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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
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School Transport

Was asked: if adherence to distancing, capacity and other anti-Covid-19 measures on buses serving a school (details supplied) will be investigated.More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the 2019/20 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with s...More Button

Was asked: if enough buses are contracted to ensure that every child in Ballyboughal, County Dublin, who requires a school bus service can have one; the timeline in this regard; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.More Button

In the 2019/20 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-prima...More Button

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 schoo...More Button

All children who are eligible for school transport and who completed the application and payment process on time have been accommodated on school transport services in the 2020/2021 school year w...More Button

Children who apply but who are not eligible for school transport are considered for spare seats that may exist after eligible children have been facilitated; such seats are referred to as concess...More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 educat...More Button

Was asked: the reason two pupils (details supplied) in County Mayo are not being accommodated on the school bus in view of the fact that there is capacity on the bus; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the 2019/20 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with sp...More Button

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.More Button

Under the terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme, children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8kms from and are attending their nearest Post Primary Sc...More Button

All children who are eligible for school transport and who completed the application and payment process on time have been accommodated on school transport services for the 2020/21 school year wh...More Button

Bus Éireann have advised that the family the Deputy refers to applied for school transport for one child on 25th August 2019 for the 19/20 school year. This application was rolled over by Bus Éir...More Button

Late applicants and/or families who pay late are not guaranteed a seat and will only be allocated a seat if capacity is available once seats are allocated to those families who applied and paid o...More Button

In addition, payments or submission of medical card details for Post-Primary seats completed or made after 4th August 2020 will be only considered when 50% capacity, required by new Covid19 publi...More Button

Was asked: the reason a bus pass was refused for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the 2019/20 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with sp...More Button

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.More Button

Under the terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme, children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8kms from and are attending their nearest Post Primary Sc...More Button

The pupil referred to by the Deputy resides 16.7 km from home to their closest school and school of attendance and 6.2km from home to their closest pick up point. More Button

The pupil was issued a mainstream eligible ticket which could be used on a scheduled service road passenger bus from their closest pick up point, however pupils who were facilitated on this servi...More Button

The service which the pupil wishes to travel on is a road passenger service which school transport tickets cannot be used on. The pupil can use this public service on a pay as you go basis but wi...More Button

Was asked: the criteria for school transport to be provided to a Gaelscoil (details supplied).More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  In the 2019/20 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 childr...More Button

Was asked: when CIÉ will be providing school transport for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. More Button

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-pri...More Button

The purpose of the Department's School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of childr...More Button

In general, children with special educational needs are eligible for school transport if they are attending the nearest school that is resourced to meet their special educational needs. Eligibi...More Button

The child referred to by the Deputy is eligible for school transport under the terms of the above scheme, and I am pleased to advise that a service to cater for the pupil was sanctioned by my Dep...More Button

School Accommodation

Was asked: the status of additional accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has received an application for capital funding, under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme, from the school in question.

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Autism Support Services

Was asked: the number of autism spectrum disorder class places at primary level for new enrolment available for the year 2021-2022 in Bray, County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her policy if there are no autism spectrum disorder class spaces for primary level available for incoming students; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to a situation at a primary school (details supplied) with an attached autism unit in which children in the unit are not being allowed to integrate with their mainst...More Button

State Examinations

Was asked: if an example will be published of the way in which the algorithm used in calculating leaving certificate grades works; the measures taken to preserve accuracy and fairness in the results; the way ...More Button

Technical details of the Calculated Grades model and standardisation process were published on the date of issue of the Calculated Grades results and are available More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 cons...More Button

Was asked: the reason so many students were downgraded from H1 to H2 in the recent leaving certificate examination, especially when those students were identified as among the school’s highest achievers in th...More Button

The decision to adopt a model of Calculated Grades by my Department was a direct result of COVID-19, which prevented the state from running the conventional Leaving Certificate Examinations.
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Was asked: the number of leaving certificate students in County Kerry that have had errors with their calculated grades identified; the nature of these errors; and the way they are categorised in tabular form.More Button

The decision to adopt a model of Calculated Grades by my Department was a result of COVID-19, which prevented the State from running the conventional Leaving Certificate Examinations. The purpose o...More Button

My Department contracted a Canadian company, Polymetrika International Inc. to assist with the development of the model.More Button

On 30 September, I made a statement that advising that two errors had been identified in the Calculated Grades process. These meant that incorrect grades were issued to some students when they re...More Button

