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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 438-452
 Header Item DEIS Scheme
 Header Item Special Educational Needs
 Header Item Special Educational Needs
 Header Item School Transport
 Header Item Covid-19 Pandemic
 Header Item Schools Data
 Header Item Schools Data
 Header Item Schools Data
 Header Item School Funding
 Header Item School Staff
 Header Item State Examinations
 Header Item Education and Training Boards
 Header Item School Funding

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 998 No. 5
Unrevised

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Written Answers Nos. 438-452

DEIS Scheme

 438. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley if his Department will engage with DEIS 1 schools in the Dublin 8 area to see the way in which the band 1 designation can be improved and that the schools most capable of dealing with the complex issues some children have can do so, rather than children being diverted to schools without the facilities and so on to help them. [28123/20]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Information on Josepha Madigan Zoom on Josepha Madigan DEIS is the main policy initiative of the Department of Education to address educational disadvantage at school level.

  The Department is in the final stages of refinement of the new DEIS identification model, based on school enrolment data and the latest data available from Census 2016 using the HP Deprivation Index.

  A detailed quality analysis of the data has been carried out by members of the DEIS Technical Group which contains representatives of the Department’s Statistics and Social Inclusion Units, the Inspectorate and the Educational Research Centre. The work of this group is at an advanced stage and a consultation process with education stakeholder representatives on the technical aspect of this model has commenced. It is envisaged that this will then provide the basis for development of a DEIS resource allocation system to match resources to identified need and will be applied on the same basis across the country.

  The culmination of this work will facilitate the ultimate aim of matching resources to identified need and will allow us to target extra resources at those schools most in need. It is not proposed to extend or to make any changes to the DEIS Programme until this work is complete.

  Regardless of whether or not schools are in the DEIS programme, all schools receive allocations of additional special education teacher support, to provide extra teaching support to pupils who have additional learning needs.

  DES Circular 007/2019 for primary schools and 008/2019 for post primary schools set out the details of the model for allocating special education teachers to schools.

  The Special Education Teaching allocation provides a single unified allocation for special educational support teaching needs to each school, based on each school’s educational profile.

  The Special Education Teacher allocation, allows schools to provide additional teaching support for all pupils who require such support in their schools and for schools to deploy resources based on each pupil’s individual learning needs.

  It gives greater flexibility to schools as to how they can deploy their resources, to take account of the actual learning needs pupils have, as opposed to being guided by a particular diagnosis of disability, and schools are guided as to how they should make such allocation decisions.

The Department of Education and Skills has published guidelines for schools as to how they should utilise and deploy their resources under the new allocation model, which are available at www.education.ie   

  All schools are therefore resourced to provide additional teaching support for pupils who may require extra support based on the profiled needs of schools.

Special Educational Needs

 439. Deputy Chris Andrews Information on Chris Andrews Zoom on Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the criteria used by her Department when it compelled 39 schools across south Dublin in July 2020 to open special needs classes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28144/20]

 440. Deputy Chris Andrews Information on Chris Andrews Zoom on Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the schools in an area (details supplied) that were compelled in July 2020 to open special needs classes by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28145/20]

 441. Deputy Chris Andrews Information on Chris Andrews Zoom on Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley when the outcome of the compelling orders that were issued to schools in south Dublin in July 2020 will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28146/20]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Information on Josepha Madigan Zoom on Josepha Madigan I propose to take Questions Nos. 439 to 441, inclusive, together.

Enabling children with special educational needs to receive an education appropriate to their needs is a priority for this Government. Currently, almost 20% of the total Education Vote or €1.9bn is invested in supporting children with special needs.

Notwithstanding the extent of this investment, there are some parts of the country, including South Dublin, where increases in population and other issues have led to concerns regarding a shortage of school places.

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has responsibility for coordinating and advising on the education provision for children nationwide. NCSE is continuing its engagement with schools, patron bodies, parents and others across South Dublin to bring the required additional special class and special school placements on stream. While progress has been achieved, the NCSE has identified the need for additional special class and special school places in South Dublin for the current school-year.

Normally, special class and special school places are established with the full cooperation of the schools in areas where they are required. However there are some parts of the country where the NCSE has faced challenges in getting schools and their patrons to provide new special class or special school places.

