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Other Questions - School Staffing

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 7.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the extent to which he and or his Department have studied variations in class size throughout the country; if particular regions are likely to be more negatively affected than others by measures arising from budgetary constraints in the wake of agreements entered into by his predecessor; if he proposed any particular ameliorating measures in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19456/12]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The staffing schedule is the mechanism used for the allocation of classroom teachers to all primary schools. It operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally, irrespective of location. The configuration of classes and the deployment of classroom teachers are done at local school level.

My Department publishes annual statistics on class size data for each school. The most recent statistics are for 2010-11. The national average class size is 23.9 pupils. However, with over 20,600 classes in over 3,100 primary schools throughout the country, there will always be variations in class sizes at individual school level. The Department’s guidance to local school management is that such variations should be kept to the minimum.

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