Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 14 November, 2006
Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science when the pupil-teacher ratio will be reduced to acceptable best practice for those children attending first class at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37483/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: The Deputy will be aware that the staffing schedule for primary schools is structured to ensure that all primary schools will operate to an average mainstream class size of 28 pupils. Posts allocated on the basis of this schedule are specifically for mainstream classes and should be deployed accordingly. School authorities are requested to ensure that the number of pupils in any class is kept as low as possible, taking all relevant contextual factors into account (e.g. classroom accommodation, fluctuating enrolment). In particular, school authorities should ensure that there is an equitable distribution of pupils in mainstream classes and that the differential between the largest and smallest classes is kept to a minimum.
The staffing of the school referred to by the Deputy for the current school year is a Principal, 9 mainstream class teachers (based on an enrolment of 248 pupils on 30th September, 2005), 3 Permanent Learning Support/Resource teachers, (1 of these is a shared post), 1 Permanent Special Class teacher and 1 Temporary Language Support teacher.
The enrolment figure submitted by the Board of Management for the 30th September, 2006 is 243 pupils. The average class size in the school this year is therefore 27.
The Deputy should note that when calculating the pupil teacher ratio, all posts based in the school, including ex-quota posts, are taken into consideration. The pupil teacher ratio in this school compares favourably with the average pupil teacher ratio for primary schools generally.
Dáil Éireann 627 Written Answers. Pupil-Teacher Ratio.