As Minister, I have a power under Section 37A of the Education Act 1998 (as inserted by Section 8 of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018), to direct a school to provide additional provision where all reasonable efforts have failed. The legislation contains a procedure through which the capacity of schools in an area can be tested and through which ultimately a Ministerial direction can be made requiring a school to make additional special education provision available.

The legislation was used for the first time in 2019, in respect of the Dublin 15 area. Significant progress has been made in that area on foot of action taken under Section 37. A new Special School was established and six schools have agreed to open special classes thereby meeting the need for additional places in the area. The experience of Dublin 15 shows that real and practical challenges can be addressed by working together to provide additional special class and special school places.

A Report from the NCSE, prepared in accordance with Section 37A (2) of the Education Act 1998 (as inserted by Section 8 of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018), confirming the need for additional special education places in South Dublin was submitted to the then Minister in April last. This Report is available on my Department’s website.

Statutory notices under the Act were subsequently issued on 26 June, 2020 to 39 schools identified by the NCSE. The issue of the notices is but the first step in a very transparent multi-step process, the purpose of which is to establish if the school has capacity to provide new places. At each stage of the process, schools are given the opportunity to make representations and there is also an option for arbitration at a later point. Statutory notices issued under the Act together with the representations received from the schools and their patrons are published on my Department’s website. The representations received to date have all been published and are a matter of public record.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage on the legislative process which is currently underway.

Special Educational Needs

 442. Deputy Chris Andrews Information on Chris Andrews Zoom on Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley if a newly built school (details supplied) was compelled to open a special needs class; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28147/20]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Information on Josepha Madigan Zoom on Josepha Madigan Ensuring that every child has a suitable school placement is a key objective of my Department. Significant resources are allocated each year to ensure that appropriate supports are available for children with special educational needs.

Children with special educational needs are supported through placement in mainstream classes, special classes and special schools. At school, they receive a range of supports provided by teachers and SNAs. Other professional supports, including training for teachers, are provided by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to enable each school provide a holistic educational experience for each child. The HSE is responsible for the delivery of therapeutic supports.

NCSE has responsibility for coordinating and advising on the education provision for children nationwide; has well established structures in place for engaging with schools and parents; and seeks to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all children who have been identified as needing special education placements. The NCSE is planning a further expansion of special class and school places nationally to meet identified need. This process is ongoing

It is open to any school to make an application to the NCSE for the establishment of a specialised provision and where sanctioned, a range of supports, including capital funding, is made available to the school. School transport is also available. My Department works closely with the NCSE in this regard.

The school to which the Deputy refers opened as a 24 classroom school in September, 2019. While specific special class accommodation was not provided in the school, 8 Special Education Teaching (SET) rooms and 1 Resource Room were provided. Due to site constraints, it is not possible to construct additional accommodation on the site.

School Transport

 443. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the number of post-primary school transport applications received by county after the closing date of 4 August 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28156/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of my Department. In the 2019/2020 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €219m in 2019.

  The purpose of my Department's School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school.

  The closing date for payment for the 2020/2021 school year was Tuesday 4th August 2020. All children who are eligible for school transport and who applied and paid by the deadline have been accommodated on school transport services where such services are in operation.

  The School Transport Scheme Family Portal was temporarily closed for applications and payments on the 20th August 2020. This temporary closure was necessary to complete the work required to issue tickets to families who at that time remained due to be allocated a ticket for school transport services for the 2020/2021 school year. The School Transport Scheme Family Portal re-opened on the 7th September. However, parents/guardians making an application/payment at this time for the 2020/2021 school year are reminded that the closing date for payments for the 2020/21 school year was Tuesday 4th August 2020.

  The numbers of post primary applications submitted from 5th August 2020 onwards are detailed by county in the spreadsheet below.

  It is important to note that with regard to the mainstream data provided, the numbers include those who applied but did not pay for transport, those where no service exists and those who subsequently closed applications.

