Developments by Education Sector

Action Plans

2012/2013 2012 2011

Progress Reports

2011/2012 Oct 2011 2010/2011

Savings Reports

2011/2012 2010/2011


  • A reduction of 2,000 posts of responsibility in primary and post-primary schools, with a saving of €10m annually.
  • Redeployment procedures at primary level have been implemented with some 950 surplus teachers redeployed for the 2011/12 school year with an estimated full year saving of €47.5m.
  • New redeployment procedures for second level teachers have been implemented for the 2011/12 school year resulting in the elimination of a surplus of some 200 teachers with an estimated full year saving of €10m.
  • New contract terms for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) have been introduced which provide greater flexibility for schools and clarify the duties of SNAs including increased flexibility in organising working time.
  • The 2011/2012 academic year is the first full year of implementing additional working hours in schools and Institutes of Technology which are contributing to reduced school closures and increased teaching/lecturing time.
  • Revised contract terms for academic staff in universities have been introduced which provides for an additional hour per week to facilitate teaching and learning in the universities.
  • The rationalisation of Vocational Education Committees (VECs), reducing 33 to 16, is being progressed.
  • A single student grant scheme has been introduced which replaces 4 different schemes. City of Dublin VEC is administering the scheme instead of 66 separate bodies.