Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (107)

Jim Daly

Question:

106 Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will respond to a query (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35728/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The NCSE has notified all schools of their allocation for the 2012/13 school year of resource hours for low incidence special needs. The arrangements for how schools access these resource hours in teaching posts are set out in the Department Staffing Circular 0007/2012. Under these arrangements a network of over 2,500 full-time resource posts has been put in place in close to 1,700 base schools throughout the country. The list of these schools and the criteria used to select them is set out in the published circular.

These resource posts are allocated on a permanent basis and the teachers in them will undertake NCSE approved (low incidence) resource hours in the base schools or in neighbouring schools. Schools that are unable to access these hours will be allocated mainly temporary part-time posts. It is also open to schools, including the school referred to by the Deputy, to make an application for a full-time temporary resource post.

The school referred to has been allocated 85.85 resource (low incidence) hours by the NCSE and is the base school for 2 resource posts.