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Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 80.  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 format his review of cuts to the DEIS programme will take; if it will involve a one by one assessment of individual schools affected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7383/12]

 81.  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 corresponded directly with each primary school which will be affected by cuts under the DEIS programme; the way the primary schools will be affected; the way they may appeal the decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7384/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 81 together.

As announced in the house on the 11th January, I have asked my Department for a report on the impact of the withdrawal of certain posts allocated under previous disadvantaged schemes in DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools. This report, which is currently being finalised, will detail the facts for each individual school affected by this measure, applying the most up to date enrolments for September 2011. In addition, the report will take account of the net effect of a range of factors on teacher allocations in these schools, for example increasing and decreasing enrolments and the reforms to the existing teacher allocations process, all of which will determine the staffing requirement for these schools for 2012/13 school year. It is only when the report is finalised and submitted to me that I will be in a position to make a decision on the final outcome for the individual schools involved. Schools will be notified in the coming weeks of their staffing entitlements under the new arrangements for 2012/13.


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