Monday 18 December 2017

More funds for start-up secondary schools

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 (Stock image)
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 (Stock image)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

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.

Irish Independent

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