The first error was identified by Polymetrika as having taken place when processing students’ data. The error, in one out of 50,000 lines of code, was in relation to the processing of Junior Cycl...More Button

The error meant that, in some subjects, some students received Calculated Grades that were lower than they should have been, while some students received grades that were higher than they should ...More Button

In the course of the complete review which the Department undertook, Departmental staff found a further error in the section of the code dealing with Junior Cycle results. The Junior Cycle subjec...More Button

I provided a further update on 03 October, announcing that improved Calculated Grades would issue to impacted students that day. This announcement was made following a review of essential aspects...More Button

ETS completed their review and provided it to my Department on 3 October. The review identified one further error, relating to how the code handled cases where students did not sit all three cor...More Button

As a result of rectification of the errors, a total of 6,100 students have received higher grades. This breaks down as follows:More Button

- 5,408 students have received a higher grade, by one grade band, in one subject,More Button

- 621 students have received a higher grade, by one grade band, in two subjects,More Button

- 71 students have received a higher grade, by one grade band, in three or more subjects. More Button

National policy in relation to examination outcomes, as given effect in Section 53 of the Education Act 1998 (as amended), is focussed on guarding against the release of information which would e...More Button

In addition to the students who received a lower grade than they should have in this year’s Leaving Certificate, some students received a higher grade than they should have. However, these stude...More Button

ETS also identified an issue concerning how the algorithm used in the standardisation process treated students’ marks at the extreme ends of the marks scale (99% and over, 1% and below). However,...More Button

Impacted students were sent a text message advising them to log onto the Calculated Grades Student Portal to access their revised results from 6.00pm on Saturday 03 October. More Button

The Department has sent a corrected file of student results to the CAO. The CAO will now establish how many students are eligible to receive a new CAO offer. More Button

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science will work with the CAO and the higher education institutions to see how these students can be facilitated to comme...More Button

Any student who would have been entitled to a different offer in previous CAO rounds if they received the correct grade on 7 September will receive this offer or a deferred offer as soon as pract...More Button

This is in line with the practice that occurs in the appeals process every year.More Button

Was asked: her plans to address the errors in determining the leaving certificate calculated grades; if the State will be compensated for the errors; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The decision to adopt a model of Calculated Grades by my Department was a result of COVID-19, which prevented the State from running the conventional Leaving Certificate Examinations. The purpose o...More Button

DEIS Scheme

Was asked: 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 i...More Button

Special Educational Needs

Was asked: 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.More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

Was asked: the status of a special needs unit for a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The project at the school referred to by the Deputy has been re-tendered and the tenders are due back in the middle of October.

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 covering...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an update on a case in County Carlow (details supplied).More Button

Keeping schools open is a key priority at all levels of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. Alot of work has been undertaken to facilitate the safe reopening of schools in line with public health a...More Button

My Department has published a suite of helpful guidance for the safe and sustainable reopening of schools. Each school is required to have a COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe operation through ...More Button

Increasing separation and decreasing interaction is the basis of which physical distancing is achieved in schools in so far as is practicable. My Department has published helpful templates for sc...More Button

The objective is to limit contact between children in different class bubbles and pods as much as possible rather than to avoid all contact between pods as this will not always be possible. In t...More Button

However, the number of mainstream classes with which each special class pupil integrates should be minimised, in order to maintain pod grouping to the greatest extent possible, and to assist cont...More Button

At primary school level this may mean each special class pupil integrating with one mainstream class only. At post-primary school level, this may mean special class pupils attending only those ma...More Button

I would encourage the school in question to contact my Department’s helpline if they have particular queries in relation to my Department’s guidance for the safe and sustainable reopening of scho...More Button

Schools Data

Was asked: 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.More Button

Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

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Was asked: 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.More Button

Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

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Was asked: the number of primary school classes in the State by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Please find attached requested information. The data is for the 2019-20 academic year the most recent year we have data available for.

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Was asked: the estimated full-year cost of increasing the capitation grant for post-primary schools by 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50%, respectively in tabular form.More Button

The capitation grant has increased in each of the last two budgets.

  I understand the need for improved capitation funding and I am pleased that budget 2020 has been able to pro...More Button

Was asked: the estimated full-year cost of increasing the capitation grant for primary schools by 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50%, respectively in tabular form.More Button

The capitation grant has increased in each of the last two budgets.

