Teacher's pay and pensions.
Ancillary grant - covers caretaker etc.
Capitation grant - €375/student per yr (this is way higher for students with special needs).
ICT grant (covers technology) (5 million total pot depends on size of school but can be tens of thousands in larger ones)
School books grant (seed capital to start school books rental scheme)
DEIS grant which covered schools identified as needing extra assistance for social inclusion.
Minor works grants - pays for minor capital upgrades to buildings.
Then you've major capital grants for buildings, site acquisition and so on.
Outside of that money is raised by schools themselves - usually fundraising from parents or through various drives. The sponsors typically don't put significant money in.
Overall the Irish government spends €10.8 billion a year on education in general.
Differences in facilities and martials are down to how an individual school prioritised it's expenditure. Some will place more emphasis on ICT for example than others. It can vary very significantly depending on who's driving the management priorities - principal and board of management.
The biggest issue that I would be concerned about here is the duplication/triplication that goes on in cities and towns. You can have huge numbers of very small schools - I've looked at lists that have shown 10 primary schools in one suburb of a city for example.
The issue with that is it's driven by diversify of sponsors - different religions, different religious orders, gender segregation (more common in cities than rural areas), gaelscoils, educate together etc and as more religious communities establish, there'll be more demand for more school because we never developed a public school model.
Each school has buildings, overheads, secretaries, management costs etc etc and it's a big part of why money gets spread so thin.
Also it's providing education based on needs of religious communities and their concerns, rather than looking at the best outcome for students, best facilities and supports for staff, impact on the overall state financial position.
If we maximize the expenditure by creating umpteen versions of primary and secondary schools in urban areas we also pull money from budgets that could be helping small schools in rural areas that have no option but to be small scale.
It also absorbs funds that could be going into school libraries, funding support services like psychologists, support teachers and specialist services, special needs assistance, ICT, books, sports facilities, STEM facilities etc etc
Look at something like school meals: we've primary schools on such a small scale that things like school meals are even way too complex to provide. Whereas that's rather normal in many European countries.
I just see a system that seems to be entirely driven by nominal sponsors' (private interests) perceived needs and not educational or societal needs.
Last edited by Lackadaisical; 15-06-2019 at 11:54.