Retention of six mainstream teachers for Brittas Bay NS

The Department of Education has announced the success of Brittas Bay National School’s appeal for the retention of six mainstream teachers for the 2022/2023 school year.

Last month, staff of Brittas Bay NS were notified that the school’s request for the Department of Education to retain the six mainstream teaching positions was unsuccessful. Brittas Bay NS submitted a staffing appeal to be considered by an independent appeals board and the success of this review was announced last night.

Speaking in support of the announcement, Wicklow Minister Simon Harris said:

“I have been working very closely with Brittas Bay National School on their campaign to resolve this issue in recent months. I was delighted to visit the hard-working staff and students of the school last month and to see first-hand the benefit that the retention of a sixth teacher would have on the students and staff of the school.

The positive impact that access to a suitable learning environment can have on children is something that I feel very passionate about and I was happy to assist Brittas Bay NS on this issue”.

Harris continued:

“It is extremely important that we acknowledge the hard work that the staff of Brittas Bay NS have put in over the past two years to ensure that the needs of the students are catered for. Additionally, we must consider the benefit that this will have on the students who deserve access to a learning environment that can meet their educational needs”.

The allocation of a sixth mainstream teacher will be based on the retention of current enrolment figures in Brittas Bay NS on September 30th, 2022. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous September.

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