Wednesday, 26 January 2005

Questions (1006)

Tom Hayes

Question:

1068 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science when a full-time resource teacher will be allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [1044/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

As the Deputy will be aware, the allocation of teaching resources for special needs comprises two elements, a general allocation based on overall pupil numbers in respect of high incidence disability categories and learning support needs and individual specific allocations in respect of specified low incidence disability categories.

Any applications for individual allocations made by this school should, since 1 January 2005, be sent to the special educational needs organiser for the school who will process it in accordance with the relevant criteria.

The school has also been notified of its provisional entitlement under the general allocation system. However, my Department is currently reviewing that system with a view to easing any difficulties that may have been caused for small or rural schools under the original proposals.

The school in question currently has an enrolment of 60 pupils and has the services of one full-time, shared learning support teacher post — not based in the school — and five hours per week resource teacher support. There will be no diminution in the level of these services pending the outcome of the review.