County No. of Mainstream Post Primary Applications Received No. of SEN Post Primary Applications Received
Carlow 47 2
Cavan 106 3
Clare 70 5
Cork 238 28
Donegal 233 6
Dublin 70 34
Galway 170 8
Kerry 125 4
Kildare 64 2
Kilkenny 55 0
Laois 24 4
Leitrim 25 2
Limerick 132 4
Longford 80 4
Louth 62 3
Mayo 136 3
Meath 96 8
Monaghan 91 4
Offaly 47 4
Roscommon 28 2
Sligo 29 1
Tipperary 143 8
Waterford 60 2
Westmeath 86 2
Wexford 113 4
Wicklow 63 1
Total 2393 148

Covid-19 Pandemic

 444. Deputy Denise Mitchell Information on Denise Mitchell Zoom on Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley if a school is within its right to refuse admission to a student on the basis that the student is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28164/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley My Department received advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on the use of face coverings in educational settings on the 6th August 2020.It is a requirement for face coverings to be worn by teachers, staff in schools and students attending post primary school. This advice is available at here

  However Public health advice also provides that cloth face coverings should not be worn by any of the following groups:

  any person with difficulty breathing

  any person who is unable to remove the face-covering without assistance

  any person who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the face covering, for example persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.

  A medical certificate must be provided to the school where an exemptions is sought on the above grounds. There is no capacity for schools to deviate from either the requirement to wear face coverings or the exemptions that apply. Students in these categories can continue to attend school as normal while observing arrangements in place to protect themselves though regular hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing and the application of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

Further information for parents and students/pupils on the wearing of face coverings including the proper use, removal and washing of cloth face coverings is available via the link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/. Information is also set out in the Covid-19 response plans for primary, special and post-primary schools available at www.gov.ie/backtoschool.

Schools Data

 445. Deputy Catherine Connolly Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the number of primary school pupils who are in classes of more than 20, 25, 30 and 35 students by county, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28165/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

Local Authority Class Size 20-24 Class Size 25-29 Class Size 30-34 Class Size 35+
Carlow County Council 2004 3693 1305  
Cavan County Council 3655 3631 1160 71
Clare County Council 3717 4328 2539 178
Cork City Council 3737 5136 1651  
Cork County Council 14198 19610 9262 860
Donegal County Council 4747 6679 3416 70
Dublin City Council 12389 19184 5791 107
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 4132 10859 4130  
Fingal County Council 7520 24293 4816  
Galway City Council 1833 3120 841 37
Galway County Council 5928 8378 3955 463
Kerry County Council 4283 5584 3051 219
Kildare County Council 7550 14798 5277 70
Kilkenny County Council 2590 5368 1901 177
Laois County Council 3465 4891 1567 70
Leitrim County Council 869 1385 760 143
Limerick City and County Council 5860 8317 4844 283
Longford County Council 1797 1836 849  
Louth County Council 4902 7504 2805 217
Mayo County Council 3849 5038 2270 177
Meath County Council 6437 12729 5837 248
Monaghan County Council 2155 2984 1615 105
Offaly County Council 3180 3376 1408 143
Roscommon County Council 1799 3252 1122 142
Sligo County Council 2256 2743 1322 35
South Dublin County Council 9104 16374 6128 35
Tipperary County Council 5484 6491 3110 280
Waterford City and County Council 4097 6076 2128 106
Westmeath County Council 3134 4397 2098 328
Wexford County Council 5594 7146 3372 248
Wicklow County Council 4911 8303 2746 258
Grand Total 147176 237503 93076 5070


The figures are based on mainstream classes in mainstream schools and are collated from the relevant Class Size tables published on the DES website and can be found at the link below;

https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Statistics/Data-on-Individual-Schools/

Schools Data

 446. Deputy Catherine Connolly Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the number of primary school classes with more than 20, 25, 30 and 35 students by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28166/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

