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New schools to get early Principal appointments

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016. New schools to get early Principal appointmentsTags: Teachers Education And Politics

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., today announced improved supports to facilitate the smooth establishment of new primary and post-primary schools.

The first element of the improved supports involves new schools being permitted to appoint a school principal from an earlier stage in order to better facilitate the preparatory work involved in setting up a new school.

It is envisaged that the earlier timeline for the appointment of a School Principal in a new school will operate as follows:


For new schools opening in September 2017

For new schools opening in September 2018 and onwards

Department approval will be given in early 2017 for appointment of a School Principal in tandem with the announcement on patronage for the 3 new primary schools that are due to open in September 2017

Department approval to be given for appointment of a School Principal from 1 January of the year that the school opens (i.e. 1 January 2018 for new primary schools opening in September 2018 etc.)


Department approval is now being given for the recruitment of school principals for the 6 new post-primary schools that are opening in September 2017

Department approval to be given for appointment of a School Principal from 1 September of the previous school year (i.e. 1 September 2017 for new post-primary schools opening in September 2018)

The second element of the improved support is the payment of pre-opening capitation funding for each new primary and post-primary school in recognition of the fact that costs are incurred in the period prior to opening a new school. This funding of €15,000 at primary level and €25,000 at post-primary level will be made available to the Patron to hold on behalf of the newly recognised school. The Patron will be entitled to seek reimbursement of post recognition start-up costs incurred by it but will ultimately be required to provide details of such costs and any remaining balance to the board of management of the new school when it is established.

Minister Bruton stated “You can’t achieve a prosperous economy without a fair society, and you can’t support a compassionate society without a strong economy. Investment in education is a prime way to grow our society and economy together. Investing in educating improves human capital, ensuring that all our people have opportunities to achieve their potential, as well as generating wider benefits for our economy.New schools involve a significant investment by the State. It is important that supports are in place to ensure the smooth establishment of the new schools. The improved supports that are being announced today are a very significant step in this regard”.

Patrons of new schools will be notified directly by the Department in relation to these improved supports.



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