  I understand the need for improved capitation funding and I am pleased that budget 2020 has been able to pro...More Button

School Funding

Was asked: 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...More Button

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 ov...More Button

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

The roadmap was developed following intensive engagement with stakeholders from the education sector, including teachers’ unions, representatives of principals and deputy principals, school manag...More Button

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 cont...More Button

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, subs...More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 ...More Button

School Staff

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 mo...More Button

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 t...More Button

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.More Button

Was asked: the actions she is taking to end the ongoing pay inequality for teachers here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. The starting salary for a new entrant teacher in 2012 was €30,702. As a result of the program...More Button

Section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 provides that “the Minister [for Public Expenditure and Reform] shall, within three months of the passing of this Act, prepare and lay b...More Button

The report laid before the Oireachtas on foot of this provision by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform assesses the cost of a further change which would provide a two scale point adjus...More Button

The matter of new entrant pay is a cross sectoral issue, not just an issue for the education sector alone. The Government supports the gradual, negotiated repeal of the FEMPI legislation, having ...More Button

The total year one cost of equalising the pay of new entrant teachers to the pre-2011 arrangements is estimated to be in the region of €59 million per annum in year one (€45 million for full reso...More Button

On 24 September 2018, an agreement was reached between the Government and the public services committee of ICTU in respect of new entrant pay.More Button

This agreement is benefitting 16,000 teachers and nearly 5,000 SNAs within the education sector. The deal provides for a series of incremental jumps for new entrants.More Button

I am fully aware that the teacher unions have outstanding issues of concern following the September 2018 agreement. These outstanding matters will be given full consideration. This will happen in...More Button

The current series of restorative measures for new entrants have been achieved through continued engagement and collective bargaining between the Government and the public service unions and show...More Button

Education and Training Boards

Was asked: 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 tr...More Button

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 ...More Button

School Facilities

Was asked: when an upgrade of broadband can be expected for a school (details attached) in County Dublin; and if broadband plans can be accelerated due to the increased demand placed upon the school and other...More Button

Through the Schools Broadband Access Programme the Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for all recognised primary and post primary schools, and some 98% of schools are inclu...More Button

The policy of my Departments is to offer the best quality connectivity to all schools in line with the technical solutions available in the market and financial constraints. Broadband capacity ca...More Button

The primary broadband scheme operates off existing infrastructure on the whole and the providers on the Primary Broadband Framework access this infrastructure to deliver the service to the school...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy has a high speed broadband connection of 100 Mbit/s which is uncontended and symmetrical, meaning this is a dedicated service to the school. Given that this i...More Button

This upgrade programme is based on demonstrated requirements, and in the current circumstances the system is being closely monitored to prioritise those most in need of the higher speed connectiv...More Button

The delivery of high quality internet connectivity for all schools is a key objective of my Department, to support the embedding of digital technologies in teaching and learning. The Schools Broa...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff

Was asked: if the special needs assistant, SNA, allocation for a school (details supplied) will be re-examined for the school year 2020/2021.More Button

Was asked: the plans in place to minimise the movement of SNAs in circumstances in which they currently care for many students in different classes making contact tracing very difficult.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount spent by her Department on school minor works project in each of the years of 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under Project Ireland 2040 the Minor Works Grant (MWG) is paid to primary schools in either December or January of each school year.

  All primary schools receive a flat rate Mi...More Button

Was asked: the cost to her Department to date of all fines paid by Ireland for non-transposition of EU directives into Irish law; the breakdown, by directive of the lump sum cost and the daily cost of each fi...More Button

My Department has not incurred any fines as a result of non-transposition of EUDirectives into Irish law in the last ten-year period.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 319 of 29 September 2020, if she will provide the total amount of additional Covid-19 related Exchequer expenditure for 2021 for her Department and a breakdown...More Button

As part of the Roadmap for the Reopening Schools an estimated €437 million in additional financial supports are being provided to schools for the 2020/2021 academic year. Of this €437 million, €21...More Button

School Catchment Areas

Was asked: if the boundaries surrounding Belmayne, Balgriffan, County Dublin will be reviewed in view of the fact the area has undergone significant development recently which has not been reflected in the sc...More Button

In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data in a way that takes account of the significant local and regional variations in demographic trends and enrolment proj...More Button

Using school planning area boundaries within my Department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) allows data within those boundaries, including data for enrolments in schools, child benefit and o...More Button

The school planning areas are used in the demographic exercise as a basis for the assessment of areas of growth and to inform recommendations on the establishment of any new schools required in t...More Button

There are no current plans to revise school planning areas.More Button

School Management

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 373 of 21 July 2020, the status of the further submission under consideration in her Department; if the school is now operating in compliance with all Departme...More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Was asked: if her officials will engage with a school (details supplied) to expedite the provision of a permanent site for the school within the Ballybrack or Loughlinstown area; and if she will make a statem...More Button

My Department met with representatives of the school referred to by the Deputy earlier this year and clarified the position relating to the school's accommodation.