Local Authority Class Size 20-24 Class Size 25-29 Class Size 30-34 Class Size 35+
Carlow County Council 89 137 42 0
Cavan County Council 165 136 37 2
Clare County Council 167 162 81 5
Cork City Council 170 191 53 0
Cork County Council 640 726 297 24
Donegal County Council 216 247 110 2
Dublin City Council 561 712 188 3
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 185 399 135 0
Fingal County Council 335 898 158 0
Galway City Council 83 115 27 1
Galway County Council 267 311 126 13
Kerry County Council 193 208 97 6
Kildare County Council 336 550 171 2
Kilkenny County Council 117 200 61 5
Laois County Council 155 182 51 2
Leitrim County Council 39 52 24 4
Limerick City and County Council 266 309 155 8
Longford County Council 81 69 27 0
Louth County Council 222 278 89 6
Mayo County Council 174 187 72 5
Meath County Council 288 471 188 7
Monaghan County Council 98 110 51 3
Offaly County Council 144 127 45 4
Roscommon County Council 82 121 36 4
Sligo County Council 102 102 42 1
South Dublin County Council 411 607 200 1
Tipperary County Council 249 242 100 8
Waterford City and County Council 183 226 69 3
Westmeath County Council 141 162 68 9
Wexford County Council 251 267 107 7
Wicklow County Council 219 308 88 7
Grand Total 6629 8812 2995 142


The figures are based on mainstream classes in mainstream schools and are collated from the relevant Class Size tables published on the DES website and can be found at the link below;

https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Statistics/Data-on-Individual-Schools/

Schools Data

 447. Deputy Catherine Connolly Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the number of primary school classes in the State by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28167/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

Carlow County Council 303
Cavan County Council 423
Clare County Council 574
Cork City Council 619
Cork County Council 1991
Donegal County Council 809
Dublin City Council 2036
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 794
Fingal County Council 1479
Galway City Council 324
Galway County Council 981
Kerry County Council 677
Kildare County Council 1162
Kilkenny County Council 453
Laois County Council 464
Leitrim County Council 156
Limerick City and County Council 946
Longford County Council 234
Louth County Council 693
Mayo County Council 650
Meath County Council 1062
Monaghan County Council 321
Offaly County Council 394
Roscommon County Council 343
Sligo County Council 327
South Dublin County Council 1454
Tipperary County Council 781
Waterford City and County Council 592
Westmeath County Council 464
Wexford County Council 748
Wicklow County Council 716
Grand Total 22970


The figures are based on mainstream classes in mainstream schools and are collated from the relevant Class Size tables published on the DES website and can be found at the link below;

https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Statistics/Data-on-Individual-Schools/

School Funding

 448. Deputy Catherine Connolly Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley if she will make a commitment that the Covid-19 level of capitation funding for each primary school pupil will be maintained at a minimum in the upcoming Budget; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28168/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley As the Deputy is aware, on 27 July 2020 the Government announced the publication of Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for The Full Return to School, along with details of a financial package of over €375 million to support its implementation, following approval by Government.

The roadmap outlined a comprehensive range of measures that are being provided to support the full reopening of schools.

The roadmap was developed following intensive engagement with stakeholders from the education sector, including teachers’ unions, representatives of principals and deputy principals, school management bodies, representatives of parents and post-primary students and support staff.

The roadmap and the funding package recognise the challenges faced by schools in ensuring the safe return of over one million students and approximately 100,000 staff in 4,000 schools in the context of COVID-19. It sets out clear plans and practical guidance on the measures schools need to take to operate safely and minimise the risk of the introduction, or spread, of infection in schools.

The financial package approved by Government to support schools recognises that COVID-19 poses significant challenges with regard to staffing, particularly in regard to replacement of staff, substitution, supervision and the need for well-being supports.

School Staff

 449. Deputy Catherine Connolly Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley when the number of primary school assistant principal posts will be restored to pre-2009 levels; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28169/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley The moratorium on the filling of posts of responsibility was lifted in 2017 and allowed for the commencement of restoration of middle management posts as part of an agreed distributed leadership model. This recognises the key role school leadership has in promoting a school environment which is welcoming, inclusive and accountable.

Since 2017, 1700 additional leadership posts have been invested in our primary schools which has led to 1 in 3 teachers now holding promoted positions. The Department has committed to revising the allocation of Posts of Responsibility to take into account retirements during the school year. This ensures that the current level of Posts of Responsibility are maintained in the school system.

Any further improvement must be considered in the context of budgetary matters, having regard to overall resource constraints and other competing demands in the education sector.

