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the total amount of funding from the capital budget expended on the provision of prefabricated accommodation in primary schools in each of the past five years and the number of schools that received this funding. [32127/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Expenditure on the provision of prefabricated accommodation in the primary school sector in each of the past five years is as follows:

2012 - €3.1m

2011 - €6.9m

2010 - €8.2m

2009 - €9.6m

2008 - €17.4m.

  Approvals for the provision of prefabricated accommodation over the 2008 to 2012 period were as follows:

2012 - 29

2011 - 28

2010 - 50

2009 - 73

2008 - 160.

Schools Building Projects Expenditure

 380. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the total amount of funding from the capital budget expended on the provision of school sites for primary schools in each of the last five years and the number of schools expected to be built on these sites. [32128/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Capital expenditure on the acquisition of sites in the Primary school sector over the last five years is as follows:

2012 - €15.5m

2011 - €15m

2010 - €26m

2009 - €24.5m

2008 - €71m.

  It is expected that 85 schools will be built on these sites.

School Curriculum

 381. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn his views on the digital schools award in primary schools; and the plans his Department has to enable all schools to achieve this award.  [32129/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Digital Schools Award is a worthwhile initiative which recognises excellence in a school's approach to the integration of ICT in learning and teaching. This award aims to build on the progress already made by schools in ICT integration and to encourage them to strive for further progression and improvement. To achieve a Digital Schools Award, each participating school must fulfil identified criteria which are applied as part of the validation process. There are sixty-one criteria in all, sixteen essential and forty-one desirable, organised under five headings. Leadership & Vision; ICT in the Curriculum; School ICT Culture; Professional Development; Resources & Infrastructure.

To assist in this process, participating schools use a self-evaluation tool based on the Digital Schools' criteria, to identify areas which may meet the criteria and those that require improvement. Successful schools retain their Digital School status for a period of two school years, at which time they may reapply.

The Digital Schools Award has entered a new phase. It is now managed by Dublin West Education Centre working closely with the PDST Technology in Education (formerly the NCTE) and other partners including the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) and the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI).

HP Ireland (Hewlett-Packard) and Microsoft Ireland have committed expertise and resources to the new phase of the Digital Schools Award scheme and are providing worthwhile devices for schools that achieve Digital Schools status. Both companies will be involved in a launch of the new phase in the autumn.

Dublin West Education Centre will communicate with the 93 schools that have achieved Digital Schools status and a further 179 schools that have registered for the scheme in September. All schools will be contacted after the launch of the new phase.

I am keen for this project to develop and arrangements are in place for its promotion and ongoing review.

DEIS Schools

 382. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of DEIS 1 primary schools on a county basis; the name and address of each school; the enrolment of each school; the additional funding and support provided to each school under the DEIS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32130/13]

 383. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of DEIS 2 primary schools on a county basis; the name and address of each school; the enrolment of each school; the additional funding and support provided to each school under the DEIS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32131/13]

 384. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of DEIS post-primary schools on a county basis; the name and address of each school; the enrolment of each school; the additional funding and support provided to each school under the DEIS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32132/13]

 385. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the number of DEIS rural post-primary schools on a county basis; the name and address of each school; the enrolment of each school; and the additional funding and support provided to each school under the DEIS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32133/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I propose to take Questions Nos. 382 to 385, inclusive, together.

  There are currently 860 schools included in DEIS providing education for 165,350 children. The breakdown is as follows:   

665 primary DEIS schools with an enrolment of 100,595 including:

- 341 Urban Primary schools (197 DEIS Band 1 and 144 DEIS Band 2) with total enrolment of 76,845

-324 DEIS Rural schools with enrolment of 23,750

195 DEIS Post Primary schools with enrolment of 64,755.

Information regarding the number of DEIS schools on a county basis is available on the Social Inclusion section of my Department's website at following link-

http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/

Information on the full range of supports provided to DEIS schools is also available on the Social Inclusion section of my Departments website at following link-

http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/DEIS-Supporting-Information/Supports-to-DEIS-Schools.html

   In 2012, funding of some €94m in additional supports was provided to DEIS schools by my Department.   

  DEIS Schools are also targeted for supports provided under the Department of Social Protection Schools Meals Programmes (€34m) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs School Completion Programme (€26.4m).

The information requested in relation to funding and supports provided to individual schools is not readily available in the format requested by the Deputy.   I am not in a position to divert scarce staffing resources within my Department to deal with the level of detailed information requested.   


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