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Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 31.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will [149]review his decision to cut nine DEIS teaching posts from a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; his views on concerns that the loss of such high percentage of teaching staff will impact on the quality of children’s education attending the school. [19520/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As a result of Budget 2012, the school to which the Deputy refers is one of 15 non-DEIS schools losing teaching posts retained under previous disadvantage programmes prior to the introduction of the DEIS Initiative in 2005. Under the Appeals process, where a school is losing 3 or more posts as a result of the combination of budget and reform measures, provision was made for schools to apply to have a portion of the loss in posts deferred to the 2013/14 school year on the basis that it is impacting in a particularly adverse manner on the school’s overall allocation.

The school to which the Deputy refers has submitted an appeal. The Staffing Appeal Board which operates independent of my Department will notify schools directly of its decisions. The final staffing position for all schools at primary level will ultimately not be known until the Autumn of this year. At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed and any appeals to the Staffing Appeal Boards will have been considered.

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