  It is inte...More Button

School Admissions

Was asked: if her Department was informed or consulted on the change in the admission policy of a school (details supplied); the advice which can be provided to parents whose children are currently pupils of ...More Button

In relation to school admissions, it is the responsibility of the managerial authorities of all schools to implement an enrolment policy in accordance with the Education Act, 1998 and the Education...More Button

Under the provisions of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, all schools have drafted new policies, which will have been approved by the school patron by 15 September 2020, and should n...More Button

The act requires schools to clearly set out their selection criteria in their admission policies. Schools have discretion in relation to their admission criteria and how they are applied, feeder ...More Button

Schools and their patrons have discretion in relation to their admission criteria and how they are applied and are not required to consult or inform my Department in relation to their selection c...More Button

Was asked: the steps that can be taken by a national school to ensure that a neighbouring secondary school continues to recognise a national school as a feeder school in order that children from the locality ...More Button

In relation to schools admissions I wish to advise the Deputy, that it is the responsibility of the managerial authorities of all schools to implement an enrolment policy in accordance with the Edu...More Button

Parents have the right to choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places a...More Button

A Board of Management may find it necessary to prioritise enrolment of children from particular areas or on the basis of some other criterion, including giving priority to applicants who have att...More Button

The question of enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the Board of Management on behalf of the school Patron and my Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by s...More Button

School Curriculum

Was asked: when a reply will issue to a person (details supplied) following a letter to her Department dated 2 September 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has issued replies to representations made on behalf of the individual referred to by the Deputy.

  The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources p...More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the levels of computer literacy amongst students leaving secondary school; the computer literacy education second level students receive in all schools; if all students rec...More Button

The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Interim Review 2017 sets out the objective of embedding achievements in literacy, to include, the enhancement of digital literacy skills of all our learners. Deve...More Button

Considerable work has been done in the development of curricula on digital literacy. At both primary and post-primary levels considerable scope for building the capacity of students in the area ...More Button

Currently at post-primary level, there are several programmes and courses in ICT and Digital Literacy already in place, particularly the Junior Cycle Short Course in Digital Literacy and the IT c...More Button

In studying the Junior Cycle Short Course in Digital Media Literacy, students learn to use digital technology, communication tools and the internet creatively, critically and safely, in support o...More Button

The Information and Communication Technology module forms part of the core curriculum for all Leaving Certificate Applied students. It is intended to develop the students’ skills, knowledge, atti...More Button

In addition, areas such as Wellbeing and its constituent programmes in Social, Personal and Health Education, Relationships and Sexuality Education and Civic, Social and Political Education also ...More Button

The Digital Learning Framework is currently being disseminated to all schools. The Framework promotes student engagement in the teaching and learning process and will help towards the development...More Button

Was asked: her plans to develop an online curriculum for primary school children isolating at home due to Covid-19; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It remains my Department’s key objective for schools to remain open and to continue to operate as normal as possible with due regard to public health advices. There are however certain circumstance...More Button

The events surrounding COVID-19 and the public health restrictions which resulted in the emergency closure of schools to learners has highlighted the absolute necessity for schools to be prepared...More Button

Extensive guidance and supports has already issued by my Department provides advice to assist schools in planning for a contingency situation where there may be a need to ensure that teaching and...More Button

The guidance includes links to a range of materials and supports developed by the Digital Technologies team of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (a Department support service for ...More Button

In order to further support remote teaching and learning my Department has also issued ICT grant funding to schools which, in the context of the current public health crisis, can be used to addre...More Button

To further support schools new guidelines will be published by my Department. The guidelines are designed to provide further guidance for schools to provide remote teaching and learning in situat...More Button

It builds on the Continuity of Schooling guidance documents provided by the Department to post-primary schools during the Covid-19 crisis. Details of online resources, provided by my Department’s...More Button

Communication and effective engagement are important elements in the remote learning environment. In this regard, and building on work already done by schools, my Department is also in the proces...More Button

Was asked: her plans to develop an online curriculum for post-primary school children isolating at home due to Covid-19; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It remains my Department’s key objective for schools to remain open and to continue to operate as normal as possible with due regard to public health advices. There are however certain circumstance...More Button

