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Cannon, Ciarán

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3

Topical Issue Debate - Teaching Council

I am taking this Topical Issue Debate on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn.More Button

The Minister sees the Teaching Council as key to implementing the Department’s strategic objectives on the quality of teaching and learning in schools. Much work has been done by the council...More Button

The Teaching Council was established on a statutory basis in March 2006 under the Teaching Council Act 2001. Its functions and objects are set out clearly in the Act and cover matters such as the ...More Button

The Teaching Council Act includes provisions governing membership, funding, accountability and the council’s relationship with the Department. The legislation provides for the appointment of...More Button

As a public body, the Teaching Council complies with a range of Government policies and requirements applicable to public bodies generally, including policies on employee numbers and remuneration a...More Button

A number of other obligations fall on the Teaching Council which enhance its accountability. It is required to implement the Department’s policies on teacher education, probation, qualificat...More Button

Aside from the formal provisions, there is ongoing contact and communication between my Department and the Teaching Council at official level. The Minister meets the council from time to time. He...More Button

The matters raised by the Deputy stray into the operational day-to-day functioning of the Teaching Council, particularly how it interacts with those who seek to avail of its services. I share his ...More Button

I concur wholeheartedly with the Deputy in the sentiments he expressed. Bureaucracy, properly administered, can be wonderful, but it can be a drag on job retention and creation. As the Deputy poi...More Button

If the many silos in our public services were run as efficiently and creatively as some entities in the private sector, that cultural shift which needs to occur would actually occur. We need to ha...More Button

International Agreements: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services

There are almost 6,000 Youthreach places available nationwide under the Youthreach umbrella funded by my Department. Almost 3,700 of these places are provided by VECs in just over 100 Youthreach ce...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

FÁS commenced payment of the person’s weekly training allowance from the week ending 27th January. He was informed that his back money will be paid in due course. The delay in making...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

FÁS staff members in the North East region identified issues in respect of the operation and administration of FÁS assessment procedures, the resultant certificates to be awarded and ...More Button

FÁS undertook a wide ranging examination of the underlying issues and a series of reports were produced, either internally by FÁS or by or with the assistance of external consultants ...More Button

WRC Report: This report details a review of all FÁS regional centres in respect of Contractor Training. The report was part of a three phase review. Phase 1 and 2 were carried out by F&Aacut...More Button

The report was published in October 2010 and is available on the FÁS website. The total cost of this report was €40,560, excluding VAT.More Button

Boyle Report: In September 2010 an independent review was carried out at the request of the FÁS Assessment Standards Group, in relation to the process for handling thirteen non-conforming c...More Button

Investigations Report 2010: “An investigation surrounding the inputting of information in respect of applications for FETAC Certification in FÁS North East” was an independent report prepare...More Button

North East Review 2011: The North East Project Report (North East Review) was a follow on from an in-depth review of issues relating to assessment results which arose in FÁS North- East. Thi...More Button

FETAC Report 2010: An examination of FÁS procedures regarding requesting certificates was published in full by FETAC in February 2011. FETAC conducted the examination and produced the repor...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Schemes, on behalf of my Department, has advised that pupils are now provided with a service from the requested pick up and set down point.More Button

Under the terms of my Department’s School Transport scheme, a pupil with special educational needs is eligible for school transport if s/he is attending the nearest recognised mainstream scho...More Button

The pupil referred to is not attending the nearest recognised mainstream school, special class/special school or a unit, that is or can be resourced, to meet the child’s special educational n...More Button

Children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 3.2kms, in the case of primary, and 4.8 kms in the case of post primary, from and are attending their nearest national school or ...More Button

Ethos relates to religious ethos and is in the context of minority religions. Each application for transport will be assessed, taking into account the designation of individual school(s) in the area.More Button

Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Schemes, on behalf of my Department, has advised that the service referred to by the Deputy is not a school transport service; in general, sc...More Button

As regards the issue of whether or not the person referred to can sit his/her state examinations in the school where he/she is studying or an alternative location, this is a matter for the State Ex...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 to 165, inclusive, together.More Button

In July 2011, following a wide-ranging review of options regarding the provision of further education and training and the structures to support it, the Government announced the establishment of a ...More Button