The Department of Education and Skills has commenced a value for money review of the provision of small primary schools and your views are welcome. For the purpose of the review a small primary school is taken to be one with less than 50 pupils. The objective of the review of small primary schools is to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and examine the value for money of these schools as currently configured and organised. The review should examine the scope for alternative organisational approaches to improve efficiency and effectiveness of provision.
The context in which the review takes place is the requirement in recent years to provide significant additional pupil places to cater for demographic growth and the likelihood that this will continue over the short to medium term, with consequential demand for resources. The provision of additional pupil places is costly in both current and capital terms. These challenges have been exacerbated by current economic conditions which are impacting on the Government’s ability to direct increased resources to meet these growing needs. Read more about the review and the guidelines on making your submission.