Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (131, 132)

Finian McGrath

Question:

132 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a home tuition grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [34421/12]

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Finian McGrath

Question:

140 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on early intervention support service in respect of a person (details supplied) [34540/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 140 together.

Home Tuition was approved for the child referred to by the Deputy for a period up to July 27th 2012. There is no record in my Department of receipt of the claim form for the grant payment. I have arranged for a claim form to be forwarded to the parents of the child in question for completion and return in this regard.

The Deputy will be aware that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for the provision of a range of educational services at local and national level for students with special educational needs. In particular, its network of Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs) co-ordinates special needs education provision at local level and arranges for the delivery of special educational services. The SENOs act as single points of contact for parents of students with special educational needs. Another specific function of the SENO is to identify appropriate educational placements for children with special educational needs. SENOs are a valuable source of support to parents who are actively sourcing a placement for their children. I have arranged for the SNA issue raised by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their direct attention and reply.