State Examinations

 450. Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive a reply on their leaving certificate appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28206/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley The Calculated Grades Student Portal reopened on 14 September to allow students to view their estimated percentage mark and calculated mark to allow students to consider this data if they were considering an appeal of their Calculated Grade.

  The appeals process is a process review focussed on looking for errors in the transmission and processing of student data through the process. It is not possible to appeal the information (estimated percentage mark or rank order) provided by the school. Due to the nature of the Calculated Grades system the professional judgement of the school is outside of the appeals process. It should further be noted that the design of the statistical model and the application of the national standardisation process is also outside of the scope of the appeals process.

At the time of closing the appeal application process on Wednesday 16   September, some 12,300 students had appealed almost 33,700 grades.

  The appeals process will continue as normal following the announcement on 30 September regarding errors found in the Calculated Grades model. This applies whether or not a student received an improved grade following the rectification of the errors. This is because the appeals process is a technical appeal, focussed on looking for errors in the transmission and processing of student data through the process.

  Every effort will be made to process appeals as quickly as possible but it is not possible at this time to commit to a date for the issue of the appeal results. Students will be notified of this date as soon as possible.

  It is not possible to provide an expedited appeal for any student or group of students. All appeals will be processed and results released simultaneously to ensure fairness and equity to all.

   The CAO will be automatically notified by the Department of the outcomes of the appeals process.

  If, as a result of an upgrade, a student becomes eligible for a college place at a higher CAO preference than the one they were already offered, they will be eligible for that course.

  It is not possible to guarantee at this stage that, following a successful appeal, a student will be able to take up such a place offered in the academic year 20/21. This depends on factors such as the number of appeals received, the nature of the appeal, and the higher education course being applied for. However, where possible, higher education institutions will attempt to facilitate students who are upgraded and receive a new offer.

Education and Training Boards

 451. Deputy Neale Richmond Information on Neale Richmond Zoom on Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the number of applicants who applied for redeployment through GRETB; the number of successful applicants in the past three years; her plans to widen the scope for transfers between education and training boards in different counties; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28272/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of surplus permanent teachers to other schools where vacancies exist. The redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers is key to the Department's ability to manage within its payroll budget and ceiling on teacher numbers.

  A voluntary redeployment scheme has operated on a pilot basis in specific regions in recent years.   Permanent teachers employed in these regions were given an opportunity to volunteer for a transfer to other areas if such a transfer would free up a vacancy that would facilitate the redeployment of a surplus permanent teacher in the region.    

  In the past 3 years, counties Galway and Roscommon were included in the pilot voluntary redeployment scheme. 18 teachers from GRETB applied for redeployment and 1 of the applicants was redeployed under this scheme.

  There are currently no plans to introduce a separate voluntary redeployment scheme or to widen the scope for transfers between the Education and Training Boards.

  Separately, each of the 16 ETB Schemes operate their own internal teacher transfer schemes where teachers can apply to move within the ETB Scheme.

  The criteria for the allocation of teachers to post-primary schools for the 2020/21 school year, including the redeployment arrangements, are available on my Department's website.

School Funding

 452. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Information on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Zoom on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley the funding streams within her Department that provide for the construction of school sports halls; and the process by which the school applies for same. [28282/20]

Minister for Education (Deputy Norma Foley): Information on Norma Foley Zoom on Norma Foley As the Deputy is aware, the provision of PE Halls form part of the accommodation brief for all newly established schools. These facilities may also form part of the overall accommodation brief for major capital extensions to existing schools. Details of large-scale projects being delivered under the school building programme may be viewed on my Department's website, www.education.ie and this information is updated regularly. In addition, a list of large-scale projects completed from 2010 to date may also be viewed on the website.

  The main focus of resources over the last decade and for the coming period is on provision of additional capacity to cater for increasing demographics. The second half of the NDP (from 2023 onwards) will see an increasing focus on the upgrade and refurbishment of the existing school stock. This will include a PE Hall build and modernisation programme to ensure that students in all post-primary schools have access to appropriate facilities to support PE provision.

  The immediate priority of my Department is providing new and replacement school places each year, to ensure that every child has a school place.


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