Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (387, 388)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

528 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason no assistance has been provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in terms of resource teaching hours; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25251/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department has no record of receiving an application for resource teaching support for the pupil in question. My officials contacted the school authorities and were informed that the pupil was assessed as having a disability, which falls within the high-incidence disability categories. The Deputy may be aware that a new weighted model of resource teacher allocation has been introduced for pupils with special educational needs who, like the pupil in question, fall within the high-incidence disability categories. The needs of this pupil can be met from within the current resource and learning support teaching allocation available to the school. I understand that the school principal advised the parent that he would arrange additional teaching support in small groups for the pupil in question at the school from November 2004.

Liz McManus

Question:

529 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Education and Science when the vacant posts for visiting teachers will be advertised; when they will be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25272/04]

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My Department is assessing the role of the visiting teacher service in the context of the level and range of teacher supports now being provided for children with special educational needs. I expect the review to be completed within the current school term. A decision on the filling of vacancies will be based on the outcome of the review.