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Special Educational Needs.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 29 September 2004

Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Questions (221, 222)

Denis Naughten

Question:

399 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science if a resource teacher will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon in view of an educational psychological report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21626/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I can confirm that an application for 2.5 hours per week resource teaching support was received for the pupil in question.

The Deputy may be aware that I introduced a new weighted model of resource teacher allocation for pupils with special educational needs who, like the pupil in question, fall within the high-incidence disability categories. It would be expected that the needs of this pupil can be met from within the current resource or learning support teaching allocation available to the school.

Denis Naughten

Question:

400 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason rural disadvantaged schools are only entitled to 50% of the resource teacher allocation to that of urban disadvantaged schools as per Department circular SP-ED 09/04; if he will review this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21633/04]

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The differentiated system of weighted allocation teacher allocation, the details of which are set out in my Department's circular SP-ED 09/04, is intended to recognise the evidence that factors such as socio-economic disadvantage and gender have a bearing on the incidence of special educational needs in schools. The new arrangements take full account of the 350 posts I secured to facilitate their introduction.

I point out also that the supports required by pupils in lower incidence categories of special educational need will continue to be provided on an individual basis.

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