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Staffing Allocation 02/03/17

Primary schools in the dark about staffing allocations

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Press Statement

Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

On Teacher Numbers

Primary schools in the dark about staffing allocations

There is mounting anger in primary schools at Department’s silence on teacher numbers

The INTO today condemned the failure of the Department of Education and Skills to notify schools of staffing numbers for the next school year. The union said principal teachers in particular are frustrated by the failure of the Department to provide needed clarity to schools on teacher numbers.

The union said parents rightly wanted to know what teaching schools would be able to provide for their children, particularly in light of the proposed new model of allocating special education teachers to schools.

Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, said teachers wanted to know about their employment prospects after the summer. “Principals want to put in place arrangements to make sure they have staffing in place,” she said. “Without basic information about teacher numbers from the Department nobody is getting answers to anything.” 

She said this information has been provided to second level schools. However primary schools are being kept in the dark and unable to begin essential planning.

Ms Nunan said the lack of information to schools was inexcusable. “We regularly hear of the Minister’s ambition to make the education service the best in the world,” she said. “His own Department letting schools know what staffing they will have for the coming year would be a pretty basic step.”

“It is unacceptable not to provide schools with crucial information in a timely fashion. Last month we had a big press launch about the new special education model. Since then schools have heard absolutely nothing.”

Ms Nunan called on the Department to provide schools with staffing information as a matter of urgency.