Dáil Éireann - Volume 611 - 06 December, 2005

Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

  429. Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of children in class [1379] sizes over 20, 25 and 30 and in class sizes over 30 in certain selected schools (details supplied); if the same information will be provided for those in infant classes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37769/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The information requested by the [1380] Deputy is set out in the following table. The data refer to the 2004-05 school year. Data are given separately for all classes and for classes including infants. The latter may include pupils in other standards where there are consecutive grade classes or multi-grade classes. Of those classes with 30 or more pupils, the average class size is 32.

Number of Pupils, all Classes

Number of Pupils, Classes including Infants

Roll No.

School

Address

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

12967O

Inchigeela N S

Inchigeela

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13095L

S N An Droma Mhóir

Aghaville

23

27

0

0

0

27

0

0

13125R

Scoil Dhairbhre

Clonakilty

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13375R

Scoil Bhríde

Cros Mhathiúna

48

53

92

0

0

28

30

0

13543M

Derrinacahara N S

Dunmanway

23

0

0

0

23

0

0

0

13647B

Castlemartyr N S

Castlemartyr

24

57

30

0

24

0

0

0

13662U

Dunmanway Convent Inf

Dunmanway

24

77

0

0

24

52

0

0

13728B

Castletownsend Mxd N S

Skibbereen

23

80

0

0

0

53

0

0

13910N

S N Bun an tSabhairne

Crosshaven

24

29

0

73

24

29

0

0

13976U

St. Matthias N S

Church Road

44

0

0

0

22

0

0

0

14225D

Scoil Bhríde

Ballydehob

23

54

33

0

23

28

0

0

14227H

Kilcoe NS

Skibbereen

24

25

0

0

24

0

0

0

16885J

Adrigole N S

Adrigole

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16900C

S N Pádraig Naofa B

Skibbereen

41

0

31

0

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

17050J

S N Naomh Shéamuis

Durrus

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17715M

S N Ráth a Bharraigh

Clonakilty

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17888U

S N na Trionóide

Bealad Rossmore

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18100D

Lisgriffin N S

Goleen

20

0

0

0

20

0

0

0

18659K

Lisavaird Mxd N S

Clonakilty

46

0

0

0

22

0

0

0

18883P

S N Íosagáin

Mala

0

79

31

0

0

79

31

0

19224D

S N Cillmin

Cillmin

20

28

62

0

0

28

0

0

19249T

Barryroe NS

Lislevane

91

53

0

0

43

0

0

0

The Deputy should be aware that significant improvements have been made in the pupil-teacher ratio and in average class size in recent years at primary level. The most recent figure available for average class size at primary level refers to the 2004-05 school year, when the average class size was 23.9, down from 26.6 in 1996-97. The pupil-teacher ratio at primary level which includes all the teachers, including learning support-resource teachers, has fallen from 22.2:1 in the 1996-97 school year to 17.1:1 in 2004-05.

As I indicated in the statement on the recently published Estimates, I have secured sufficient funding to provide even smaller classes in our primary schools in the next school year. The Minister for Finance has committed to a further reduction in class size in the following year.

The system for allocating teachers to primary schools is based on ensuring an overall maximum class of 29 in each school. Where some classes in a school have class sizes of greater than 29, it is generally because a decision has been taken at local level to use their teaching resources to have smaller numbers in other classes.

To ensure openness and transparency in the system an independent appeal board is now in place to decide on any appeals on mainstream staffing. The criteria under which an appeal can be made are set out in Department primary circular 19/02 which is also available on the Department’s website.