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25th November - €28m Minor Works grant
Minister for Education and Skills announces €28m Minor Works grant for National Schools 
 
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today announced the provision of €28m in funding for primary schools in 2014. The Minor Works Grant will issue to all primary schools with permanent recognition next week. The €28m fund is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of schools and investment in equipment and furniture.
 
The rates payable are €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:01
 
13th November- More taxes - property, water and now...primary schools
A survey of 500 primary schools carried out last week by the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), revealed that many schools have no funds to meet the cost of the next oil fill or insurance premium.
 
Emergency fundraising, voluntary contributions from parents and once off loans from  parishes are enabling some schools to survive until January 2015 when the first tranche of state funding arrives in schools. Over 85% of schools report that, in comparison with this time last year, they are worse off financially and struggling to pay school bills.
 
The survey reports that in the absence of adequate funding, core services such as secretarial, cleaning and caretaking have been further reduced and in some cases these functions are carried out by teaching staff. IT infrastructure is not maintained and literacy, numeracy and self evaluation strategies are starved of funds. A number of schools reported that Parent Associations are paying the heating bills. 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:55
 
14th Oct 2014 - IPPN's Reaction to Budget 2015

IPPN welcomed the announcement that there are additional teachers and SNAs allocated in Budget 2015. However, this increased figure will cater for the increase in the growing school population and a positive impact will not be felt for children in the class room.

Following the announcements for this year’s budget, IPPN has an immense concern for the continued decrease in capitation grants that has gone relatively unspoken for 2015. A 1% reduction a year for primary school capitation and related grants was announced in Budget 2012, the final percentage decrease will take place in 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:23
 
25th Sept 2014 - Principals call on Department to Loosen Purse Strings

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), in its Pre-Budget submission to the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, has listed a number of recommendations which the Network believe will enable the primary education system to recover from several years of cutbacks and stagnation.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 14:32
 
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