Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 31 January, 2007

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Education and Science if additional teaching hours can be considered for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 for September 2007 to enable the school to take on additional pupils from another school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2257/07]

  Ms Hanafin: Teacher allocations to second level are approved by my Department on an annual basis in accordance with generally applied rules relating to recognised pupil enrolment. Each school management authority is required to organise its curriculum, teaching time-table and subject options having regard to pupils’ needs within the limits of its approved teacher allocation.

The rules for allocating teaching posts provide that where a school management authority is unable to meet essential curricular commitments, my Department will consider applications for additional short term support. An independent [1081] Appeals Committee is available to school authorities who wish to appeal the adequacy of their teacher allocation.