More funds for start-up secondary schools
Start-up schools are to get more funding from the Department of Education.
Pre-opening grants, worth €15,000 for a new primary school and €25,000 for a new second-level school, will be paid to management bodies.
Up to now, a patron body had to be involved in establishing a minimum of three schools before such funding was paid, and a minimum grant of €32,000 was awarded.
The extra money being awarded to second-level schools is a recognition of the bigger scale of these schools and their more complex needs in terms of facilities.
In a further concession to aid the start-up process, Education Minister Richard Bruton has also announced that new schools will be able to appoint a principal from an earlier stage.
Currently, a principal in a new post-primary school is appointed from February 1 and June 1 at primary level of the year that the school opens, but the new arrangements will improve on these timelines.