The events surrounding COVID-19 and the public health restrictions which resulted in the emergency closure of schools to learners has highlighted the absolute necessity for schools to be prepared...More Button

Guidance already issued by my Department provides advice to assist schools in planning for a contingency situation where there may be a need to ensure that teaching and learning can be delivered ...More Button

The guidance includes links to a range of materials and supports developed by the Digital Technologies team of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (a Department support service for ...More Button

In order to further support remote teaching and learning my Department has also issued ICT grant funding to schools which, in the context of the current public health crisis, can be used to addre...More Button

To further support schools new guidelines will be published by my Department.The guidelines are designed to provide further guidance for schools to provide remote teaching and learning in situati...More Button

It builds on the Continuity of Schooling guidance documents provided by the Department to post-primary schools during the Covid-19 crisis. Details of online resources, provided by my Department’s...More Button

Communication and effective engagement are important elements in the remote learning environment. In this regard, and building on work already done by schools, my Department is also in the proces...More Button

Was asked: the number of students in secondary schools studying different subject areas for the leaving certificate in particular trades; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out below in tabular form. I advise him that the enrolment numbers include both 5th and 6th year students in the 2019/20 school year:

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Schools Building Projects

Was asked: her plans for a new educational campus at Fortunestown Lane, Saggart, Co. Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A school building project which will deliver a 1000 pupil Post Primary School and a 16 classroom Primary Gaelscoil on the campus site in question is currently at planning permission stage. A reques...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: the estimated cost of contracting all third-party companies to deal with the leaving certificate grades in tabular form.More Button

The decision to adopt a model of Calculated Grades by my Department was a direct result of COVID-19, which prevented the state from running the conventional Leaving Certificate Examinations.
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Was asked: if there was a tender process that secured the contractor (details supplied) for the modelling of the predictive grade system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The decision to adopt a model of Calculated Grades by my Department was a direct result of COVID-19, which prevented the state from running the conventional Leaving Certificate Examinations.
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Was asked: if she has engaged a third-party company in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020 to conduct online and or social media monitoring and or provide reports on social media coverage of he...More Button

The Department has not engaged a third party to conduct online or social media monitoring.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Was asked: if a dedicated fund will be established for schools to support the purchase of PPE for medically vulnerable and pregnant teachers in view of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will consid...More Button

My Department has published a suite of helpful guidance for the safe and sustainable reopening of schools. Each school is required to have a COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe operation through th...More Button

Gaelscoil Issues

Was asked: the number of Gaelscoileanna nationally; the breakdown by county; the percentage of total primary and secondary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Please find below the requested information.

  2019-20 is the most recent year we have published data on the DES website for the requested information.

  The f...More Button

Was asked: if she has future plans to open additional gaelscoileanna; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas and uses a Geographical Information System, using d...More Button

Where data indicates that additional provision is required, the delivery of such additional provision is dependent on the particular circumstances of each case and may, depending on the circumsta...More Button

- Utilising existing unused capacity within a school or schools,More Button

- Extending the capacity of a school or schools,More Button

- Provision of a new school or schools.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, since April 2018, the Government announced plans for the establishment of 45 new schools over the 4 year period 2019 to 2022. More Button

A patronage process is run after it has been decided, based on demographic analysis, that a new school is required. This patronage process is open to all patron bodies and prospective patrons. P...More Button

In September 2019, I announced that five of the new primary schools being established from 2020-2022 are being pre-designated for Irish-medium education. The five new schools will serve areas of ...More Button

In addition, the Schools Reconfiguration for Diversity Process provides an opportunity to increase the number of Gaelscoileanna nationwide. The process, which involves the live transfer of exist...More Button

The requirement for new schools will be kept under on-going review and in particular will have regard to the impact of the increased roll out of housing provision as outlined in Project Ireland 2...More Button

Details of schools that provide education through the medium of Irish are available on my Department's website www.education.ie.More Button

Home Tuition Scheme

Was asked: the number of families in County Kildare that have requested home tuition supports in 2019 and to date in 2020; the number of applications that have been successful; the corresponding figures for 2...More Button

Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of staff in her Department on sick leave between March and September by month in 2019 and to date 2020; the pay arrangements that exist for staff on sick leave for an extended period of ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is provided below.

  The regulations governing sick leave in the Public Service are SI 124 of 2014. Limits for sick leave are 92 days full...More Button


 

 

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