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Quinn, Ruairí

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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School Staffing Appeals Mechanism

Was asked: with regard to circular 0013/2013, as it relates to the primary school staffing appeals, if he will clarify the aspects of this circular which a school (details provided) in County Cork did not mee...More Button

The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to schools is published annually on the Department's website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy submitted an appeal under the EAL criterion. Having considered the school's application in the context of the published grounds, the Board refused the appeal...More Button

Schools Amalgamation

Was asked: if he will provide clarification regarding reports of the amalgamation of two schools (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that there is no record in my Department of any amalgamation proposal being received from the schools to which the Deputy refers.More Button

School Curriculum

Was asked: if he will consider setting up a pilot project in primary and secondary schools to start coding clubs with the aim of incorporating coding skills into the national curriculum.More Button

Currently the NCCA is developing a short course that includes coding/ programming which will be available to schools for their Junior Cycle programme from September 2014. Through participation in t...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Was asked: when an application for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland, that on 19th April 2013, a request for further documentation was issued to the student referred to by the Deputy. ...More Button

Was asked: if a full Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have been informed by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that the application from the student in question is being reviewed and SUSI will contact the student direc...More Button

State Examinations

Was asked: the resolution available to a leaving certificate student (details supplied) in County Cork who is faced with a clash of examination times; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the case of certificate examinations, students are prohibited under the Rules and Programme for Secondary Schools (2004/2005) from taking certain subject combinations, for example Classical Stud...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: if he will confirm the reason a school (details supplied) in County Cavan, has not progressed to building stage in view of the fact that its Band 1 listing is dating back to 2004; and if he will ma...More Button

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. Due to competing demands on my Department's capital budget, imposed by the need ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the permanent school building in respect of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school, referred to by the Deputy, has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new school. The current status of all projects on the school building programme, including ...More Button

In light of the need to prioritise available funding for the provision of additional school accommodation, the delivery of major school projects required to meet future demographic demand will be...More Button

Was asked: if he has received an application for capital funding for the re-development of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the status and band assigned to same; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the school to which he refers has an application with my Department for large scale capital funding. The current status of all schools on the school building progra...More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if a decision has been taken to continue to increase the pupil teacher ratio in fee paying schools until it reaches 28:1 being the option included in the McCarthy report; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I published a report entitled "Fee Charging Schools - Analysis of Fee Income" in respect of the discretionary income available to the 55 fee charging schools in the country.I commissioned the repor...More Button

Was asked: with regard to the pupil-teacher ratio, if he will outline the way that this figure is calculated for primary schools; if he will list the posts that are used for this calculation and the posts tha...More Button

The Pupil-Teacher ratio at first level is calculated by dividing total enrolment in all aided First Level Schools (including Special Schools) as of 30th September in a given year by the number of t...More Button

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if he will review the denial of a place on a VTOS course, on grounds of progression, to a person (details supplied) in County Cork who has been out of education since 2005;; and if he will make a s...More Button

Third Level Facilities

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding public access to a university library; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Universities Act 1997 universities are autonomous statutory bodies and the management and operation of their facilities is therefore the responsibility of the college authorities. Accordi...More Button

Higher Education Grants Eligibility Criteria

Was asked: his plans to review the higher education grant scheme to assess income based on net rather than gross income; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student grant applications are means tested on gross income from all sources earned inside and outside the State within a specified reference period. The assessment of income from the same startin...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: the circumstance behind the decision to remove the entitlement to resource teaching hours in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that, in primary schools, teaching supports for pupils with special educational needs are provided in two ways. Under the terms of the General Allocation Model (GAM) of ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to put in place special needs educational units within existing mainstream second level schools acknowledging that new second level schools are being built with such facilities but recogn...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) through its local Special Education Needs Officers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary a...More Button

It is general practice for my Department to include a special needs unit in the accommodation brief for new school buildings. In the case of existing schools, additional accommodation may not be ...More Button

Teachers' Remuneration

Was asked: the reason his Department has failed to pay a teacher (details supplied) in County Kildare at the appropriate point on the scale for post primary qualified teachers with post graduate qualification...More Button

An official from my Department was in contact with the person referred to by the Deputy with a view to resolving the queries raised by him. More Button

School Staffing

Was asked: the position regarding the mainstream staffing for 2013/14 in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if he will outline his intentions with regard to subsuming and retaining concessio...More Button

The staffing arrangements for the 2013/14 school year are set out in Primary Circular 0013/2013 which is available on my Department's website. Following the Government's decision of 21 February 20...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, a range of factors contribute to determining the staffing requirement for individual schools including changes to enrolment and the reforms to the teacher allocation p...More Button

The enrolment at the school in question, which is a DEIS Band 2 school currently has two legacy posts. The school's enrolment increased slightly on 30 September 2012 over its previous year's enr...More Button

In-service Training

Was asked: if retired principals are being employed by his Department, the vocational education committees or directly by schools or colleges to provide continual personal development in-service training for ...More Button

My Department does not employ retired principals or deputy principals for the purposes of the provision of in service training for teachers. However, I understand that a number of qualified teacher...More Button

Public Sector Staff Recruitment

Was asked: if persons who have worked in the education sector and have availed of retirement under the terms of the Croke Park 1 deal are barred from returning in any way to public service or receiving paymen...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to public servants who retired before 29 February 2012 with their pensions calculated by reference to their salary prior to the introduction of the FEMPI (No. 2) Ac...More Button

My Department has introduced measures to minimise the recruitment of retired teachers in schools. Schools may only employ a retired teacher where no appropriately qualified unemployed registered...More Button