Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 24 May, 2005

Written Answers - School Staffing.

  386. Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will automatically benefit in his need for resource teaching, following the recent announcement by her in this regard. [17353/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The Deputy is aware that my Department has completed its review of the general allocation system of resource teaching support. The new model replaces that which was notified to schools in June 2004, which has been reviewed to take account of the difficulties it may have caused for smaller schools. The introduction of the new system will involve the provision of an estimated additional 340 permanent posts in primary schools from September next. A further 320 posts are being provided on a temporary basis to facilitate the transition to the new system.

My Department has devised school clusters in respect of allocations to be made under the general allocation system. These have recently been notified to schools along with the details of each school’s individual allocation. The allocation for [2009] the school referred to by the Deputy is half a post. My Department is also finalising a circular for schools which will contain detailed information on how the new system will operate. It is intended that this circular will issue before the end of the current school year.